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

OSF HealthCare donates life-saving tourniquets to Rockford Police Department

(ROCKFORD, Illinois/April 29, 2022) – OSF HealthCare has donated 300 CAT generation 7 tourniquets and 300 Israeli bandages to the Rockford Police Department that will be added to the police department’s first aid kits in each squad car. The donation was made possible by the OSF HealthCare Foundation and a donor, Christina Akely, in honor of her late husband, Jay, who worked … Read More


BELOIT, WI. (May 11, 2022) — BHS is pleased to announce Beloit Memorial Hospital has won the 2021 Excellence in Tissue Award. On Monday, May 16, 2022, the UW Organ and Tissue Donation is coming to Beloit Memorial Hospital to celebrate. There will be an awards ceremony in the auditorium, 1969 W. Hart Rd. to present awards, deliver packaged snacks, … Read More

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center Named Among 2022 Safest Hospitals

(Rockford/Ottawa, IL | May 11, 2022) – The biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for the Spring of 2022 have been announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization for patient safety, and OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center and OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center have been named to the list. Nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S. are assigned … Read More