Cornerstone Credit Union Awards Four Scholarships to Local Students

FREEPORT, IL – Cornerstone Credit Union is proud to announce the outstanding recipients of their 2021 Founders’ Scholarships: Reese Coon, Freeport High School; Amy Ziegler, Sterling High School; Matthew Ifert, Eastland High School; and Kirsten Frautschy, Orangeville High School. Each winner received an $1,250 award.

“Education is the key to a successful future, which is why Cornerstone Credit Union is proud to have offered these scholarship awards annually to local high school seniors since
1998,” stated Gail Clore, Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO. “Especially during this challenging time, it is our privilege to recognize these outstanding local students who were chosen for their commitment to furthering their education and community involvement. On behalf of Cornerstone’s Board of Directors and staff, I congratulate this year’s recipients and wish them future success,” added Clore.

All of the winners have an impressive list of academic achievements and activities, and have been accepted to an accredited college or university. Reese plans on attending Elmhurst University with the goal to obtain a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Amy will be choosing a path of education with either Augustana College, or the University of Illinois with the intent on getting a degree in Actuarial Sciences. Matthew will be attending Highland Community College to obtain certification in their Welding & Fabrication program. Kirsten plans to attend Highland Community College to obtain a degree in Psychology, transferring to complete her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree and become an Occupational Therapist.

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Rob Morrison to Provide Insight about Client Experience and Business

ROCKFORD, Ill. (April 30, 2021) – Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Rob Morrison with Savant Wealth Management will be a panelist for RIA Insights Panels: Live Webinar Series discussing how client experience can be a true differentiator in business. The virtual panel discussion is set for 4:00 p.m. EST on May 6.

Savant, a nationally recognized, fee-only wealth management firm that provides comprehensive financial advice to individuals, families, and businesses across the nation, serves as a trusted advisor and fiduciary, working in defense of its clients’ best interests by walking alongside them on the path to reach their financial goals.

On May 6, Morrison will participate in the live panel discussion, “Can Client Experience Be a True Differentiator?” The virtual event will bring together industry leaders to discuss client experience, how to overcome challenges of delivering great experience at scale, how changing client needs are shaping the future of client experience, and what it means for business.

“I’m honored to participate alongside some of the industry’s most forward-thinking leaders,” said Morrison. “Growing a business centered around an exemplary client experience is a passion of mine. I look forward to contributing to this timely discussion about how the client experience will further shape the RIA industry.”

Savant manages $10 billion in assets, employs more than 200 team members and serves 6,500 clients. For more information about Savant Wealth Management, visit savantwealth.com.

About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with $10 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement planning, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is headquartered in Rockford, IL, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA.

Savant Wealth Management (“Savant”) is an SEC registered investment adviser headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk. Please see Important Disclosures at savantwealth.com.

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BHS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL VACCINE CLINIC DATES

BELOIT, WI. (April 21, 2021) — BHS currently provides the Moderna Vaccine, which is for individuals age 18 years and older. To see if you are eligible, please review:
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

Please be aware the vaccine will be provided by appointment only. The vaccine is being administered at no cost to the patient.

Vaccines For Those Eligible will be offered on the following dates:
April 26 9:00am – 12:00pm
April 29 8:00am – 5:00pm
April 30 9:00am – 3:00pm

Additional vaccine clinic dates will be announced soon.
Location: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Auditorium

If you are an established patient at BHS, you are encouraged to use the MyHealth patient portal at beloithealthsystem.org/myhealth. You may also call our dedicated vaccine phone line Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at 608-364-5663 to make your appointment.

As the State of Wisconsin and BHS expand the vaccination process, please continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and avoid group gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities
we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.

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MATT BRICK CELEBRATES 15 YEARS WITH FOREST CITY GEAR

ROSCOE, IL (April 21, 2021) – Forest City Gear, an industry-leading manufacturer of fine and medium pitch custom gears, is proud to celebrate Matt Brick’s 15-year anniversary with the company. Brick, a Gear Hobbing Set-up Technician, joined the Forest City Gear family in 2006. He is a highly skilled CNC gear hobbing machinist with experience in CNC machine operations. During his 15 years with Forest City Gear, Brick has completed a variety of on-the-job training programs including Rock Valley College’s TechWorks, the National Tooling & Machining Association’s CNC Gear Machinist Apprenticeship Program, and the American Gear Manufacturers Association’s Fundamentals of Gearing.

“Matt is loyal and industrious. He keeps his head down and works through the task at hand. He’s an asset to the Gear Hobbing Department and the company as a whole, and we are lucky to have him as one of our more experienced machinists,” said Kika Young, Director of Corporate Management at Forest City Gear.

About Forest City Gear

Since 1955, Roscoe, IL based, family-owned Forest City Gear has been one of the gear industry’s leading sources for the development, manufacture and inspection of the highest quality gears, for use in applications that range from medical devices to motorcycles, airplanes to automation, even including the Mars Perseverance Rover.

For more information, visit:  www.forestcitygear.com.

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Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction, According to J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM)

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM), the firm announced.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 24 full-service investment firms based on seven factors including product offerings; problem resolution; convenience; digital experience; financial advisors; value; and trust.

The firm scored 770 in overall satisfaction, 38 points over the industry average. A deeper dive indicates that Edward Jones also scored highest in trust; convenience; and problem resolution

“We are incredibly honored to be named by investors as delivering the highest level of satisfaction, especially during a year of challenge and volatility,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Penny Pennington. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our service experience and deepen relationships as we live our purpose – improving the lives of our clients and colleagues and, together, benefiting our communities and society.”

Edward Jones has ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power for several years – in 2019, 2015 (tied), 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007-2005, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

The 2021 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,392 investors who make some or all investment decisions with a financial advisor. The study was fielded from December 2020 through February 2021. For more information, visit jdpower.com/awards.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.3 trillion in client assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Savant Wealth Management Releases Evidence-Based Investing Learning Center

ROCKFORD, Ill. (April 8, 2021)  Savant Wealth Management, a nationally recognized, fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, announced it has developed a suite of multi-media education tools on the concept of Evidence-Based Investing (EBI) to help investors become more educated on the topic.

Given the rise in internet and video consumption this past year, Savant is launching this initiative to reach and help more people through virtual connections. The e-learning content features an academic white paper, blogs, and videos about the importance of using evidence and research for investments.

“In our new socially distanced world, there is still opportunity for connection by embracing technology to give people the tools they need to be more savvy investors,” said Phil Huber, Savant’s chief investment officer. “We believe EBI is a well-organized investment approach that uses historical data, research, and our collective knowledge of risk and return.

This EBI platform helps explain why consumers should apply evidence to investing over approaches like timing the market and active stock-picking. The content is divided into bite-sized pieces, and Huber is the author of the blogs and main speaker featured in the videos, which average in length from four to eight minutes each.

To access the EBI Learning Center, visit savantwealth.com/evidence-based-investing

About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with $10 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is headquartered in Rockford, IL, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA. Please see Important Disclosures at savantwealth.com.

Savant Wealth Management (“Savant”) is an SEC registered investment adviser headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk. Please see Important Disclosures at savantwealth.com.

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Edward Jones Recognized for Training Excellence for 21st Consecutive Year Financial services firm continues to rank high as list becomes more exclusive

Financial services firm Edward Jones once again has been named a top company for training. The firm ranked No. 19 on Training magazine’s 2021 newly rebranded Training Top 100 list, up six spots from last year in its 21st consecutive year on this prestigious list, according to Lea Evers, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Roscoe.

In lieu of its traditional black-tie awards gala, Training magazine announced the winning companies Feb. 8 at the 2021 Virtual Training Conference. The magazine ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs tied to corporate strategic goals and business impact.

“We provide our associates the continuous learning and professional development opportunities to unleash their full potential and support their purpose and that of the firm – to partner for positive impact to improve the lives of our clients and colleagues and, together, better our communities and society,” Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer Kristin Johnson said. “Even as we navigated the challenges of the pandemic, our commitment to learning and development never wavered. We are honored to be recognized by Training magazine – and proud of our associates’ commitment to contribute at the highest level.”

This year’s recognition is particularly significant as only the top 100 organizations were ranked – compared to 125 in years past.

“To maintain the credibility of our awards program during the COVID-19 pandemic, we chose not to lower our standards and put organizations on the list that did not meet the minimum scoring threshold for training excellence – hence the change back to the Training Top 100,” explained Training magazine Editor-in-Chief Lorri Freifeld. “This makes the extraordinary accomplishments of the 2021 Training Top 100 organizations even more noteworthy. We salute these best-in-class organizations for their steadfast dedication to continuous employee learning and development; their agility and innovation in transforming their training delivery in response to the pandemic; and their passionate commitment to the current and future success of their people.”

Edward Jones consistently earns high marks as an employer of choice in national rankings. For the 21st year, Edward Jones was named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2020.” The firm took the No. 7 overall spot on the exclusive ranking. This is on the heels of a No. 7 ranking in 2019.

The Stateline Edward Jones financial advisors are: Lea Evers, Brenda Brugger, Holly Muth, and Angi Kolthoff.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.5 trillion in client assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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GET MONEY SMART WITH FREE VIRTUAL WEBINARS APRIL 10-17

This year, due to the pandemic, Money Smart Week (MSW), an annual program to promote financial literacy for all communities, will offer virtual events nationwide. Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 will be held April 10-17, 2021; all programs are Free and open to the public.

Virtual MSW 2021 will focus on one daily “Money Smart” theme. Content will be provided by government, non-profit and educational institutions through a combination of 10-15-minute presentations, checklists, toolkits and other pertinent resources. Programming will focus on supporting the needs of low to-moderate income households – those most affected by Covid-19 – to encourage greater financial well-being in their communities.

Cornerstone Credit Union, a proud MSW partner for years, invites our member communities to take advantage of these free, informative virtual presentations on today’s financial topics.

Visit our website cornerstonecu.org for a complete schedule and link to registration at moneysmartweek.org.

MSW was created in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and has grown to become a nationwide program as the need for financial education is ever present in our society.

BHS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES: VACCINE DISTRIBUTION ELIGIBILITY EXPANDED CRITERIA

BELOIT, WI. (April 1, 2021) — Governor Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), has announced that everyone age 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, 2021. Wisconsin currently leads the nation in being one of the most efficient vaccinators in the country.

To see if you are eligible, please review:

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

Please be aware the vaccine will be provided by appointment only. The vaccine is being administered at no cost to the patient.

BHS is administering Moderna which is for 18 years of age and older.
Vaccines for those eligible will be offered on the following dates:

April 7 8:30am – 3:00pm
April 8 12:30pm – 5:30pm
April 9 11:30am – 5:30pm

Additional vaccine clinic dates will be announced soon.
Location: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Auditorium

If you are an established patient at BHS, you are encouraged to use the MyHealth patient portal atbeloithealthsystem.org/myhealth. You may also call our dedicated vaccine phone line Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at 608-364-5663 to make your appointment.

As the State of Wisconsin and BHS expand the vaccination process, please continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and avoid group gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.

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Edward Jones Ranked No. 5 on the 2021 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE Magazine

Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the No. 5 Best Workplaces in Financial Service & Insurance by the Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine.

The Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance award is based on analysis of survey responses from more than 840,000 current employees across the U.S. In that survey, 94% of Edward Jones associates said Edward Jones is a great place to work. This number is 35 points higher than the average U.S. company. Edward Jones is the top-ranked full-service financial services firm on the list.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition because it embodies our very purpose, which is central to everything we do,” said Kristin Johnson, Edward Jones Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are intentional about partnering for positive impact to improve the well-being of our clients and colleagues, and together better our communities and society. These partnerships with each other are at the heart of our culture and make Edward Jones a great place to work.”

The Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback. Companies were only considered if they had been a Great Place to Work-Certified organization.

Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.

“Congratulations to the Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance. These companies are meeting the moment. Not only have they pivoted to new ways of working, but their employees’ report an even better company culture than before COVID-19,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO Great Place to Work. “The leaders of these companies can expect excellent business results thanks to their inclusive, high-trust cultures.”

The Best Workplaces for Financial Services & Insurance is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Edward Jones ranked No. 5 on the Best Workplaces for Women, No. 2 for Millennials and No. 7 on the 2020 Best Workplaces for Parents. The firm ranked No. 7 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2020 list, the firm’s 21st year on the list.

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 firm headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1.3 trillion in assets under management. The Edward Jones website is at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All.

Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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