Cornerstone Credit Union donates $17,500 to Local Organizations through FHL Bank Targeted Impact Fund Grant Program

FREEPORT, IL – Cornerstone Credit Union (CCU) was a recipient of a $15,000 grant as part of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s (FHLB) Targeted Impact Fund. The FHLB grant program was created to provide member financial institutions with grants to support relief efforts for populations hardest-hit by COVID-19, as well as to promote equity and opportunity for communities of color in Illinois and Wisconsin. CCU added $2,500 to the total amount as a dedicated corporate donation for this important effort. This grant is the second opportunity offered by the FHLB; Cornerstone was a recipient of a $20,000 grant through FHLB’s initial COVID-19 Relief Program in June 2020.

Gail Clore, Cornerstone Credit Union President/CEO, stated, “When applying for this FHLB grant, we determined housing sustainability for individuals and families was a key focus in our selection of recipients. This additional program will allow Cornerstone to provide much- needed funds to organizations serving those adversely affected in our service communities, which supports our ongoing mission of meaningful outreach.” Clore added, “We are proud to join the long list of community partners donating their resources in meaningful ways throughout the pandemic.” Recipients include three organizations located in the 11-county area served by CCU, one in each of their branch location communities:

-$5,000 to Freeport Salvation Army Pathway of Hope Program
-$6,500 to Family Promise of Greater Beloit
-$6,000 to Twin Cities PADS Homeless Shelter in Sterling

Cornerstone is dedicated to their over 80-year commitment of local giving for local living.

Established in 1939, Cornerstone Credit Union is a full-service, not-for profit financial cooperative with $137 million in assets, serving nearly 13,000 members. Cornerstone offers service centers in Freeport, South Beloit, Sterling and Milledgeville. Membership is open to anyone living or working in the Illinois counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago; and Rock and Green counties in Wisconsin. Visit to learn more.

CONTACT: Lorna Cote, Marketing Director, ph 815-235-5855 x4410;


ROSCOE, IL – SENB Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Alice Martinez, Assistant Banking Center Manager of the Roscoe Banking Center.  Ms. Martinez has been in the banking industry for 13 years and has experience on both the deposit and retail lending side of banking.  Ms. Martinez works to provide a high level of service with each of her customers and is dedicated to finding the right products and services for her customers to fit their financial needs.  

Alice is a graduate of Belvidere High School.  

“We are pleased to have Ms. Martinez join the SENB team. She is a welcome addition to our Roscoe Banking Center”, says Allen Brewer, Stateline Regional President.  “With Ms. Martinez’s experience, along with our current banking center team, we are confident that we will continue to provide our customers with a professional and high-level banking experience, that our customers have come to expect from an award winning bank!”


About SENB Bank

SENB Bank expanded into the Stateline Region (Roscoe/Beloit) of Illinois and Wisconsin after having proudly the Quad Cities and neighboring communities (Illinois/Iowa) since forming in 1961.  SENB Bank, with over $345 million in assets and seven banking centers serving Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin is large enough to meet your needs and small enough to really care.  

SENB Bank offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services to meet the financial needs of the communities it serves.  

The SENB Bank team is committed to its Smart. Easy. Notably Better brand.  



BELOIT, WI. (September 24, 2020) – Beloit Health System is prepared to take care of you and your families during the COVID-19 pandemic with a continued emphasis on providing safety and protection. 


“During 2020-2021, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever.  Through vaccination our patients are reducing their risk of getting flu related illnesses or being hospitalized, while also doing their part to help conserve scarce medical resources for the care of people with COVID-19,” stated Julia Egebrecht, Director, Revenue Cycle. 


“As the number of positive cases in Wisconsin and across the nation continue to rise, and during these challenging and unprecedented times, Beloit Health System continues to make every effort possible to keep everyone in our facilities safe.  Special measures have been taken to follow the current CDC guidelines with regard to social distancing, disinfection, symptom screening, and universal masking during our public Influenza vaccination clinics.  We are asking for the public’s assistance by scheduling ahead for their Influenza vaccine this year and offering them at Beloit Clinic and NorthPointe campuses only.  Together we can help stop the spread of COVID,” stated Anita Henningsen, RN, BHS

Infection Prevention Coordinator. 


Community Flu Shots are being offered at the following dates and locations:

Beloit Clinic: 1905 E. Huebbe Pkwy., Beloit, WI 

Dates: October 9 and October 23  8am-6pm, November 6 and November 20  8am-6pm 

NorthPointe Clinic: 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe, IL

Dates: October 14 and October 28 8am-6pm

Appointments: To ensure social distancing guidelines, please make an appointment in advance on the BHS online portal or call 608.364.2240.

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources such as the CDC and BHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at and the BHS website at, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in the surrounding area, county and state.


  • For questions and concerns, please call our designated Covid-19 hotline at: 800-303-5770.
  • For the most current updates and changes to location hours, please visit us online at


About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.


If you would like more information about this release, please contact Megan Goggin, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations at Beloit Health System at 608.363.5714 or email

Senator Syverson Receives Friend of Agriculture Award

ROCKFORD, IL — In recognition to his commitment to supporting Illinois’ largest industry, State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) has been named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Illinois Farm Bureau.


“Illinois farmers lead the industry in the production of commodities such as soybeans and corn, generating billions for Illinois’ economy,” said Senator Syverson. “There’s no question, the agriculture industry is incredibly important in Illinois.”


The Friend of Agriculture is awarded to lawmakers in recognition of their commitment to supporting Illinois’ agriculture industry. Senator Syverson received a 100 percent rating from the Illinois Farm Bureau.


“Given the uncertainty and challenges that the COVID-10 health crisis has created for so many, it is more important than ever that lawmakers ensure they are being a voice for our job creators,” sad Sen. Syverson. “I am incredibly honored to be a recipient of the Friend of Agriculture Award and look forward to continuing to be a strong advocate for Illinois’ farmers moving forward.”


Julie Newhouse, the President of the Winnebago-Boone Fam Bureau, presented Senator Syverson the award on September 16.


FNBT Shares Impact of Financial Education Program Supporting Students with Distance Learning Amidst COVID-19 School Closures

Beloit, WI, September 11, 2020 – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) has released annual impact data for the financial education curriculum it provides to high school students across Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The digital Sound Advice Scholars program, made available to high schools at no cost through FNBT’s relationship with leading social impact education innovator EVERFI, supported distance learning amidst widespread school closures driven by the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2019-20 academic year.

Since launching the program in 2017, FNBT has successfully grown the program and its impact on students, schools, and local communities. To date, more than 2,150 students have taken the course in 9 schools. Some of the impressive highlights from the 2019-2020 school year include:

  • 612 students actively participating
  • 9 schools actively participating
  • 1508 hours of learning time
  • 33% knowledge gain for students who took this course

“Now more than ever, the importance of financial education is evident as we navigate unprecedented times,” said Laura Pomerene, Senior Vice President & Marketing Director at FNBT. “The lessons students learn at school stick with them later in life. It is just good Sound Advice to discuss money management with high school students before they head off to college and into the working world.”

The Sound Advice Scholars financial education program at FNBT is designed to equip students with critical financial related education needed to confidently and successfully navigate our evolving world. While school curricula are typically focused on core subjects, it is believed that also teaching important life skills plays an important role in addressing some of the educational gaps that are necessary to bridge for overall societal advancement. To learn more about the program, visit the Sound Advice Scholars resource center for educators.


EVERFI, Inc. is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 41 million learners globally. Recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2020, EVERFI powers community engagement in a sustained manner to empower individuals and organizations to make an impact within their communities.  The Company also convenes Networks to bring together financial institutions, colleges, and universities, and some of the largest corporations to leverage insights and connections to drive impact. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance, Rethink Education and Rethink Impact. To learn more about EVERFI visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter @EVERFI.


First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.2 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit


First National Bank and Trust: “Give us a try. We’ll treat you like family.”


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Beloit Health System Family and Friends Await Baby’s Arrival By Hosting a COVID Friendly Outdoor Lobby

BELOIT, WI. (August 21, 2020) — Proud new parents, Devin Huffman and Timothy Joseph, T.J. Huffman welcomed their first child, baby girl, Wren Lee Huffman. Born 7lbs, 5oz and 19.5,” Wren arrived at 3:39pm on August 19 in the newest wing of the recently renovated Packard Family Care Center. Proud new Mom, Devin, is a teacher at Hackett Elementary School, and Dad, T.J., is a City of Beloit Firefighter. T.J.’s two sisters work for BHS as both a CT Tech and RN in the Family Care Center.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing visitor restrictions, the Huffman’s family and friends created a way to set up an outdoor waiting room on the hospital campus lawn overlooking the window where Devin and T.J. were located. Eagerly arriving baby’s arrival, family and friends spent the day watching the window where a pink or blue poster board would be displayed announcing baby’s gender.


“We tested out the windows to figure out which one would allow our sign to be most visible. Then, we let friends and family know the exact location,” commented T.J. It was a small gathering in the beginning. Grandparents had spent the night overnight in their cars in the parking lot, and more friends and family joined by the hour, socially distanced in lawn chairs waiting together in support.


“At first, I hard a hard time knowing I would not be able to have visitors. My mother has been an OB/GYN nurse for over 31 years, and I always imagined that she would be by my side. My mom assured me everything was going to be ok, and that she would still be with me,” commented Devin. Using technology, family was successful in keeping in touch every step of the way. “As soon as Wren arrived, we conducted a mass ZOOM call for everyone in the lawn, we opened up the blinds and could share our joy in real time. We could see everyone’s faces and reactions. We were elated, it was very special. For those who were not here, we placed individual face time calls and connected to share the news.”         Beloit Health System congratulates the Huffman family and wish them the very best!


During this national health crisis, safety measures and diligent precautions remain top priority.


About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.


For more information, please contact Megan Goggin, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations at 608.363.5714 or email

Scott Sullivan Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for the Seventh Consecutive Year

ROCKFORD, Ill. (August 20, 2020) – Scott C. Sullivan, a partner with WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, a full-service Illinois-based law firm headquartered in Rockford, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of commercial litigation. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. This is the seventh straight year Sullivan has been recognized by Best Lawyers®.


Sullivan is a partner in the firm’s business law and commercial litigation practice groups. His client base ranges from small family-held businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He has litigated business disputes at all court levels including state, federal and appellate. Sullivan has consistently been recognized as a top commercial litigator by his peers.


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 9.4 million evaluations were analyzed, which resulted in 67,914 leading lawyers being recognized in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.


Sullivan is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School. Other honors include selection by his peers for inclusion in Leading Lawyers Network (2004-2020), a distinction awarded to only the top five percent of all attorneys in Illinois. Sullivan also has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2020) by Law and Politics in commercial litigation and corporate law. In addition, he has received an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an honor reserved for those attorneys who exhibit the highest level of ethics and legal ability.


About WilliamsMcCarthy LLP

WilliamsMcCarthy LLP is a full-service Illinois-based law firm offering a broad array of legal services. Founded in 1932, its practice focus is in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, employment, health care, real estate, wills and trusts, insurance law, personal injury and intellectual property law. Additional information can be found at


2020 Softball Throwdown

On Saturday, August 15th four teams met at Leland Park to compete for their name on the coveted Stateline Chamber Throwdown Champions Plaque. The big question on everyone’s mind: could Anabel’s Cleaning Service, Savant Wealth Management, or XL Contracting dethrown the two-time reigning champion RyCOM Creative? The short answer is yes, but we will get to that in a minute. 


Stateline Baseball played gracious host to the Chamber and all of the competing teams. They provided equipment, an umpire, prepared the field for play, and had the concession stand available to everyone throughout the day. Without Stateline Baseball, this event would not be possible. 


While Ryan Rydell of team RyCOM brought the big guns for his team including former professional baseball players Joe and Robert Bennie, it still wasn’t enough to take home the trophy for the third consecutive year. At the bottom of the last inning Anabel’s Cleaning Service was up by one run. RyCOM had one man on base and one out. Two amazing catches later by the Anabel’s Cleaning Service third baseman, Matt, the dugout erupted with excitement and victory nachos were ordered. 


Thank you to everyone who participated, watched, team sponsors Anabel’s Cleaning, RyCOM Creative, Savant Wealth Management, and XL Contracting, other sponsors John Broda of eXp Realty, Branda LaBuy Re/Max Valley Realtors, Sportly, and of course Stateline Baseball. 


Think your business can come out on top next year? Contact the Chamber office to lock in your spot for 2021.


Savant Lands Among the Top 50 Firms in the Nation

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2020) – Savant Wealth Management (formerly Savant Capital Management), a nationally recognized, fee-only advisory firm headquartered in Rockford, has been recognized by InvestmentNews as one of the top 50 fee-only Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) in the nation. This is the thirteenth time Savant has been recognized by the financial trade publication.


Savant earned the #21 spot for 2020, climbing 11 spots from the 2019 ranking. The list is based on total assets under management (AUM). To qualify for the top 50 list, firms must provide financial planning services, have at least $100 million in AUM, have provided investment advisory services to clients during the most recent fiscal year, not be actively engaged in business as a broker-dealer, and not receive commissions, among other criteria.


“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top 50 firms in the nation by InvestmentNews,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “As a trusted advisor, we serve our clients by acting in their best interest. Our continued growth in AUM and the number of clients we serve can be attributed to this philosophy, coupled with the great work of Team Savant.”


The recognition comes on the heels of earning other industry top rankings from Financial Times and Accounting Today. For more information about Savant Wealth Management, visit


About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with more than $8.6 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.


Savant is headquartered in Rockford, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA. Please see Important Disclosures at


Neither rankings and/or recognitions by unaffiliated rating services, publications, media, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license, or any amount of prior experience or success, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Savant Wealth Management is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisers. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, Savant Wealth Management did not pay a fee to be included on any such ranking. No ranking or recognition should be construed as a current or past endorsement of Savant Wealth Management by any of its clients. ANY QUESTIONS: Savant Wealth Management’s Chief Compliance Officer remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including the criteria used for any reflected ranking.