Generator Promotion – Act Now!

Standby Generator Extended Warranty: Limited Time Offer

Briggs & Stratton is here to back you up for today, tomorrow and now a decade longer.

For a limited time only, Briggs & Stratton is offering a 10-year limited warranty on standby generators1!

Purchase a standby generator between May 22, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and receive a FREE 10-year extended warranty! You’ll receive the same dependable Briggs & Stratton backed warranty, but now for an entire decade!


Briggs & Stratton Standby Generators

The Briggs & Stratton line of standby generators offers a comprehensive 5-year limited* warranty of parts, labor, and travel. But now for a limited time when you purchase a Briggs & Stratton Fortress Standby Generator you’ll receive an additional 5 years of warranty coverage. That’s a value of $999!

Have you purchased a generator between May 22nd, 2017 and June 30th, 2017? Register Your Warranty here and receive your FREE 10-year extended warranty!

Interested in back up power? Call 1-800-824-5102 for a Free In-Home Estimate.

1Offer is only valid with the purchase of a new Briggs & Stratton home standby generator installed by an authorized dealer in the continental US. Only valid on single-phase units with power nodes 12kW through 20kW. Exclusions apply; offer excludes extended coverage of the unit’s enclosure, see warranty details for more information or see dealer. Promotion starts 12:00a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) May 22, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 30, 2017. Sponsor’s time clock is the official clock of the promotion. Registration and proof of purchase required to be eligible. Available only on Fortress and Briggs & Stratton 12kw-20 models.
2See https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na/en_us/buying-guides/standby-generators/why-briggs-and-stratton/warranty.html for more details.
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2017 Annual Meeting: Director Election

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is made up of co-op member/owners – just like you. They are tasked with setting the policies and guidelines that Eastern Illini’s management team then carries out. Each year, three of the nine positions on the board are up for election. Board terms are for three years.


Directorate District 2
Candidate Tom Schlatter, Chatsworth
Tom Schlatter has served on the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board of Directors since 2006. He has served as secretary of the board, vice chairman, and is currently the chairman of the board. Tom received the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate in 2006, the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate in 2013, and the NRECA Director Gold Credential Certificate in 2016.
Tom and his wife, Barbara, reside near Chatsworth in Livingston County where he operates a grain farm.


Directorate District 5
Candidate Kevin Moore, Hoopeston
Kevin Moore has served on the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board of Directors since 2014. He received the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate in 2016. Kevin currently serves as Eastern Illini’s alternate director on the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors.
Kevin and his wife, Kasey, reside near Hoopeston in Vermilion County where he operates a grain farm.


Directorate District 9
Candidate Jay Hageman, Fairmount
Jay Hageman was elected to the Illini Electric Cooperative Board in 1986. He then served on the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board until 1989 and was re-elected to the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board of Directors in 2002. Jay has served as secretary of the board, and is currently the vice chair. He received the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate in 2002, the NRECA Board Leadership Certificate in 2011, and the NRECA Director Gold Credential Certificate in 2016. Jay also serves as Eastern Illini’s director on the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors.
Jay and his wife, Tracy, reside near Fairmount and farm in the corner of Douglas, Champaign, Vermilion and Edgar counties.


Use this proxy ballot if you can’t make it to the annual meeting, but you’d still like to vote! Simply click on the ballot to get a larger image, then print it off, fill it out, and hand it to an Eastern Illini member who is attending the meeting.

For more information about our director’s election, please contact our office at 800-824-5102.

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Feature: Spreading Her Wings

McKenzie Krutsinger, from rural Sidney, is living her dream of flight.

When we heard McKenzie’s story, we were impressed with the drive and passion of such a young lady. We asked if we could share her story, and the information she sent us was so good, we thought we would let her speak for herself.  The following thoughts came directly from McKenzie:

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I was beyond lucky that I stumbled upon aviation my sophomore year of high school. I am forever thankful for the day I fell in love with flight.

As a sixteen year old at Unity High School, I was supposed to job shadow a career I wanted. Unlike some of my classmates I was unsure of what career field I wanted to go into. On a plane on my way to a softball tournament, my mother turned to me and said how she thought flying would be a really interesting career choice. Her comment  definitely sparked my interest in aviation.

The next week I called the Parkland Institute of Aviation and asked if it would be possible to job shadow at their facility. I had no idea what kind of jobs they had available for me to shadow or what operations they handled. The Chief Pilot, Sybil Phillips, organized everything for me.

In March, I showed up at the Institute not knowing what to expect for the day. Shortly after I arrived, they set me up with a flight instructor who they informed me I would be following for the day. I sat back and watched a lesson the instructor had with a student, then we went on a tour of the air traffic control tower, fire and rescue facility, and FlightStar, a charter based out of Champaign. I even got the chance to sit in the Captain’s seat of Jimmy John’s private jet!

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McKenzie Krutsinger fell in love with flight at the age of 16. Now 20, she already has earned several pilot licenses and is getting ready to participate in the Women’s Air Race Classic, a cross-country event that features all-women teams. Photos are courtesy of Scott Pelkowski.

At the end of the day I went on my very own discovery flight where I got to fly around my hometown. I saw my house and my friends’ houses all from a birds-eye view. The feeling was indescribable. As cliché as it sounds, this was the moment I fell in love with aviation and knew that it was going to be the career I wanted to pursue.

Fast forward to my senior year of high school. I was signed to play softball at Florida Institute of  Technology and earn my degree in Aviation Management with Flight with a minor in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

As a two sport athlete with a GPA of 4.0, I decided to take a dual credit course to earn my Private Pilot’s License. My 18th birthday was the day I received my temporary Private Pilot’s certificate. It was a monumental achievement in my life. I am now almost done with my second semester of sophomore year at Florida Institute of Technology. I recently earned my Commercial Multi-engine license and my Commercial Single Engine license. Now I am working on my Certified Flight Instructors license.

Freshman year I earned a 4.0 GPA, and blew through my flight training. I am currently at the head of my class in flight  training while still earning a 3.9 GPA. Freshman year I received academic honors such as the Dean’s List. I am also an active member in our Women in Aviation Chapter here on campus.

The summer of 2016 I decided to volunteer for the Women’s Air Race Classic. Willard Airport, near my hometown in Illinois, was a stop along the race this year, and I saw it as a  great opportunity to get to know more about the event.

There were fifty-five different teams of women who stopped at Willard. I was lucky enough to get the chance to network and ask the women pilots questions. I even put myself out there and told the pilots that I would be interested in being a co-pilot for a race if any of the pilots needed one.

To my surprise, in January, I received an email from a woman I had met during last year’s race. I grew with excitement while reading her email. She said she would love to race with me this year if I was able to. This year’s air race starts in Fredrick, Maryland and ends in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There are nine different flyby/stopping points along the route.

The race usually costs around $6,000 total, but my teammate and I are splitting the cost. I am looking for donations to fulfill my $3,000 end of the expenses. The money will be going towards expenses such as aviation gas, maintenance, hotels, food, entry fees, etc.

Not many 20 year-olds get a chance to compete doing something they love, or better yet, get the chance to fly all over the United States. Not only is it a great opportunity for me to meet many different women in the aviation field, but also women who could help me later on down the road with my aviation career.

If you’d like to help support McKenzie as she participates in the Women’s Air Race Classic, you can contact her directly by emailing her at mkrutsinger2015@my.fit.edu, or you can send a donation to her at 2197 CR 1100 N, Sidney, IL 61877.

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2017 Annual Meeting on June 8

Annual Meeting

Attend this year’s meeting and EARN a $25 bill credit!

That’s right…a $25 bill credit just for attending and registering.

New this year…DOOR PRIZES!

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, and the 80th anniversary of our two original co-ops, we are offering several door prizes of $30 and $80 for members who stay for the business portion of the days’ festivities.


You and your family will be treated to a fried chicken dinner prepared by Niemerg’s Catering, tons of treats, and entertainment for all ages.

VOTE for your directors!

Your cooperative is led by a local board of directors elected by YOU.

We’ll keep the kiddos ENTERTAINED, too!

Activities will include inflatables, a petting zoo, miniature golf, and more!

ENGAGING seminars!

Always popular, this year’s topics include:
Q&A with your President/CEO, From Pumpkins to Seeds, Hats for any Occasion, Modern Quilting, and Chainsaw Safety.

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Eastern Illini’s Annual Meeting of Members

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Paxton-Buckley-Loda (PBL) Junior/Senior High School, Paxton, Illinois

Notice is hereby given that the 30th Annual Meeting of Members of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the PBL Junior/Senior High School, 700 West Orleans Street in Paxton, Illinois. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. and will close at 7 p.m. The meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m. and action will be taken on the following:

  1. The reports of officers, directors and the President/CEO.
  2. The election of three directors (one each from Directorate Districts 2, 5 and 9). 
  3. To consider and transact all other business which may properly come before said meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof.

Dated at Paxton, Illinois, this 28th day of April 2017.

Bradley J. Ludwig


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Area Students Attend Youth Day to Springfield

State Senators Jason Barickman and Chapin Rose, and State Representatives Tom Bennett and Brad Halbrook met with students representing Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 29th in Springfield. More than 250 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues.

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State Representative Brad Halbrook, Renae Spannagel, Villa Grove, Lauren Tingley, Bismarck, Bridget McMullin, Loda, Jacob Rietz, Gilman, Claire Bossong, Watseka, Mike Wilson, EIEC, Hannah Warfel, Tuscola, Miranda Fairbanks, Sadorus, Susan Brown, EIEC, and State Senator Chapin Rose.

During lunch, Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza addressed students and chaperones and challenged them to take an interest in the political process and encouraged them to talk to their state senators and representatives about issues that interest them. While in Springfield, the students also visited the Old State Capitol, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

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EIEC_YouthDay_2 = State Representative Tom Bennett, Hannah Warfel, Tuscola, Renae Spannagel, Villa Grove, Bridget McMullin, Loda, Claire Bossong, Watseka, Lauren Tingley, Bismarck, Susan Brown, EIEC, Miranda Fairbanks, Sadorus, and Jacob Rietz, Gilman

Youth Day is designed to introduce young rural leaders to state government. There were 25 co-ops from across the state represented at the event.

lincoln museum

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is a member-owned rural electric co-op based in Paxton, Ill. that supplies electricity to approximately 14,000 meters over 4,500 miles of electric line in parts of 10 east central Illinois counties. Eastern Illini offers a full range of energy solutions, and is a member of Touchstone Energy — a national alliance of over 750 local, member-owned electric utilities. More information can be found at www.eiec.org and www.facebook.com/easternillini.

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Keeping You Safe: Thunderstorm Safety

When thunderstorms are rolling your way, stay safe with these helpful tips.

safety tipsSpring weather in Illinois can certainly be unpredictable. Knowing what to do if a spring storm comes through can help you protect your friends and family from dangerous situations.

The American Red Cross has developed this list of tips and strategies to help you stay safe during a spring storm.

• Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.

• Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where it is raining.

• If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.

• If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.

• Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.

• Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.

• Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.

• If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity.

• If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.lightning

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