Temperatures Heating up and Assistance Freezing

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DECATUR- Suspending energy assistance programs by July 1 is a worry for residents.

Along with the budget turmoil Gov. Rauner's proposed cuts affect senior citizens and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP.
LIHEAP helps low income families  and senior citizens by crediting a monthly allowance to their energy bills.

If no budget agreement is made, this program would be frozen right when the temperatures require cooling in the home.
Senior, Betty Gentry said, "I don't know why they're doing that it just doesn't make any sense to me. Why don't they just leave us alone, you know we're not making that much."

Senior Liz Rettke said, "They're going to cut these things out. I don't know what those people will do. So it will be pretty sad."
There is an amount of funding for LIHEAP that the federal government provides. That amount will continue to help those who qualify.

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