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LOCAL BANKS INVEST TIME, TALENT AND RESOURCES Being involved in the Barrington area community is a way of life for employees at Barrington Bank & Trust Co., N.A. (BBT). As a community bank, their dedication is to plant roots here, said Brad Stetson, Chairman & CEO. The goal is to have a positive reflection in the community. Since joining the bank in 1996 when it first opened its doors in Barrington, Stetson has led by example. Through the years he has served on boards, volunteered and supported a host of causes. He has rallied his employees to be the largest corporate donor for Barrington United Way, setting the tone for philanthropy and service. “When I talk with our people, I tell them if you want to get involved, do it for yourself, choose a cause you have an interest in,” Stetson said. “We want our staff to be engaged, earnest contributors – not resume builders. We encourage them to do something meaningful to them.” Then, when employees commit to a cause, BBT likes to get behind it. As a result, the list of organizations BBT and its staff have supported, volunteered for and invested in includes United Way, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Area Council on Aging, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, JourneyCare, Harper College Fund, Barrington Area Community Foundation, Wings, Barrington Youth & Family Services, Barrington Lions Club, Rotary, District 220, the Community Meal, and many more. Each year BBT donates $100,000 back into the community. The bank funds the annual Barrington July 4th fireworks display. BBT fosters their community investment even further by employing over 100 people, most of whom live locally, so it’s in their nature to be involved. “It helps perpetuate the business structure here. You have employees who live here, shop, dine and buy here. It has the compounding effect of creating more sustainable business.” The satisfaction for the bank, Stetson noted, is the feedback he gets from the community. “There’s nothing better than to walk into an event or even down the street and have someone come up to you to thank you for your

support and the involvement of one of our staff members,” he said. Barrington benefits from the community focus of other financial institutions as well. Northern Trust believes it’s their duty to give back, according to Tom Wischhusen, Managing Director. “We have done so in countless ways – from outright contributions, to board memberships, supplying physical space for organizations to meet, and making available the talents and expertise of our employees to assist community groups,” he said. That philosophy is part of the bank’s core belief since opening their doors in the Barrington community more than 20 years ago. Northern Trust has made direct contributions exceeding $500,000 to the community and beneficiaries have included Barrington’s White House, Barrington Area Conservation Trust, Barrington Area Community Foundation, Barrington Broncettes, Barrington Children’s Charities, Barrington Area Council on Aging, Elgin Symphony, Super Sibs, Women’s Club

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of Inverness, and more. Their staff serves as volunteer directors on a number of boards such as the Harper College Educational Foundation, the Village of Fox River Grove Police Pension Board, the Barrington Area Council on Aging, and the Elgin Symphony. Community involvement and investment is also a priority for BMO Harris Bank. “Volunteering and community involvement is the heart of the BMO culture,” said Shaheena Khan, Barrington Market President. “It ties to our promise – we are here to help.” BMO staff are involved in and support a variety of organizations including the Rotary, Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Park District Concerts in the Park, Barrington Cruise Nights, July 4th festivities, JourneyCare, Citizens for Conservation, and more. Each year they invest thousands back into the community. According to Khan, BMO is known for its high level community investment. “In some areas,” she said, “this deep rooted commitment dates back to 1882.”

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