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Illinois Electric Cooperative holds annual meeting

Randy Long, General Manager of Illinois Electric Cooperative, speaks to the membership at Illinois Electric Cooperative’s 2022 Annual Meeting held Saturday, June 11, at Winchester Elementary School. (Submitted photo)

Member-owners of Illinois Electric Cooperative (IEC) gathered for their co-op’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 11, at the Winchester Grade School. The co-op held a drive-thru registration, followed by an indoor business meeting. Members who registered received a $15 bill credit.
During the meeting, IEC Board President Tom Meehan welcomed the members to the Annual Meeting and provided an update on the state of the co-op. He also gave a heartfelt thank you to the staff and board of IEC for their continuing hard work for the co-op. Meehan also thanked the membership for their confidence in, and appreciation of the cooperative. “The co-op staff, directors and its membership are family,” he said.
Board member Jim Freeman gave the treasure’s report, announcing that the co-op is in strong financial shape again this year, and highlighted the fact that the co-op was able to again retire approximately $1 million in capital credits to current and former members during the past year. Freeman assured the membership that all is being done to mitigate rate increases.
Randy Long, general manager of IEC, addressed the membership to discuss the electric system, focusing mostly on the reliability of the grid, amid the possibility of rolling blackouts in this part of the country. Long spoke on the next steps in the future with the closure of coal fired generation plants.
“At the moment, we have enough capacity, most of the time,” Long explained. “The risk of blackouts will increase with each closure of these power plants. This is why it is important to stay engaged and continue to make our voices heard through legislative efforts such as the Voices for Cooperative Power Campaign.”
IEC members helped to impact the legislation that helped prevent the premature closure of the Prairie State Plant with more than 1,800 letters of support during the co-ops’ call for action last fall. Long also encouraged the membership to sign up for text messaging alerts to be notified of any system shut down notices.
Four seats on the board of directors were up for election. Kristine Bingham, District 2; Pat Stendback, District 4; Bryan Hubbert, District 6; and Tom Meehan, District 8, were all re-elected for a 3-year term.
Throughout the duration the meeting, prizes were handed out. Four lucky members won $500, 20 received $100 and $500 were donated to 11 members’ favorite charities.
Illinois Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy — a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to members large and small. More than 700 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 46 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 30 million members every day. Illinois Electric is committed to providing superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 10,300 meters over 2,950 miles of line in parts of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Pike and Scott counties. For more information visit www.e-co-op.com.

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