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State Treasurer encourages youth to serve others

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias told 250 young leaders attending the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, April 21, at the state capital that serving others is very rewarding and encouraged them to take active roles in government.

He shared briefly his own background and that of his immigrant parents who came to the United States without money or an education. He grew up in Chicago and came to believe the next generation – his generation – should become more active in public service.

“While making money is great, finding ways to help other people is so much more important,” he said. It is his belief that talented, capable, hardworking young men and women in politics, have the ability to make the world a better place.

Giannoulias first ran for office at the age of 29. He said he did not have the support of his party, but that just made him work harder. “I learned a lot of life lessons during that campaign.” He said you have to really believe in your dreams, work hard and follow those dreams. Now at the age of 34, Giannoulias has turned his attention to the U.S. Senate, winning the primary in February to be the Democratic nominee.
Answering the students’ questions he voiced his concern over the government’s failure to focus on the next generation of jobs, noting that the U.S. has a real opportunity to be globally competitive on the energy front.

Giannoulias said, “Thomas Jefferson had a great quote that I think of all the time. ‘Politicians worry about the next election, leaders worry about the next generation.’ And that’s what I’m doing and I hope to one day be one of those leaders.”

Learn more about Illinois wind energy

The Illinois Wind Working Group (IWWG) will host its fourth annual Advancing Wind Power in Illinois Conference, July 14 - 15, 2010, at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. The conference covers many aspects of wind energy including large, community and small wind. Speakers include Michele DesAutels of the U.S. Department of Energy and Larry Flowers of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

Breakout seminars and panel sessions will include economic development, what landowners need to know about wind farms, small wind “how to,” commercial and community wind, net metering, wind assessment and forecasting methods, siting and zoning, construction issues, wind for schools, the Indiana Bat, wildlife and environmental issues, how to get a job in wind energy, property value guarantees, and more. For the full conference agenda and registration information, please visit:

Winners of 2010 Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Memorial Scholarship announced

Don Wood, Vice President of Government Relations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, announced in April the following winners of the 2010 Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship:

  • Josiah Moore of Camp Point, whose family receives electricity from Adams Electric Cooperative.
  • Brian Buss of Bowen, whose family receives electricity from Western Illinois Electrical Coop.
  • Ramie Boyer of Lerna, whose family receives electricity from Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative.
  • Devan Dirks of Robinson, whose family receives electricity from Norris Electric Cooperative.

In the “son or daughter of an electric cooperative employee or director” category, the winner of the “Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship” is Kate Henderson of Flora.  Kate is the daughter of Clay Electric’s Line Foreman Daniel Henderson. The two winners of the scholarships reserved for use at an Illinois Community College are:

Anthony Vaughan whose family receives electricity from Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative. Anthony is the son of David Vaughan, WWCEC Journeyman Lineman.

Jonathon Moss. Jonathon’s family receives electricity from Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative and he is the son of Robert Moss, IREC Area Serviceman.

The amount of each scholarship is $1,250 and 269 applications were received this year.

Expansion of offshore oil and gas development on hold

As part of the Administration’s comprehensive energy strategy President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced details of efforts to strengthen our energy security including expanded oil and gas development and exploration on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The announcement was made before the tragic fire and oil spill at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drill rig on April 20 in the Gulf. With the accident it is likely that the President’s proposal for offshore drilling expansion is now in very politically rough waters.

Also included in the Administration’s strategy are new car and truck fuel standards, key efforts being carried out by the Department of Defense to enhance energy security and an effort to green the federal vehicle fleet.

“I want to emphasize that this announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies on homegrown fuels and clean energy. And the only way this transition will succeed is if it strengthens our economy in the short term and the long term. To fail to recognize this reality would be a mistake,” said President Obama.

Find a job through new ‘Put Illinois to Work’ Employment Program

Put Illinois to Work is an initiative of Governor Pat Quinn to create jobs throughout Illinois and provide employment experience to those hardest hit by this recession. Put Illinois to Work is funded by the State of Illinois and federal funding made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Through Put Illinois to Work, unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents can be placed into subsidized employment positions for up to six months. Under the subsidized employment model, the wages of the participant are provided by state/federal funding, and the employer must provide supervision and training of the participant for the duration of the placement.

If you are a potential employer or job seeker, visit


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