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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 59th largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1980 and as of December of 2021, it had grown to 774 employees and 310,732 members at 56 locations. BCU's money market rates are 25% higher than 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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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!

I love my credit union

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I like how my credit union seems to function. Puts it's members first before it's profits. BCU has a check deposit system on the phone, a mobile app that lets me view my balance anywhere. Though I don't use one of their physical buildings anywhere near me, the ability to do all my banking online is a very valuable asset.

Excellent Service - Skip The Big Banks

I love being a member of BCU because it feels a lot more personal than banking with a huge institution. Even the things that could be considered downsides, like fewer ATMs, are mitigated by the fact that the credit union does not charge huge fees for many other services. Additionally, different credit unions usually have an agreement with one another, so if you can find a credit union ATM, you usually won't be charged a fee, even it it's not YOUR credit union. My only beef with BCU is that cashier's checks used to be free, but they started charging a $3 fee for them a year or two ago. Now, it's not that big a deal, because I only need cashier's checks once or twice a year, but I liked that they were free. I feel like $3 for a piece of paper is a little outrageous. That being said, the "big bank" I used to use charged $10, so I suppose $3 isn't too bad in comparison!

Highly Recommend BCU

I have been banking with Baxter Credit Union for just under a year now. They do not operate any branches in my state, so I have become very familiar with their customer service department. Recently my employer changed payroll companies and I was asked to submit a blank check or direct deposit form. I do not use paper checks so I called BCU and was immediately connected to an extremely helpful representative. I explained my issue and that I could not wait on a form to be mailed to me. The representative immediately typed up a direct deposit verification form and securely emailed it to me via Docusign. The entire process took less than ten minutes to complete and I have never been more pleased with a financial institution. I highly recommend BCU to anyone who is eligible for membership.



Health Grade Components

NCUA #68187
Year Chartered1980
Primary Regulator
Profit Margin
Return on Assets - YTD1.51%
Return on Equity - YTD15.53%
Annual Interest Income$172.8MM
Assets and Liabilities
AssetsQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$5.07B$4.48B
LoansQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$4.11B$3.86B
DepositsQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$4.38B$3.83B
Equity CapitalQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$488.0MM$415.4MM
Loan Loss AllowanceQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$35.9MM$36.1MM
Unbacked Noncurrent LoansQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$13.0MM$12.7MM
Real Estate OwnedQ4 2021vs Q4 2020$0$61.00K
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BCU Savings Account Rates

1.00%*$25*$25kRainy Day Savings (After first 12 Months)
OTHER TIERS: 0.01% $25k+
1.00%$25$6.5kRainy Day Savings (First 12 Months)
0.01%--Regular Savings Account

BCU Money Market Rates

0.55%*$15k*-Money Market Special - New Money
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $15k
0.50%*$1k*-IRA Money Market Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% Up to $1k
0.40%*$500k*-Money Market Account
OTHER TIERS: 0.05% $1k - $25k | 0.10% $25k - $100k | 0.15% $100k - $250k | 0.30% $250k - $500k

BCU Checking Account Rates

2.00%*-$15kPowerPlus Checking - Qualifying
OTHER TIERS: 0.01% $15k+
0.25%$5k-Premier Business Checking

BCU CD Rates

0.90%$500-60 Month Rewards CD
0.80%$500-48 Month Rewards CD
0.75%$500-7 Month No Penalty CD Special
0.75%$500-7 Month No Penalty Rewards CD Special
0.70%$500-36 Month Rewards CD
0.65%$500-60 Month CD
0.65%$500-11 Month No Penalty CD Special
0.65%$500-11 Month No Penalty Rewards CD Special
0.60%$500-24 Month Rewards CD
0.55%$500-48 Month CD
0.55%$500-13 Month No Penalty CD Special
0.55%$500-13 Month No Penalty Rewards CD Special
0.50%$500-12 Month Rewards CD
0.45%$500-36 Month CD
0.40%$500-12 Month CD
0.35%$500-24 Month CD
0.35%$500-6 Month Rewards CD
0.25%$500-6 Month CD
0.25%$500-3 Month Rewards CD
0.15%$500-3 Month CD


0.90%$500-60 Month Rewards IRA
0.80%$500-48 Month Rewards IRA
0.70%$500-36 Month Rewards IRA
0.65%$500-60 Month IRA
0.60%$500-24 Month Rewards IRA
0.55%$500-48 Month IRA
0.50%$500-12 Month Rewards IRA
0.45%$500-36 Month IRA
0.40%$500-12 Month IRA
0.35%$500-24 Month IRA


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