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Kirk says he believes in reuse of coal ash

First-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk met with the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Board of Directors on Jan. 19, asking members to share input on ways to “spend less, borrow less and tax less to help the economy recover.” In the approximate 30-minute visit, Kirk was direct in his endorsement of public-private partnerships to […]

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Free tax preparation for veterans

The Military Service Tax Preparation Project will once again offer free personal income tax return filing assistance to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have recently returned or are still serving on active duty in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area. The Illinois CPA Society, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service […]

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Illinois electric co-ops win energy efficiency award

For the second year in a row the electric co-ops of Illinois have won the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA’s) “Inspiring Efficiency Marketing Award” while competing against similar programs from the region’s largest investor-owned utilities. Last year, Prairie Power Inc. and its electric distribution co-ops won for a 16-foot “Energy Efficiency Wall” that illustrates various […]

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Illinois Recreational Access Program

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is implementing a new program to increase public access on private land for outdoor recreational activities. Through a three-year grant from the USDA-FSA, the IDNR will lease land from private landowners to provide acres for youth turkey hunting, fishing and boating, as well as birding, outdoor photography, and […]

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You can help shape the future of rural broadband

Illinois residents have the opportunity to participate in a survey that will help shape the state’s future broadband plan. The statewide survey is being conducted by Broadband Illinois, and will reach out to households, colleges, hospitals and community organizations throughout Illinois. “By participating in this survey, rural residents can make their voices heard about the […]

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March is Red Cross Month

In 1917, the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Woodrow Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military and civilians affected by war, as Congress had mandated. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and […]

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Finally a thermostat that programs itself

Nest Labs has announced that it has created the Nest Learning ThermostatTM. Nest learns from your behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom heating and cooling schedule, keeping you comfortable when you’re home and conserving energy when you’re away. “It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy […]

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