In 2024, Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. On February 27, 1974, five Independent Community Banks in Illinois (ICBI) committee members signed incorporation papers with the Office of the Secretary of State as the not-for-profit Independent Community Banks in Illinois Association which is now known as CBAI. From a 400 square foot office with one employee to a 13,200 square foot headquarters with two training rooms and a staff of 22, CBAI has grown with the support of an amazing group of community bankers.

During this year as we reflect on the past, present and future, we must acknowledge the outstanding efforts of CBAI’s chairmen/chairwomen, board members, staff and bankers devoted to preserving the mission of community banking. Without their tremendous support, CBAI could not have become one of the largest banking associations in the country. CBAI is committed to offering quality education, effective political representation and essential products and services to community banks in Illinois.

CBAI is excited to celebrate this incredible milestone in community banking history. You don’t want to miss CBAI’s 50th Annual Convention & Exposition, September 19 - 21, 2024, in Springfield!

Stroll among the tables laden with items for the live and silent auctions supporting Community BancPac. Enjoy food, drinks, entertainment and an evening of fun with your fellow community bankers!

Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc., is a human behavior expert and keynote speaker who inspires individuals to connect and communicate in real and relevant ways. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), and in 2017, was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence.

Regardless of your title and role, people experience everyday stressors while they are expected to stay agile through constant change. In today’s world, people are required to exceed expectations and produce more in less time with fewer resources, all while staying positive and engaged with colleagues and customers. New challenges have collapsed the boundaries between work and home, leaving people juggling opposing demands for time, energy, and attention. It’s no surprise, even with the best of intentions, leaders and teams feel stressed out, disconnected, and emotionally exhausted. Enough! It’s time for You Management!

Join Carlson in this laugh-out-loud presentation of “You Management: Strategies to Avoid Burnout, Boost Resilience and Accelerate Success” as she shares practical, yet powerful, science-based strategies to remain resilient and accelerate your success during the most challenging of circumstances.

One prominent speaker after another addresses cutting edge topics during these targeted educational sessions. They provide the knowledge to lead your community bank to top performance. A directors’ track remains an important part of the agenda. Also included is the CBAI Fintech Showcase, powered by the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator!

CBAI members and guests hear more about the top regulatory, political and competitive issues confronting community banking today and what CBAI is doing about them. Association Chairwoman Sheila Burcham, Bradford National Bank, Irvington, addresses the delegation on key events during her term, and Incoming Chairman David Stanton, PeopleFirst Bank, Joliet, presents his views on the community banking profession looking forward. Also on the agenda, ICBA Immediate Past Chairman Derek Williams discusses significant issues pending in Congress. CBAI President Kraig Lounsberry provides an Association update, and CBAI Treasurer Jim Weast, Warren-Boynton State Bank, New Berlin, reviews the Association’s financial position. The delegation also elects CBAI officers for the annual period commencing October 1, 2024. Awards for Outstanding CBAI Member, Service Provider of the Year and Outgoing Chairman are announced at the luncheon, as well.

Visit our more than 80-booth Exhibit Center. It will be crammed full of the latest products and services for community banks. This enables you to:

  • keep abreast of new information, products and services;
  • improve purchase management and business development;
  • compare prices and products more effectively; and
  • save time by seeing all vendors in one location.
Be sure to visit the ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator Hub in the Exhibit Hall to learn about cutting-edge, innovative solutions hand-picked for community banks! Presented by ICBA, visit this unique space to meet ICBA ThinkTECH Accelerator fintech companies and learn more about how these providers can help your community banks offer enhanced products and services to address the ever-evolving needs of community banks and their customers.


If you have any questions, please contact the CBAI Education Department at 217/529-2265 or 800/736-2224.