Illinois League’s 86th Annual Convention honors credit unions and individuals

NAPERVILLE, IL (April 8, 2016) — The Celebration Luncheon at the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) 86th Annual Convention debuted to an enthralled audience. The Luncheon recognized various individuals and credit unions for their contributions in preserving and furthering the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.”

Illinois Credit Union Foundation commemorative awards: A repeat memorial award in memory of George G. Burnett was recognized. This award was made possible with a gift from 1st MidAmerica Credit Union. Bonnie Soltesz, Ed Uhrik, and Les Willerth were each honored with a tribute award. These awards were made possible by a gift from Partnership Financial Credit Union.

Illinois Credit Union League’s Hall of Fame inductee: Linda Irving, VP of Administration at KCT Credit Union was honored with the Hall of Fame Lifetime achievement award for her achievements and leadership on behalf of the Illinois credit union movement.

Spirit of Service Award: Steve Autor, board member of Danville Credit Union was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his exemplary leadership and commitment to the credit union movement.

Also acknowledged at the Awards were the numerous credit unions and individuals who assisted the Illinois Credit Union Foundation (ICU Foundation) in providing nearly $82,000 in grants, scholarships, and program support in 2015 and more than $3 million since its inception in 1978. In addition, eight credit unions celebrating milestones (90th, 75th, and 50th) anniversaries this year were recognized.

Rad Watkins, award winning conservationist and the author of Animal Leadership wrapped up the ceremony as the keynote speaker. The ICUL Annual Convention’s theme of “Think Community- we’re better together” recognizes the power of working together toward a common goal. The three day Convention concludes Saturday, at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center.

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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