To help avoid scams and ensure solicitors are lawfully registered, East Peoria Police are urging residents to ask any door-to-door salesperson for their City of East Peoria solicitors certificate. There have been resident questions about safety and the legitimacy of some door-to-door salespeople. According to Police Deputy Chief Shannon Swearingen, door-to-door salespeople must possess a solicitor’s certificate of registration obtained from the East Peoria Police Department.
“No matter what the door-to-door salesperson is selling, whether it is electric rate alternatives, driveway paving or magazine subscriptions, residents should request to see the registration issued by the City of East Peoria,” Swearingen said. “Some solicitors may be attempting to take advantage of citizens who may not know the city’s requirements.”
Violators may be arrested and issued a notice to appear in court.
“Residents may also be confused by door-to-door salespeople who offer deals on electric rates,” Swearingen said. “The City of East Peoria participates in a municipal energy aggregation program, but that program does not involve door-to-door solicitation.”
In 2012, the city retained Good Energy to implement a municipal energy aggregation program allowing municipalities to combine electricity usage with other cities and towns in the same utility service region. This money-saving program does not involve any door-to-door solicitation. Residents are automatically enrolled and may opt out.
As of January 2018, the municipal energy aggregation program has saved East Peoria residents and small business owners $2.5 million. The program ensures that electricity is supplied by Homefield Energy and a guaranteed low rate is locked in through December 2020.
Learn about the electrical aggregation program