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205 ILCS 305/20
(205 ILCS 305/20)
(from Ch. 17, par. 4421)
Election or appointment of officials.
(1) The credit union shall
be directed by a board of directors consisting of no less than 7 in number,
to be elected at the annual meeting by and from the members. Directors shall
hold office until the next annual meeting, unless their
terms are staggered. Upon amendment of its bylaws, a credit union may divide
the directors into 2 or 3 classes with each class as nearly equal in number as
possible. The term of office of the directors of the first class shall expire
at the first annual meeting after their election, that of the second class
expire at the second annual meeting after their election, and that of the third
class, if any, shall expire at the third annual meeting after their election.
At each annual meeting after the classification, the number of directors equal
to the number of directors whose terms expire at the time of the meeting shall
be elected to hold office until the second succeeding annual meeting if there
are 2 classes or until the third succeeding annual meeting if there are 3
classes. A director shall hold office for the term for which he
or she is elected and until his or her
is elected and qualified.
(1.5) Except as provided in subsection (1.10), in all elections for directors, every member
has the right to vote, in person, by proxy, or by electronic record if approved by the board of directors, the number of shares owned
by him, or in the case of a member other than a natural person, the member's
one vote, for as many persons as there are directors to be elected, or to
cumulate such shares, and give one candidate as many votes as the number
of directors multiplied by the number of his shares equals, or to distribute
the same principle among as many candidates as he may desire and the directors
shall not be elected in any other manner. Shares held in a joint account
owned by more than one member may be voted by any one of the members, however,
the number of cumulative votes cast may not exceed a total equal to the number
of shares multiplied by the number of directors to be elected. A majority of
the shares entitled
to vote shall be represented either in person or by proxy for the election
of directors. Each director shall wholly take and subscribe to an oath
that he will diligently and honestly perform his duties in administering
the affairs of the credit union, that while he may delegate to another the
performance of those administrative duties he is not thereby relieved from
his responsibility for their performance, that he will not knowingly violate
or permit to be violated any law applicable to the credit union,
and that he is the owner of at least one share of the credit union.
(1.10) Upon amendment of a credit union's bylaws, in all elections for directors, every member who is a natural person shall have the right to cast one vote, regardless of the number of his or her shares, in person, by proxy, or by electronic record if approved by the board of directors, for as many persons as there are directors to be elected.
(1.15) If the board of directors has adopted a policy addressing age eligibility standards on voting, holding office, or petitioning the board, then a credit union may require (i) that members be at least 18 years of age by the date of the meeting in order to vote at meetings of the members, sign nominating petitions, or sign petitions requesting special meetings, and (ii) that members be at least 18 years of age by the date of election or appointment in order to hold elective or appointive office.
(2) The board of directors shall appoint from among the members of the
credit union, a supervisory committee of not less than 3 members at the
organization meeting and within 30 days following each annual meeting of
the members for such terms as the bylaws provide. Members of the supervisory committee may, but need not be, on the board of directors, but shall not
be officers of the credit union.
(3) The board of directors may appoint, from among the
members of the
credit union, a credit committee consisting of an odd number, not less than
3 for such terms as the bylaws provide. Members of the credit committee
may, but need not be, directors or officers of the credit union.
(4) The board of directors may appoint from among the members
credit union a membership committee of one or more persons. If appointed,
the committee shall act
upon all applications for membership and submit a report of its actions
to the board of directors at the next regular meeting for
If no membership committee is appointed, credit union management shall act
upon all applications for membership and submit a report of its actions to the board of directors
at the next regular meeting for review.
(5) The board of directors may appoint, from among the members of the credit union, a nominating committee of 3 or more persons. Members of the nominating committee may, but need not, be directors or officers of the credit union, but may not be members of the supervisory committee. The appointment, if made, shall be made in a timely manner to permit the nominating committee to recruit, evaluate, and nominate eligible candidates for each position to be filled in the election of directors or, in the event of a vacancy in office, to be filled by appointment of the board of directors for the remainder of the unexpired term of the director creating the vacancy. Factors the nominating committee may consider in evaluating prospective candidates include whether a candidate possesses or is willing to acquire through training the requisite skills and qualifications to carry out the statutory duties of a director. The board of directors may delegate to the nominating committee the recruitment, evaluation, and nomination of eligible candidates to serve on committees and in executive officer positions.
(6) The board of directors may create one or more other committees in addition to the committees identified in this Section and appoint directors or such other persons as the board designates to serve on the committee or committees. Any such committee shall serve at the pleasure of the board of directors and it shall not act on behalf of the credit union or bind it to any action, but it may make recommendations to the board of directors.
(7)(a) The board of directors may appoint an individual as a registered agent for the credit union. The name of the registered agent appointed by the board of directors shall be identified in the annual report filed by the credit union on the annual report form supplied by the Department. The business office of the registered agent shall be the same as the principal place of business of the credit union. Any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon the credit union may be served upon the registered agent appointed by the credit union.
(b) A credit union that has appointed a registered agent shall post on its website the name of its registered agent, the address of its principal place of business, and that the appointment was authorized by action of the board of directors.
(c) A credit union that has appointed a registered agent may change its registered agent at any time by posting on its website a statement setting forth the following:
(i) the address of its principal place of business,
(ii) the name of its existing registered agent,
(iii) the name of its successor registered agent, and
(iv) that the change was authorized by action of the
(d) A registered agent may resign at any time by submitting written notice thereof to the credit union at its principal place of business. The notice shall set forth the following:
(i) the name of the credit union for which the
registered agent is acting,
(ii) the address of the principal place of business
(iii) the name of the registered agent,
(iv) that the registered agent is resigning, and
(v) the effective date of the resignation, which
shall not be less than 30 days after the date of filing of the notice.
(8) The use of electronic records for member voting pursuant to this Section shall employ a security procedure that meets the attribution criteria set forth in Section 9 of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
(9) As used in this Section, "electronic", "electronic record", and "security procedure" have the meanings ascribed to those terms in the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-38, eff. 6-25-21; 102-687, eff. 12-17-21; 102-774, eff. 5-13-22; 102-858, eff. 5-13-22; 103-154, eff. 6-30-23; 103-289, eff. 7-28-23.)