NAPERVILLE, Ill. (3/14/08)--Robert Meza, new director of the Illinois Division of Financial Institutions (DFI), acknowledged the importance of state-chartered credit unions in Illinois during a recent meeting with Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) staff. “Meza also understood ICUL’s long collaborative relationship with the DFI,” said Steve Olson, ICUL executive vice president. “We look forward to working with him.” During the meeting, league staff discussed the Illinois credit union movement and confirmed changes in the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the DFI organization structure, said Dan Plauda, league president/CEO. Prior to his position with the DFI, Meza worked as an attorney and as the vice president of legal affairs for Urban Investment Trust Inc. in Chicago. ICUL staff plans to meet with Meza again at the Capitol to discuss credit union issues.