About Us

Better Banks has a conservative banking philosophy which has led to a healthy bottom line and the stability to ensure new loans with no fear of failure. This philosophy led us through the recent economic crisis with money to lend and provided an unmatched sense of security for our customers.


We are a full service financial institution and offer a multitude of checking and savings accounts; various mortgage, home equity, personal and auto loans; credit cards; direct deposit; online banking services; mobile banking; safety deposit box rental and more. Better Banks ATMs are located in Astoria, Bartonville, Dunlap, Chillicothe, Peoria and Wyoming and for either no fee or a minimal charge; cards are accepted at any foreign ATM location nationwide.


Better Banks prides itself on customer service and all of our employees work hard to ensure the best banking experience possible for each customer. Whether you walk in to cash a check, call with a bookkeeping question or walk in to inquire about a loan, we appreciate your business tremendously and will do our best to demonstrate that to you. In 2011, we were honored by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce with the Outstanding Small Business of the Year award.


Better Banks employs approximately 100 employees, has seven branches in Central Illinois locations; Astoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Dunlap, Peoria and Wyoming, and is part of the Backlund Investment Company, a multi-bank holding company. Other community banks in the holding company are Glasford Bank with branches in Glasford and Mapleton, IL and State Street Bank and Trust with branches in Payson and Quincy, IL. Backlund Investment Company also includes CFC Insurance, a full service insurance agent located at the Peoria branch. Better Banks is an Equal Housing Lender and a Member of the FDIC.