Illinois under state of emergency declaration

By WEEK Reporter

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 12:03 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- A winter storm and deep freeze has lead Governor Quinn to once again declare a state of emergency. 

The Governor's Disaster Declaration allowed him to call out the National Guard to assist in dealing with the snow and sub-zero temperatures.

The Governor said the state has deployed nearly 3,700 employees and over 1,700 IDOT trucks to address the winter weather on state routes.

In addition, he said two national Guardsmen used heavy-duty military wreckers to pull semis and cars out of ditches along Interstate 57 and 70.

That cleared the Interstate for snow plows to go through, and ease a backlog of some 200 cars which blocked for as long as nine hours.

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