Benefits Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker)

Seniors Free Transit Ride and Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
Secretary of State License Plate Discount

To qualify you must:

  • Be 65 or older by Dec. 31 of the current year or be 16 or older and totally disabled
  • Be a resident of IL when you file the application
  • Have 2015 income less than:  $27,610 for a 1 person household,  $36,635 for a 2 person household

One nice feature is that you only have to apply once every 2 years. If you file in 2016, you won’t need to file again until 2018  When it is time for you to refile for Benefit Access (formerly Circuit Breaker), we will send you a reminder postcard. We send postcards about 90 days before your deadline. It’s a good idea to call for an appointment as soon as you receive your postcard because it can take the State of IL 8-10 weeks to process your application.

Information & Assistance  Outreach

Monthly Potlucks

Tuesday, August 1 - Garden Prairie United Church of Christ, 10990 US Rte. 20, Garden Prairie.  Please bring a dish to pass.

Wednesday, August 9—Blaine Circle of Friends, 7200 Blaine Rd., Poplar Grove. Please bring a dish to pass.

Township Information and Assistance
Information & Assistance Specialist, Susan Bileto,  will be at the following locations in January from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to assist you with your needs.  You may drop in or call ahead to reserve an appointment time.   Ask for Susan at 815-544-9893.
          Monday, August 14, Poplar Grove Village Hall,  200 Hill St., Poplar Grove
          Monday, August 21, Bonus Township,  9016 Marengo Rd., Garden Prairie

LiHeap - Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program
We can help qualifying Boone County seniors, 60 years of age or older.
To qualify your monthly income must be less than:

$1,485 for 1 person household
$2,002 for 2 people household
$2,520 for 3 people household

You will need to bring the following documents for your appointment:
* Social Security cards for everyone in your household
* Photo I.D. Example: Driver’s license or state I.D. (for everyone)
* Proof of monthly income (SSA award letter, checking account statement or pay stubs from wages)
* Most recent utility bills


Felicia Marquez

Information & Assistance Specialist

The Boone County Council on Aging provides assistance and information on many Federal and State Programs that benefit the elderly.  Our professional staff provides assistance and referrals with Medicaid, Medicare and insurance, Snap Benefits, Social Security, SSI, Income taxes, tax assessment freeze, Property Tax Deferral, Benefits Access Program and energy assistance in a confidential setting.

To Receive Help:
Call 815-544-9893
Leave your name and phone # with the receptionist.  An Information & Assistance Specialist will call you to schedule an appointment.

 S.H.I.P  (Senior Health Insurance Program Assistance)
Information & Assistant Specialist, Janet Morgan, will be at the following locations to help you with your insurance needs.
Tuesday, August 15 at Shadley Apts.   2PM-3PM
Thursday, August 17 at Sheffield Meadows from 2PM-3PM

Programs We Can Help You With

 Real Estate Tax Deferral

This program is similar to a loan against your property. The State of Illinois pays your real estate taxes for you at 6% interest. When you pass away or sell the property the loan must be paid back. This is NOT a reverse mortgage. You may only “borrow” the amount due on your property taxes, up to $5,000 per year.
To qualify you must:
¨ Be 65
¨ Have household income less than $55,000
¨ Have owned the property for at least 3 years
¨ Have no delinquent property taxes
¨ Have adequate insurance against fire or casualty loss
The annual filing period for this program is January 1st through March 1st.


Nancy Nellis

Information & Assistance Specialist

Our Staff:         


Sue Bileto

Information & Assistance Supervisor

Information & Assistance