Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 to monitor Earth’s vital signs

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 2. The two-year mission will help scientists unravel key mysteries about carbon dioxide and produce the most detailed picture to date of natural sources of carbon dioxide, as […]

Bipartisan effort could expedite river navigation improvements

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced ­bipartisan, ­bicameral legislation to improve the nation’s water ­infrastructure – including locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers – through ­public-private partnerships that would ­expedite projects and save ­taxpayers money. […]

Book to feature Illinois Centennial and Sesquicentennial Farms

The publisher of an upcoming book ­honoring historic family-owned farms in Illinois says initial response to their publicity campaign has been overwhelming, but a large number of farm owners still haven’t heard about the project. The coffee-table book, “Illinois Historic Farms: Honoring the State’s Enduring Heritage of Family-Owned Farms,” will feature histories of family-owned farms […]

Co-op commitment to community in action

Members of the Menard County Fair Board are more confident about the smooth operation of at least one large part of the fair this year thanks to the completion of a major elec­trical system upgrade. The fairgrounds is unique from most in that it owns and ­operates its own elec­trical ­system, which was purchased from […]

A bright spot in a war torn country

For 20 years, southern Sudan made international headlines for two civil wars that killed an estimated two million people, displaced another four million and devastated its countryside before ending in 2005. Recently the civil war has once again erupted with ­broken cease-fires. But during a short semi-peaceful period there was a bright spot with the […]

Electric cooperatives tops in consumer satisfaction

According to the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey released May, consumer-members belonging to not-for-profit electric cooperatives are more satisfied with their utility than consumers served by either investor-owned (IOU) or municipal utilities. Touchstone Energy Cooperatives received an overall customer satisfaction score of 81 — the highest score for any electric-only utility. IOUs and […]

Galena museum offers free admission to military personnel and families

The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society announced their participation in “Blue Star Museums,” a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America that will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor […]

Get fresh and help the economy grow

Did you know that Illinois: ■ leads the U.S. in processed food sales. ■ is 2nd in the nation in corn and ­soybean production. ■ is 4th in the nation for agricultural exports. ■ is 5th in the nation for ­processed food exports. ■ is 4th in the nation for the ­number of farmers’ markets. […]

Electric co-op members send 500,000 comments to EPA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson announced that rural electric cooperative members have submitted more than 500,000 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to the proposed New Source Performance Standards rule regulating new power plants. “More than 500,000 Americans have united to oppose ­regulations that will constrain fuel types […]

Barn quilt designed to help boost area tourism

In an effort to help boost tourism in the area, Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, SIEC, hung a 10-foot by 10-foot barn quilt, May 7, at its facilities in Dongola. The quilt was hung on the side of a truck storage ­building. Motorists will be able to see the colorful display when they drive by SIEC […]