Healthy Habits

Healthy changes for men over 50

For men, their 50s can be a time of reflection. According to Dr. Zack Fulton of OSF HealthCare, 50 is the time for men to prioritize their health. “We all constantly change,” says Fulton. “As we age, more things go wrong, and we have more problems. One reason 50 is a magic number is because […]


Social security in plain language

Some of the terms and acronyms people use when they talk about Social Security can be confusing. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to communicate clearly in a way “the public can understand and use.” This can be particularly challenging when talking about complicated programs like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and […]


Brannan elected chairman

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) held a virtual annual meeting on Thurs., July 23. Immediately following, the AIEC board of directors held its reorganizational meeting and unanimously elected Kevin Brannan as its new board chairman. Brannan is board secretary for Illinois Electric Cooperative (IEC), Winchester, and serves as the IEC representative on the […]


September Checklist

Heads up! As farmers prepare for harvest, be aware of slow-moving farm vehicles, especially at night. Maintain positive mental health. Avoid media that sensationalizes emotions and limit your exposure to news and social media if it makes you anxious. Get vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine annually. […]


Making the most of a tough situation

With extra safety planning, the electrical distribution lineman programs at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, resumed in July. Attendees of Climbing School and 1st Year Distribution wore face masks when necessary to work together and practiced social distancing. Thad France, AIEC manager of lineworker and apprentice development, and his group of instructors made changes that […]


2020 IEC Public Service Award recipients

The Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ (AIEC) board of directors unanimously selected three Illinois legislators to receive its 2020 Illinois Electric Cooperative (IEC) Public Service Award. The award is given annually to those who support electric cooperatives, consumer-members, and cooperative principles and through their work on key committees. The awards, usually presented at the AIEC […]


Coronavirus-related Medicare scam alert

Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), Medicare beneficiaries should be vigilant and take precautions to avoid falling victim to healthcare fraud during this pandemic. Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that scammers may try to use this pandemic to steal their Medicare number, banking information or other personal data. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage […]


Pandemic causes mass cancellations of co-op annual meetings

Electric cooperatives exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to their consumer-members. Equally important is their mission to enrich the lives of all members and serve the long-term interests of local communities. Every year, the electric co-ops across Illinois conduct an annual meeting of the membership. However, 2020 has proven to be anything but […]


August Checklist

Dog days of summer. Remember to leave plenty of fresh, clean water for pets when it’s hot outdoors. Preparing for school. If masks will be required for students when school resumes, have your children practice wearing them now for a few hours each day. Prevent vehicle theft. Always take your keys with you, close windows, […]


Bipartisan legislation in Congress could save co-ops billions

In July, members of Congress introduced a bipartisan bill in both the House and Senate that could save electric cooperatives across the country more than $10 billion by allowing them to reprice loans from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at current low interest rates. The legislation allows co-ops to receive rate adjustments on their existing […]