• Marquette Bank Supports Affordable Housing Month in Illinois 

    Neighborhood Bank celebrates Illinois Affordable Month during March 


    Orland Park, IL (March 1, 2012) –– Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, is participating in Illinois Affordable Housing Month, during March, which was created by Housing Action Illinois. Affordable Housing Month seeks to raise awareness about housing issues in the state. Housing Action Illinois is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, individuals and corporations throughout the state, who care about and believe in the importance of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois for low-and moderate-income households.

    Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed March 2012 as Illinois Affordable Housing Month and urges"the talents of grassroots organizations, non-profit housing professionals, financial institutions, elected officials and government must be combined to address the immense challenge ofensuring that every person in Illinois has access to affordable housing."

    Marquette Bank is celebrating Illinois Affordable Housing Month by raising awareness of the various grant programs available to home buyers through the Bank and by hosting home financing educational ppportunities. The Bank started the Marquette Bank Affordable Housing Foundation in 2007 and works with various organizations and government agencies on housing issues in Chicago. 


    “As a neighborhood bank, we are the affordable banking choice for many low-and moderate income households,” said Manuel Jimenez, Vice President of Community Reinvestment.“We bring that same philosophy to the lending side, making home financing affordable while also looking for community partners and projects to increase the availability of affordable housing in the areas Marquette Bank serves.”


    Marquette Bank offers various home finance grant programs for qualifying individuals that help cover the down payment or closing costs. Some of the most popular include:

    • Marquette Bank Affordable Housing Foundation Grant (up to $5,000)
    • Federal Home Loan Bank – Down Payment Plus Program Grant (up to $8,000)
    • Illinois Housing Development Authority (IDHA) Smart Move Loan and Down Payment Program (up to 3% of purchase price to maximum amount of $6,000)
    • IHDA Welcome Home Heroes Loan and Down Payment Program (up to $10,000)


    Grants are offered based on certain qualifying factors including: income, military status, if it’s the buyer’s first home or whether the property is in a low-and moderate-income area. Qualifying individuals may also be required to attend a special education session.


    In honor of Illinois Affordable Housing Month, the Bank is also offering home financing educational sessions in two different formats. A Free Mortgage Seminar in Oak Forest, co-hosted by the ‘Marquette Club’ – the Bank’s senior club, will focus on mortgages, refinancing and home equity with a special emphasis on options for seniors. Marquette Bank will also offer a two-part Free Home Buyer Education Class geared toward new home buyers where participants earn a Home Buyer Education Certificate and learn the entire home buying process. The following educational sessions are open to the public and are free to attend:



    Free Mortgage Seminar 


    Saturday, March 24, 2012 

    Time: 10 a.m. 


    Marquette Bank - Oak Forest 

    5700 W. 159th Street 

    Oak Forest, IL 60452 


    To register: 708-342-8404 


    Free Home Buyer Education Class 


    Saturday, March 24 & 31, 2012 

    Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


    Chicago – Western Branch 

    6316 S. Western Ave., 

    Chicago, IL 60636 


    To register: 773-918-4568 




    Community Lending Specialists are also available to perform free home financing workshops for local senior clubs, neighborhood churches or community groups. Personal appointments are available for home buyers who want to understand exactly how much they can afford to spend on a home. Individual appointments are also available for home owners looking to refinance and seeking more affordable loan options. The Bank regularly hosts free home financing classes, seminars and workshops throughout the year.


    If you are interested in learning more about Illinois Affordable Housing Month or looking for home affordability resources, visit the Housing Action Illinois website: www.housingactionil.org. For more information on home buyer grants or Marquette Bank’s home financing activities, please call 1-773-918-7256.



    About Marquette Bank:    
    Marquette National Corporation is a $1.7 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank.  Marquette Bank has been a locally-operated bank providing personalized banking service since 1945.  Marquette Bank is a full-service, customer-focused neighborhood bank that serves the financial needs of Chicagoland communities, offering an extensive line of financial products including retail banking, mortgages, trust and business banking, free Online Bill Pay and free Automated Telephone Banking.  Marquette Bank’s retail branches are located in Chicago, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit, Illinois.  Marquette Bank customers have convenient free access to over 43,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.   

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