Illinois National Bank
 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Mt. Pulaski, IL.
May 29, 2008


Richard K. McCord [Illinois National Bank President and CEO] along with Dee Anderson
[Assistant Branch Manager] taking part in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony

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        Assisted by:  Bobbi Abbot [out-going Lincoln-Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director]
and other members of the Chamber including Deron Powell of State Farm Insurance of Mt. Pulaski &
Lincoln [Chamber Treasurer], Stuart Erlenbush [Lincoln Police Chief & President of Mt. Pulaski Township
Park Board], Jeff Anderson [member of Mt. Pulaski Township Park Board], Phil Bertoni, Rebecca Drake and
Darrell Knauer of Mt. Pulaski's Historical Museum.  Illinois National Bank staff members in Mt. Pulaski
present included Harriett Bender, Jan Pickett, Linda Dirks, Queenie Ho, Amy Meister, Sharon Aylesworth,
Kathy Davis and Linda Ladson.  INB representatives from Springfield’s main office on hand for the event
included James V. Antonacci, Tom Gihl, Sarah Phalen, Lisa Ellis, Patrick Phalen, Lindsay Shull & Alex Kinkade.
       The First National Bank of Mt. Pulaski was founded in 1888 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1988.  It It was acquired by Illinois National Bancorp of Springfield, Illinois, in January of this year. 
       McCord presented the Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society eight artifacts that have been on display
in the bank for many years, including two valuable portraits of Abraham Lincoln, the original First National
Bank of Mt. Pulaski sign and a temperature gauge/barometer which had been a gift for Mt. Pulaski First
National Bank's 75th anniversary in 1963 - from the Chicago Stockyards.  Phil Bertoni, member of the
MPTHS and president of Mt. Pulaski's Looking for Lincoln Committee, was there to receive the gifts.

      McCord also presented the Mt. Pulaski Township Park Board three acres of land, contingent to the
Danbury Place subdivision.  Stuart Erlenbush, president of the MPTPD, accepted the gift.  Stuart indicated
that MPTPD ownership of the land could allow a road to be installed from the Elkhart Blacktop to the sports fields, enabling traffic and buses to bypass the residential areas near the athletic fields.