The Community Bankers Association of Illinois, based in Springfield, has hired Jerry Cavanaugh as general counsel. He will start work Monday.

Mr. Cavanaugh was assistant general counsel to the Illinois commissioner of banks and real estate.

At the trade group he will succeed Joseph M. Ambrose, who has been outside counsel for 17 years. Mr. Ambrose has been a partner with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Bloomington but is joining Anderson Financial Network there.

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