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Peoples Gas North Shore Gas

For Release: 01/23/2009

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Urge Residents to Apply for Earned Income Tax Credit and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs

Chicago, IL – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, the two utility companies that deliver safe and reliable natural gas to approximately one million customers in Chicago and 54 communities in Lake County, want customers who are struggling financially to know that there are programs available to assist them.

One of the programs available to help ease the economic burden is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program. The EITC provides much-needed relief to low-income working families in Chicago. Residents that qualify may obtain a cash bonus of up to $4,700 annually. In addition, there is a Child Tax Credit worth up to $1,000 per child that is available even to families who do not owe income taxes. Thousands of eligible workers are not taking advantage of the program, either because they may not have heard about the EITC or do not know how to apply for it.

Peoples Gas has joined with Mayor Richard M. Daley to promote the EITC program in Chicago. In 2008, the City of Chicago's 33 free tax preparation sites helped return more than $33 million to more than 23,000 families. Chicago residents can learn more about the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the location of this year's free tax preparation sites by calling 311, the City of Chicago's non-emergency informational line. Residents of northeast Illinois (except Chicago) should call 312-409-1555 or 312-630-0273 to find out where to apply for the EITC. In addition, the utilities are reminding residents who are struggling financially that there is still plenty of LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funding available to help with their heating costs. Residents whose income is at or below 150 percent of the poverty level can apply for LIHEAP.

"There is help available to families in need during these tough economic times," said Rodrigo A. Sierra, vice president of Public Affairs. "One of our top priorities is to ensure that customers have the tools they need to manage their energy costs and the EITC and LIHEAP programs are just two of many that are available to them."

In addition, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas customers whose income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty level may qualify for the company's Share the Warmth fund which provides matching grants of up to $200. Peoples Gas customers should call 1-800-571 CEDA (2332), and North Shore customers should call 1-847-249-4330 to apply for LIHEAP and call The Salvation Army at (773) 725-1100 to apply for Share the Warmth. Conservation, weatherization and home safety tips that can help customers use energy safely and wisely can be found on our web sites at www.peoplesgasdelivery.com and www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Chicago. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit the company's web site: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The company is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on North Shore Gas, visit the company's web site: www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson (Media)
    Manager, Public Relations
    312-240-4567
    312-907-7333 (cell)