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Illinois state award winners announced
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (11/14/12)--The Illinois Credit Union League has announced its statewide award winners, including two credit unions that placed in the national contests.

In the Desjardins Youth Financial Education award competition, Illinois' first-place winners and their respective asset categories were:

  • 1st MidAmerica CU, Bethalto--$150 million to $500 million in assets;  and
  • Great Lakes CU, North Chicago--More than $500 million.
The Desjardins Adult Financial Education first-place winners included:

  • NuMark CU, Joliet--$150 million to $500 million in assets; and
  • Scott CU, Edwardsville--More than $500 million.
The Desjardins awards recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of youth and adult financial literacy. The award is named after Alphonse Desjardins and emphasizes the movement's long-time commitment to youth and financial literacy.

Dora Maxwell Award  first-place winners are:

  • Rock Valley CU, Loves Park--$50 million to $100 million in assets. The credit union also placed first in the national competition, presented by the Credit Union National Association.
  • Streator Onized CU, Streator--$100 million to $200 million. The credit union also placed in second in nationals.
  • 1st MidAmerica CU -- $200 million to $500 million; and
  • Great Lakes CU --$500 million to $1 billion.
The Dora Maxwell Award is part of a national recognition program to honor credit unions for their outstanding efforts in community projects and activities.

The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action first-place recipient was Great Lakes CU-- $250 million to - $1 billion in assets. The award was established in 1990 to commend credit unions that make exceptional efforts to include credit union philosophy in their daily operations and member service.


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