2019 Annual Meeting Recap



On Thursday, June 6, 2019 EIEC members and their families (totaling almost 2,000 people) attended Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s 32nd Annual Meeting at PBL Jr./Sr. High School in Paxton.

The event was geared for family fun and featured several children’s activities, including a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course and slide, miniature golf, a petting zoo, and bucket truck rides.

Other entertainment was provided by the Marvin Lee Band. A pair of costumed energy efficient characters greeted attendees: Solar Sam and LED Lucy.

A full meal of fried chicken, baked ham, noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, and dessert was provided by Niemerg’s Catering. The Rocking K Chuckwagon provided lighter fare including snow cones for those relaxing outside.

During the business meeting, Board Chairman Tom Schlatter, and Eastern Illini’s President/CEO Bob  Hunzinger provided co-op updates and discussed the current financial state of the cooperative.

Member voting results for the board of directors were announced. These people were elected to the
Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Board of Directors: Tyler Finegan, Ashkum; Steve Gordon, Rantoul;  Chad Larimore, Bement; and Lauri Quick, Tolono.

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EIEC Annual Meeting: June 6


The 32nd Annual Meeting of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is just around the corner. We hope you’ve marked Thursday, June 6 on your calendar and can make it for an event full of fun activities, enjoyable entertainment, delicious food, and fascinating seminars.

Click HERE for the Schedule of Events

Registration begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The annual meeting will be held at PBL Jr/Sr High School in Paxton. We’ll have plenty of parking and EIEC employees will be available with golf carts to pick you up and take you to registration which is located on the north end of PBL Junior High School, near the Jr. High gymnasium. When you register for the annual meeting, you will be eligible for a $25 bill credit. At the time of registration, you will receive a ballot to vote for the board of directors as well as proposed bylaw amendments.

Click HERE for Board of Directors Candidates

Click HERE for Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Click HERE for the Annual Meeting Program and Annual Report

This year’s dinner is provided by Niemerg’s Catering and includes: fried chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, vegetables, and dessert. Snacks and ice cream will also be available in the courtyard.

While at the annual meeting, be sure to stop by and see the new EIEC Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle as well as the antique truck. And as in year’s past, should you want to take a ride in the bucket truck, our lineman will accommodate and give you a birds eye view of the area.

After you’ve voted and eaten, feel free to spend some time in the tent outside listening to the wonderful music of the Marvin Lee Band or check out the seminars happening at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. in rooms 605, 608, 609, and 610. There is a wide array of topics including Planting, Growing, and Using Herbs; Dos and Don’ts of Chain Saw Use; Annuals & Perennials: Right Plant, Right Place;  and Shining A Light On Solar & Other Renewables.

Click HERE for the Seminar Schedule

The children will enjoy the petting zoo, bounce house, miniature golf, and inflatable obstacle course. The children’s area is open from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and when the kids need a break, they can grab a drink or snack in the courtyard.

You’ll want to stay for the business meeting as ten, $100 bills will be awarded to attendees following the business meeting.

This year’s annual meeting has something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday, June 6.


3 P.M. – 7 P.M.


7 P.M. – 8 P.M.

$25 Bill Credit Call to Order
Antique Truck Display Pledge of Allegiance
Bucket Truck Demonstration Invocation
Bounce House Quorum Determination
Electric Vehicle Recognition of Guests
Inflatable Obstacle Course Notice and Proof of Mailing
Marvin Lee Band 2018 Meeting Minutes
Miniature Golf Treasurer’s Report
Petting Zoo Chairman and CEO Report
Seminars Questions from the Floor
Dinner by Niemerg’s Catering Unfinished Business
Snacks and Ice Cream in Courtyard New Business
Vote for Board of Directors Adjournment
Vote for Proposed Bylaw Amendments Door Prizes (Ten, $100 bills)
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Eastern Illini Plugs in a Chevy Bolt

For the average American household, transportation is the second largest expense after housing. Swapping a gas-powered vehicle for an all-electric vehicle can save you money . The average cost to operate an EV is $485 per year. Electricity costs are also less than purchasing gasoline and the price is more predictable. As battery technology continues to improve, the cost per mile will continue to decrease.

Stop by EIEC in Paxton and take a test drive in our new Chevy Bolt. You’ll find it to be a lively electric vehicle with a spacious cabin and some awesome features. It has a longer electric-only range than other EVs. The Bolt has ample power and brisk acceleration. You can charge this car overnight with a 240-volt charger or use the available DC fast charger to get up to 90 miles of range in a half an hour. The Bolt feels lively when taking off from a stop. It also has excellent acceleration when passing other cars on the highway.

The Chevy Bolt can seat up to five and has heated seats and steering wheel. The Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. The back seat folds down to expand cargo space.

Standard equipment includes the MyLink infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Smartphone integration, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, and satellite radio. The system’s 10.2-inch touch screen is easy-to-use. MyLink provides both in-car entertainment and useful information for managing your charging and driving habits.

As a battery-electric vehicle, the Bolt EV’s only power source is its lithium-ion battery pack. The EPA estimates its all-electric driving range to be around 238 miles on a full charge. The Bolt also has an efficiency rating of 128 MPGe in the city and 110 MPGe on the highway.

It’s fun to drive regardless of road conditions, and its battery pack gives the car a low center of gravity, granting extra stability. Responsive steering and smooth, strong brakes enhance the driving experience. This vehicle is also coordinated, with good road grip and minimal body roll. Worthy of note is the Bolt’s two driving modes that affect regenerative braking. In Drive mode, it operates much like a normal car. In Low mode, the regenerative brakes become more aggressive, allowing you to drive with one pedal. The car will slow down more aggressively when you let off the throttle. There is also a Regen on Demand feature, which activates aggressive regenerative braking by pulling a paddle on the back of the steering wheel. Keep in mind that the brake pedal may still need to be used in some situations.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an appealing pick as a daily commuter, thanks in large part to its 200-plus-mile range, swift acceleration, and lively handling. Its cargo area and seats are spacious, and the Chevy’s nicely equipped infotainment system is user-friendly.

Give us a call at 1-800-824-5102 to set up a test drive today. We will have the Chevy Bolt on display at upcoming events and it will be showcased at the annual meeting in June.

Range: 238 mi battery-only
MSRP: from $36,620
Charge time: 9.3h at 220V
Battery: 60 kWh 350 V lithium-ion
MPGe: 128 city / 110 highway

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2019 Annual Meeting: June 6



June 6, 2019

Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior/Senior High School
Paxton, Illinois
Registration: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Business meeting: 7 p.m.

Notice is hereby given that the 32nd Annual Meeting of Members of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 7 p.m., at the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School/Junior High School, 700 West Orleans Street, Paxton, Illinois. Registration will begin at
3 p.m. and will close at 7 p.m. The business 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 President/CEO.

2. The election of four directors (one each from Directorate Districts 1, 7, 8 and 9). In connection with the election of directors, the following candidates have been nominated by petitions: Robert Warmbir, Clifton, District 1; Tyler Finegan, Ashkum, District 1; Steve Gordon, Rantoul, District 7; Chad Larimore, Bement, District 8; Theodore Hartke, Sidney, District 9; Lauri Quick, Tolono, District 9.

3. To consider and act upon bylaw amendments as recommended by the Board of Directors, a summary of which is furnished with this notice.

4. To consider and transact all other business which may properly come before said meeting or any adjournment(s) thereof.

Bradley J. Ludwig


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2019 Credentials Committee

Members of the 2019 Credentials Committee are left to right: Doug Anderson, Donovan; Leonard Boudreau, Donovan; Dave Boomgarden, Chatsworth; Marsha Klienmeyer, Comargo; and Michele Cohen, Ogden. After reviewing the bylaws, petitions, affidavits, and qualifications of the potential candidates, the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative 2019 Credentials Committee has determined that the 2019 candidates are eligible to serve as directors of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.


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Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Proposed Bylaw Amendments to be voted upon at the 2019 Annual Meeting on June 6, 2019.

The Board of Directors of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative is proposing several bylaw amendments at this year’s annual meeting. The changes include:

Voting Options Prior to the Annual Meeting – Members will be able to vote in board member elections by mail or other methods allowed by state law. This change will allow members who can’t attend the annual meeting an opportunity to still directly vote in the director election. (Article II, Section 2.5-6)

Uncontested Elections – There has been some confusion for members during board elections when there is only one candidate in a certain directorate district (an uncontested election). Instead of placing these names on the ballot, this change will clarify allowing members to elect directors running unopposed via voice vote during
the annual meeting. (Article II, Section 2.5)

Proxy Ballots – By adding the ability for members to vote by mail (or other means) prior to the annual meeting, there will be no reason for members to vote by proxy. This change will remove the ability for members to vote by proxy ballot. (Article II, Section 2.6)

Ballot Position – Currently, the position of director candidates on the election ballot is determined by the drawing for the ballot position. This change will result in the position of director candidates on the election ballot being determined by the order in which candidates turn in their petition materials. If two candidates from the same directorate district turn in their materials at the same time, their position will still be determined by drawing. (Article III, Section 3.5)

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