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NRECA offering teachers Mini-Grant Program

Ten teachers in rural parts of the U.S. will be the recipient of $500 to be used during the 2012-2013 school year for student-based projects, offered through the Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Any rural teacher K-12 whose school or community is served by a rural electric cooperative, or whose […]

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Local food, local farmers

Illinois is increasing markets for local foods. By creating “food hubs,” or processing and distribution centers where independent, local farmers can market their products to larger entities (schools, government agencies), making locally-grown food more widely available. To help meet food demand, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has partnered with the Illinois Department […]

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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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