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How communication systems will help save energy

Adding or replacing insulation, using efficient light bulbs and ­sealing air leaks around windows are common energy efficiency tips offered by most electric utilities – and they do save energy. But many times, these traditional energy-saving tips do not take advantage of a growing trend in our lives: electronics and appliances that ­communicate to save […]

Prairie State bowhunting

Prairie State bowhunting

Good day and welcome to my first outdoor article in Illinois Country Living magazine. My name is Mike Roux and I am an outdoor writer/editor from Chatham. I have been on the professional end of the outdoor industry for over 40 years and an outdoor communicator for about 30 of those years. I am proud […]

Army veteran Brad Dearing

Homegrown by Heroes

Army veteran Brad Dearing never expected to be involved in farming. He enlisted in the Army straight out of high school and served two years of active duty in Germany. Afterward, he attended Western Illinois University to earn a degree in construction management, while also serving in the National Guard. He married and his first […]

Pie chart illustrating division of 7 million electric industry jobs in America. 2,662,000 Directly provided and 4, 418,000 induced.

High-Energy Jobs

If you want to work where the action is, how about a job in the fastest-growing occupation in America? As a wind-turbine technician you could make about $50,000 a year and know that your career is expected to grow 108 percent in the next seven years, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And you’d […]

Committed to all things big and small

Illinois’ electric cooperatives believe in neighbors helping neighbors. That’s just another way of saying we’re committed to our communities, and it’s central to everything we do. October is National Co-op Month, which is a perfect time to highlight our commitment to the local communities we serve. Your electric cooperative keeps the power flowing, providing lights, […]

Cyber safety checklist

This month, electric cooperatives across the country will join forces to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We hope that you will join us in taking action and recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Electric co-ops protect the private information of members and ensure hackers don’t tamper with the reliability of the electric grid, but consumers […]

Find your spirited adventure in Galena

In October, nightfall comes earlier, the large orange harvest moon glows eerily and ghosts and goblins lurk in the dark shadows. But in Galena, a town of nearly 3,500 residents in far northwestern Illinois, the dark side is present all year long. According to local lore, the combination of tragedy that befell many residents, from […]

The colors of autumn

As the days of summer wane and crisp mornings ease us into autumn, Mother Nature pulls out her palette and paints the landscape with fabulous reds, yellows, oranges and purples of the season. As the leaves turn, many hearts will be compelled to wander the myriad scenic color routes across the state looking for those […]

Rural communities have a voice in Washington

Given the incessant news out of Washington high­lighting partisan bickering and gridlock in Congress, it can be hard to tell whether our elected leaders are listening and being responsive to the concerns of rural Americans. That’s why America’s electric cooperatives urged members to get out and vote in the last election and are now focused […]


Southern Illinois native Dav Glass, a self-proclaimed geek, made a name for himself in California’s Silicon Valley as a software architect and engineer with Yahoo. When a new position with the search engine giant gave him the opportunity to return to Marion, Ill. and work from home, he jumped at the chance. His relocation, however, […]