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Happy National Ag Day!

Today and every day, Better Banks recognizes and celebrates the contributions of America’s local farmers, ranchers, and agricultural enterprises.

We recognize the essential role of agriculture, which is central to our country’s health and prosperity and we pledge to do all we can to support these stewards of the land and their work to preserve our nation’s natural resources—today, tomorrow and for the future—for the benefit of all Americans.

Better Banks Announces New Contest Promoting Community Involvement

To honor their commitment to improving the communities in which they live and serve, Better Banks has announced a new contest - Better Your Community.

“The goal of the contest is to put a spotlight on those individuals who go above and beyond to better our communities,” said Better Banks President, Mike Stratton. “As a community bank, we are deeply committed to our local communities not just professionally, but also personally. We want to honor our neighbors who are doing more, and those that give of themselves to help others.”

Better Banks Sponsors Cuddles with Kindness Drive for OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Better Banks is pleased to once again sponsor the 2022 Cuddles with Kindness Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Drive and serve as a drop off location. Cuddles with Kindness was founded by Taylor Larson after she spent two weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Illinois as a child. Now in its 13th year, Cuddles with Kindness continues to provide stuffed animals to kids while patients at OSF Children’s Hospital.

Better Banks Announces Scholarship Opportunity for 2022 Graduates

Better Banks announces a scholarship competition that enables Illinois high school seniors to enter a statewide essay-writing contest. It is all part of a program sponsored by Illinois community banks and the CBAI Foundation for Community Banking to increase public awareness of locally owned banks and their contributions to the community.

Better Banks Announces the Pending Addition of Glasford Bank

Better Banks would like to announce that Glasford Bank, a member of the Better Bank Group for over 40 years, will become official branches of Better Banks in June of 2022. This pending internal merger combines two well-respected community banks as one, with both banks operating with the same shared vision and understanding of community banking. This merger will create greater convenience for both the bank’s customers and employees and both banks will continue serving the expanding and overlapping communities.

Better Banks Announces New Branch Managers in Bartonville

Better Banks has a new leadership team at both Bartonville locations. Crystal Hartman recently joined the Better Banks team as the Branch Manager of the Garfield Avenue location. Crystal comes to Better Banks with over 10 years of experience in the banking industry. Crystal is well versed in all aspects of branch productivity, underwriting personal and auto loans, as well as developing team members.

Better Banks Kicks Off Fundraiser for Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament

BWMT Piggy Bank for FundraiserBetter Banks is pleased to announce a fundraiser benefiting the Brad Wallin Memorial Baseball Tournament. During the month of May, Better Banks will be collecting cash donations at all branches for the Brad Wallin Tournament. For every donation received of $5 or more, Better Banks will give the donor a baseball piggy bank.

Better Banks Celebrates Community Banking Contributions That Help Local Communities Thrive

Covid-19 Pandemic shines light on benefits of banking locally

When asked to identify the quintessential ingredient that makes community banking special, the answer is clearly “relationships.” And it has never been more apparent than over the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic.

Better Banks Participates in Cuddles for Kids Valentine’s Day Drive

photo of tub of stuffed animalsBetter Banks is pleased to announce their participation in the 2021 Cuddles for Kids Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Drive. Cuddles for Kids was founded by Taylor Larson after she spent two weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Illinois as a child.

Dick Peterson Retires from the Board of Directors

Dick Peterson PhotoAfter a long and distinguished career, Dick Peterson has announced his retirement from the board of directors of Better Banks. Peterson began his career in 1967 as an Assistant Vice President at Dunlap Bank and rose to President in 1972. It was with that position he joined the board.