Empowering tomorrow’s leaders in Washington, D.C.

Students represent Illinois co-ops during Youth Tour Each year, hundreds of high school students from across the U.S. embark on an educational and inspirational journey to the nation’s capital city. Sponsored by Illinois’ electric and telephone cooperatives, 54 students departed Springfield by bus on June 14 to Washington, D.C., for a week-long trip of a […]

AIEC Chief Technology Officer Dan Gerard graduates from Management Internship Program

AIEC Chief Technology Officer Dan Gerard has completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program (MIP) is a series of workshops offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin. The program guides participants through all facets […]

June 2024: Education and training wrap-up

The 1st and 2nd Year Apprentice Class took place June 4-6 at the AIEC office. In this class, linework students received instruction on electrical theory and parallel circuits; OSHA navigation and application; communications; 1-Phase connections and transformer application; tools and materials; and 1-Phase and 3-Phase grounding.

June 2024: Annual meeting recap

Last month was our busiest for annual meetings, with 12 cooperative annual meetings on the calendar. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative Eastern Illini hosted its 2024 Annual Meetings this June in Tuscola, at the Ford County Fairgrounds and at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds. Three members of the board of directors ran uncontested and were reelected for […]

Education and training May 2024 wrap-up

Spring 2024 Accountants’ Meeting May 1-2 In early May, cooperative accounting staff members across Illinois for two days of updates, presentations and fellowship. Speakers included Earl Ridlen of LWG CPAs; Bill Miller of Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss; and Bill Stagen of CFC. Underground Residential Distribution (URD) School May 7-9 Underground Residential Distribution (URD) School […]

Co-op leaders promote rural Illinois

Electric cooperative leaders advocated for rural Illinois both on the state and national level this spring during Electric Cooperative Lobby Day in Springfield on April 16 and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference April 21-24. During both events, electric co-op representatives met with elected officials to discuss legislation concerning electric cooperatives. “It is […]

Education and training April 2024 wrap-up

Climbing School March 25 – April 5 Spring climbing school is a two-week course recommended for first-year IREAP apprentices and Lincoln Land Community College linework students. Hands-on training included proper technique of climbing poles up to 60 feet, H-structure pole climb, pole top rescue and more. This course is recognized by the U.S. Department of […]

Vogt joins Training and Safety team

Levi Vogt joined the AIEC as a training and safety instructor. He is a 2015 graduate of Lincoln Land Community College and the AIEC lineworker training program. Levi began his career as a summer helper for Spoon River Electric Cooperative in March 2015. In May that same year, he joined Menard Electric Cooperative where he completed […]

Leaders of tomorrow represent their electric and telephone co-ops on Youth Day

For more than 60 years, the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. On March 20, more than 200 students from across rural Illinois represented 25 co-ops during Youth Day. “Youth Day gives students across the state an up-close look at democracy in action […]

France earns CLCP designation

Thad France, AIEC’s manager of lineworker and apprentice development, recently completed all requirements to earn the Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP) designation. This program is co-sponsored by NRECA and the National Utility Training and Safety Education Association (NUTSEA). The purpose of the program is to provide an educational foundation for safety professionals, giving them the […]