DOE awards $25 million to Prairie Research Institute

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $25 million to a three-year project led by the Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, that will design a next-generation power plant in Springfield. The innovative plant design combines multiple techniques to both reduce emissions and capture and re-use carbon dioxide. The project (Front-End Engineering Design Study […]


Co-ops award grants to empower classrooms

Three electric cooperatives recently awarded more than $30,000 combined to classrooms within their service territory to help improve the learning environment or increase educational resources. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, Paxton, is in its fourth year awarding classroom grants through its Empowering Education Grant Program. This year, the co-op awarded a total of $20,000 to 42 […]



If you still don’t have a REAL ID, the deadline set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is Oct. 1, 2021. The REAL ID is a driver’s license or state ID that is compliant with the REAL ID Act passed by Congress in 2005. The ID will be needed to fly domestically or visit […]


2021 insulin costs cap in Illinois

A newly-enacted law in Illinois changes the Illinois Insurance Code to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per month for all patients using a state regulated insurance plan. Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, was chief sponsor of the Senate bill and says the legislation shows that Illinoisans don’t have to accept costly prescriptions. “People spoke […]

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

March Checklist

March is National Nutrition Month. Kick off the month by eating a healthy breakfast every day. Be kind to your eyes. Schedule an annual exam and give your eyes periodic rests when working on computers. Dial it right. The new 217 area code overlay began Feb. 27; don’t forget to dial all 10 digits. Tip […]

Recycling Container

Can I recycle that?

Reasons to recycle are both environmental and financial, and the list of recycling rules is long and complicated. Master them by trying three types of thinking. Think like a sorter. When your curbside bin gets emptied, it’s taken to a materials recovery facility to be sorted. Think about items that might cause problems with sorting. […]

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Geothermal tax credit extended

A 26 percent federal tax credit for geothermal installations was extended for two more years. The extension was part of the federal government’s $900 million COVID relief package passed by Congress in December 2020. The extension is good news for those considering the benefits of geothermal. It keeps the tax credit at 26 percent for […]

Fishing and hunting licenses

2021 fishing and hunting licenses go on sale

Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsman combination licenses go on sale beginning March 1 and will be valid through March 31, 2022. Visit to apply online. 


FCC urged to vet rural broadband provider promises

A bipartisan group of 160 senators and House members is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to verify that broadband providers can truly give rural Americans the high-quality service they promised to deliver. NRECA and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association are worried that some companies that made winning bids during the first phase of […]

Bethanny Lawson

Lawson receives national scholarship

Bethanny Lawson, former youth tour alumna from EnerStar Electric Cooperative, Paris, was recently chosen as one of six recipients of the annual Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship.    Lawson recently graduated from Waldorf University with a degree in business administration. She is currently working as a legislative correspondent for the U.S. Department of […]