Quinn signs Illinois energy assistance bill - KMOV.com

Quinn signs Illinois energy assistance bill

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will make utility bills more affordable for senior citizens and low-income Illinois residents.

Quinn signed the bill Friday at a community center on Chicago's West Side. Under the new law, utilities would participate in making a payment plan available for eligible residents. It also caps utility costs and expands energy efficiency efforts.

The governor says it's unfortunate "people have suffered the fear of losing their electricity."

Quinn's office says the law will benefit tens of thousands of low-income Illinois households, allowing them to make affordable gas and electricity monthly payments.

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