GCS Credit Union
GCS is a full-service financial institution serving the following counties in Illinois: Sangamon, Logan, Macon, Marion, Jefferson, Perry, Jackson, Williamson, Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington and Randolph.

Learn Why You Should Ditch the Big Banks Now!

Credit union building with sign

A credit union’s first priority is its members. Check out these links about money, savings, online banking, and why your money might be better off with a credit union. 

  • Learn more about our new Total Money Manager budgeting tool that is part of our online banking system with this screencast.
  • Create a strong password when you sign up for online banking and be vigilant about your security. Follow these tips for creating a strong password.
  • Money market accounts offer a great way to watch your money grow. Learn more about how money market accounts work by checking out this article from HowStuffWorks.com.
  • Online banking and paperless billing save a lot of trees and gas. Learn just how eco-friendly online banking can be by clicking on this link.
  • Do you know when the financial quarters begin and end? This article on fiscal policy will give you some answers. 

GCS Federal Credit Union accepts membership from residents of the Illinois counties of Madison and most of St. Clair. If you’re looking for something that’s better than a bank, give us a call at (618) 797-7993.

GCS Donates Backpacks

In an ongoing effort to support the local community, GCS held a collection for Riverbend Head Start & Family Services.

James Wing, GCS Mortgage Loan Manager, put together a fundraiser to purchase backpacks for Riverbend’s early childhood education program. GCS Federal Credit Union employees and members of Gracepoint Church came together to support this project. Backpacks will be given to children leaving the program to enter school this fall.

The mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is to, “Enable children and families to develop positive skills to meet life’s challenges.” To find out more, visit riverbendfamilies.org.

To find out more about GCS, visit myGCScu.com or call (618) 797-7993.

Founded in 1941, GCS Federal Credit Union currently has assets of more than $314 million. GCS serves more than 38,000 members throughout Madison and most of St. Clair Counties in Illinois via 7 conveniently located branches, numerous ATM locations, and 24-hour account access through a telephone audio response system and PCU online banking.


Pictured: Debbie Fremont, RHSFS Child Development Coordinator

A Brief and Humorous History of Credit Unions

Credit unions started as a way to even the playing field between consumers and creditors. The first U.S. credit union was founded in Manchester, New Hampshire in the early 1900s.

Watch this video to learn about the founders and philosophies that shaped America’s federal credit unions. The credit union grew so rapidly that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Credit Union National Association, providing insurance, auditing, and supplies. More recently, President Bill Clinton signed the Credit Union Membership Act, allowing credit unions to add members outside of their original core group. Check out this video history of the credit union for facts about credit unions with a dash of humor.

GCS Federal Credit Union was founded in 1941, and we customize our financial services to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs. Call us at (618) 797-7993 for more information.

Homerun for Character Winners Announced!

character for homerun logo

The CHARACTER+ Homerun for Character program in Illinois is sponsored by GCS Federal Credit Union and the Gateway Grizzlies.  Area schools submitted applications to illustrate their Service Learning achievements.  Winning schools receive free tickets to the June 12 Grizzlies game for all students and staff.  The 2012 winners are:

Althoff, Triad Middle School, William Holliday & Signal Hill

GCS, CHARACTER+ and the Grizzlies are presenting Homerun for Character banners and game tickets to these schools over the next several days.  Congratulations students and faculty!

Going Green: Online Banking

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Online banking is quickly becoming the greenest way to bank. All the energy required to make paper; print checks, bills, and statements; and deliver mail to your house can create a large carbon footprint. If everybody switched to online payments, billing, and transfers, the results would be astounding: 16.5 million trees saved and 3.9 billion fewer pounds of CO2 in the air. Do your part to help out by going green with online banking through your local credit union.

Set up Direct Deposit

Receive your paychecks online to be greener on several levels. You will eliminate the need for a paper paycheck, the envelope it comes in, and the carbon emissions it takes to get you to the credit union. If you’re a business owner with employees, encourage your employees to set up direct deposit. You could cut the expense associated with physical checks and become a greener business if everyone on your payroll chooses direct deposit.

Save Trees with Paperless Billing

If all U.S. households used online banking to view and pay their bills, 2.3 million tons of wood would be saved every year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Nearly 60% of U.S. households currently bank online.

Save Trips to the Credit Union and Gas

Every time you make a transaction online instead of going to the credit union helps protect the environment. If everyone banked online, fuel consumption would be reduced by 26 million BTUs. 512 million gallons of gasoline are consumed in producing and transporting paper bills, statements, and payments. If one in every five homes made the switch to e-bills and online banking, there would be 8.6 million fewer trash bags used a year.

GCS Federal Credit Union is meeting consumer demand for greener banking. With online banking, our members can manage their finances more conveniently while doing their part to save trees and reduce greenhouse gases. Call us today at (618) 797-7993 for more information about our credit union’s services and checking and savings accounts.


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