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  Circuit Breaker, License Plate Discount, Seniors Ride Free and Disabled Ride Free  

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The Illinois Department on Aging's Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives. When the costs of property taxes and prescription medicines begin to "overload" our seniors and persons with disabilities, this program steps in to help, just as a circuit breaker prevents overloads in an electrical system.

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2012, the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant is eliminated due to the lack of funding. Pending applications will be processed for grant eligibility on a first come basis through June 30, 2012. If an application is postmarked on or after July 1, only the License Plate Discount, Seniors Ride Free and Persons with Disabilities Ride Free benefits will continue to be processed.

Please understand that the Illinois Department on Aging does not have discretion in the funding of this grant. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-624-2459.

As of July 1, 2012, Illinois Cares Rx was terminated. That means that Illinois Cares Rx will no longer help pay for prescription drugs and Medicare Part D premiums. It is important that individuals contact their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to find out what their premium and prescription drug costs will be beginning July 1, 2012.

If you have questions or would like to locate a Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) site near you for assistance, contact the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).


  How does it work?  

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Qualified individuals may receive a License Plate Discount and Rides Free Transit Card.

  • License Plate Discount – A $75 discount on your license plate fee.

  • Ride Free Transit Card – If you have a qualifying disability or are 65 years of age or older and meet the income eligibility requirements of the Circuit Breaker program, you may be eligible for free rides on all fixed-route regularly scheduled buses, trains and public transit systems.


  Income Limits  

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For a license plate discount and Ride Free Transit card, your total income in 2011 must be less than:

  • $27,610 for a household of one;
  • $36,635 for a household of two; or
  • $45,657 for a household of three.

  How do I enroll?  

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Follow these steps to enroll in Circuit Breaker and start receiving your benefits:


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