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Jack D. Halstead
Nancy R. Nixon
Catrina McCulley Young
Erin Weller, Kara Henning
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.
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Many people have heard.
about the notorious
from Chicago, but they
may not have heard
stories about the
bootleggers from downstate Illinois. Read
about how downstate gangsters, such as the Birger Gang, shown on the cover,
conducted business during the Prohibition days. The cover photograph is courtesy
of the Illinois State Historical Library.
4 ILLINOIS COMMENTARY
David A. Sykuta, Executive Director of Illinois Petroleum Council, talks about
politics and the price of gasoline.
6 ILLINOIS CURRENTS
Rural leaders band together to address rural problems, find out their solutions.
14 SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME
Pablo Kalnay, visiting extension educator for integrated pest management at the
University of Illinois Extension Springfield Center stresses that natural alternatives to pesticides may still be toxic.
16 YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
It's time to start giving your lawn some attention.
18 TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU
Find out the latest on replacement windows.
22 ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING
What a beautiful month for a cookout. Impress your friends with Barbecued Green
Beans from the recipe collection of The East Harrison Street Church of God -
Women's Ministries of Charleston. And wow your guests with a cool dessert. Try
Angel Food Cake Jell-O from the recipe collection of Peace Meal, of Charleston.