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Governor Quinn Announces Start of LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:36

Assistance Available to Help Low-Income Residents Pay Electric Bills

CHICAGO – July 10, 2012. In an effort to provide relief to residents facing high energy bills in the wake of the recent heat wave, Governor Pat Quinn today announced that applications will be accepted for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning July 11. Through LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

“Temperatures have already reached dangerous levels across the state, and keeping people safe during the heat is my priority,” Governor Quinn said. “We must do everything we can to ensure Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens can remain healthy, safe and cool this summer.”

The LIHEAP summer cooling program will run from July 11 through July 27, or until funds are exhausted. A total of $10 million in federal funding is available for the program. Households that are responsible for their own electric bills will be eligible only under the following criteria: household income over the last 30 days does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty standard threshold; and the household includes a person at least 60 years of age, a child under 60 months of age, and a person with a disability or an individual with a documented medical condition aggravated by excessive heat. In addition, current customers under the electric Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) are ineligible for cooling assistance.

“Through the LIHEAP program, we have helped more than 378,000 Illinois families to live more comfortably and safely in their homes, while helping reduce burdensome energy bills for those who need it most,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director David Vaught.

People can apply for LIHEAP assistance by visiting their local administrating agency, but are encouraged to call ahead, as long lines should be expected. A complete listing of LIHEAP's local administrating agencies and additional information about the program are available at, or by calling the toll-free “Keep Cool Illinois” hotline at 877-411-9276 between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Seniors are among the most vulnerable to extreme heat. With temperatures remaining high, Governor Quinn urged seniors and families with small children to take special measures to stay safe. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) advises residents to stay hydrated; avoid going outdoors during extreme heat; avoid or minimize physical exertion; keep window shades drawn; wear loose cotton clothing; and avoid eating heavy meals and cooking with ovens. People taking medications should check with their pharmacist or doctor to find out about any heat-related side effects.

Governor Quinn also urged Illinoisans to take advantage of more than 120 state facilities that serve as cooling centers. The cooling centers provide a place to stay cool and comfortable during the scorching hot days of summer. The centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state and the seven Illinois Tollway Oases in Northern Illinois. They will be open to the public during regular business hours.

More information on the state’s cooling centers is available by calling the IDHS toll-free hotline (800-843-6154), or search by zip code for the nearest cooling center at


Braley Statement on CFTC Complaint against Peregrine Financial Group PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:13

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement after the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced it had filed a complaint against Peregrine Financial Group of Cedar Falls:

“Like many residents of the Cedar Valley, I was shocked at the seriousness of the allegations levied against Peregrine Financial Group today.  My immediate concern is with the Iowa farmers and grain elevators who may be victims of Peregrine’s alleged fraud.  I’m also deeply concerned about the impact of this situation on the employees of Peregrine and the entire Cedar Valley community.  In the days and weeks to come, I’ll be closely monitoring the actions of the CFTC and the FBI investigation of Peregrine.”

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Loebsack Welcomes Governor Branstad’s Upcoming Testimony Before Armed Services Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:55

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today welcomed the announcement that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will participate in a House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing on Thursday, July 12th. 

The hearing will focus on the Air Force’s proposed reductions and Governor Branstad is expected to discuss the importance of keeping the 132nd Fighter Wing based in Des Moines.  As the only Member of Congress from Iowa on the House Armed Services Committee, Loebsack successfully included a bipartisan amendment in the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the retirement of the F-16s. Loebsack is a member of the Readiness Subcommittee and will participate in the hearing.

“I was proud to work in a bipartisan fashion to prevent cuts to Air National Guard personnel and the retirement or transfer of Air National Guard aircraft, including the 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines.  Now, I am pleased folks in Washington will have a chance to hear directly from Governor Branstad about the importance of the National Guard to our homeland and national security.  The men and women of the 132nd Fighter Wing have proven time and again they are some of the most cost effective and experienced in the National Guard.  Iowans are proud of the 132nd's work and the more people know about their service, the more impressed they will be.

“I welcome the Governor’s testimony and look forward to continue to work on a bipartisan basis to ensure our dedicated Airmen do not see their positions eliminated.”


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Written by Amy Garringer   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:19

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport man was feeling pretty good after finding out his girlfriend is pregnant with a baby boy, so he decided to pick up a few “Crossword” scratch tickets and ended up winning a top prize of $30,000.

Brandon Clark, 28, said he stopped into Tobacco Outlet Plus at 4619 Brady St. in Davenport to pick up a few things for breakfast and bought some scratch tickets as well.

“I stopped for a pop and didn’t want to use my debit card for a dollar, so I got a Crossword too,” Clark said. “All of a sudden there was just a bunch of words that kept coming.”

Clark woke up his girlfriend, Jodi Moore, to tell her the big news.

“She told me to go back to the gas station to have it checked and calm down,” Clark said.

Clark, who works construction in Wyoming, Iowa, said he’s planning to use some of his winnings to plan for the birth of his son.

“We’re just going to save it and see what we need,” he said as he claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket’s puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 11 prizes of $3,000, more than 130 prizes of $300 and more than 590 prizes of $100.

Players can enter eligible nonwinning scratch tickets online to earn “Points For Prizes™” points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes™, a player must register for a free account at Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes™ online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.9 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.



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