About Us

Land of Lincoln Credit Union is a State Chartered financial institution founded in 1947. LLCU originally served the employees of the Decatur Signal Depot, which was a Federal Communications Facility. The Signal Depot closed in 1961. In 1987, the Board applied for, and received, a membership charter to serve Macon County residents, becoming a 'Community Credit Union'. Other credit unions merged with LLCU over the years and our "community charter" expanded to serve anyone who lives or works in many different counties in Central Illinois.

Our mission is to provide education and services for financial success. We are dedicated to improving the financial literacy of our communities through education and dissemination of information.

Community Impact Report

LLCU is committed to making an indelible impact on our Members, Employees & Communities through giving & service.

2022 COMMUNITY Impact Report

What is a Credit Union?

Credit Unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that are member-owned and whose sole purpose is to serve the financial needs of their members. Credit unions are not labor unions. The term “credit union” is merely another term for “non-profit financial cooperative”. The people helping people philosophy of credit unions sets them apart from other financial institutions based on the quality and affordability of the products and services offered. Credit unions return earnings to their members through higher savings rates, free or low-cost services, lower fees and lower loan rates.

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To learn more about credit unions, click on the links below for more resources:

CREDIT UNION NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (CUNA) The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the premier national trade association serving credit unions. Ninety percent of America’s credit unions are affiliated with CUNA.

EXCESS SHARE INSURANCE (ESI) Excess Share (deposit) Insurance helps protect the hard-earned savings of credit union members throughout the United States. This unique program provides up to an additional $250,000 of insurance once a credit union member's balance exceeds the coverage provided by their primary share insurer.

GREATER DECATUR CHAPTER of CREDIT UNIONS The Greater Decatur Chapter of Credit Unions serves to help promote, educate and facilitate networking among credit unions in the Decatur, IL area.

ILLINOIS CREDIT UNION LEAGUE (ICUL) The ICUL is the primary support system for Illinois credit unions. They are committed to the "people helping people" concept of credit unions as cooperative financial institutions. The purpose of ICUL is to provide credit unions with quality information, products and services to compete in the financial industry.

NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the United States independent federal agency that supervises, insures and charters credit unions.

R.W. BOYLE CHAPTER OF CREDIT UNIONS The R.W. Boyle Chapter of Credit Unions serves to help promote, educate and facilitate networking among credit unions in the Central and Southern Illinois area.

Become a Member

Becoming a Member of LLCU is as easy as 1-2-3! Simply visit one of our branches or start the process by filling out an online Member Application.

Once you have joined the Credit Union, you are a member for life regardless of where you might move or are if your employment changes. Land of Lincoln Credit Union membership is open to the following:

Anyone who works or resides in any of these Illinois counties:

  • Bond
  • Christian
  • Clark
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Coles
  • Crawford
  • Cumberland
  • DeWitt
  • Douglas
  • Edgar
  • Effingham
  • Fayette
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Lawrence
  • Macon
  • Marion
  • McLean
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Moultrie
  • Piatt
  • Richland
  • Sangamon
  • Shelby
  • Washington

Immediate Family of a Current Member If you are immediate family of a current member of Land of Lincoln Credit Union, regardless of residence, you can bank with us. Immediate family members include children, parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren.

Work for a Premier Partner If you are a current employee of one of Land of Lincoln Credit Union's Premier Partners, you can bank with Land of Lincoln Credit Union. For a complete list of our Premier Partners, visit our Premier Partner Page.

United Methodist Affiliate If you are a member, associate member, clergy or pastor of the United Methodist Church, or are affiliated with a United Methodist agency or institution within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference or Northern Illinois Conference, you can bank with Land of Lincoln Credit Union. If any of these three conditions apply to you, then you are eligible to join Land of Lincoln Credit Union.


Looking for an exciting career in the world of finance and banking? Land of Lincoln Credit Union is a wonderful place to work that cares about its employees and its members. If there are any current career opportunities at LLCU, they will be listed below. 

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Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Robert Ares

President Chief Executive Officer

Email Robert Ares

Bev Davis

Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer

Email Bev Davis

Chris Smith

Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer

Email Chris Smith

Ben Austin

Senior Vice President Chief Information Officer

Email Ben Austin

Howard Martin

Senior Vice President Chief Lending Officer

Email Howard Martin

Cayla Hittmeier

Senior Vice President Chief Marketing Officer

Email Cayla Hittmeier

Jeri Conaway

Senior Vice President Member Services

Email Jeri Conaway

Brandi Binkley

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer

Email Brandi Binkley

Reach out to any of the team by emailing llcu@llcu.org or calling 1-844-222-7788



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