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Illinois quick hits: Freezing temperatures cause EV problems

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Ice causing flooding concerns

The frigid temperatures in Illinois are causing flooding concerns. Chunks of ice have built up along the Kankakee River near Wilmington, causing the water to rise in some areas.

A flood warning was issued for the area for the remainder of the week. Flood waters have surrounded homes as river waters continue to flow beneath the ice. Temperatures are not expected to get back to normal until next week.

Freezing temperatures cause EV problems

The cold snap in Illinois is causing headaches for those who drive electric vehicles. Long lines could be seen at EV charging stations around the state since the temperatures tumbled over the weekend.

Several cars had to be towed from a charging line in Evergreen Park on Monday as temperatures struggled to rise above freezing. Tests found that electric vehicles lose between 20% and 30% of their range when temperatures dip below freezing.

County fair queen selected

A Jacksonville teen has been chosen as the new Miss Illinois County Fair Queen.

Natalie Evans was crowned during the 113th Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention in Springfield. Tessa Sargent of Hancock County was named the first runner up.

Evans will be traveling around the state to appear at about 30 county fairs this summer and will be the official hostess of the Illinois State Fair in August.

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