Illinois launches new water debt assistance program following WBEZ report

The governor is allocating $42 million to launch the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program for low-income residents.

Water debt callout
Katherine Nagasawa, Getty Images / WBEZ
Water debt callout
Katherine Nagasawa, Getty Images / WBEZ

Illinois launches new water debt assistance program following WBEZ report

The governor is allocating $42 million to launch the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program for low-income residents.

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Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday announced a new water billing assistance program to help Illinois residents struggling with debt. This comes after a WBEZ investigation found that tens of thousands of Chicago homeowners racked up more than $421 million in delinquent water bills.

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