Electricity pushers giving you a jolt?


The City of Evanston reports it has received a number of inquiries from residents about door-to-door solicitations from alternative retail electricity suppliers over the last four weeks.

These suppliers, it said in a news release, are classified as solicitors and do not represent the utility company nor the city and are not affiliated with Evanston’s Community Choice Electricity Aggregation program.

Soliciting is permitted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is prohibited at all times on Sunday and on state and federal holidays, according to the city.

Residents who wish to prohibit solicitations may give notice by posting a “No Soliciting” or “No Solicitors Allowed” sign on or near a main entrance of their home. The sign must be at least three inches by five inches in size, with the letters of the wording at least one-third of an inch in height.

Solicitors who disregard prohibited hours or posted “No Soliciting” signs, fail to leave a premises after being requested to do so, or perpetrate a fraud or misrepresentation of any kind are in violation of City Code. Violators will be prosecuted accordingly and may be subject to a fine or community service, according to the release.

Residents can report non-emergency violations by contacting the Evanston Police Department’s non-emergency line at (847) 866-5000.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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