Illinois residents who are having an uneasy time paying their utility bills are eligible to apply for funding help through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The program is a federal that provides help to residents pay for their utility expenses if the meet the income requirements. More funding for the program has been provided under the federal CARES Act passed by Congress earlier this month to be put towards economic difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications are currently being accepted through the end of June. and funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.