Illinois tries to ease pain of propane shortage

Ron Selleck said his propane tank was last filled in mid December. It is now empty and his house is being heated with electric heaters (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)
Ron Selleck said his propane tank was last filled in mid December. It is now empty and his house is being heated with electric heaters (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)

 

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.

On Friday, Quinn announced 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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