Built on pride and patriotism

Sarah Locke represented Shelby Electric Cooperative on the 2013 Youth to Washington trip, sponsored by the Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives. She was also elected by her peers to represent Illinois on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council. At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives annual meeting in August, Locke told the co-op leaders what the […]

Galena’s historic Main Street curves past more than 100 shops, restaurants and attractions. Photo courtesy of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Galena, Illinois named as one of the friendliest cities in the world

The city of Galena, Illinois – always considered a “town that time forgot” – has stepped back into the limelight as a city that no one can forget about. Condé Nast Traveler recently published the results of their annual Readers’ Choice Survey and declared Galena as not only one of the friendliest cities in the […]

How to communicate with your family during a disaster

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks […]

Illinois coal exports set record in 2012; now in 5th place

A new report forecasts continued major export growth for the Illinois coal industry due to the state’s large volumes of coal, competitive prices and access to prime water and land transportation routes. Illinois is now the fifth largest coal producing state in the U.S., up from ninth in 2009. The industry supports more than 4,000 […]


Hitzhusens Win 2013 Governor’s Conservation Farm Family

Tom and Margaret Hitzhusen, from Geneseo, were recently named the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ “Governor’s Conservation Farm Family” for 2013. Tom is a former director of Farmers Mutual Electric Company, prior to the merger with Jo-Carroll Energy. When the Hitzhusens moved to their current farm, the land was in very poor […]

Illinois utilities cooperate on State Fair Energy Zone

At this year’s Illinois State Fair the Illinois Energy Zone packed a powerful punch with interactive activities, renewable energy displays, youth activities, and giveaways – more than two dozen attractions. Next year’s display will be even bigger and better. The multi-faceted energy experience was provided by the Energy Education Council (EEC) in cooperation with the […]

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House passes coal ash bill creating federal guidelines

A bill strongly endorsed by electric cooperatives that regulates coal ash under a new state-run program has sailed through the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. The House backed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 on July 25 by a 265-155 vote. For the first time, the […]


Geothermal open house statewide Sept. 21

Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating/cooling systems known to mankind today. If you want to learn more about geothermal, and see a system in action, Saturday, Sept. 21 is the date. The Illinois Geothermal Tour is ­coming to a location near you. On Saturday, Sept. 21, homes and ­businesses with geothermal systems will […]


IDNR resources trunks and packs to supplement learning

Illinois has a wealth of natural resources and exploring them can be great fun for children as well as a wonderful educational experience. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers resources trunks and field trip packs for loan to help educators encourage children to take a closer look at the natural world. What are […]

Send the Light

Send the Light – celebrates rural electrification history

Many electric cooperatives across the country are ­celebrating their 75th anniversary. Celebrating that history is a play, Send the Light, which was conceived and ­written by Don Shandrow, a member of Corn Belt Energy, Bloomington, Ill. Music for the play was written by Phil Shaw, with ­incidental music by David Berchtold. Devon Lovell was part […]