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January 31, 2014

Illinois tries to ease pain of propane shortage

----- — CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois is offering more help to low-income households struggling to heat their homes because of a shortage of propane.

Earlier this week, Gov. Pat Quinn declared the shortage in Illinois an emergency. He relaxed rules on truck drivers so they could travel out of state in search of propane supplies.

Quinn announced today other steps, including an additional credit of $1,000 for each household taking part in a program that helps low-income residents with home energy bills.

The governor says no one should have to choose "between feeding their families and heating their homes."

In another change, the state will temporarily waive inspections of trucks carrying propane shipments to speed up delivery.

Officials are also asking consumers to report any suspected price gouging.

 

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    The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports 32-year-old Cory Alberson was released on $20,000 bail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty.

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    A spring forecast of above-average rainfall in parts of the Plains region is raising hopes for a break in drought conditions plaguing much of the area.

    "It looks pretty good for conditions to improve into the early summer," said Sioux Falls-based National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie about predictions for precipitation in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.

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