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April is Financial Literacy Month

Americans carry more than $2 trillion in consumer debt, and 30 percent of consumers report having no extra cash, making it impossible to escape the burden of living paycheck to paycheck. Because too many Americans are insufficiently educated about their personal finances, April is devoted to helping everyone get a fresh start on taking control […]

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Prairie Power, Inc. leaders keep eye on power portfolio risks in changing energy market

The members of Prairie Power, Inc. (PPI), a generation and transmission cooperative serving 10 central Illinois distribution cooperatives, held their Annual Meeting, Feb. 8 in Springfield. President and CEO Jay Bartlett said the generation and transmission cooperative (G&T), serving 10 Illinois distribution co-ops, is working hard to improve system reliability and manage rates, while building fiber […]

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Water efficiency starts in the bathroom

Some 60 percent of our household indoor water usage happens in the bathroom. As such, updating old leaky fixtures and changing a few basic habits could go a long way toward saving fresh water, energy and money. Undoubtedly, the toilet is the biggest water hog in the bathroom. Those made before 1993 use up to […]

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Green jobs for 700 weatherization specialists

Earlier this year the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that capital funding will be given to 10 organizations who will train nearly 700 weatherization specialists across the state. This is the first phase of a multiple-year green jobs initiative. For more information about this program please visit www.ildceo.net.

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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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