“While the weather has been unusually warm, that’s not a guarantee that colder temperatures are behind us. With the holidays winding down, it can be really hard for some in the community to cover extensive heating costs,” LaPointe said. “I wanted to take the time to remind local residents of the wonderful, cost-effective benefits of warming centers offered through the Keep Illinois Warm program.”
Warming centers are available in state facilities across Illinois to help local residents reduce their home heating costs. These spaces provide a safe, warm place to go during the day while turning the thermostat down. Warming center hours vary by location and are limited to each buildings’ regular business hours. Except for Tollway Oases, warming centers do not offer food, drinks or other services. A full list of all warming centers and their operating hours can be found at keepwarm.illinois.gov.
“While the weather may be unpredictable these days, it’s important to plan ahead and consider ways to stay warm and save money when the colder temperatures arrive,” said LaPointe. “In order to keep our neighbors safe throughout the winter months, we need to ensure everyone in our community has access to warm, comfortable spaces during the winter season.”
For more information about warming centers and to learn about low-cost ways to save money and energy, visit keepwarm.illinois.gov.
LaPointe represents the 19th District, which covers portions of Chicago’s Big Oaks, Dunning, Gladstone Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Union Ridge and West Portage Park neighborhoods, and River Grove, Elmwood Park, Norridge and Harwood Heights.