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Do you have a Christmas you remember?

Share one of your favorite memories of the holidays and it could end up in the December pages of Illinois Country Living. Perhaps you received the worst gift possible or were completely surprised by something amazing. Do smells of holiday baking bring back memories? Perhaps your family has a Christmas tradition you’d like to share. […]

A family tradition of cooperative public service

 Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17) grew up in Springfield, but her family roots run deep in rural Illinois. Her family connection with electric co-ops and public service starts with her grandfather Joe Callahan, a hog farmer from Milford, Ill., who was a state representative during some of the most turbulent times for Illinois electric cooperatives. […]


Other Illinois Zoos Illinois is well represented in the world of zoos, aquariums and animals sanctuaries. Some of the state’s offering: Brookfield Zoo; 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield; (708) 688-8000;  Cosley Zoo; 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton; (630) 665-5534; Glen Oak Zoo; 2218 North Prospect Street, Peoria; (309) 686-3365;  Henson Robinson Zoo; 1100 East […]

Rural electric youth tour: shaping our youth for 55 years

Illinois Rural Electric Youth Tour is turning 55! And oh, what a tour it’s been. “I’ve loved this trip. Every year is a new adventure,” says Kristin Banks, Illinois Coordinator of Youth Programs. Anyone who’s looked after a group of 16- and 17-year-olds in Washington, D.C., for Youth Tour knows how challenging and physically exhausting […]

Energy from the ground up

The winter of 2014 was a wake-up call for homeowners facing higher-than-normal heating costs. With the polar vortex came heavy snowfalls and record low temperatures for extended periods. Impacting much of the country, including Illinois, the cost of heating hit many people hard this year. Propane gas, in particular, skyrocketed in price. Some folks paid […]

Co-ops tell Congress it’s time to act

From Illinois and across the country, electric cooperative leaders converged on Capitol Hill to deliver a message to Congress: The time to act is now. More than 2,500 Co-op Nation citizens rallied at the 2014 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Legislative Conference on behalf of co-op priorities that stretch beyond the partisan political divide […]

A good idea is worth repeating

You probably remember reading or hearing about HomE. It was the award-winning energy ­efficiency program of the Illinois electric cooperatives that provided nearly 3,500 energy audits, along with $2.5 million in financial incentives for ­efficiency upgrades, for electric co-op ­members during 2010 and 2011. HomE provided incentive dollars for nearly 775 ­geothermal heat pump installations […]

Electrifying the world…one village at a time

As we wrap up International Year of the Cooperative, what better organization to recognize than the NRECA International Program, a division of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). On Nov. 1 the program celebrated 50 years of helping developing countries provide rural residents with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The program epitomizes the […]

Barn quilts blanket Kankakee County with color

“Every day at least one person stops to look at my quilt square,” says Rodney Schwark of Kankakee County ­referring to the 8’x8’ board affixed to the side of his barn painted in a colorful red, white and blue pattern that forms a star. Positioned on the 1923 era farm building where it can be […]

Tips for unwrapping a healthier YOU!

Holidays are traditionally marked by celebration, family and food. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities while keeping a balanced and healthful diet. Party Snacks: ❈ Take control. Before a holiday event, eat a snack or light meal. You will be less likely to fill up on high-calorie foods at the event. […]