Air pollutants have dropped 67 percent

According to the EPA’s website between 1980 and 2012, gross ­domestic product increased 133 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 92 percent, energy consumption increased 27 percent and U.S. ­population grew by 38 percent. During the same time period, total ­emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 67 percent.

Illinois Veterans’ History Project

In November of 2005, the Illinois Veterans’ History Project was launched by Secretary of State Jesse White to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contributions would not be forgotten. The project was created after the […]

New broadband system will improve disaster response

Electric cooperatives are closely monitoring the development of a new first responder communications network. Imagine a public safety first responder able to communicate on a dedicated cellular-type nationwide network; ­accessing databases from the field, transferring data and images on demand without delay. During a disaster, com­munications is critical between agencies and other first ­responders like […]

U.S. wind energy production reaches record highs

The Energy Department released two new reports on August 6 showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market. In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time — representing 43 percent of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. ­investment. According […]

USDA projects median farm will lose $2,300 in 2013

In its 2013 Farm Income Sector Forecast, the Department of Agriculture forecasts that while net farm income is expected to rise 6 percent to $120.6 billion, the median farm income will fall from a deficit of $1,435 in 2012 to a deficit of $2,300 for this year. The USDA said farm households “will make up […]


More senior co-op members using social media

Co-op members over the age of 65 are increasingly using social media, according to the new Touchstone Energy® 2012 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference. Over a three-year period, social media use in that demographic rose from 20 percent to 30 percent. Similarly, among members between 55 to 64, the rate of social media participation […]

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 […]