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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2006

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 Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00pm and Wednesday, January 11th 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.

College

Location

Tuesday

January 10

7:00 pm

Wednesday

January 11

7:00 pm

Blackhawk College

6600 34th Avenue

Building 2, Room 105

Moline

ü

Blackhawk College

1501 IL Highway 78

Room A116

Kewanee

ü

Carl Sandburg College

305 Sandburg Dr.,

Room 19

Carthage

ü

ü

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom Wilson Blvd.

Fine Arts Theater, Room F118

Galesburg

ü

ü

Carl Sandburg College

380 E. Main Street

Extension Center Rm. 360

Bushnell

ü

ü

Harry S. Truman College

1145 W.Wilson Avenue

Satellite Room 3416

Chicago

ü

College of Lake County

19351 W.Washington St.

Conference Rooms

Grayslake

ü

Danville Area Community College

2000 E. Main Street

Clocktower 005

Danville

ü

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive

Advanced Tech. Center Room 144

Elgin

ü

Harper College

1200 W. Algonquin Road

Wojcik Conference Center

Palatine

ü

Heartland Community College

1500 W. Raab Road

Community Commons Building, Room 1407

Normal

ü

Highland Community College

2998 W. Pearl City Road

Student Conference Center H210

Freeport

ü

Illinois Central College

Peoria Downtown Campus

Room 203

Peoria

ü

Illinois Central College

Peoria North Campus

Arbor Hall Auditorim

Peoria

ü

John A. Logan College

700 Logan College Road

Room E122

Carterville

ü

John Wood College

1302 S. 48 St.

Paul Health Center, Room D024

Quincy

ü

Kankakee Community College

817 River Road

Room D140

Kankakee

ü

Kaskaskia Community College

Main Campus

27210 College Road

Room HB 154

Centralia

ü

Kaskaskia Community College

Salem Center

204 W. Main

Front Room

Salem

ü

Kaskaskia Community College

Nashville Center

450 N. Kaskaskia

Room 103

Nashville

ü

Kaskaskia Community College

722 School Street

Room 5

Vandalia

ü

Kishwaukee Community College

21193 Malta Road

Jenkins Auditorium Roo A224

Malta

ü

Lake Land Community College

5001 Lake Land Boulevard

Neal Hall, North Conf. Room

Mattoon

ü

Lewis & Clark Community College

5800 Godfrey Road

Advanced Tech Center Room 141

Godfrey

ü

Lincoln Land Community College

130 West Mason

Lower Level Conference Center

Springfield

ü

Lincoln Trail College

11220 State Highway J

Williams Hall, Classroom 114

Robinson

ü

McHenry County College

8900 U.S.Highway 14

Conference Center, B166

Crystal Lake

ü

Moraine Valley Community College

10900 S. 88 Ave

Valley West, Room D236

Palos Hills

ü

Morton College

3801 S. Central Ave.

Room 245B

Cicero

ü

Parkland College

2400 W. Bradley Ave.

Building D, D244

Champaign

ü

Prairie State Community College

202 S. Halsted St.

BCEC Building

Chicago Heights

ü

ü

Rend Lake Community College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway

Distance Learning Center

Ina

ü

Richland Community College

One College Park

Shilling Salon One

Decatur

ü

Rock Valley Community College

3301 Mulford Road

Woodward Tech Center

Rooms 141 & 142, Rockford

ü

Sauk Valley College

173 Illinois Route 2

Room 2M7

Dixon

ü

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Road

Distance Learning Lab

Ullin

ü

South Suburban Community College

15800 S. State Street

Lecture Hall

South Holland

ü

ü

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road

Room A117

Harrisburg

ü

Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Road

Marsh Conf. Room

Belleville

ü

Southwestern Illinois College

500 W. South Fourth Street

Room 90

Red Bud

ü

Southwestern Illinois College

4950 Maryville Road

Wilmsmeyer Room

Granite City

ü

Spoon River College

23235 North County Road 22

Conference Center

Canton

ü

Triton College

2000 Fifth Ave

Robert Collins Auditorium, RC218

River Grove

ü

Waubonsee Community College

IL Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Dr.

Bodie 147

Sugar Grove

ü

ü

 

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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