The mission of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois is to provide its members a competitive edge by effectively aggregating political, economic, and marketing power. The CBAI is dedicated to keeping community banks competitive for the benefit of their customers and the communities they serve through delivery of quality education, effective political representation, and essential products and services. The mission will be pursued with integrity, equal representation, professionalism, vision, and responsiveness.

Our Purpose

The Community Bankers Association of Illinois is the state's only true advocate of community banking. Formed in 1974, CBAI has weathered the changes in banking that have buffeted Illinois since then, emerging as a mature, full-service association for today's community bankers.

CBAI proudly represents approximately 265 Illinois financial institutions and 160 associate members. The Association creates money-saving opportunities for its members and provides first-class educational seminars and schools. Moreover, CBAI professionally lobbies for the Illinois community banker.

CBAI member banks are as diverse as the parts of the state they serve. While some are into their second century of banking, others have just opened their doors. Members come in all sizes, from the smallest banks to those with assets in excess of three billion dollars. Chicago and the collar counties are served by CBAI member banks, as are cities and towns in every Illinois county.

CBAI member banks and associate members share a common belief that community banks must survive due to their role as primary lenders to consumers and the small businesses that create more new jobs than any other sector of our economy.

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