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ILLINOIS
COUNTRY LIVING
August 2001
Volume 59
Number 4


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

10   Shake, rattle and roll earthquakes in Illinois could happen again

Earthquakes of biblical proportions hit the Midwest in 1811 and 1812, a brief moment ago in geological time. The Great New Madrid earthquake terrorized the few inhabitants, moved rivers and left scars on the land you can see today. Could it happen again? Probably. Are we prepared? Maybe.

DEPARTMENTS

4   ILLINOIS COMMENTARY

Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Illinois' 14th district representative say that visits from real folks are invaluable to policymakers.

6    ILLINOIS CURRENTS

Find out how to start a farm co-op, lower your electric bill, install a geothermal heat pump, help prevent animal abuse and tell your co-op what you think about present and future services.

14   SAFETY AROUND YOUR HOME

Learn tips to having a safe harvest.

16   YOUR YARD AND GARDEN

For happy and prolific iris, plant and divide them in August.

18   TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU

Provide shade for your house and deck, and reduce cooling costs with an awning.

22   ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING

This month would be a perfect time for that family picnic you've been meaning to have. Load up the kids, head toward the nearest park and don't forget to pack Spaghetti Salad from the recipe collection of The Immanuel Lutheran Church of Thomasboro, Raspberry Salad from the recipe collection of The Carroll County 4-H in Mt. Carroll, and all of your other favorite picnic foods.

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