Quinn signs Illinois energy assistance bill

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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will make utility bills more affordable for senior citizens and low-income Illinois residents.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will make utility bills more affordable for senior citizens and low-income Illinois residents. Quinn signed the bill Friday at a community center on Chicago’s West Side. Under the new law, utilities would participate in making a payment plan available for eligible residents. It also caps utility costs and expands energy efficiency efforts. The governor says it’s unfortunate "people have suffered the fear of losing their electricity." Quinn’s office says the law will benefit tens of thousands of low-income Illinois households, allowing them to make affordable gas and electricity monthly payments. ______ In photo: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledges support for his proposed income tax increase as Campaign for Illinois Future and other groups rally to urge legislators to pass an income tax increase at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday June 23, 2009. Officials said the rally drew thousands of people waving signs in support of services for women, children, senior citizens, disabled people and more. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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