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Crews work to fill Illinois potholes after storm

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Road crews across Illinois are working to fill potholes that have popped up on roads after last week's blast of winter weather.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports workers in Urbana are heading out Monday to begin filling the worst potholes on major roads in the community.

And in Chicago, road crews are in the midst of a seven-day push to restore streets after last week's record-low temperatures, snow and ice.

Potholes can be created when water seeps into cracks in a road and freezes, which causes the pavement to expand. And the brittle roads can also be damaged by heavy equipment like snowplows.

Chicago officials say workers will have fixed 26,000 potholes this year by the end of the day Monday. In 2013, CDOT crews repaired more than 625,000 potholes.

To report a pothole in Illinois, call 1-800-452-4368, or go to

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