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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, […]

Total eclipse of the sun

Chances are that most Illinoisans have never seen a total solar eclipse. After all, the last total eclipse in the United States was more than 30 years ago and even then, only the Pacific Northwest was in what is called “totality,” the rest of the nation saw just a partial eclipse. This August is a […]

Top 10 reasons to consider a co-op career

There are many ways to earn a paycheck, but some are more rewarding than others. Here are 10 reasons to consider joining the electric cooperative family. 10. Tech-focused: The electricity industry is at the ­leading edge of a global energy revolution. Rapid advances in renewable generation, energy storage and smart grid technologies will change the […]

State fairs provide economic boost for local economy

Like many Illinoisans, Joshua Collins looks forward to the Illinois State Fair every year. So does Melanie Jacobs. Guy Alongi and Rex Duncan are eager for the start of Illinois’ other state fair, the Du Quoin State Fair, late each summer. Vicki King is fond of both 11-day events. It’s not that Collins is an […]

The new living space

  A house, two kids, a ­manicured lawn and a well-­maintained fence to keep it all safe. For years, that’s the dream to which many Americans aspired. But if you’ve scrolled through your social media feed lately or watched one of the countless ­reality shows about real estate and housing, you might’ve noticed that many […]

Small town, big attractions

There are signs of a revitalized downtown along Main Street in Casey, a town of 2,000 about halfway between St. Louis and Indianapolis and adjacent to I-70. Specifically, it is the speed limit signs, which have reduced the speed limit to 20 mph because of the influx of tourists. They are coming to see a […]

Small town business hits a home run

It was the seventh inning of the Cubs’ Game 4 in the 2015 NLDS Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Kyle Schwarber was at the plate. Schwarber hit the ball and it disappeared somewhere above the right-field video board at Wrigley Field. It was a homer that gave the Cubs an insurance run in the […]

The substation of the future

Solar panels, electric cars, computer hackers, vandals and thieves might not seem to have much in common, but they’re all making big changes in your electric service. Those changes have electric utilities talking about “The Substation of the Future.” If everything goes according to plan, you might never even know about those changes, says Tom […]