NAPERVILLE, Ill. (4/17/08)--Nearly 900 executives representing 150 credit unions are expected to attend the Illinois Credit Union League’s (ICUL) 78th Annual Convention, which starts today in Chicago. The convention, themed “Blazing New Trails,” begins with a delegates’ meeting. Barry Schmidt, who will represent the Greater Decatur Chapter of Credit Unions, will be sworn in as a new ICUL director. John Bratsakis, senior vice president of business development for Baxter CU, Vernon Hills, Ill., will be sworn in Friday morning as the league’s new chairman of the board. David Walker, CEO, Decatur (Ill.) Earthmover CU, will receive the league’s Hall of Fame award. The convention wraps up Saturday.