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Illinois Community Credit Union began in 1935 as Sycamore Community Credit Union. Community leaders came together to form a financial institution that was owned by and operated for the benefit of the people of Sycamore and the surrounding area. Sycamore Community Credit Union provided a place where local residents could borrow at reasonable rates and have a safe haven for their life savings.

In 1996, as Sycamore Community Credit Union grew to serve other communities in DeKalb County and the surrounding areas, we changed our name to Illinois Community Credit Union. Though our name changed, our mission, original values, and commitment to serving our community remained the same. We continue to look to the future and find the best solutions to your financial well-being.  To learn more about the Illinois Community Credit Union, visit their website here MyICCU Website

Scholarship information can be found below.  Thank you for investing in the youth of DeKalb County, ICCU!


Date posted: March 20, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Student Scholarships are available through ICCU

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The Kishwaukee College Foundation awarded $123,461 in program enhancement funds to Kishwaukee College departments for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Foundation has a variety of program enhancement funds established by the generosity of donors for specific purposes. Funds support various needs, including educational support for instructors, new equipment, and testing services for students.

Faculty and staff share that the additional funds help departments meet their goals, provide necessary resources to students, and allow programs to remain competitive in the local community.

The following program enhancement funds have been awarded this year:

Evelina Jose Cichy Fund

Evelina Cichy started this fund in honor of her many years of service to Kishwaukee College. The fund is used to help pay for fees associated with the Illinois High School Diploma test.

John & Barbara Dant Memorial Fund

The fund provides financial support for the needs of the Math or English departments. This year, the fund has been used to purchase Math corequisite course materials and fund outstanding student awards for English.

First Midwest Bank (former NB&T) BID Class

This fund was instituted to provide support to area nonprofit organizations. The College works with the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership to use training resources at no cost.

Jobe-Lewis Fund

Suzanne K. Lewis established this fund to honor her mother, Doris V. Lewis, who obtained a nursing degree. Suzanne wished to honor her mother by helping support others who chose the nursing field. This year, the fund provided support for the nursing program’s “Hearing Voices” simulation lab.

Jenkins Presidential Endowment

The fund provides support to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society to further enhance its activities.

Yvonne A. Johnson Endowment for Community Education

This fund is used for programmatic needs for the Fine Arts, Communications, Science, and Horticulture programs. This year, the funds supported the purchase of an automated seeding and environmental scanner for the Horticulture program.

KishHealth System Endowment

This fund is provided to underwrite the cost of health field instructors.

Leifheit Literacy Endowment

The Leifheit Literacy Endowment supports the adult and family literacy programs at Kishwaukee College.

Library Endowment Fund

This fund was started to support the operations of the Kishwaukee College Library. This year, the funding helped update the nursing book collection.

Lifelong Learning Endowment

Honoring the retirement of Judy Krajewski, former Dean of Community Education & Services, this fund was established to ensure a legacy of lifelong learning for future generations by increasing access to community education opportunities through scholarships in non-credit courses.

Matteson Horticulture Fund

The fund is used to support the programmatic needs of the Horticulture Department. This year, funds helped purchase an automated seeding machine.

Terry & Sherrie Martin Health & Science Endowment

The fund was born out of a deep commitment to education and strong faith in the values of Kishwaukee College. The endowment supports program enhancements for the Allied Health or Science programs. This year, the endowment supported the Nursing Program ACEN accreditation process and the purchase of science lab kits for students taking online courses.

Terry & Sherrie Martin PTK Endowment

The endowment supports the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Hallmark Award, which is a student scholarship. Terry Martin was a long-time advisor of the College’s PTK chapter.

Robert L. “Smitty” Smith Assistantship

The assistantship fund was established to honor Robert L. Smith, a highly regarded faculty member in the science department during Kishwaukee College’s early years from 1968 to 1975. The fund supports two student assistantships in science departments.


For more information on Program Enhancements, contact the Kishwaukee College Foundation at 815-825-9803 or visit kish.edu/foundationfunds.




Photo Caption: Kishwaukee College students utilize microscopes during a science class. The Kishwaukee College Foundation provided funds for program enhancements during the 2022-2023 school year, including new equipment, instructional support and additional student resources.

Date posted: March 17, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College Foundation awarded $123,461 in program enhancement funds

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The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to maintain the College’s current tuition rate of $147 per credit hour for the 2023-2024 academic year. This is the third year in a row of no tuition increase.

“Kishwaukee College prides itself on keeping tuition as affordable as possible for its students,” said Bob Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees. “We are proud to be increasing the programs and services offered to support the changing needs of students and our communities with no tuition increase again next year.”

Several factors have allowed the College to maintain the same tuition rate, including increased enrollment, increased property tax revenue from local economic development, and fiscal responsibility.

“Kish continues to focus on the needs of our students by providing equitable, student-centered education. We are fortunate to have the resources to support our students and fulfill our purpose of helping them create the life they want,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College.

For more information on Kishwaukee College, please visit kish.edu.


Photo Caption: Kishwaukee College students will not see a tuition rate increase for the 2023-2024 academic year. The College’s Board of Trustees voted to maintain the current tuition rate for a third straight year.

Date posted: March 16, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Kishwaukee College keeps tuition rates flat for the third straight year

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Help us decide which local nonprofits will receive $5,000 to help support their work in our communities. And, the nonprofit with the most overall votes will receive an additional $10,000!

You can vote once a day, every day March 12-31, 2023. After all the votes are tallied, we’ll give:  Click here to place your Daily Vote

$15,000 to the overall top vote recipient in our Illinois, Iowa, Northwest Indiana and select Southeast Wisconsin banking centers and $5,000 to the top vote recipients where our newest Old National banking centers are located.

Date posted: March 14, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Old National Bank-Choose your Charity

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Energy provider ComEd has awarded more than $350K in Scholarships to students pursuing STEM Degrees. Today through March 31, 2023, students in Illinois can apply for scholarships of up to $10,000 each and the opportunity to intern with ComEd.

ComEd is proud to invest in the future leaders of our industry. This group of young women and men represent the diverse and inclusive workforce we are dedicated to building and maintaining,” said Lewis Binswanger, ComEd senior vice president of governmental and regulatory affairs. “In the very near future, Illinois is projected to gain tens of thousands of good-paying jobs as a result of the transition to a clean energy future, and we must ensure that women and young people of color benefit from this economic opportunity. This next generation of leaders will play a vital role in helping us build an equitable and clean energy future.

To read the full press release, please click on this link. Future of Energy Press Release 2 16 23



Date posted: February 17, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on ComEd Encourages Illinois Students to Apply for College Scholarships

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Photo credit:  DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

DeKalb resident and Commercial Real Estate Developer, John Pappas/Pappas Development, LLC ( pictured above with his family) recently received the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce 2023 Hall of Fame Award. The award was given during the chambers’ Annual Dinner event the evening of February 9th.

Noteworthy Pappas projects include:  Cornerstone, Plaza DeKalb LLC, Isaac Executive Suites, Agora Tower, and City Hall Suites LLC. Their next project is the Arista Residence, on Barber Greene Road. To view other projects in their impressive portfolio, click on the link.  Pappas Development Portfolio

Pappas has been a longtime member of DCEDC who is generously and proudly supporting the DeKalb County Branding & Communications program, Opportunity Unbound. DCEDC is proud to work with Pappas on the DeKalb County Enterprise Zone projects.

DeKalb County residents and businesses are fortunate for the significant investments that have been made by Pappas. DCEDC wishes to congratulate John Pappas on receiving this prestigious award.


Date posted: February 15, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Local Developer John Pappas receives the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce 2023 Hall of Fame Award

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