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ICUL Hosts Advocacy Training Session

July 25, 2019

The Illinois Credit Union Leagues (ICUL) partnered with CUNA and CUNA Mutual Group to host an advocacy training session, CU CAFÉ, which was held July 24-25 at the ICUL office in Naperville. The session serves as an educational event to cultivate and develop credit union enthusiasts.

CUNA Chief Political Officer Richard Gose hosted a discussion on the role credit union advocates play in advocacy and CUNA Director of Federal Grassroots and Programs Adam Engleman, led an open discussion on how credit union advocates can take action by engaging with members of Congress.

CU CAFÉ rests on three key pillars including community, advocacy and financial education which represent important ways for individuals to get involved with the movement and spread the word about credit unions.

 “ICUL was pleased to partner with CUNA for Advocacy Training for our credit union activists. Given the ever-changing and complex legislative and political environment, it is imperative that our members be well trained and prepared to engage policy makers on our key issues such as the tax status and data security,” said ICUL Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Keith Sias. “The advocacy training offered as part of our CU Cafe conference is a key component of ICUL’s 360-degree advocacy efforts.”

Sias moderated a Congressional staff panel led by Luke Phalen from the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Karissa Suarez Del Real from the office of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).