Illinois credit unions sing: Take Me Out the Ballgame!

2nd annual Credit Union Day event hits ‘home run’

NAPERVILLE, IL (August 11, 2015) — As a follow up to last year’s successful inaugural baseball event to raise awareness of the Illinois credit union movement, the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) saw more than 500 credit union advocates gather for its second annual “Illinois Credit Union Day” at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field.

Last evening’s event was also attended by members of the Illinois Third House and the Illinois Legislative Chicago White Sox Caucus as the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2.

Joe Lyons, a true supporter of credit unions, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Lyons, a resident of Chicago, is a well-respected former state lawmaker and volunteer board member of Credit Union 1 for more than 25 years. He most recently served as Illinois State Representative representing the 95th House District from 1996 – 2013, including as assistant majority leader. Shortly thereafter, Lyons began working with the ICUL staff, where he has been serving as a key advocate for Illinois’ credit unions at the Illinois General Assembly.

Among the other VIPs who attended the game were approximately 20 state legislators, Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger and Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs, as well as Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler. Illinois credit unions were also highlighted with a welcome message on the stadium’s main scoreboard during the second inning of the game.

“This event was a tremendous opportunity to highlight Illinois credit unions,” said Tom Kane, ICUL President/ CEO. “With more than 100 million members, credit unions will continue to utilize high profile opportunities like this to tell their story of how they make a difference every day in the lives of their members and consumers.”


About Illinois Credit Union League (IUCL)

The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) is the primary trade association for 217 state and federal credit unions in Illinois. It focuses on providing legislative and regulatory advocacy, compliance assistance and information, and a wide range of educational and training services to those credit unions, who in turn serve approximately 3.4 million members. More information can be found at


Melissa Vidito
Illinois Credit Union System

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