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  • Writer's pictureJ. Wilson

Here is a list of organizations and programs that provide assistance with utilities in the state of Illinois:


1. Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Offers financial assistance to low-income households for heating and cooling costs. [Illinois LIHEAP](https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/default.aspx)

2. ComEd - Residential Special Hardship Program: Assists eligible residential customers facing financial difficulties with their electric bills. [ComEd Special Hardship Program](https://www.comed.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/ResidentialSpecialHardship.aspx)

3. Nicor Gas - Sharing Program: Provides financial assistance for natural gas bills to eligible customers. [Nicor Gas Sharing Program](https://www.nicorgas.com/residential/billing-payment-assistance/payment-assistance/sharing.html)

4. Peoples Gas - Share the Warmth: Offers assistance for heating bills to eligible Peoples Gas customers. [Peoples Gas Share the Warmth](https://accel.peoplesgasdelivery.com/home/payment-assistance/share-the-warmth.html)

5. Ameren Illinois - Warm Neighbors Cool Friends: Provides energy assistance to eligible Ameren Illinois customers. [Ameren Illinois Warm Neighbors Cool Friends](https://www.ameren.com/illinois/)

6. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Manages various energy assistance programs and resources. [Illinois DCEO](https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/default.aspx)

7. Community Action Agencies in Illinois: Many Community Action Agencies (CAAs) provide utility assistance as part of their services. Locate your local CAA for assistance. [Illinois Community Action Agencies](https://www.illinoiscaa.org/)

8. Salvation Army - Illinois Division: Offers emergency utility assistance programs to eligible individuals and families. [Salvation Army - Illinois Division](https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/)

9. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago: Provides emergency financial assistance, including help with utility bills. [Catholic Charities Chicago](https://catholiccharities.net/)

10. Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA): Offers resources and assistance through various community action agencies across the state. [IACAA](https://iacaanet.org/)

11. Illinois Legal Aid - Utilities: Provides legal assistance and resources for individuals facing utility-related issues. [Illinois Legal Aid](https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/)

12. United Way of Illinois: Connects individuals with various resources, including utility assistance programs. [United Way of Illinois](https://www.unitedwayillinois.org/)

13. DuPage County Community Services - Energy Assistance: Offers energy assistance services in DuPage County. [DuPage County Community Services](https://www.dupageco.org/Community_Services/)

14. Will County Center for Community Concerns: Provides assistance with utilities and other essential needs. [Will County Center for Community Concerns](https://www.wcccc.net/)

15. Illinois 211: Connects individuals with information about local resources, including utility assistance programs. Dial 2-1-1 or visit [Illinois 211](https://211illinois.org/)

Before seeking assistance, it's advisable to contact the respective organizations or programs directly to understand their eligibility criteria and application processes.



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