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North Shore Gas

For Release: 02/23/2010

Commitment to Education An Important Factor in North Shore Gas' Community Initiatives

Waukegan, IL. - North Shore Gas’ commitment to the communities they serve extends well beyond providing their customers with safe and reliable natural gas. The utility company, whose service territory includes 54 communities in Lake County, believes that education plays a key role in the defense against poverty and helps to build strong and vibrant communities.

On Tuesday, February 23, Andrea Danks, public affairs representative for North Shore Gas, will present a $5,000 check to Dr. Donaldo Batiste, the superintendent of schools to fund programs for Waukegan School District 60. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. at 1201 N. Sheridan in Waukegan.

Studies by the National Institute for Literacy show poverty and literacy rates are inextricably linked, and in Waukegan, where 17% of adults and 27% of children fall below the federal poverty guideline, North Shore Gas hopes to break the link of poverty.

The utility fosters a strong commitment to education initiatives by providing support for enhanced literacy programs, professional staff development, underwriting cultural programs and funding health and social programs that serve the children and their families, the teachers and the community.

Just last week, the company presented a check to the North Chicago School District to fund some of their initiatives. In addition, North Shore Gas was a major contributor to the Waukegan Public Library’s ‘Legacy of Literacy Campaign’ to raise funds for the library’s Literacy Suite which had its grand opening in late January.

The Literacy Suite offers free one-on-one tutoring for adults wanting to improve basic reading or writing skills, plus free group classes. These include adult basic education, family literacy classes for parents and their children age 6 and under, and computer classes in Spanish and English.

For more information on North Shore Gas’ community initiatives, please visit the company's website at

About 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 website:

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