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December 2, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich announces more Keep Warm Illinois Home Energy Workshops to be held at community colleges statewide
Illinois residents invited to learn important tips to conserve energy and weatherize their homes this winter

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today urged Illinois residents to participate in the upcoming Keep Warm Illinois workshops scheduled at community colleges across Illinois.  With record natural gas prices anticipated for this winter’s heating season, Illinois households will face significantly higher utility bills, with costs up to 70 percent higher than last winter.  While every family in Illinois will be affected, higher home heating costs will create a particular hardship for senior citizens and families already struggling to get by.  These workshops will educate Illinoisans about do-it-yourself energy-saving strategies to help reduce the cost of this winter’s heating bills through conservation and weatherization techniques.  People can now also call the Keep Warm Illinois hotline, 1-877-411-WARM, for information about energy conservation, energy assistance or to find a home energy savings workshop near them.  The hotline is available Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  You can also visit www.KeepWarm.Illinois.gov.
“Home heating costs are threatening to break the budget for households across Illinois, but everyone can lower monthly bills by conserving energy and weatherizing their homes.  People statewide should attend these important workshops designed to offer Illinois families the opportunity to learn more about easy ways to save money by cutting your energy costs,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
The workshops broadcast to community colleges throughout Illinois will feature cost-conscious home energy efficiency subjects including: insulation, weatherization, heating, water heating, energy efficient appliances and lighting.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will host the workshops in partnership with Illinois’ network of community colleges.
Upcoming workshops will be conducted on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00pm and Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm.  The workshops will last approximately one hour and will include written materials, a video presentation and a question and answer period.  Energy professionals from throughout Illinois have volunteered to lead the workshops.
“The Keep Warm Illinois campaign will inform and educate residents across the state so they can save money by conserving energy,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin.  “Gov. Blagojevich and I encourage all Illinoisans - especially senior citizens and those with lower incomes - to attend a workshop and learn how to keep warm while reducing your utility bill this winter.”
Times and locations of the workshops are listed below.  Additional workshops will take place in January.
Thursday, December 8 - 7:00 pm
Black Hawk College
6600 34th AvenueBuilding 2, Room 105
Carl Sandburg College
305 Sandburg Dr., Room 19
Carl Sandburg College
2400 Tom Wilson Blvd.
Fine Arts Theater, Room F118
Carl Sandburg College
380 E. Main Street
Extension Center Rm. 360
Harry S. Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Avenue
Satellite Room 3416
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington St.
Conference Rooms
Frontier Community College
2 Frontier Drive
West Bldg. Rooms 104 105
Illinois Valley College
815 N. Orlando Smith Ave. Room F113
John Wood College
1302 S. 48th St.
Paul Health Center Room D022
Kankakee Community College
817 River Road
Room D140
Kaskaskia Community College
Main Campus
27210 College Road
Room HB 154
Kaskaskia Community College
Nashville Center
450 N. Kaskaskian Room 103
Kishwaukee Community College
21193 Malta Road
Jenkins Auditorium Room A224
Lincoln Land Community College
130 West Mason
Lower Level Conference Center
McHenry County College
8900 U.S.Highway 14
Conference Center
Crystal Lake
Morton College
3801 S. Central Avenue
Room 245B
Prairie State Community College
202 S. Halsted St.
BCEC Building
Chicago Heights
Rend Lake Community College
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Distance Learning Center
Rock Valley Community College 
3301 Mulford Road
Woodward Tech Center Rooms 141 & 142,
Shawnee Community College 
8364 Shawnee College Road
Distance Learning Lab
South Suburban Community College
15800 S. State Street
Lecture Hall
South Holland
Southeastern Illinois College 
3575 College Road
Room A117
Southwestern Illinois College 
2500 Carlyle Road
Marsh Conf. Room
Southwestern Illinois College 
500 W. South Fourth Street
Room 90
Red Bud
Southwestern Illinois College 
4950 Maryville Road
Wilmsmeyer Room
Granite City
Wabash Valley College 
2200 College Drive
Mt. Carmel
Waubonsee Community College 
IL Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr.
Bodie 147
Sugar Grove
Tuesday, December 13 -- 7:00 pm
Black Hawk College 
1501 IL Highway 78
Room A116
Harry S. Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Avenue
Satellite Room 3416
Danville Area Community College 
2000 E. Main Street
Clocktower 005
Elgin Community College 
1700 Spartan Drive
Advanced Tech. Center Room 144
Harper College 
1200 W. Algonquin Road
Wojcik Conference Center
Heartland Community College 
1500 W. Raab Road
Community Commons Building, Room 1407
Highland Community College 
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Student Conference Center H210
Illinois Central College 
One College Drive East
Room 333C
East Peoria
John A. Logan College 
700 Logan College Road
Room E135
Joliet Junior College 
1215 Houbolt Road
Room D-2001
Kaskaskia Community College 
Salem Center
204 W. Main, Front Room
Kaskaskia Community College 
Greenville Center Bond Room
101315 E. College Ave.
Lake Land Community College 
5001 Lake Land Boulevard
Neal Hall, North Conf. Room
Lewis & Clark Community College 
5800 Godfrey Road
Advanced Tech Center Room 141
McHenry County College 
8900 U.S.Highway 14
Conference Center
Crystal Lake
Moraine Valley Community College 
10900 S. 88 Ave
Valley West, Room D236
Palos Hills
Oakton Community College 
7701 Lincoln Avenue
Acorn Room 104
Parkland Community College 
2400 W. Bradley Ave. HBC 112
Prairie State Community College 
202 S. Halsted St.
BCEC Building
Chicago Heights
Richland Community College 
One College Park
Shilling Salon One
South Suburban Community College 
15800 S. State Street
Lecture Hall
South Holland
Southwestern Illinois College 
2500 Carlyle Road
Marsh Conf. Room
Southwestern Illinois College 
500 W. South Fourth Street
Room 90
Red Bud
Southwestern Illinois College 
4950 Maryville Road
Wilmsmeyer Room
Granite City
Triton College 
2000 Fifth Ave
Business Building B116
River Grove
Waubonsee Community College 
IL Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr.
Bodie 147
Sugar Grove
Gov. Blagojevich launched the comprehensive Keep Warm Illinois campaign in response to the spike in energy prices that is affecting consumers nationwide.  State agencies are coordinating their efforts to ensure Illinois residents have the information and resources they need to better manage their home energy costs. 
Efforts include the Web site, www.KeepWarm.Illinois.gov, which offers energy saving tips, a web-based tool to conduct home energy audits, information on energy assistance programs and schedules for home weatherization and energy assistance events.  Residents can also call the Keep Warm Illinois hotline at 1-877-411-WARM to learn how to conserve energy and apply for energy assistance.  To ensure that Illinoisans have the assistance they need with skyrocketing energy costs, Gov. Blagojevich also continues to call upon President Bush and Congressional leaders to approve additional federal funding for programs that help low-income families pay their utility bills and weatherize their homes.


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