CHICAGO—The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) joined the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) in announcing upcoming events to help more Illinois utility customers who are struggling with the cost of utility bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Governor Pritzker’s leadership, the State of Illinois recently implemented a major expansion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which combined with other household relief funding available, has created the $275 million Help for Illinois Families program to assist those impacted most by COVID-19. With over $100 million in funding still available through this program, the State of Illinois and consumer advocates at CUB are urging residents eligible for the program to take advantage and apply for Help for Illinois Families assistance today. The State and CUB are teaming up to host two free virtual events, in English and Spanish, to assist residents with applying for or learning about the programs. These events will provide an overview of the program, as well as a live question and answer session allowing residents to get their questions answered in real-time.

More information on how to register for free events can be found below. To ensure as many residents possible can attend the informational sessions, both events will also be streamed live on Facebook.

• March 11 at 6pm – English, Registration:
       or on Facebook live:

• March 15 at 6pm – Spanish, Registration:
     or on Facebook live: