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Protecting animals for future generations

By definition, a zoo is a garden or park where wild animals are kept for exhibition; a collection of living animals usually for public display. And a zookeeper: one who maintains or cares for the animals in a zoo. Without a zoo there would be no zookeeper and without a zookeeper there would be no zoo.Every year, the third week ...Read More


Water Recreation and Electric Shock Drowning: Lucas’ Story

Everybody who knew eight-year-old Lucas Ritz was his friend. The bright, outgoing boy was well-known to everyone in his Scappoose, Oregon marina community. He shared his parents’ passion for boating and seeing new places and dreamed of becoming a boat captain.His father and mother, Kevin and Sheryl Ritz, were very safety conscious. The kids always wore life jackets and were ...Read More

The Prairie State Energy Campus.

Pursuing a responsible energy future

In just the last decade, generation and transmission ­cooperatives have invested more than $3.4 billion to reduce emissions and boost efficiency. They are ­planning billions of dollars more in further upgrades. Here in Illinois, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc. joined six consumer-owned municipal ­agencies and invested $1 billion in emission control equipment at the Prairie State Generating ...Read More


Treasure hunts along the road

By Amy Higgins Road trip activities are often tedious and predictable: the license plate game, 10 minute pit stops, mounds of munchies and the occasional snooze. But there are ways to break up the monotony, get a little exercise and have fun. Try geocaching and letterboxing. These scavenger hunts aren’t new, but they aren’t as familiar as your ­traditional traveling ...Read More


Teach your children history by visiting Illinois’ past

History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.  ~ Dexter Perkins, Historian and Author History is like a great novel with its plot twists, characters, places and events. But unlike a good book, we can visit history. It’s all around us; as close ...Read More


Trash to treasure

You’ve probably heard the expression, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that is increasingly true today. Many consumers are not only looking for a good deal, but also for “treasures” they can transform into something new for a fraction of the cost. The popularity of “trash to treasure” has created a demand for gently-used items, and businesses are ...Read More

Federal and state representatives were on hand for the ribbon cutting at Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative’s Scott County Solar Plant on March 7. From left to right are: State Sen. Sam McCann; Mary Warren, USDA; Robert Brown, IL Rural Board President; U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Ellen McCurdy, IL DCEO; and State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer.

IL Rural Electric Cooperative holds ribbon-cutting for Scott County Solar Plant

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative on March 8 held a ribbon cutting for its new 500 kilowatt solar facility. The facility is located south of Winchester, Ill. on Illinois Highway 106, next to one of the substations that serves the west central Illinois cooperative’s 7,800 members. The new solar plant, covering about four acres, consists of 2,223 solar panels, all of ...Read More


Future rate shock

In his State of the Union speech President Obama said his “all-of-the-above energy strategy” has moved America closer to energy independence, but co-op ­leaders noticed he didn’t mention coal. And although coal is America’s most abundant and affordable energy resource, the EPA’s proposed regulation will virtually eliminate new coal-fired plants changing the policy to an all-but-one energy strategy. Commenting on ...Read More

View of an efficient and well-lighted house for security and entertaining Source: Hadco

Efficient outdoor lighting

By James Dulley Dear Jim: I need to add outdoor lighting for security at my home. I’d also like to use the lights for entertaining. How can I brighten outdoor spaces without ­driving up my electric bills? - Paul H. Dear Paul: Outdoor lighting can be effective for security, but drives up utility bills if done improperly. Security lights are ...Read More


Listen to your heart

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – killing more than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages all women to live a healthy lifestyle and spread the message that heart disease is killing our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.  Go Red For Women Coleen Mays, Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative member and Springfield resident, ...Read More