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    Many Illinois residents and businesses have been hesitant to adopt electricity deregulation wholeheartedly, having only ever dealt with their traditional utility companies. However, The Daily Journal reports that electricity providers are making a solid case for making the switch in many towns.

    A representative of Direct Energy, one of the most successful alternative electricity providers in the country, spoke with residents and business owners of Kankakee, Illinois, about the benefits of competitive electricity recently.

    The small town along the eastern border of Illinois has been one of the many debating the potential of electricity aggregation. But Direct Energy's executive director, Bill Barnes suggests that residents could already save as much as 16 percent on their electricity bills by switching electricity providers.

    Business electricity rates were even more competitive reaching as low as 22 percent below current electricity prices.

    "We felt that this was the right thing to do," said Executive Director Bill Barnes. "To open it to everyone."

    PlugInIllinois reports that more than 223,500 Illinois residents had switched electricity providers as of last November, up from only 1,351 one year ago.