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Quinn Declares Propane Emergency In Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has declared a propane supply emergency in Illinois.

Quinn made the declaration Monday. Wet fall weather and recent cold spells have combined to put a pinch on Illinois' propane supplies, causing distribution problems across the state.

The declaration means regulations will be eased on propane truck drivers so they can drive to other states and fill their tanks. Illinois also has lifted limits on how long truck drivers can work within 24 hours. This will let them travel farther to pick up propane.

If cold temperatures continue, people who use propane to heat their homes could experience some negative effects. The Energy Department says 5.5 million U.S. households heat with propane, mostly in the Midwest and South.