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* NAPERVILLE, Ill. (1/18/11)--The Central Illinois Chapter of Credit Unions held a "meet and greet" breakfast to help credit unions get
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to know Illinois State Rep.-elect Mike Unes (R-91). The event, hosted by CEFCU in Peoria, was the second meet and greet event held by a chapter since nearly 25 new lawmakers were elected into the Illinois General Assembly in November. Since Unes is new to credit unions, the delegation provided him with "a solid foundation on what the Illinois credit union movement is all about," said Charla Buchanan, chapter legislative forum representative. "He was very responsive to our issues." "We look forward to building on this relationship as it pertains to credit union legislative priorities and other concerns related to financial services, said Tory Eckstein, league director for the chapter. From left are: Penni Gebke, league regional director; Eckstein; Unes; Sandy Andrews, chief operating officers, CEFCU; Debbi Bitner, chapter first vice chairman; and Buchanan. (Photo provided by Illinois Credit Union League) … * MADISON, Wis. (1/18/11)--Elizabeth Simonis, 29, of Custer, Wis., pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal court in Madison, Wis., to embezzling $12,000 from a credit union where she worked in Stephens Point. According to a Department of Justice press release, Simonis ook the amount during 2010 from a member account at Bulls Eye CU. The credit union fully reimbursed the member, said The Capital Times (Jan. 14). Simonis faces up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for March 31 … * OMAHA, Neb. (1/18/11)--Vincent Gepson, 51, of Omaha, Neb., was sentenced Thursday to nearly 12 years in a federal prison for a string of robberies in Nebraska and Iowa, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg of Nebraska. Gepson received six sentences of 140 months each, to be served at the same time and was ordered to pay restitution of more than $24,000. He was arrested in December 2008 in Neosho, Mo. The six robberies occurred between Nov. 13 and Dec. 1 of 2008. They included four banks in Omaha and two credit unions in Council Bluffs, Iowa--United CU on Nov. 18 and Telco Triad CU, Nov. 7 (KGAN CBS 2 News Jan. 14 and Dec 7, 2008) … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (1/18/11)--Belco Community CU helped ring in the New Year by welcoming the first baby of 2011 at three local hospitals, reported the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Jan. 14). It partnered with Hanover Hospital, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, and the Pinnacle Health Maternity Center located in the Harrisburg Hospital. The $323.3 million asset credit union donated a gift basket to the parents of the babies. Baskets included a $50 Visa gift card, baby shampoo and lotion, a stuffed Belco tiger, and various toys and linens. "As a community chartered credit union, Belco values social responsibility and enjoys giving back to those in the communities we serve," said Lonny Maurer, president/CEO …


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