Consumers Credit Union Hosts Luncheon for Illinois Legislators

 
John Coxon
Posted8/16/2019 11:07 AM

Libertyville, IL, July 24, 2019: Consumers Credit Union (CCU; $1.3 Billion, Waukegan, IL), hosted a luncheon for state legislators earlier this month at the credit union's administrative headquarters in Gurnee, IL. Legislators attending the meeting included State Senator Terry Link (D-30) and State Representatives Daniel Didech (D-59), Rita Mayfield (D-60), Joyce Mason (D-61), Sam Yingling and his assistant, Luke Turk, (D-62) and Tom Weber (R-64), along with John Lockhart on behalf of Senator Ann Gillespie (D-27), Ed Gallagher on behalf of Representative Mary Edly-Allen (D-51), Joshua May, Chief of Staff for Representative Bob Morgan (D-58) and Karissa Suarez Del Real, Legislative Liaison for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin.

"The primary goal for the luncheon was for CCU leaders to hear first-hand about issues important to the constituencies of legislators representing our primary service area," said Sean M. Rathjen, CEO of Consumers Credit Union. "Thanks to the outstanding participation of so many elected officials, we learned a great deal about the needs within their respective Districts while providing our legislators with information about how CCU currently strives to meet those needs. We also had the opportunity to demonstrate how the credit union protects the data of the people they represent, as data security is one of the key issues of our time."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

During the meeting, each legislator talked about issues in their Districts, as well as topics important to them personally. There was also a discussion about recently passed legislation, such as the Electronic Lien Titling Act and updates to the Illinois Credit Union Act, and touched on legislation expected to be considered in the fall "veto session." This open dialogue provided a great opportunity for the elected officials to learn about issues important to credit unions and other financial institutions, such as regulatory relief, the impact of blocking "robo-calls" and other bills that have been proposed in the General Assembly.

In addition to the state legislators, four representatives of the Illinois Credit Union League also attended the luncheon meeting: Tom Kane, Patrick Basler, Keith Sias, Ashley Sharp and Steve Olson, all of whom meet regularly with legislators on issues important to credit unions throughout the state. Others at the meeting included CCU Board Member Dr. John Schwab, who serves on the credit union Board's Legislative Committee, along with Dan Mathews, VP of Lending, Mary Fran Callahan, VP of Strategy & Risk, Robin Korom, VP of Commercial Lending and Dan Nerroth, Chief Technology Officer.

A picture of the elected officials and their representatives attending the meeting is attached. For more information about this unique meeting of legislators and credit union leaders, please contact Sean Rathjen, CCU's CEO, at 847.782.4670. Consumers Credit Union is Member-owned, with offices in Waukegan, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Gurnee, North Waukegan, Volo, Palatine, Schaumburg, Northbrook, Des Plaines and Kildeer, Illinois … and Online at myconsumers.org.

Those attending Consumers Credit Union's Legislative Luncheon are (left to right): Joshua May, Chief of Staff for Representative Bob Morgan (D-58); Ed Gallagher, Legislative Liaison for Representative Mary Edly-Allen (D-51); Representative Joyce Mason (D-61); Representative Daniel Didech (D-59), Representative Rita Mayfield (D-60); Senator Terry Link (D-30); Karissa Suarez Del Real, Legislative Liaison for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin; Representative Tom Weber (R-64); Luke Turk of Representative Yingling's office; Representative Sam Yingling (D-61); and, John (Jack) Lockhart on behalf of Senator Ann Gillespie (D-27).

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