BELOIT, WI. (June 17, 2022)— Beloit Health System (BHS) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for the Health System’s Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. BHS underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review. … Read More

OSF HealthCare Welcomes New Internal Medicine Provider

(Rockford, IL. | June 17, 2022) – OSF HealthCare is pleased to add a new internal medicine doctor to its staff to better serve the community of Rockford and surrounding areas. The addition of Tianyu Dong, MD, on June 24, will ensure increased access for patients in need of internal medicine care at the OSF Medical Group – Primary Care … Read More

Beloit Health System is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality stroke care

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GoldPlus award for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care BELOIT, WI — Beloit Health System has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the … Read More

First National Bank and Trust Announces Promotions

Beloit, WI, June 3, 2022 – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the following promotions within the Residential Lending, Loan Operations, and Human Resources departments. Steve Bamberger has been promoted to Vice President, Loan Production Manager for the bank’s mortgage and home equity loan teams in Rock and Green Counties in Wisconsin and Winnebago County in Illinois. In his role, … Read More

New Board President & VP

Familiar faces on the Board of Directors have taken on some new responsibility. We are excited to welcome George Pleshkewych and Jenny Sarabia Jones as our newest President and VP. They have been working behind the scenes for the Chamber for years, and are excited to take on these new roles.  George, a Mortgage Originator for Planet Home Lending, has … Read More

Edward Jones Ranks No. 2 on Best Employers in Illinois 2022 List

The financial services firm Edward Jones was named the No. 2 large company on the Best Employers in Illinois 2022 ranking, according to Lea Evers, a financial advisor in Roscoe. The Business Ledger teamed up with the Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., to rank the state’s top 80 employers. Companies named Best Employers in Illinois for 2022 were divided into 15 large companies, 19 medium … Read More


BELOIT, WI. (May 18, 2022) — The first annual Community Safety Day at Beloit Health System will take place this Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 1-4 pm out on the Beloit Memorial Hospital front lawn. The event will bring together community groups and hospital departments to teach children about all kinds of safety. The family friendly event is FREE and … Read More

First National Bank and Trust Welcomes Three New Residential Loan Originators

Beloit, WI, April 27, 2022 – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Al Herbst, Rhonda Banks and Jessica Striegel have joined the bank’s mortgage lending team. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Al Herbst has been a well-known mortgage lender in the Janesville community for nearly 25 years. Now as Senior Residential Loan Originator at FNBT, he is responsible for … Read More


ROCKFORD – OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing held its Commencement on May 13, 2022. The service recognized the graduation of 39 Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degrees, 2 Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and 4 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees. Here is the complete list of graduates. Doctor of Nursing Practice: Dawn Cousins Smithfield, IL Rebecca Myers Machesney … Read More

First National Bank and Trust Introduces New Fraud Prevention Team and Announces Changes to Deposit Operations Team

Beloit, WI, May 16, 2022 – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the following changes within the Deposit Operations department and the creation of a new Fraud Prevention team. FNBT’s new Fraud Prevention team is responsible for investigating and determining required action to prevent fraudulent financial transactions to mitigate loss to the bank and its customers. The team researches … Read More