PERU, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said the severe cold weather and a resulting shortage of propane to heat homes in many areas of the state prompted State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) to introduce Senate Bill 2757, which would take a number of steps to help alleviate the problem. He was quickly joined in the effort by a bipartisan contingent of senators, including Sen. Rezin.
Sen. McCann had previously called on the Governor to issue a state of emergency, which the Governor did. However, the Governor’s declaration was very limited and did not take all available action.
The legislation would temporarily increase weight allowances on Illinois interstates to 100,000 pounds for vehicles carrying propane, which would reduce transportation costs and help increase the available propane supply in the state. It would also temporary increase the threshold for eligibility in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), add additional funds to the program, and establish a short-term loan program through the Illinois Finance Authority for small businesses, propane distributors, and farmers.
Sen. Rezin said she hopes the legislation will pass both chambers quickly and provide the relief and assistance needed for families throughout the state who rely on propane to stay warm.