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Illinois auto racing a family affair.....................10
It used to be that families would join together at baseball diamonds to watch local teams compete. Now it seems that going to the racetrack has become the weekend ritual of many families in Illinois. Find out why small town racing is such a family affair.

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Illinois Electric Cooperatives

www.aiec.org

John Lowrey........................................................Editor

Nancy R. Nixon Catrina McCulley Young ,
&Michelle McNeal
......................Associate Editors

Sandy Wolske ...................Advertising Coordinator

Erin Weller, Kara Henning
&Kathy Feraris..................... Graphic Designers

Derek Squires...... Graphic Technician/Designer

Connie Newenham..... 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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ILLINOIS COUNTRY LIVING


July 2002 .............. Volume 60 ....... Number 3

DEPARTMENTS

ILLINOIS COMMENTARY............................ 4
Lynne P. Padovan, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Environmental and Natural Resources, tells of a commitment to preserve and protect outdoor Illinois.

ILLINOIS CURRENTS.................................... 6
Find some Web sites that will help you conserve energy and learn more about turning waste into energy.

SAFETY AND HEALTH...................................14
This summer learn how to keep disease carrying blood suckers in their place.

YOUR YARD AND GARDEN .................16
Dave Robson gives tips on how to paint your garden with patriotic plants.

TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY AND YOU...........18
James Dulley helps you find high-quality, inexpensive dryer vents.

ILLINOIS' FINEST COOKING ......................22
This month try something fresh, like Strawberry Salad from the recipe collection of the Green field Triennial Homecoming Committee. And if you liked that, you'll love Red, White and Blue Salad from the recipe collection of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Herscher.


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