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Southern Illinois Power Cooperative Increases Vandalism Reward to $50K; Establishes Tip Line

Power System Must Be Protected During Heat Wave; Public Safety Issue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2010
CONTACT: Loretta at (618) 964-1448 ext 203

Recent acts of vandalism against power sub-stations and power poles in Hamilton and Franklin Counties have forced Southern Illinois Power Cooperative to increase the reward from $10,000 to $50,000 for tips leading to the arrest of vandals.

“We absolutely must protect our power system during this crippling heat wave, especially for our seniors and other customers whose health and safety depend on dependable power supply and staying cool,” said Scott Ramsey, President and General Manager at Southern Illinois Power Cooperative. “This is a public safety issue and is the reason we are increasing the reward from $10,000 to $25,000 per incident for tips from the public leading to the arrest of the vandals.”

“We believe these acts of sabotage are being perpetrated by individuals with no regard for public safety. We are committed to working with our members, employees, the public, and law enforcement to catch these criminals and protect the power grid for our customers,” added Ramsey. “We will prosecute these vandals to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We have established a confidential tip line and ask anyone with information to call 618-713-0048”

Scott Ramsey President and General Manager at Southern Illinois Power Cooperative.

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