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Easter Seals awarded funding for lighting upgrades

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 3:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 3:19 p.m. CDT

Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau counties has been awarded $1,905 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to upgrade its lighting to be more energy efficient.

In addition, the agency will receive a rebate from Ameren Illinois’ Act on Energy Business Program of almost $1,140. It is estimated this will lead to the agency saving more than $2,200 annually in operating costs.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation was established in 1999 as an independent foundation with the mission of improving energy efficiency, advancing the development of renewable energy resources, and protecting natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois.

In the past, the Foundation has provided grant funding for other projects in Ottawa including projects completed by the city of Ottawa, Ottawa Elementary School District 141, Ottawa YMCA and Ottawa Friendship Village.

Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau counties provides multiple services to children in the area. The center serves about 500 children each year, providing developmental screenings, evaluations and therapy; speech therapy; physical therapy; child care; and preschool services. In addition, the center has an Autism Resource Center that is available to the public.

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