Friday, March 13, 2009
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Gov. Quinn addresses Ill. Assoc. of Community Action Agencies

Signs executive order to help ensure all Illinois citizens have access to affordable energy services

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[March 13, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- On Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn addressed the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. The organization serves as a network for Illinois' not-for-profit corporations and units of government that aid Illinois' low-income population.

HardwareQuinn also signed an executive order moving the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The move will improve accountability and accessibility and help ensure all Illinois households have access to affordable energy services.

"I want to thank the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies for all that they are doing to aid families across Illinois, especially during these tough economic times," Quinn said. "This executive order will help us better assist families across the state that are unable to meet the demands of their increasing utility bills."

LIHEAP and IHWAP have been administered by the Department of Health and Family Services since 2004. The current economic crisis, coupled with increased energy costs, has left many low-income families unable to pay their utility bills. This has resulted in a dramatic need for these programs.

DCEO's expertise in energy efficiency and in community development is aligned with the programs' goals of developing energy sustainability and ensuring that energy costs do not cripple Illinois businesses and families. The transfer to DCEO will provide more efficient use of expertise and facilities and allow for greater response to the needs of Illinois' low-income families.

Quinn was joined by Warren Ribley, director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Dalitso Sulamoyo, CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies.

[Text from news release from the governor's office]

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