SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Pat Quinn declared an emergency Monday aimed at addressing the lingering shortage of propane. The governor's declaration is designed to ease weather-induced distribution problems that have left some industry observers worried that homeowners could run out of the fuel during an upcoming cold snap.
The declaration eases regulations on propane truck drivers in order to allow them to drive into other states to fill their tanks.
For example, an Illinois driver heading to Texas would be able to cross into the state for propane even if they didn't have proper licenses, said Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette.
"(T)his was done because, due to the current propane shortage, additional drivers are needed to travel to Texas to haul propane back to Illinois," Blanchette said.