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Illinois CUs meet in-district with Rep. Kinzinger
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (8/11/11)--Credit union executives and chapter volunteer legislative forum representatives (LFR) of the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) met with freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Tuesday at his district office in Joliet, Ill.
Click to view larger imageA delegation from Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) met with freshman U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Tuesday at his district office in Joliet, Ill. From left, are: Donald Edwards, senior vice president, federal governmental affairs, ICUL; Brian Cedergren, CEO, Abri CU, Romeoville; Terry Shuff, CEO, New Century FCU, Joliet; Sandy Burkart, vice president, Financial Plus CU, Ottawa; Tom Pierce, CEO, Canals & Trails CU, Lockport; Kinzinger; Matthew Thraen, consultant, Abri CU; Pete Fauth, ICUL legislative forum representative (LFR), Tri-County Chapter of Credit Unions; and Wade Cooper, ICUL LFR, Will County Chapter of Credit Unions. (Photo provided by the Illinois Credit Union League)
The meeting was requested to provide the congressman with input from Illinois credit unions about their issues and the impact of federal legislation on their memberships. Nearly 150,000 credit union members live in the 11th Congressional District served by 46 credit unions that hold about $1 billion in assets. Issues discussed include small business lending--an initiative that credit unions nationwide and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) have addressed with Congress to lift credit union restrictions--the credit union federal tax exemption and regulatory burdens. Taking part in the meeting were:
* Sandy Burkart, vice president, Financial Plus CU, Ottawa; * Brian Cedergren, CEO, Abri CU, Romeoville; * Wade Cooper, LFR, Will County Chapter of Credit Unions; * Donald Edwards, senior vice president, federal governmental affairs, ICUL; * Pete Fauth, LFR, Tri-County Chapter of Credit Unions; * Matthew Thraen, consultant, Abri CU; * Terry Shuff, CEO, New Century FCU, Joliet; and * Tom Pierce, CEO, Canals & Trails CU, Lockport.
Since his election during the Fall 2010 election cycle, Kinzinger has been appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee and was named to the House Majority Transition Team. “We previously met at the time of his inauguration earlier this year, and this is part of our on-going grassroots efforts to better acquaint lawmakers with our important issues and the chapter network of political activists,” said Edwards. “The chapters are an important link in the league’s on-going efforts to show the importance of credit unions in the financial marketplace.”


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