Illinois Again Helping Pay Summer Cooling Costs


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A sizzling summer has persuaded Illinois officials to revive a program that helps poor families cool their homes.

Illinois has set aside $10 million for the financial aid, or enough to help about 60,000 households. People can apply until July 27 by calling 877-411-9276.

It's available to homes with senior citizens, young children or someone in poor health. A family of four can have an income up to $33,500 a year and still qualify.

Illinois offered this kind of aid in the past, but canceled it last year when federal funds were cut. Marcelyn Love of the state commerce department says this summer is so hot that officials decided to move some money around and help pay for cooling.

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