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January 21, 2006

Gov. Blagojevich announces new series of statewide Keep Warm Illinois Energy Saving Workshops
Community workshops offer Illinoisans ways to reduce home energy costs

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced new Keep Warm Illinois community workshops that will be held across Illinois.  At these workshops, run by Community Action Agencies, Illinois residents will receive information from energy conservation experts on how to reduce energy use and bring down their heating bills during the cold winter months.
“Families across Illinois are feeling the budget-strain of their first winter heating bill and are looking for ways to bring down their energy costs as soon as possible,” Governor Blagojevich said.  “These workshops can help people learn how to cut down on this year’s bills and offer energy saving tips that can make a difference in years to come.” 
The Keep Warm Illinois campaign, through the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), has partnered with Community Action Agencies for events in Carlyle, Centralia, Chicago, Cicero, Clinton, Crystal Lake, Downers Grove, Freeport, Greenville, Havana, Joliet, Lincoln, Marion, Monticello, Mt. Vernon, Newton, Okawville, Petersburg, Princeton, Rock Falls, Salem, Springfield, Streator, Trenton, West Frankfort, Wheaton, and Woodstock.
“We realize that a lot of families were shocked when they received their last heating bill and attending one of these workshops can help to lower costs,” said Barry Maram, Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  “Workshops are just one of the many options that Governor Blagojevich’s Keep Warm Illinois campaign offers to help families keep warm and safe this winter while reducing heating costs and I encourage families to take advantage of all the resources that are available. I encourage Illinois residents to visit the Keep Warm Illinois website (www.keepwarm.illinois.gov) and call the Keep Warm Illinois hotline (1-877-411-WARM) where they can learn more about saving energy and getting energy assistance.”
If residents follow the home weatherization recommendations, which can also be found on the Keep Warm Illinois website, such as caulking windows and doors, increasing insulation in their attics, sealing electrical outlets and purchasing energy efficient appliances, they can save as much as 30 percent a year in energy costs. The times and locations of the workshops are listed below. 
Community Organization
Location and Address
Date and Time
BCMW Community Services, Inc.

Bond County Senior Center

305 S. 3rd St., Greenville
January 25, 2006
11:00 a.m.

Bond County Housing Authority

220 E. Winter, Greenville
January 27, 2006
6:30 p.m.

Central City Lions Club

South Morrison, Central City, Centralia
January 27, 2006
6:30 p.m.

Trenton Nutrition Site

520 N. Main, Trenton
January 31, 2006
11:00 a.m.
Okawville Senior Nutrition Center
305 N. Nashville St. Okawville
February 1, 2006
12:30 p.m.

Assembly of God

1890 Franklin St., Carlyle
February 2, 2006
6:30 p.m.
BCMW Senior Nutition Site,
#26 Salem Business Center South, Salem
February 2, 2006
12:30 p.m.



Town of Cicero/CEDA Near West

5410 W. 34th St, Cicero
January 26, 2006
10:00 a.m.- 2:00p.m.


Richard Daley Public Library
3400 S. Halsted, Chicago
January 28, 2006

10:00 a.m.


Homan Square Comm Center

3559 W. Arthington, Chicago
February 3, 2006

10:00 a.m.


Brighton Park Public Library

4314 S. Archer Ave, Chicago
February 11, 2006

10:00 a.m.


Town of Cicero/CEDA Near West

5410 W. 34th St, Cicero
February 16, 2006
10:00 a.m.- 2:00p.m.


Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation

Piatt County - CAP Office

125 W. Lafayette St, Monticello
January 25, 2006
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dewitt County - CAP Office

1700 E. Main St, Clinton
January 25, 2006
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Mason County - CAP Office

532 S. Schrader, Havana
January 26, 2006
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Menard County - CAP Office

809 Old Salem Rd, Petersburg
January 26, 2006
1:00 p.m.-3:00p.m.

Logan County - CAP Office

800 5th Street, Lincoln
January 31, 2006
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.-3:00p.m.


Crosswalk Community     
Action Agency    

Wit & Wisdom Center

225 E. Poplar St, West Frankfort
January 24, 2006
11:00 a.m.

Sunshine Center

521 Perkins Ave, Mt. Vernon
February 7, 2006
10:00 a.m.

Marion Senior Citizens Center

507 W. Main St., Marion
February 10, 2006
10:00 a.m.

DuPage County


Peoples Resource Center

201 Naperville Road, Wheaton
January 25, 2006
10:00 a.m.

Senior Citizens Center

935 Maple, Downers Grove
January 25, 2006
1:00 p.m.

West Chicago Community Education Center

Branch of the College of DuPage

930 E. Roosevelt Rd., West Chicago
January 28, 2006
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.



Embarras River Basin


Jasper County Senior Center

904 W. Jordan, Newton
January 26, 2006
11:45 a.m.



Lake County Community


Rep. Kathleen Ryg

Vernon Hills – Exact Location TBD
February 7, 2006
2:00 p.m.



Mid Central Community


Reading Township Office

1630 S. Illinois St, South Streator
January 25, 2006
10:00 a.m.



McHenry County Community


Continuum of Care Committee

McHenry Co. Gov. Admin. Building
Conference Room C
620 Ware, Woodstock
January 26, 2006
9:00 a.m.

McHenry County Community College Conference Center

Annual Forum
8900 Rt. 14, Crystal Lake
February 4, 2006
11:00 a.m.


Basement of Amcore Bank
5100 Northwest Highway
Crystal Lake
February 6, 2006
8:00 p.m.



Northwestern IL Community Action Agency

Stephenson County Farm Bureau

210 West Spring St, Freeport
February 16, 2006
9:30 a.m.
Sangamon County Dept of Community Services
IL Employment & Training Center
1300 S Ninth St, Springfield
January 26, 2006 10:00 a.m.
Tri-Co Opportunities Council
Bureau County Senior Center
16 W. Marion St, Princeton
January 27, 2006
12:30 p.m.
Tri-Co Opportunities Council
405 Emmons Ave, Rock Falls
February 2, 2006
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tri-Co Opportunities Council
405 Emmons Ave, Rock Falls
February 9, 2006
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Will County Center for Community Concerns
Monee Township Office
22 Towne Center Dr, Univ Park
January 24, 2006
9:00 a.m.
Joliet Senior Service Center
251 N Center St, Joliet
February 8, 2006
9:00 a.m.
In October, Gov. Blagojevich launched the Keep Warm Illinois campaign, a multi-agency, comprehensive effort to help families reduce their heating bills by conserving energy and weatherizing their homes.  The Keep Warm Illinois campaign brings resources together from the Illinois Departments on Aging, Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), Human Services (IDHS), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as well as public and private partnerships to coordinate efforts in preparing communities across the state for higher home heating costs this winter. 
This fall, the Governor also announced that Illinois’ major utility companies – Ameren, Nicor Gas, and Peoples Energy – have agreed to his request to waive reconnection fees and suspend deposit requirements for customers receiving benefits through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program to ensure that LIHEAP funding was being used directly for heating costs, not administrative add-ons.  With LIHEAP funds covering actual usage charges only, and not administrative reconnection fees and security deposits, which can add more than $400 to a bill, the state can help more low-income households with their heating costs this winter.


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