Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies were the traditional Wood family (our dad’s mom’s) cookie, made with one pint of lard and rolled out and cut with a round cookie cutter. Our mother, Ruth, adapted the recipe to make it easier and healthier. She used half the nuts and raisins the original recipe called for and also used oleo or oil, but butter ...Read More



These simple treats are what I always look forward to making with my mom and sister during the holidays. And, I sample many during the process! – Amy McDaniels, Administrative Assistant/Digital Communications Coordinator


Cry Baby Cookies

My mother got this recipe from my Great Grandmother Foster and makes them at Christmas. I really look forward to having some each year. – Sandy Wolske, Advertising Coordinator/Graphic Designer


Making beautiful music the co-op way

As the bright sun of a perfect late summer day fades to shades of deep pastel, it is show time at the Southern Illinois Opry in Herrin. Local band Skylyne Drive is on stage, and there is energy in the air that can only be fueled by the presence of live music. The focus of the band is two drop-dead ...Read More

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Green smart and efficient

Keeping energy costs low is fundamental for non-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives. It’s job one. That’s why co-ops believe in an all-of-the-above energy strategy, one that incorporates coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy. It also means co-ops have to be very innovative when it comes to development of renewable energy sources, smart grid efficiency technology and energy efficiency programs. The ...Read More


Selling rural Illinois

The competition for new industries, businesses, offices and the jobs they bring to any area is quite intense. Every community, county and region hopes it can land new factories, distribution facilities and stores. Throughout the nation and all across Illinois, economic development is a key concern for business and governmental leaders.That’s why larger metropolitan areas -- cities like Rockford and ...Read More


Life in the sandwich generation

It was the 90s. Divorced, and living in a two-bedroom upstairs apartment with her then six-year-old daughter, Ashley, the youngest of her three children, Marsha Satorius of Petersburg suddenly found herself a parent of yet another child-her mother, Dorothy Kemper, a woman in her mid-70s with early-stage dementia. Although Satorius worked as a fulltime nurse, she took her mother in, ...Read More


So many words to describe Opa

Honorable, veteran, loving, wise, funny, compassionate, strong, supportive, generous, irreplaceable, encourager and greatest cheerleader. These are just a few of the words his grandchildren used to describe Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative member Ernest Sjuts of rural Urbana on his 80th birthday.Sjuts is Opa (a German nickname for grandfather) to 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He and wife, Evelyn, referred ...Read More


Preserving tradition

I still fondly remember as a child playing in my Uncle Ray Herscher’s basement in Gilman, Ill. Behind one of the doors was a room where my Aunt Lucille stored all of the foods she had canned. It seemed so big then, those rows and rows of jars filled with every color of the rainbow. It was all harvested from ...Read More


A million miles from Monday

Whether pitching a tent in your own backyard, at a local campground or hauling a fifth-wheel camper hundreds of miles, both are done with one idea in mind – rest and relaxation. The need to get away from the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle and kick back while reconnecting with family and friends compels more than 38 million people to ...Read More