Co-op youth urged to commit to communities

Talk about energy! Take 1,660 high school students from across the Co-op Nation, bring them to Washington, D.C. in mid-June and have them talk to their state’s senators and ­representatives. Listening to that conversation will get you energized and excited about our future. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois and other co-ops across the country ...Read More


Find farmers market resources for farmers and consumers

It’s farmers market season. For both farmers market vendors, as well as those shopping at the markets, the issue of prices can be of interest. So where to begin? The University of Illinois Extension, working in collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Crop Diversification, started compiling price reports for farmers markets last year. This year they are collecting ...Read More

Electric cooperatives earn top scores in customer satisfaction

Consumer-members of not-for-profit electric ­cooperatives are more satisfied with their utility services than customers of investor-owned (IOU) or ­municipal utilities, according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Touchstone Energy® ­cooperatives have consistently held the top ACSI ­ranking, receiving a score of 80 this year. IOUs and municipals scored 74 and 73 respectively. Across all 43 industries measured by ...Read More

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Growing Illinois is 2015 Illinois State Fair theme

State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says the theme for the 2015 Illinois State Fair is Growing Illinois. “Growing Illinois” is an all-­encompassing theme that goes well beyond the rows in a cornfield. It speaks to the hard ­working men and women in Illinois who help feed and clothe this great nation, ­ultimately growing the State’s economy. “Agriculture is the number ...Read More


Free recycling program for agrichemicals begins in July

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging ­farmers and agri­chemical ­facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced it has arranged to recycle them. Beginning at the end of July and continuing in August, sites throughout the state will collect containers. The ­containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, ­drainage ­tubing, plastic lumber and other ...Read More

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Hoosier Energy announces plan for large solar initiative

On May 6 Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative serving 18 electric distribution ­cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois, announced plans for a 10 MW multiple solar site initiative. The project consists of 10 one-megawatt solar arrays to be installed across member cooperative service ­territories over the next two years. Construction of the first installation is expected to ...Read More


Electric co-ops look for a fresh start on WOTUS

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson expressed disappointment in the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a ­redefinition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act without ­consulting ­stakeholders, in ­particular the myriad rural businesses, ­including rural electric cooperatives, whose operations would be ...Read More

Can you dig it?

The temperature is rising and many homeowners are ready to dive into that next big landscaping project. Before going to the garden center or home improvement store to pick up rental equipment or to purchase shrubs, trees or other landscaping needs, notify JULIE at least two business days before the start of the project. JULIE’s call center agents are available ...Read More

Illinois Renewable Energy Conference features wind, solar and geothermal

Illinois State University is hosting the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on Thursday, July 16, at the Bone Student Center Ballroom, Illinois State University, Normal from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference will include speakers on renewable energy, plus breakout sessions on renewable energy policy, technology, and case studies from around the state. Event partners include the Center for Renewable ...Read More

Find an Illinois farmers market near you

Illinois is third in the nation for the number of ­farmers markets. Farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. You can search for a community or roadside farmers market near you by going to Farmers markets serve as integral links between urban, ...Read More