Governor Can't Dump Lawyer:

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Governor cant dump lawyer:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich isnt being allowed to switch lawyers in a dispute over relocating a Transportation Department office. The governor wanted to hire outside counsel instead of using the state attorney general. Blagojevich has sometimes butted heads with Attorney General Lisa Madigan. But a judge ruled Monday that Blagojevich must use the attorney generals office, at least for now. Sangamon County Judge Roger Holmes said Blagojevich could raise the question later if there appears to be some conflict. Blagojevich wants to move the states Traffic Safety Division from Springfield to Harrisburg, but opponents are suing to block the move.

Help with your heat:

With high home heating costs and cold temperatures bearing down on Illinoisans, AARP is reminding eligible low-income residents, especially the elderly, to enroll in Illinois Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills; however, assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type and geographic location. Due to rising energy costs, funds for the program have increased by $116 million for the year. As LIHEAP funds are limited, AARP is encouraging all eligible Illinoisans to apply as soon as possible. To learn more about the LIHEAP program, call the Keep Warm Illinois hotline at 1-877-411-WARM (9276) or visit www.liheapillinois.com.

State grant for disease:

Illinois will make $190,000 in grants to help research, treat and prevent Alzheimers disease. The money comes from donations Illinois taxpayers made on their tax returns to the Alzheimers Disease Research Fund. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proclaimed November Alzheimers Awareness Month in Illinois. Experts said more than 200,000 people in Illinois have Alzheimers disease, which causes the loss of memory, attention span and the ability to learn. …