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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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10 Still in love...after all these years
This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate than to pay a special tribute to couples celebrating more than 50 years together.
4 ILLINOIS COMMENTARY
Judge Abner J. Mikva, who served as White House counsel, Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, five terms in the Illinois House of Representatives, and five terms in the U.S. Congress co-chairs a task force on Political Representatives in Illinois. Mikva gives his reasons for going back to cumulative voting and three-member districts.
6 ILLINOIS CURRENTS
See Washington D.C. on the Youth to Washington tour and find out about financing help for rural housing.
14 SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME
Find out about safe drinking water on the Internet.
16 YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
Spice up your life with herbs.
18 TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU
Clear the air efficiently with small room air cleaners.
22 ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING
This February, stay out of the bitter cold and enjoy a warm dinner at home. Try Crock Pot Pork Chops from the recipe collection of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Chapin. And for dessert, try Blueberry Cobbler from the recipe collection of the Jacksonville Developmental Center in Jacksonville.