SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker signed an executive order Thursday that will use of available emergency relief dollars for Illinois utility customers currently at risk of service disconnections following the end of the winter moratorium.
The Governor’s Executive Order allocates an estimated $80 million to help households in crisis.
The expanded assistance measures will grant billing relief for nearly 80,000 current and former Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) customers currently at risk for disconnection and prevent service shutoffs due to a consumer’s inability to pay.
Illinoisans eligible for UDAP may receive a one-time credit of at least $250 up to a maximum of $5,000 for each eligible utility account.
Families eligible for UDAP benefits include those who are currently on a utility disconnection list based on arrearages, as well as those who have received state energy assistance through LIHEAP or PIPP between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021.
The Department will work with utility companies and local agencies to process invoices and credit customer accounts as soon as next month.