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Consumer Alert: PIPP is back! (but funds are going fast)

A program that helps low-income seniors and families stay current with their utility bills was reinstated after budget disputes in Springfield suspended it for a year. However, due to the program’s popularity the funding has run out in Cook County and is going fast in other counties. The Percentage of Income…...

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Victory in Springfield: Funding restored for excellent utility program

Good news out of Springfield this week: General Assembly leaders and the governor restored funding for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)—an essential program that helps keep electric and gas bills affordable for  roughly 50,000 low-income customers. After months of campaigning from consumer advocates, including CUB and more than 1,700 of you who…...

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IL’s budget crisis, and your utility bills

CUB’s been getting a steady stream of calls today from people concerned about how Illinois’ budget crisis threatens a program that encourages people to be good utility customers. To fill a $4 billion gap in the budget, the state of Illinois says it has suspended the Percentage of Income Payment…...

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