Illinois again helping pay summer cooling costs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A sizzling summer has prompted Illinois officials to revive a program that helps poor families cool their homes.
The state has set aside $10 million for the financial aid, or enough to help about 60,000 households.
Help with the cost of air conditioning had been routine in Illinois as part of LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. But that help was canceled last year when federal funds were cut. State officials decided to use all the remaining money to help pay heating bills in the winter.
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