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Landline phones out, smart phones in

Landline phone use among co-op members fell again last year, ­according to Touchstone Energy’s® 2012 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference. More than half of ­members ages 45 to 54 have smartphones. And even among those 65 and older, smartphone ownership more than doubled last year, to 15 percent. Researchers asked about interest in co-op […]

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What does rural America want?

Rural Americans want to protect their way of life. But they say they can’t do it alone. Rural Americans say they need help so their way of life does not disappear. (Photo By: iStockphoto) That’s one of the findings from a survey that suggests residents of small towns and communities want a fairer shake from […]

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How to help after a disaster

The long road to recovery continues for Oklahomans impacted by the massive tornado in Moore and other twisters that hit the state in mid-May. Electric cooperatives have an organized disaster ­recovery system built into their cooperative DNA and official ­network. But what if you want to help out after a disaster like the one caused […]

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Jo-Carroll Energy, Farmers Mutual Electric complete merger

Two electric cooperatives in northwest Illinois have merged to serve a combined 21,372 electric members. Elizabeth, Ill.-based Jo-Carroll Energy and Geneseo, Ill.-based Farmers Mutual Electric—the state’s oldest electric cooperative—­completed the merger on March 31. The integrated ­cooperative will ­operate as Jo-Carroll Energy. The newly joined system held its first annual meeting on April 14, following […]

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Farmer’s markets growing in Illinois

More than 3,000 farmer’s markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh, ­affordable, convenient and healthy products. Farmer’s markets serve as ­integral links between urban, ­suburban, and rural com­munities and the ­popularity of the markets continues to rise, ­especially in Illinois, which now ranks third in the nation for the number of farmer’s markets. To further […]

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Lawmakers back co-ops on water heater rule

Electric cooperatives are urging the Department of Energy to consider alter­natives to a new rule, due to take effect April 2015, that stands to phase out large-capacity 55 ­gallon and above electric water heaters that save energy and money for co-op members in demand response programs. Nearly 100 lawmakers on Capitol Hill are backing rural […]

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290th birthday of the Illinois National Guard

On May 9, Governor Pat Quinn honored the 290th birthday of the Illinois National Guard, saluting its ­members who embody the ­democratic ideal of the citizen soldier. The Illinois National Guard has a dual mission: The state mission, under the governor’s command, is to respond to domestic emergencies in Illinois or elsewhere through cooperative agreements […]

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Prairie State Generating Company celebrates first year

Prairie State Generating Company celebrated its ­inaugural meeting May 2 at the Lively Grove energy campus that includes a state of the art 1,600-megawatt generating facility and coal mine. The ­facility is owned by nine member owners, including Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc., which are both not-for-profit, ­member-owned Illinois ­generation and transmission ­cooperatives. […]

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Seven students win electric co-op scholarships

Don Wood, Vice President of Government Relations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, announced the names of the seven winners of the 2013 Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship in May. “There were hundreds of applications received this year and, as always, a large number were extremely qualified applicants,” said Wood. The amount of […]

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