The History of CICU

Central Illinois Credit Union was incorporated March 4, 1948 under the laws of the State of Illinois as John L. Kelly Chapter Credit Union with 210 charter members. The name was changed to Central Illinois Credit Union on March 31, 1983. The Credit Union merged with SuperValu Midwest Federal Credit Union on July 1, 2004 and merged with News-Gazette Credit Union on March 1, 2006. UNFI bought SuperValu in 2018.

The field of membership includes persons who:

  • Reside or are employed within the Illinois counties of Champaign, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Ford, Moultrie or Piatt
  • Employees of IGA stores in Illinois that are corporately owned by SuperValu/UNFI
  • Owners and employees of IGA and SuperValu/UNFI stores in Illinois and Indiana which are under contract with and supplied by SuperValu/UNFI Company
  • Employees and owner operators under contract as suppliers with Brisk and SuperValu/UNFI Company in Urbana, Illinois
  • Employees of the News-Gazette
  • Employees of the Credit Union
  • Members of eligible persons immediate families or household

The Credit Union provides its membership with a full range of quality financial services at competitive rates, while maintaining financial stability and capital growth within the association.

We’d like to make special mention of Cheryl Merkel, who dedicated 21 years to Central Illinois Credit Union as the President. Cheryl is the main reason CICU is what it is today and there are many, many people that were touched by her during her time here. She is missed everyday in the small, frequent reminders of her impact on staff and membership.