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Cathy Engberg
[ 0 ] November 1, 2017 |

Cathy Engberg

Cathy Engberg is an oil painter who works out of her home studio in Peoria, IL. She mainly focuses on family life, children at play, or animals and always has her camera with her, ready to snap a photo to use as inspiration for her next painting. “I strive to capture a moment in time […]

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Protecting Your Identity and Finances in Light of the Equifax Breach
[ 0 ] October 16, 2017 |

Protecting Your Identity and Finances in Light of the Equifax Breach

The staff at IAACU has received a lot of questions regarding the recent Equifax data breach.   Though there have been many high profile breaches (Target, Ebay, JP Morgan Chase, Home Depot – to name a few), this one seems unprecedented due to the number of people affected combined with the amount and type of personal […]

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Same Day ACH Payment Processing
[ 0 ] September 7, 2017 |

Same Day ACH Payment Processing

How it works: New capabilities of Same Day ACH (electronic payments) will become effective this upcoming September to allow financial institutions and businesses to move to a faster processing environment. Beginning September 15, 2017, Same Day ACH payment processing will be available for both credit and debit entries enabling the same-day processing of ACH payments. […]

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Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst
[ 0 ] September 5, 2017 |

Marc Making: Artists of Marcfirst

Marcfirst is a local agency dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Earlier this year, Marcfirst and University Galleries at Illinois State University collaborated to give these men and women the chance to create paintings, drawings, and other forms of artwork. During a series of workshops, Marcfirst Arts Coordinator, Iga Puchalska guided the artists through […]

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Overspending has become as American as Apple Pie (But it doesn’t need to be!)
[ 0 ] August 17, 2017 |

Overspending has become as American as Apple Pie (But it doesn’t need to be!)

If you overspend, you are not alone: the average American spends $1.33 for every $1 earned. Our spending habits have become so routine that we often forget the ways we are spending money on unnecessary things. Here are some tips to break bad habits, and set you up to achieve financial success. 1. Automate your […]

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Twenty Years in the Books for Emily Griffin!
[ 1 ] August 10, 2017 |

Twenty Years in the Books for Emily Griffin!

  This week marks twenty years that Emily Griffin has been a part of the Family of Companies.  She began her journey in 1997 at Growmark working in the accounting department for FS Convenient Stores.  She then moved to COUNTRY in the fall of 1999 as part of the Controller group working within Agency Programs, Cost Accounting, and Financial Analysis.  After being a […]

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What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back to School
[ 0 ] August 8, 2017 |

What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back to School

COURTNEY JESPERSEN   The first day of school isn’t here yet, but it’s not too early to start budgeting for the upcoming semester — especially considering the amount you’ll probably spend before the first class even starts. Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $687.72 each on back-to-school […]

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It’s Summer Time!
[ 0 ] August 4, 2017 |

It’s Summer Time!

It’s summer time and for many kids that means staying home with a sitter or by themselves (if they are old enough).  It can drive a parent crazy, knowing that their kids are home just watching TV or playing video games all day.  But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many […]

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