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Editor's Notebook By Mike Lakin Karl Scroggin, broadcast music specialist for WUIS radio, was honored with the 2011 Chancellor's Award to Recog- nize Excellence in Civil Service during a Septem- ber 22 luncheon. Chancellor Susan J. Koch presented Scrog- gin .with the award. Scroggin's nomination form describes him as someone who is committed to his audience and the university. His nominator went on to say he works with "passion and zest" and "brings an optimistic atti- tude to the work environment." Scroggins has worked for WUIS since 1977 and is the host of "Clas- sics with Karl Scroggin", which can be heard Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to l p.m. Scrog- gin is known for his baritone voice, quiet demeanor, and widespread respect throughout the classical music community. He is a Mt. Pulaskian through and through.., com- menting at times about things that happened while growing up here. Steve Hahn's 1993 Chevy pickup (Old Blue) has a monumental 310,000 miles. Still going along with original engine. See, it's all in the off changes and regular mainte- nance. Oct. 15, 2011 Mm'e Chniees for Utity Costs Posdde for Mr. Pulaski Honmowlmrs By Mike Lakin Changes to Illinois law have made it possible for Illinois residents to get more choices when it comes to buying electrical power. The Mt. Pulaski City Coun- cil will be exploring putting electrical power choice on the ballot in an upcoming election in March 2012. Under the Municipal Aggregation Program the City of Mt. Pulaski contracts with a firm to purchase electricity at a lower costs than that from Ameren Illinois. That contract, in its first year, has saved the City of Mt. Pulaski $9,672.42 on its electrical bill. Now it wants to give residents a chance to participate. Residents could see anywhere between a 5 and 20 percent discount on the cost of electricity. That doesn't mean your bill with Ameren will go down by 5 to 20 percent because your bill with Ameren is split between natural gas - that is not affected by this - and electricity. An electrical consult- ing firm (Blue Star Corp.) wants to offer residents its electrical supply program has contacted the City of Mt. Pulaski. The consult- ing firm would work as a broker in negotiating a lower rate for the city resi- dents and businesses. The process to accom- plish this is a two-step process. First, the Mt. Pulaski City Council has to approve a referendum to put the question on the election ballot. If the referendum is approved by December, the question will be on the ballot in March. Second, Mt. Pulaski residents would then vote on whether a majority of residents want to do this. If a majority of residents vote to buy electricity from the consulting firm, the firm will sign up local residents for the discounted electri- cal purchase. Residents can then decided to remain with Ameren or sign up for a different electricity provider. Electric Choice Basics Following information is from the Illinois Commerce Commission Website Ameren Illinois does not make a profit on the sale of electricity. The utilities simply pass on the cost of purchasing electricity to its customers. No matter who you choose to supply your electricity, you will continue to call Ameren Illinois regarding any power outages or other service issues. Since Ameren Illinois simply passes on the cost of purchasing electricity to their customers, the utilities do not care if you switch to a different electric supplier. The utility will not treat you any differently from a customer that does not switch to a different electric supplier. You may be able to save money by switching to a retail electric supplier Customers currently on Ameren Illinois' space heating rate are not likely to save money by switching to a retail electric supplier. Understand that statements about percentage savings are referring to the electric supply portion of your Ameren Illinois bill only and not the total bill. You will pay the same amount of delivery service charges whether or not you switch to a retail electric upplier. Before you choose a retail electric supplier, be sure to find out about any early termination fees that may apply. Switching is easy. No one will come to your home to flip a switch and there will be no disruption of service. Did You Know - Health insurance premiums for the average family are now as much as the cost of a new compact car. Google+ is now the 8th largest social network. England reported its hottest October day ever, reaching 86 degrees. The FDA is only able to inspect 2% of all imported food. The most popular adult Hallow- een costume is still a witch. Fox says "The Simpsons" may be canceled if the cast doesn't take a 45% pay cut. Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE FARMERS BANK 792-5211 Mt. Pulaski Times 3