Association of Illinois
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-protit 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 publicarion of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, 6460 South Sixth Frontage Road, Springfield, IL62707. 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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EDITORS: Articles appearing in Illinois Country Living may be reprinted upon consent of the editor. For permission phone (21 7) 529-5561 or write to John Lowrey, editor, Illinois Country Living, P.O. Box 3787, Springfield, IL 62708.
10 Home is where
the school is
On the cover: Vicki Burn's, member of Shelby Electric Cooperative in Shelbyville (center) has been home schooling her two daughters Lauren (l) and Lane since they were born.
4 ILLINOIS COMMENTARY
Illinois State Director USDA Rural Development Douglas A. Wilson says rural areas must band together to promote rural development.
6 ILLINOIS CURRENTS
Five members receive a $100 bill credit for helping the electric cooperatives with a survey.
14 SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME
Don't let an undercooked turkey ruin your Thanksgiving.
16 YOUR YARD AND GARDEN
Your garden's reward was worth the agony.
18 TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU
Fireplace kits are easy to install and keep warm air from leaking out of your home.
22 ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING
This Thanksgiving, fill your home with the smell of Oven Stew from the recipe collection of the Winchester Methodist Women of Winchester. And for dessert, please your guests with Peanut Butter Surprise from the recipe collection of the VFW Post #2649 Ladies Auxiliary of Cairo.
29 ILLINOIS DATEBOOK
Celebrate the holidays by touring the Seminary Street Holiday Open House in Galesburg. Or enjoy the outdoors by attending Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm in Knoxville.