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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Illinois Energy Assistance at Risk: a LIHEAP Town Hall meeting - Chicago on June 29th

Illinois Governor Rauner (R) proposed budget cuts and reluctance to sign a responsible budget based on shared sacrifice are already resulting in real consequences for Illinois residents, particularly the most vulnerable among us.

Monday June 29th at 6 p.m. at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (6248 S. Stewart), Senator Mattie Hunter, Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins, Representative Esther Golar, the Englewood Coalition AD-HOC Group will hold a town hall meeting to discuss one of the ways in which hundreds of thousands of Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities will suffer if the governor's proposals take effect. Gov. Rauner intends to eliminate the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps 300,000 Illinois residents afford their utility bills, avoiding the health risks of extreme heat and cold.

Hear from the experts, ask questions and tell us what energy assistance means to you or your neighbors as we seek to better represent your concerns to our colleagues and the governor at a critical time in state government.

Please also consider joining members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus June 25, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Chicago State University (Douglas Hall) 5071 W. Congress Parkway for a rally against the Rauner cuts. 

And don't forget to call the Governor at (312) 814-2121 or write to him here to voice your opinion about his attack on social services from LIHEAP to breast cancer screenings to summer jobs for at-risk youth and many more.

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