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Delivering business success

When Steve Givan and his wife Jana started Spencer’s Books in their home nearly seven years ago, they didn’t realize how quickly it would grow. The couple now operates their Internet business from a warehouse in Plainfield – a small community at the crossroads of historic Lincoln Highway and Route 66. “The post office is […]

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JoAn, center, with her children (l-r) Michael, Linda and Mark.

Illinois Country Mother of the Year

Whether it be rain, snow, sleet or fair weather, you can find Illinois Country Mother of the Year, JoAn Bollmann (Grandma Jo to her ­grandchildren), sitting on the sidelines with a scorebook in her lap cheering on whichever grandchild is on the field. The scorebook tradition began out of the natural ­curiosity of her grandchildren. […]

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Nomination Letters

Mother of the Year – JoAn Bollmann Jeanie AldrichBarbara BennettCristen CarlsonRenee DepriestIrene FraneyCarolyn HallSandra HelminkBrenda JenkinsDebbie JohnstonBarbra KhourieMary Jean KraftJoyce KuhleLaDonna MillerJanice PasiewiczBarbara RaweJanie SchultzLouise ShepherdRobin ShipmanMarlena SiverlyThala Jean StewartKaren TuckerAmanda TwitchellRuthie Jane McGilvry Welty   Nominee: JoAn BollmannTown: AvaNominated by: Mark Bollman (son) My special mother…. My mother, JoAn Bollmann, is a member of […]

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Green jobs for sustainable careers

According to the Illinois Green Jobs Survey conducted by the State of Illinois’ Department of Employment Security green jobs continue to be on the rise. Businesses and ­organizations are making sure their dealers and employees are well educated and even certified to ensure the appropriate measures are taken to accommodate their customers, whether residential or […]

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The proliferation of smart meters, along with other developing technologies, helps electric ­cooperatives work to contain costs while improving service for consumer-members. 
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Co-ops cutting costs through innovation

If treated well, your electric co-op’s equipment and infrastructure-poles, lines, transformers, and the like-can last for decades. But as useful life ends for these components, reliability becomes more of an issue and co-ops are increasingly turning to innovative technologies to keep service reliable, safe and affordable. “Electric cooperatives have been leaders in adopting technologies to […]

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Postal problems

There are two ways to make a budget — spend less or earn more. Unfortunately for the Postal Service “earn more” is going by the way of e-mail, electronic bill pay, online advertising, texting and instant messaging. According to Great Lakes Communications Manager Victor Dubina, the Postal Service processed and delivered 213 billion pieces of […]

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