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Recognize THE BEST in Illinois.

Now is the time to voice your choice. We’re asking readers to pick the top 28 nominees covering food, destination, arts, things to do…and the list goes on. Top honorees of the 2017 Best of Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards will win from three regions in the state of Illinois – Northern, Central and Southern. You […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Celebrating the sweet smell of success at the Illinois Products Expo

When people think about Illinois agriculture, they picture fields lined with rows of corn and soybeans, and cattle, pigs and chickens. They don’t understand how those raw products are transformed into food and other agriproducts, or appreciate the effort it takes to market them. Illinois leads the nation in food processing, and food processing is […]

Take two pets, and call me in the morning

“Petting, scratching and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”       -Dean Koontz As you approach your house, you hear the familiar taps of nails on the tile floor. When you slowly open the door, you […]

Lights out!

“Where were you when the lights went out?” became a catch phrase more than 50 years ago, when The Great Northeast Blackout occurred. It was joked about in popular TV shows of the day like “Green Acres” and “Bewitched.” But to utilities and policy makers on both sides of the Great Lakes, the blackout was […]


The search for the perfect tree

Whenever I think about the annual search for a perfect Christmas tree, the image from Christmas Vacation of the Griswold family heading out into the country in their station wagon, while Clark and Ellen sing Christmas carols, always comes to mind. Clark says, “We’re kicking off our fun old-fashioned family Christmas by heading out into […]

White triumphs in Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship

Cheri White, general manager of Illinois-based Cooperative Balloon Associates, LLC (CBA), won the U.S. Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship title during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM in October. White, who hails from Austin, Tex., has held the title since she won the first national women’s championship 17 years ago. White is […]

Coal plant sulfur improves soil and corn production

Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC) has truly turned lemons into lemonade. Under EPA regulations, SIPC is required to reduce the sulfur dioxide emissions that come from burning Illinois coal for electricity generation. The generation and transmission cooperative decided to go the extra mile and install equipment that would take the unwanted SO2 gas and turn […]

A call to duty and beyond

The first life-changing call Jared Bullock answered was the call of his nation following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was then that he and his twin brother decided to enlist in the Army, a plan they fulfilled just two years later. This path would lead to other callings. He answered another life-changing […]