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Labor Statistics. Furthermore, fuel oil is roughly 40%
more expensive than last year, electricity is up 6.3%, and
natural gas market prices rose by more than 24%.
(3) These scenarios are tough on household budgets as
families deal with inflation. The State should do more in
addition to the Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program to help offset some of these high energy prices
during the winter months of 2022.
Home Heating Rebate Program.
(a) As soon as practicable, the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity shall create a Home Heating Rebate
Program to provide rebates to households that use natural gas
or propane gas for heating purposes and that have a median
household income between 200% and 400% of the poverty
guidelines updated periodically in the Federal Register by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the
authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). Eligible households shall
receive the rebates as soon as practicable after
implementation of the program. The Department shall, by rule,
establish qualifications for program participation, which may
include requirements that apply under the Energy Assistance
Act and other requirements.
(b) Rebates provided under the program shall be funded
through appropriations made from the Home Heating Rebate
Relief Fund created under Section 15. The State Comptroller
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shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer
$500,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Home Heating
Rebate Relief Fund to provide rebates to qualifying households
for State fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Any funds left over at
the end of the second month following implementation of the
Home Heating Rebate Program may be awarded to certain
qualifying first-time small business owners as determined by
(c) The Department shall adopt emergency rules in
accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to
implement the Home Heating Rebate Program.
Home Heating Rebate Relief Fund.
Heating Rebate Relief Fund is created as
a special fund in the
State treasury. The Fund shall consist of any moneys deposited
into the Fund as provided under subsection (b) of Section 10.
Moneys in the Fund shall be expended for the Home Heating
Rebate Program as provided under Section 10 and for no other
purpose. All interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall be
deposited into the Fund.
The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act is
amended by adding Section 5-45.21 as follows:
(5 ILCS 100/5-45.21 new)
Emergency rulemaking; Home Heating Rebate
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To provide for the expeditious and timely
implementation of the Home Heating Rebate Program authorized
under the Home Heating Relief Act of 2022, emergency rules
implementing the Home Heating Rebate Program may be adopted in
accordance with Section 5-45 by the Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity. The adoption of emergency rules
authorized by Section 5-45 and this Section is deemed to be
necessary for the public interest, safety, and welfare.
This Section is repealed one year after the effective date
of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.970 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.970 new)
The Home Heating Rebate Relief Fund.
This Act takes effect upon