Association of Illinois
Jack D. Halstead
Joseph W. Richardson
Cheryl Howard, Lisa Riddle
& Erin Weller
Illinois Country Living is a monthly publication serving the communications needs of 21 locally owned, not-for-profit Illinois electric cooperatives. More than 160,000 families receive the magazine as part of their electric cooperative membership. Monthly columns and stories provide information about topics and issues that affect the quality of their lives.
Illinois Country Living (ISSN number 1086-8062) is published monthly and is the official publication of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, 6460 South Sixth Frontage Road, Springfield, IL 62707. The cost is $2.40 plus postage per year for members of subscribing cooperatives and $5 per year for all others. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, Illinois, and additional mailing offices.
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CO-OP MEMBERS: When requesting an address change, please include the name of your cooperative. Telephone: (217) 529-5561
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10 Old King Coal
Despite some mines closures, Illinois coal remains the nation's most reliable source of energy. One shuttered mine, Old Ben Coal Co. No. 25 in West Frankfort, has been reopened and transformed into The National Coal Museum, where Bill Bullock is one of several former miners now guiding tours.
21 Geothermal heat pumps
They're economy sized.
20 Going for parts
It's the bane of farm wifery.
4 ILLINOIS COMMENTARY
Taylor Pensoneau, vice president of the Illinois Coal Association, says coal has a bright future.
5 ILLINOIS CURRENTS
"Green" crayons, butanol, help for event planners and more.
14 SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME
Follow the steps for ladder safety
16 YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
Garden watering tips
18 TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU
A buyer's guide to window films