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Community Banking Week to be marked in Illinois

The Community Bankers Association of Illinois has scheduled its 27th Annual “Illinois Community Banking Week” for April 2 to 8, during National Community Banking Month.

communitybankersassoclogoThe purpose of Community Banking Week is to highlight the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking. We urge consumers, entrepreneurs, farmers and legislators to learn more about community banks, their role in building stronger communities and the quality products and services they provide – all with the relationship banking experience that customers can expect from a local financial institution.

“The theme this year is ‘Community Bankers — Always Ready to Help,” said CBAI Chairman Tom Marantz, chairman and CEO of the Bank of Springfield. The Community Bankers Association of Illinois is charging its community-bank members with helping the public understand the crucial role they fulfill in their market areas. Community banks are independent of the onerous decision-making and complexities that plague mega-banks.

“Decisions are made locally, with the best interests of the community in mind. We have one mission and that is community banking,” he added.

CBAI is a professional trade association representing 350 Illinois commercial banks and thrifts, and their 850 Illinois bank branches. Its members have $70 billion in assets and employ approximately 16,500 individuals. CBAI, headquartered in Springfield, was founded in 1974.

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