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Decision Nearing On Proposed Transmission Line

State regulators will soon decide on an energy project for northern Illinois. Next month, the Illinois Commerce Commission will consider a proposal by Com-Ed to run nearly 60-miles of overhead transmission lines across several counties. It would cover parts of Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage counties.

The company says the project is needed to alleviate congestion along the electric grid. But residents living near the proposed route have raised concerns over things like property values and quality of life.

Earlier this month, a panel of administrative law judges issued a non-binding ruling on the matter. Ultimately, the judges suggested that regulators deny the petition. That has opponents of the project feeling optimistic ahead of the ruling. But Com-Ed is also encouraged by what the judges had to say.

The panel said ComEd failed to identify an alternate right of way for 20-percent of the where the proposed transmission lines will stand. But the company notes that the remaining 80 percent of the planned route received favorable feedback.