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Bank of Belleville's Grand Opening Gala Feb. 13-17

Public Invited to Ribbon-cutting and State of Illinois Charter-signing Ceremonies Scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14

BELLEVILLE, Ill,  Feb. 7, 2006: Kevin Pesko, president of Bank of Belleville, joins the bank’s Board of Directors and staff in inviting the entire Belleville community to the bank’s Grand Opening gala, Feb. 13-17.

“We cordially invite the community to visit our bank during the week of Feb. 13,” said Pesko, a long-time Belleville banker who opened Bank of Belleville on Nov. 4. “Being the first new bank in Belleville in 15 years and one of the few new banks outside of metropolitan Chicago in several years, we want everyone in the Belleville area to feel welcome at our bank.

“Here’s my pledge -- we plan to earn your business through first-class service and an undying commitment to our community.”

During the grand opening week, the bank will have product specials and all visitors are encouraged to register for a free drawing for prizes. Refreshments will be available to guests.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. the public is invited to a ceremonial charter signing with D. Lorenzo Padron, the director of the Illinois Division of Banking. The charter signing will be followed by a ribbon-cutting with the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

About Bank of Belleville

Bank of Belleville, which debuted on Nov. 4, 2005 and is the first new bank in Belleville in 15 years, is a full-service community bank focused on providing relationship banking to small and mid-sized businesses, their owners and management teams, as well as entrepreneurs and local residents. The bank offers the conveniences of an ATM and a courier service for business clients from its location at 720 West Main Street in Belleville. The bank’s brand new drive-up teller service hours are 7 :45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.