Currents

Record number of organizations back passage of Farm Bill

The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC), along with 25x25 and the Environmental Law & Policy Center, led a group of more than 100 ­organizations in sending a letter today urging Congressional ­con­ferees to adopt the Senate Farm Bill’s Energy Title funding. If approved, this bill would provide $900 million in mandatory funding for agriculture energy programs. Signatories include such organizations as ...Read More

Take action on energy costs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new ­proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new coal and natural gas based power plants. Because of this, the Administration has abandoned its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that effectively prevents construction of new coal-based generation. Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rule ...Read More

Duane Noland at Chicago EPA Session

Co-op leader urges EPA to consider the cost of regulation on the rural poor

Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ President/CEO Duane Noland (right) offered comments on behalf of Illinois electric cooperatives at the Nov. 8 U.S. EPA Listening Session in Chicago, Ill. The session was designed for EPA to gain public input on future proposed rules on carbon emission standards for ­existing power plants. Noland said the cost of providing electricity to sparsely populated ...Read More

Wagon 2013

Sharing the harvest, farmers give back to 4-H

As Chairman of the Board for the Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation, Duane Noland has a unique fund raising idea he thinks could spread to other counties in Illinois. He developed a wagon to pull to farm fields during harvest for grain donations that would help raise funds for the 4-H program. “In 2011, we received $15,000 in grain ...Read More

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Illinois students build Solar Decathalon house

Students from the University of Illinois, partnering with students from Peking University, entered a demonstration home in the Solar Decathlon China competition held in October. The program challenges students to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and ­attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with ...Read More

Bipartisan support for inland waterways vital to Illinois economy

We hear a lot about the discord in Congress, but in October the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act with an overwhelming 417-3 vote. Earlier this year Senator Durbin and Senator Kirk both supported similar legislation. When we think of trans­portation infrastructure most of us think of roads that crisscross our state and country. We ...Read More

Quinn proclaims Careers in Energy week in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Careers in Energy week in Illinois, Oct. 14-20, 2013. As part of the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s (CEWD) nationwide effort to increase public ­awareness of the many careers in the energy field, the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium worked to coordinate ­awareness ­activities with schools, ­colleges, universities, ­companies, and organizations across the state.Jim Monk, President of the ...Read More

Illinois celebrates 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

An ambitious series of events is set to mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and help people across Illinois appreciate the famed speech’s impact on history. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) will ­present a copy of the address in a special evening display Nov. 18. An honor guard will watch over the address as visitors ...Read More

Air pollutants have dropped 67 percent

According to the EPA’s website between 1980 and 2012, gross ­domestic product increased 133 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 92 percent, energy consumption increased 27 percent and U.S. ­population grew by 38 percent. During the same time period, total ­emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 67 percent.

Illinois Veterans’ History Project

In November of 2005, the Illinois Veterans’ History Project was launched by Secretary of State Jesse White to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contributions would not be forgotten. The project was created after the United States Congress passed a ...Read More