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Governor signs amended Ill. CU Act gets ovation
CHICAGO (7/30/12)--Receiving a standing ovation as he did so, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Friday signed S.B. 3217, the Illinois Credit Union League's (ICUL) legislative initiative to amend the Illinois Credit Union Act during a meeting of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL).

Present for the signing of S.B. 3217 by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn (center) were Dan Plauda, right, Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) president/CEO, and Keith Sias, left ICUL vice president, state governmental affairs. (Photo provided by the Illinois Credit Union League)
Signing of the bill, now known as Public Act 97-0855, took place at AACUL's  summer meeting at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago in front of 150 credit union leaders from across the country. They include CEOs of the state credit union associations, senior association executives, and the executive board of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

During the Spring 2012 session of the Illinois General Assembly, the bill passed unanimously through both chambers (49-0 by the Illinois Senate on March 22 and 117-0 by the Illinois House on May 24).  The bill clarifies that the surviving credit union in a merger is a successor-in-interest and may enforce mortgages and other loans acquired from the merging credit union.  It also addresses board authority to establish age eligibility voting standards and  membership status if a member doesn't have at least one fully paid share.

Quinn highlighted that he is a huge supporter of credit unions and actually belongs to three. He commended conference attendees for their service to their members and recognized that the credit union industry is a movement of which he is proud to be part.  Quinn also encouraged credit unions to continue providing low-cost financial alternatives to consumers and to be a part of the economic recovery. In closing, he signed S.B. 3217 and received a standing ovation from the attendees.


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