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10 Bringing back wild Illinois habitat
On the cover: (l to r) Stuart Allison, director of Knox County College's Green Oaks Research Station; Cal Williams, Corn Belt Energy's manager of vegetation and safety; Randy Lusher, vegetation specialist for BASF; Randy Chamberlain, owner of Chamberlain Tree Service and Mike Nelson, manager of construction and maintenance for Corn Belt's northern region found a way to bring back prairie habitat in the co-op's right of way. Find out how others are also bringing back a little bit of wild Illinois.
4 ILLINOIS COMMENTARY
David Tudor, Alliance /or Cooperative Energy Services (ACES) president/CEO, gives some insight on how co-ops are managing deregulation's changes.
6 ILLINOIS CURRENTS
Find out how co-ops' roles continue to grow as the industry changes, and why affordable housing is key to rural growth.
14 SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME
Find out what you should do to protect your children this Halloween.
16 YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
Fall gardening cleanup.
18 TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU
Find out about the most energy efficient methods for remodeling your bathroom.
22 ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING
While the kids are out getting chocolate filled goodies, why not make some treats of your own. Try Brownie Swirl Cheesecake from the recipe collection of Ladies Aid of Bell Ridge Christian Church, or Magic Cookie Bars from the recipe collection of Hamilton County Homemakers Extension Association.