Still, the market is a bit lopsided, with the residential boom making up for a sluggish commercial sector. Hiring by construction firms has picked up, but employment in the industry here is still well below precrash levels.
It’s a scandal unto itself about the organization that’s supposed to be looking out for Illinois consumers in utility rate-making. But the story’s significance goes beyond that scandal. It should also seal the case against CEJA, the Clean Energy Jobs Act.