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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2005

Gov. Blagojevich to Make Over 120 State Facilities Available as Warming Centers to Help Illinoisans Stay Warm, Lower Heating Bills
Governor reaching out to more than 1,100 mayors through Illinois Municipal League asking them to help identify additional safe warming locations

CHICAGO – As part of his Keep Warm Illinois campaign, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced today that he will make 122 state facilities available as Warming Centers starting December 1, 2005. The Warming Centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay warm and comfortable if they turn down their thermostats during the day to lower their heating bills. Gov. Blagojevich will also send a letter tomorrow to all 1,116 mayors in the Illinois Municipal League asking them to assist in this important effort by identifying suitable buildings that can serve as additional Warming Centers in their communities.
 
“With heating costs expected to climb this winter, Illinois residents – especially our seniors and low income families – will be hit hard in the pocketbook.  That’s why we’re giving people a safe place to go, so they can turn down their thermostats at home during the day to help conserve energy and lower their heating bills.  I thank the Illinois Municipal League for joining me in this important effort,” said Gov. Blagojevich. 
 
“With potential high heating costs over the coming heating season, local officials and community organizations should be prepared to assist those in need,” said Illinois Municipal League executive director Ken Alderson.
 
In his letter to the Municipal League members, Gov. Blagojevich urged mayors to reach out to local service agencies, community centers, churches, schools, libraries, hospitals and other organizations to ask that their facilities be made available to local residents this winter. 
 
“While we do not know how many people will need warming centers, we must be prepared so that no one risks their health and safety while trying to cut back on heating costs this winter,” Gov. Blagojevich said in the letter.
 
As part of the Governor’s Keep Warm Illinois campaign, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will open their 116 local offices statewide to the public and the Illinois Tollway will make the six Tollway oases in northern Illinois available as warming centers.  State officials are encouraging Illinoisans to use these warming centers to help lower their heating bills. Homeowners can save approximately 3 percent on their energy costs for every degree the thermostat is lowered, although they should be no lower than 55 degrees.
 
Last month, 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, and offering warming centers throughout the state. The list of warming centers locations is available at the Keep Warm Illinois website (www.keepwarm.illinois.gov) or at the Keep Warm Illinois hotline (1-877-411-WARM).
 
Warming centers will be located at DHS facilities and will be open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.
 
“The warming centers will be an excellent place for Illinois families to stay safe and warm this winter,” said DHS Secretary Carol L. Adams, Ph.D.  “People who want to lower their thermostats during the day in order to save costs on their utilities are encouraged to take advantage of the warming centers.”
 
The Keep Warm Illinois website (www.keepwarm.illinois.gov) also offers various no-cost and low-cost energy saving tips, a web-based tool to conduct a home energy audit, links to energy assistance programs and other resources.  In addition, the Keep Warm Illinois hotline (1-877-411-WARM) is another resource for Illinois residents to learn how to save energy and get energy assistance.
 
Gov. Blagojevich’s comprehensive Keep Warm Illinois campaign also includes:
 
Energy Savings Workshops.  The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is partnering with community colleges across the state to hold workshops that offer important information on how people can improve the efficiency of their homes. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is organizing community workshops statewide through community-based organizations and local governments. At these workshops, Illinois residents will have access to information from energy conservation experts on how to reduce overall energy costs.
Winter Assistance Days.  Joining forces with over 20 state and local leaders and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Gov. Blagojevich coordinated a series of Winter Assistance Events scheduled across the state throughout the cold season to offer members of low-income households the opportunity to apply for Low Income Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grants, receive free weatherization kits and learn important information on several state healthcare programs. November 1st marked the start of the open enrollment period for low-income families eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) coordinated by the apply for grants that will help them afford their high gas bills this winter.
Illinois Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has grants available to non-profit housing developers that include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or construction of affordable housing units.  These building practices often bring energy savings between 50% and 75%.  
 
Winter Storm Preparation. Illinois experiences five severe winter storms each year, on average. Nearly 80 people in the United States die from winter storms and extreme cold every year, which is more than the fatalities due to tornadoes. The hazards posed by winter storms and extreme cold can be catastrophic. So, the Department of Emergency Management will offer a Winter Storm Preparation manual that includes important information on actions to take now that will increase resident’s chances of surviving winter storms and extreme cold.
Keep Warm Illinois Leadership Summit. The Governor has called upon statewide leaders from the consumer advocacy, social service, business, and philanthropic communities to meet at a Keep Warm Illinois scheduled for November 30th. This group’s charge will be to recommend ways in which the private sector should join with government to help everyone in Illinois conserve energy and stay warm and safe this winter
Office of Emergency Energy Assistance. Last month, the Governor appointed a Special Director of Emergency Energy Assistance to marshal resources from the public and private sectors and to coordinate assistance to vulnerable populations impacted by record-high heating costs.  The Special Director will work with utilities, the ICC and other state agencies to ensure the public’s best interest is protected.  Gov. Blagojevich was able to successfully negotiate with the Illinois utility companies to have them waive administrative re-connection fees and security deposits for LIHEAP customers, so grant funds can go directly toward covering actual usage charges, allowing the state to help more households cover heating costs.
 
Gov. Blagojevich also called upon Illinois utility companies to waive reconnection fees and security deposits for customers who are receiving energy assistance from the state. Ameren, Nicor, Peoples Energy and Commonwealth Edison now agree that these additional charges should not prevent these customers from getting their home energy service restored. This agreement is helping the state’s energy assistance resources go farther so that as many families as possible who’ve lost utility service can get it restored in time for winter. The Governor also called upon President Bush and Congressional leaders to approve additional federal funding for energy assistance programs that help low-income families pay their utility bills.
 
Keep Warm Illinois Warming Centers
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Address
Chicago – Austin
408 North Laramie Avenue
Chicago – Calumet Park
831 West 119th Street
Chicago – Englewood
5323 South Western Avenue
Chicago – Garfield
500 North Pulaski Road
Chicago – Humboldt Park
2753 West North Avenue  
Chicago – Lower North
2650 West Fulton Street  
Chicago – Michigan
70 East 21st Street 
Chicago – Northwest
4105 West Chicago Avenue 
Chicago – Oakland
610 West Root Street 
Chicago – Park Manor
1642 West 59th Street
Chicago – Western
3910 West Ogden
Chicago – Wicker Park
1279 North Milwaukee
Chicago – Woodlawn
915 East 63rd Street
Melrose Park – West Suburban
2701 West Lake Street
Skokie – Northern
8020 St. Louis Avenue
Adams County, Quincy
300 Maine Street
Alexander County, Cairo
1401 Washington Avenue
Boone County, Belvidere 
2090 Pearl Street
Bureau County, Princeton
225 Backbone Road
Calhoun County, Hardin
807 West Main Street
Carroll County, Mt. Carroll
820 South Mill Road 
Cass County, Beardstown
300 East Second Street
Champaign County, Champaign
801 North Walnut Street
Christian County, Taylorville
1100 North Cheney
Clark County,  Marshall
315 South 14th Street
Clay County, Louisville
850 Bryant Street
Clinton County, Carlyle
1130 12th Street
Coles County, Charleston
119 West State Street 
Crawford County, Robinson
1110 North Allen Street
Cumberland County, Toledo
200 South Indiana
Dekalb County, Dekalb
1629 Afton Road
Dewitt County, Clinton
1275 Route 54 East
Douglas County, Tuscola 
207 East Ficklin 
DuPage County, Villa Park
146 W. Roosevelt Road
Edgar County, Paris
11773 Illinois Highway 1
Effingham County, Effingham
925 East Fayette Avenue
Fayette County, Vandalia 
228 West Johnson Street
Ford County, Paxton
1500 West Ottawa Road
Franklin County, Benton
1602 North Main Street
Fulton County, Lewiston
1329 North Main Street
Gallatin County, Shawneetown
9525 Gold Hill Road
Greene County, Carrollton
145 Walnut Street
Hancock County, Carthage
2005 East  U.S. Hwy 136
Henry County, Kewanee
125 West South Street 
Iroquois County, Watseka
806 East Walnut Street
Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon
333 Potomac Boulevard
Jersey County, Jerseyville
110 North Jefferson Street
JoDaviess County, Galena
708 South West Street
Kane County, Aurora
361 Old Indian Trail
Kane County, Elgin
600 South State Street
Kankakee County, Kankakee
285 N. Schuyler Avenue
Kendall County, Yorkville
1304 Game Farm Road
Knox County, Galesburg
477 East Main Street
Lake County, Park City
3235 West Belvidere 
LaSalle County, Ottawa
700 Centennial Drive
Lawrence County, Lawrenceville
R.R. 1, Box 418
Livingston County, Pontiac
905 Custer Avenue
Logan County, Lincoln
1550 4th Street
Macon County, Decatur
707 East Wood St.
Macoupin County, Carlinville
340 East Wilson
Madison County, East Alton
608 West St. Louis Avenue
Madison County, Granite City
1925 Madison Avenue
Marion County, Centralia
800 South Locust Street
Marshall,County Henry
511 School Street
Mason County, Havanna
323 West Main Street 
Massac County, Metroplis
2301 Metropolis Street 
McDonough County, Macomb
1026 East Jackson Street 
McHenry County, Woodstock
2215 Lake Shore Drive 
McLean County, Bloomington
501 West Washington 
Mercer County, Aledo
601 S. E. 19th Avenue
Montgomery County, Hillsboro
210 East Fairground Avenue 
Morgan County, Jacksonville 
45-47 South Central Park Plaza 
Moultrie County, Sullivan
625 South Hamilton Street 
Ogle County, Oregon
106 North Second Street
Peoria County, Peoria
2301 N.E. Adams Street
Perry County, DuQuoin 
314 North Maple Street
Piatt County, Monticello
1200 Bear Lane
Pike Count, Pittsfield
201 N. Mississippi
Pope County, Golconda
106 North Market Street
Pulaski County, Mounds
422 South Blanche Street
Randolph Street, Chester
870 Lehmen Drive
Richland County, Olney
1406 Martin Street
Rock Island County, Rock Island
2821 Fifth Street
Saline  County, Harrisburg
320 East Raymond Street
Sangamon County, Springfield
100 South Martin Luther King Drive 
Schuyler County, Rushville
111 East Washington Street
Shelby County, Shelbyville
610 West Main Street
St. Clair County, Belleville
1220 Centreville Avenue 
St. Clair County, St. Louis
225 North 9th Street 
Stark County, Toulon
213 West Main Street
Stephenson County, Freeport 
1631 South Galena Avenue 
Tazewell County, Pekin
200 South Second Street  
Vermilion County, Danville
220 South Bowman Avenue 
Wabash County, Mt. Carmel
229 West 2nd Street 
Warren County,  Monmouth
1245 South Main Street 
White County, Carmi
1112 Oak Street
Whiteside County, Sterling
2605 Woodlawn Road 
Will County, Joliet
45 E. Webster Street 
Williamson County, Marion
1107 West DeYoung 
Winnebago County, Rockford
1111 North Avon Street 
Woodford County, Eureka
107 North Major Street
 
 
Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education (ICRE) Wood – District office, Chicago 
1151 S Wood St
Chicago Heights
1010 Dixie Highway, 4th Floor
Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
1279 N Milwaukee Ave
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago 
10 W 35th St, 4th Floor
Ford City
7600 S Pulaski Rd
Rockford HSP
420 Financial Court
Joliet
1617 W Jefferson St
Downers Grove
2901 Finley Road, Suite 109
Waukegan
2740 W Grand Ave
Aurora
888 S Edgelawn Dr, Suite 1771
Champaign
1307 N Mattis Avenue
E. St. Louis
601 James R Thompson Blvd, Building E
Riverbend
606 W St Louis Ave
Mt. Vernon
333 Potomac Blvd, Suite F
Anna
1000 N Main St, PO Box 585
Springfield-North Walnut office
1124 N Walnut St
 
 
Belvidere Oasis
2510 Pearl Street
De Kalb Oasis
2700 N. Crego Road
Des Plaines Oasis
1960 S. Mount Prospect Road
Hinsdale Oasis
5800 Tri-State Toll Rd
Lake Forest Oasis
13783 West Oasis Service Rd
Lincoln Oasis, South Holland
700 E. Tri State
O’Hare Oasis, Schiller Park
10201 Belle Plaine Avenue


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