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Illinois leaders convene for Keep Warm Illinois Leadership Summit

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[DEC. 1, 2005]  CHICAGO -- Nearly 50 Illinois business, social service and nonprofit leaders were scheduled to attend Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's Keep Warm Illinois Leadership Summit in Chicago on Wednesday, joined by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and state agency directors. The summit was to focus on raising awareness about the importance of energy conservation and assistance and encouraging private-sector organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, to do their part in helping Illinois families make it through this winter's home heating crisis, which has been triggered by record-high energy prices.

The Keep Warm Illinois campaign is a comprehensive effort to inform and prepare Illinois residents -- especially the elderly, families with small children and people with disabilities -- for record-high home heating costs this winter. The campaign's efforts -- including clothing drives, workshops on energy saving, Winter Assistance Days and statewide warming centers -- are coordinated by the Office of Emergency Energy Assistance, the Illinois Department on Aging, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

[News release]

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