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Congrats to our Second Annual Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Alyssa, Nazy, Laurie, Nick and Mark. Very well deserved!


Holiday Food Drive

We wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to all our members and staff who donated food to support The Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our holiday food drive gathered over 200 lbs. of food which equates to 167 meals for those in need. That's true holiday spirit! 



Congratulations to our partner investment consultant, Brad Jenks, who was recently recognized in Chicago Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second consecutive year.

CTCU Staff Volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank


On Wednesday, November 29th, CTCU staff donated a few hours to help fight hunger in our community by packing food boxes at the Northern Illinois Food Bank Waukegan location. Our efforts packed 14,200 lbs of food which translates into creating 11,800 meals for families in need. Please consider helping the cause and drop off non-perishable food items to any of our branches

CTCU Donates Money to Help the Fight Against Breast Cancer


CTCU contributed $5 for every staff member that wore pink each friday during the month of October to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We are proud to announce that we are donating $665 to Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in honor of Marcia Fox who is a former employee and close friend of CTCU. 

Join Us in The Fight - Breast Cancer

CTCU Member Wins $2,000


Congrats to our lucky member Iam, who was presented with $2,000 for his name being drawn in our New Member/Refer a Friend $2,000 Drawing. Presenting the check are Nick S., Member Service Officer, Grayslake and Rhonda H., Branch Manager, Grayslake.


CTCU Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to Gabrielle Alcala, Warren Township High School and Timothy Ryan, Lakes Community High School on being selected as winners of the CTCU $1,000 scholarship. Gabrielle will be attending Indiana University in the fall co-majoring in Marketing and Social Media Applications. Timothy will be attending University of Minnesota in the fall majoring in Chemical Engineering.

CTCU Announces New President and CEO


(Gurnee, IL 03/31/17) Community Trust Credit Union welcomes the new Chief Executive Officer of Community Trust Credit Union, Mike Mallow. Mike comes from Glacier Hills Credit Union in West Bend, WI where he was Vice President of Lending overseeing all business, mortgage, and consumer lending.  Mallow brings over 35 years of banking experience to CTCU. Mike has held various positions within the credit union movement including Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President, and Vice President of Lending. 

Mike has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Congratulations to our partner investment consultant, Brad Jenks, who was recently recognized in Chicago Magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager.



Congrats to our first year Maxie Award recipients. Maxie Award winners were nominated by their co-workers. These awards went to staff members that displayed great work ethic, positive attitude, and exceptional service. Recipients were: Alyssa, Michele, Harlem, Nikki and Tracy. Very well deserved!. 



We were thrilled to present Northern Illinois Food Bank with a check for $371.38 as well as a bunch of food to help those in need. This is a result of our Swipe Out Hunger promotion that encouraged members from Oct-Dec to use their debit cards and we would randomly draw a winner each week and reverse their charge up to $100. We matched all of the winnings and donated to the food bank.




DECEMBER - A large group from the credit union donated a couple hours to the Northern Illinois Food Bank packing boxes of food. We helped box up 15,320 lbs of food which equals 12,766 meals. What an awesome event to lend a hand in the fight against hunger.



AUGUST 17 we visited Cool Ministries in Waukegan and delivered food that was donated by CTCU members and staff from our Shred Event and internal food drive. We collected over 400 lbs of food that will help people in Lake County. We are so proud of our members and staff for their contributions. 

Lake County CC 360 January Edition

Columbia College-Lake County students awarded Lake County Honors Scholarship

Congrats to our Gurnee Branch Manager, Betty, who was awarded a $800 scholarship towards her bachelor's degree in business administration from Columbia College - Lake County. Betty was a recipient for performing a high degree of academic excellence.

Columbia College-Lake County students Cher-Ami Fabian (Waukegan, Illinois), Elizabeth Fallos (Wadsworth, Illinois) and Kelli Green (Kenosha, Wisconsin) were recently awarded the Lake County Honors Scholarship. Each student was awarded $800 to use toward tuition, books and fees for the January session.

The three winners demonstrated a high degree of academic excellence. Fabian and Fallos are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in business administration, and Green is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in general studies.

Fabian prefers in-seat courses over online courses, but her work schedule limits the in-seat courses she can take. She gave high praise to Steve Cooper, her algebra instructor.

“He is truly gifted with patience,” she said.

She also complimented Business Instructor Walter Adams for the work experience he shared in her Management 330: Principles of Management course. Her goal after degree completion is finding a position with a company that provides growth and development opportunities.

Fallos is a highly successful online student. She takes pride in her education and passed that enthusiasm onto her children. All three of her daughters have graduated from college.

“Now, it’s mom’s turn to earn a college degree!” she said.

Green is proud of her academic accomplishments as well. She enrolls in a combination of in-seat and online courses. Green praised two Lake County instructors, Gus Stieber (psychology) and Linda Thorne (history). She admires Thorne’s passion for history, and her enthusiasm for sharing that passion with students.

To be eligible for the Lake County Honors scholarship, a student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Columbia College-Lake County, have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours at Columbia College and hold a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

Congratulations to these impressive students


Congrats to our Gurnee Branch Manager, Betty and her husband Elmer on being selected as the honorees for 2015 Gurnee Days. Truly a special honor for two special people. CTCU is very proud to have employees honored back-to-back years.

Daily Herald report

Gurnee Days officials Monday announced this year's honorees are Elmer and Betty Fallos. Gurnee Days Corp. has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual, longtime festival. The Falloses will be feted at a testimonial dinner Thursday, Aug. 6, and serve as Gurnee Days grand marshals on the event's closing day Sunday, Aug. 9. Elmer was born and raised in Gurnee and is a Warren Township High School graduate. Betty was born and raised in Gurnee and is the daughter of Jay and Elaine McCaughey. She graduated from Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. Both grew up in local family-run businesses and have remained committed to building a successful community.


CTCU is proud to announce that our own Bettina Golwitzer and her family are the ambassadors for the 2015 Lake County march of dimes march for babies on May 3rd at the Old School Forest Preserve.  Please visit Bettina’s team, Mighty Miracle Marchers, to learn more about the event and the Golwitzer’s inspiring story.  

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