Illinois' efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads is earning recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. MADD has given the state its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention.
Illinois has earned five stars in MADD's 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, which was released Thursday. Some of the reasons cited in the report: the state's use of sobriety check points and an all-offender ignition interlock law that took effect in 2009.
Ameren Missouri and Illinois crews are also dealing with the perilous conditions.
There are nearly 53-hundred customers in St. Clair County without power and 500 in Macoupin County without power in Illinois.
In Missouri, crews are working to restore power to a dozen customers in St. Charles and about 30 customers in St. Louis County. The St. Louis County customers have been affected by a downed power line at Lindbergh and Schuetz. Over 600 customers in Jefferson County are crossing their fingers that power will be restored to them soon.