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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 […]

2017 Best of Illinois Winners

The Illinois Country Living Magazine staff thanks everyone who submitted entries to the 2017 Best of Illinois Reader’s Choice Contest. We received online and mail-in ballots nominating top honorees in the Northern, Central and Southern regions. Here we proudly identify the deserving winners of each category.   Eats Destination and Recrecation The Arts Getaways Shopping […]

Butterflies, cookies and love

After answering the door to her farmhouse, Nancy Agney led me to her living room. As she turned, I noticed a gold filigree butterfly pin she was wearing on her back. I thought that was an odd spot to wear a pin and she went on to tell me about Courtney. Courtney was the daughter of […]

Living with severe allergies

Eleven-year-old Miles Kaufmann was extremely excited to take a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. A lot of planning went into the trip – where they would go, what they would see, the rides he wanted to experience. The one thing, however, that created the most excitement was eating in the park restaurants. […]

Lineman up on electric pole

Illinois linemen “bring the light” to rural Bolivia

Twelve volunteer linemen, supported by 19 Illinois electric cooperatives and a matching grant from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) International Projects grant program, traveled to Bolivia on March 13. The three-week project included tackling the electrification of 62 homes, an orphanage, school and a community center in remote mountain villages, as part […]

Use your outdoor voice

Why does food taste better when it’s cooked over a campfire? Why is a star-filled sky the best nightlight ever made? Why is the call of birds the coolest concert around? Why does a body of water simultaneously excite and calm us? The answers may be elusive, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that […]