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340 N Milwaukee Ave
Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1533

BCU is headquartered in Vernon Hills and is the 4th largest credit union in the state of Illinois. It is also the 68th largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1980 and as of March of 2018, it had grown to 547 employees and 235,521 members at 50 locations. BCU's money market rates are 4X the national average, and it has an A health rating.

Field of Membership Restrictions

Membership in BCU is open to the following: (1) those who live or work in McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, or Cook County north of 95th Street South in Chicago; (2) those who live or work in Kenosha County in Wisconsin; (3) employees of Boston Scientific, Centegra Health Care, Rust-Oleum Corporation and other area Select Employer Groups.
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BCU (IL/WI) Adds Limited-Time 11-Month CD Special - 11/7/2017

BCU (IL/WI) is offering an 11-month CD Special (1.65% APY, $500+ new money) and Money Market Special (1.25% APY, $15k+ new money) through December 31, 2017.

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Great Credit Union!!

Everything about this credit union is great! They offer early direct deposit so I have access to my paycheck early. Great savings rates. Enjoy their credit card, and a very easy process I went thru to get a credit line increase. Everyone is always very friendly when I have called in, and the mobile deposit process is a breeze. There are not any branches around me, however, I like the fact that I can make ATM deposits at PNC bank, or I can visit any shared branch credit union. BCU called me also and told me they were able to save me a large amount of money if I switched over my auto loan from Wells Fargo. I gave them the chance, and my monthly payment went down $90.00 a month without an extension in my loan term. On top of this when my loan closed they gave me $100.00 as a thank you for bringing my loan over. BCU has earned my membership for life!

BCU - No Complaints

My spouse was employed with a business that offered BCU membership as an additional perk. We opened up a savings account to funnel money into for a future car purchase. We also opened an additional savings account for my young son. The rates were competitive and the rare time we've had to speak to anyone, the folks there are always friendly. We did notice that they offered a discount on auto loans (.5%), so we did look into it and completed all of the paperwork (lots - they are thorough). Turns out that we didn't use it as we got a better deal through the dealership, but it was nice to have the option. My only complaint is that there aren't many physical branches in our location. My son likes to deposit cash into his account and we have to plan a trip to do so.

Our Checking Account with Baxter Credit Union

Posted by: Hutchap | Dec 1, 2017

Baxter Credit Union is a credit union associated with my husband's employer. We found that their checking account product offered a slightly higher interest rate than we currently had with our bank. Customer Service for our checking account with this credit union has been okay. Our main interaction with the main branch of the credit union has been when we have needed to replace a lost card, or when our debit card was incorrectly declined by a store. These interactions have been fine. I will say that when using an associated credit union branch, there tends to be issues when making a deposit. The deposit tickets that Baxter provides us with have too many numbers for our account, and the branch cannot figure out which numbers to use. This has actually been our main problem with them. Branch deposits taking a long time while the staff tries to figure out how to account our for our money is a reason we have considered moving our money out of the credit union. I have taken to highlighting the numbers on our deposit tickets so that the branch will know where the account number actually starts and stops, which has sped things up a little. Otherwise, our experience with this credit union has been satisfactory.

Not Worth It

Posted by: cwill | Mar 1, 2018

I have been with this bank since I believe a week before Valentines day. When I received my debit card I tried using it at the grocery store. Well I had an issue with the card not working. The funds were there but my card was not being accepted. I called the bank while in the store, response time is pretty good and all in all after trying to figure out the issue I just wasn't able to use my card. So I was suppose to be overnighted a card. The next day comes and I have an email delivery confirmation but no card. It was sent to the wrong address! So I call again only to be told I now have to wait 7-10 days for a card. I'm on my 11th day and have not gotten a card it's been 3 almost 4 weeks that I've had the account and the card issue. I call again only to be told that I have to wait at least 1 business day to talk to someone about getting me a card. Yeah not worth it.



Health Grade Components

NCUA #68187
Year Chartered1980
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD0.97%
Return on Equity - YTD9.84%
Annual Interest Income$34.3MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$3.07B$2.80B
LoansQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$2.78B$2.41B
DepositsQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$2.69B$2.46B
Equity CapitalQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$297.4MM$270.3MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$19.5MM$15.6MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$11.7MM$7.4MM
Real Estate OwnedQ1 2018vs Q1 2017$0$1.7MM
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BCU Savings Account Rates

2.50%*$25*$25kRainy Day Savings after first 12 months
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $25k+
1.25%$25$6,500Rainy Day Savings first consecutive 12 months
0.05%--Regular Savings Account

BCU Money Market Rates

1.75%--Investor Money Market (New Money)
1.50%*$15k*-Money Market Special (New Money)
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $15k
1.25%*$1k*-IRA Money Market Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $1k
0.80%*$500k*-Money Market Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.10% $1k - $25k | 0.20% $25k - $100k | 0.25% $100k - $250k | 0.65% $250k - $500k

BCU Checking Account Rates

2.00%*-$25kPowerPlus Checking - Qualifying
OTHER TIERS: 0.25% $25k+
0.50%$5k-Premier Business Checking

BCU CD Rates

2.75%$500-65 Month Rewards CD Special
2.50%$500-65 Month CD Special
2.25%$500-18 Month Rewards CD Special
2.20%$500-60 Month Rewards CD
2.20%$500$25k36 Month Kid's Certificate
2.20%$500-11 Month CD Special (New Money Only)
2.10%$500-48 Month Rewards CD
2.00%$500-18 Month CD Special
1.95%$500-60 Month CD
1.95%$500-36 Month Rewards CD
1.85%$500-48 Month CD
1.70%$500-36 Month CD
1.35%$500-24 Month Rewards CD
1.25%$500-12 Month Rewards CD
1.15%$500-12 Month CD
1.10%$500-24 Month CD
0.85%$500-6 Month Rewards CD
0.80%$500-3 Month Rewards CD
0.75%$500-6 Month CD
0.70%$500-3 Month CD


3.00%$500-65 Month Rewards IRA Special
2.27%$500-65 Month IRA Special
2.25%$500-18 Month Rewards IRA Certificate Special
2.20%$500-60 Month Rewards IRA
2.10%$500-48 Month Rewards IRA
2.00%$500-18 Month IRA Certificate Special
1.95%$500-60 Month IRA
1.95%$500-36 Month Rewards IRA
1.85%$500-48 Month IRA
1.70%$500-36 Month IRA
1.35%$500-24 Month Rewards IRA
1.25%$500-12 Month Rewards IRA
1.15%$500-12 Month IRA
1.10%$500-24 Month IRA


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