Illinois governor to help low-income families with propane bills
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn offered an extra $1,000.00 worth of propane for struggling families in his state, but even with that help no one really knows how many families could be without heat as another round of winter weather approaches.
Inside her office at the Low Income Home Energy Assistance building in West Frankfort, Illinois, Amy Alexander was processing application after application.
"This person is at 1% right now and propane is at $4.19/gallon," said Alexander.
At least 50 of them on Friday alone.
"They're just afraid that they'll run out before we're able to help them," said Alexander.
Each eligible applicant can get help twice a year, but there is a $1,000.00 cap.
Not with propane prices nearing $5.00/gallon.
On average, that gets a customer about 200 gallons worth, or four to six weeks of heat, depending on their house.
That is not nearly enough to last through winter.