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Illinois residents can get help with staggeringly high ComEd and Nicor ​​bills

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – The current cold weather means Illinois residents will pay a lot more to heat their homes this winter, but there is help out there.

People across the state line are seeing their electric bills surge as both Nicor ​​and ComEd have admitted their bills are up.

However, a Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or “LIHEAP” is available. It gives residents a credit on their electricity bill that can help with overdue balances or be used on future bills.

LIHEAP informational sessions for those in Boone and Winnebago counties will be held every Wednesday through the end of March. It is held at various locations across the state line to help people sign up.

Local leaders said no one should suffer to decide whether to put food on the table or heat their home.

“There’s no distinction between how cold it gets and how much something costs, right? They don’t care who you are, the weather is what it is, prices are what they are, so we want to work within our means and use the funds received to help as many people as possible in their home during restore or continue heating during the winter months,” said Owen Carter, deputy superintendent for the city of Rockford.

Below is information on upcoming meeting locations and eligibility:

The LIHEAP team will be at the following locations from 9am to 1pm
February 1 – Rockford Today Network 4437 E. State St.
February 8 – Washington Park Community Center 3617 Delaware St.
February 15 – Northwest Community Center 1325 N. Johnston Ave.
February 22 – St. Bernadette Catholic Church 2400 Bell Ave.
March 1 – Washington Park Community Center 3617 Delaware St.
March 8 – Rockford Today Network 4437 E. State St.
March 15 – Providence Baptist Church – 2209 Clifton Ave.
March 22 – St. Bernadette Catholic Church 2400 Bell Ave.
March 29 – Providence Baptist Church – 2209 Clifton Ave.

Be sure to bring the following documents with you:
Photo ID (driver’s license, state-issued ID, work or school ID, or FOID card)
Proof of 30-day GROSS income (for ALL household members 18+, this includes TANF, child support, SSI or SSD, SSDI, etc.). If someone in the household over the age of 18 is not claiming income, they must provide proof of public benefits (e.g. SNAP, proof of public housing, or a letter from someone who supports you financially).
Current (latest) heating and electricity bills (Need front and back and if utilities are included in your rent bring a copy of your rental agreement)
Social security cards for all household members (must be originals, no copies. Birth certificates are accepted for children under 6 months).

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