The State of Illinois has announced the Good Samaritan Initiative to help low-income Illinoisans pay for utilities. It provides more affordable services for some individuals who have had their utilities disconnected. It applies to qualifying customers of utility companies including Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and Ameren Illinois. The account balances must be too high to be covered by the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but less than $3000. For more information on warming centers, and winter storm preparedness visit www.keepwarmillinois.gov.