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2019 IEC Scholarships Available

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative President/CEO, Bob Hunzinger, has announced that the Illinois electric cooperatives in 2019 will award eleven academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.”   In addition, a twelfth scholarship – to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school – will also... Read More

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Jason Barickman receives Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

 At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, held Thursday, July 26, State Senator Jason Barickman, R-53rd District, received the 2018 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Senator Barickman’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program. Senator Barickman has... Read More

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Staying safe in an accident involving downed power lines

If you come across a downed power line, stay as far away from it as you can and call 911 and Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative at 1-800-824-5102. Assume it is live. Never touch a downed power line or anything near it. Do not drive over down power lines. Should a power line fall on your car when you're driving, slowly continue... Read More

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The importance of safety

NRECA Annual Meeting There were many highlights from the 2018 annual electric cooperative meeting held in Nashville this year. I would like to briefly discuss one very important topic covered there that impacts all of us. Safety EIEC has an annual safety goal that includes ZERO lost time incidents for our employees. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Federated Insurance (a cooperative insurance provider) have coordinated efforts nationally to eliminate electrical... Read More

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Message from the President – Back to School

Can you believe it! School has started and there has been a hint of early fall in the air for most of August. In a sense, our board of directors attend school on a continual basis through various state and national electric cooperative training sessions. Directors are required to take continuing education classes to remain a board member, so they... Read More

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Tips for a Safe Harvest

Harvest workers urged to take time to reap a safe harvest this fall. It can be an exciting and exhausting time, the culmination of a season of hard work. However, the rush to harvest can also yield tragic outcomes. Each year, dozens of farm workers are killed and hundreds are injured in accidents involving power lines and electrical equipment. “Things... Read More

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