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Social Security announces new service for card replacements

The Social Security Administration recently introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Illinois available through its my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Residents can use the portal for many replacement Social Security number (SSN) card requests. This will allow people to replace their SSN card from the comfort of their home or office, […]

New report finds electric power industry supports more than 7 million American jobs

The electric power industry ­supports more than 7 ­million American jobs, equivalent to about 5 percent of all jobs in the U.S., according to a detailed analysis of the role that electric ­companies play in the nation’s labor force and economy. M.J. Bradley & Associates released the report and analysis was conducted for the Edison Electric […]

New locomotives serving Amtrak riders in Illinois

Illinois has received 12 ­locomotives that are being put into service on Amtrak routes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg ­service between Chicago and Quincy, the Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Saluki/Illini service between Chicago and Carbondale, and the Lincoln Service between Chicago and St. Louis. A total of […]

IDNR announces 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season dates

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced waterfowl season dates and bag limits for the 2017-18 seasons. The seasons include 60-day duck seasons in each of the state’s four waterfowl hunting zones, along with 107 days of Canada goose hunting opportunity in the North and Central zones, 99 days of Canada goose ­hunting oppor­tunity in […]

Davidsmeyer receives 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on July 28, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100th District, was presented the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Davidsmeyer’s ­dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural […]

Déjà vu as co-ops lead in satisfaction

Strong showings from electric cooperatives, as well as greater satisfaction among all electric consumers, are among the highlights of a new J.D. Power report. The firm’s 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study shows several co-ops with top-of-the-chart scores besting many investor-owned and municipal utilities. “The utility industry has begun to fully understand the importance […]

Nest Thermostat

Program your thermostat to help manage energy use

Programmable thermostats are designed to help ­manage energy use, but most of the U.S. households with these controls do not choose to program their ­thermostats. According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, only one in eight households with a programmable thermostat is using it to control the temperature when not at […]

America’s electric co-ops promote nationwide veterans hiring initiative

Faced with the challenge of filling 15,000 jobs over the next five to seven years, America’s electric ­cooperatives want to do more than simply thank ­veterans for their ­service—they want to offer them a job. “Our military veterans deserve our unending gratitude for their service to our country,” said Jim Matheson, CEO of the National […]

Why rural America cares about electrifying Africa

It was a blunt question from the moderator: Why does rural America care about bringing electricity to Africa? “Cooperative members like to see other communities prosper. It’s a spirit of generosity that I think is part of our DNA,” answered Dan Waddle, senior vice president of NRECA International. “The members who participate in our program […]

Rethinking electric car incentives

From tax credits to carpool lane access, all sorts of carrots are being dangled at would-be electric car ­buyers. But there’s a snag. A Kelley Blue Book analyst worries that incentive money to buy electric vehicles might vanish before most people are willing to buy one. “The problem is that we incen­tivized the wrong group […]