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ILLINOIS
COUNTRY LIVING
March 2001
Volume 58
Number 10


Published by
Association of Illinois
Electric Cooperatives

www.aiec.org

John Lowrey
Editor
Jack D. Halstead
Senior Editor
Nancy R. Nixon
Catrina McCulley Young
Michelle Reed

Associate Editors
Sandy Wolske
Advertising Coordinator
Erin Weller, Kara Henning
Graphic Designers
Derek Squires
Graphic Technician/Designer
Angie Bingenheimer
Circulation Coordinator

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.

POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Illinois Country Living, P.O. Box 3787, Springfield, Illinois 62708.

COOP MEMBERS: When requesting an address change, please include the name of your cooperative. Telephone: (217) 529-5561

Advertising and editorial inquiries should be directed to Illinois Country Living, P.O. Box 3787. Springfield, Illinois 62708. National advertising representative; The Weiss Group, 14826 North 54th Place. Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (602) 482-8844. Acceptance of advertising by ICL does not imply endorsement by the publisher or the electric co-operatives of Illinois of the product or service advertised. Advertisers are screened by the publisher and every effort is made to protect the subscriber, but ICL is not responsible for the performance of the product or service advertised.

EDITORS: Articles appearing in Illinois Country Living may be reprinted upon consent of the editor. For permission phone (217) 529-5561 or write to John Lowrey, editor, Illinois Country Living, P.O. Box 3787, Springfield, IL 62708.

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COVER STORY

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10   Looking for housing

Efforts are underway to solve rural Illinois' shortage of affordable rural housing, and several people and organisations are working toward solutions now, using a variety of possible cures.

DEPARTMENTS

4   ILLINOIS COMMENTARY

Earl Struck, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, says an energy crisis like California's is unlikely in Illinois.

6   ILLINOIS CURRENTS

When your cooperative holds an electrical safety demonstration, pay attention? People really learn from them. Read some shocking examples.

14   SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME

Jim Nevel, manager of regulatory compliance for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, reviews some house wiring safety tips.

16   YOUR YARD AND GARDEN

See which plants provide year-round enjoyment.

18   TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU

Find out why heat pumps are a year-round energy saver.

22   ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING

As winter melts into spring, take advantage of the last few chilly days with a steamy cup of Hot Mocha Warmer from the recipe collection of Vermilion County Home and Community Education Association. And if sweet is your craving, you'll love Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cake fom the recipe collection of The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Sherman.

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MARCH 2001 ILLINOIS COUNTRY LIVING 3


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