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Schaumburg, Elgin YMCAs merge

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The Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg and the four branches of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA merged this week to become one organization, the Golden Corridor Family YMCA.

Merger discussions began more than 18 months ago, when the Campanelli Y assumed management of the Prairie Valley Y's branches. The name Golden Corridor Family YMCA was adopted to better reflect the primary service area: The "Golden Corridor" of communities that parallels the Jane Addams Tollway, officials said.

"This name is precisely what the communities surrounding Elgin and Schaumburg need to create a sense of unity and spirit of cooperation," Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said in a statement.

The Golden Corridor now includes: Taylor, serving Elgin, Gilberts, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, and surrounding areas; Camp Edwards, a year-round camp serving southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois; and Campanelli, serving Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Roselle, Elk Grove, Streamwood, Hanover Park and other communities, officials said in a news release.

At the time merger talks began, the Schaumburg and Elgin organizations together had more than 9,000 members and about 300 full-time and part-time employees. Officials previously said they do not expect significant job losses as a result of a merger.

The Golden Corridor Family YMCA also manages the Zurich Corporate Fitness Center in Schaumburg and the Illinois Welcoming Center in Hanover Park.

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