• Marquette Bank Renews Partnerships with Local Nonprofits
    Neighborhood bank invests in Chicagoland neighborhood through four community organizations benefitting local residents 

    Orland Park, IL (January 29, 2013) – Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, continued its support of four local organizations including the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF), Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC), Southwest Home Equity Assurance Program (SWHEAP) and Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) as part of its commitment to the local community.

    “We greatly appreciate long-term community partners like Marquette Bank who continue to support us and help expand our neighborhood stabilization work through grant programs,” Calvin L. Holmes, CCLF President, said.
    The CCLF provides flexible, affordable and responsible financing and technical assistance for community stabilization and development efforts throughout metropolitan Chicago. Since the foreclosure crisis began, CCLF has invested over $7 million toward the rehabilitation of nearly 300 affordable and mixed-income housing units in communities on Chicago's southwest side.


    The GSDC is a nonprofit organization that actively contributes to residential, commercial and industrial revitalization in southwest Chicago. GSDC focuses on developing key business areas, creating new jobs and strengthening the local housing market. Manuel Jimenez, Vice President of Community Reinvestment for Marquette Bank will continue to serve on the GSDC Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2010. Marquette Bank will also conduct Home Buyer Education classes for GSDC and participate in its business development month activities in May and Small Business Symposium in November.


    “Marquette Bank is always seeking organizations focused on developing local communities, spreading financial education and improving the quality of life for residents,” Manuel Jimenez, said. “We have long standing relationships and great working partnerships with each of these organizations and we are proud to provide resources to help them achieve our shared missions.”

    The SWHEAP offers low-interest and interest-free home improvement loans to home owners in several southwest Chicago neighborhoods. The program was developed by the State of Illinois to insure property values for an extended period of time. Marquette Bank is one of two banks working with SWHEAP to offer home improvement loans.

    The MFS is a human services agency that reaches more than 53,000 families and individuals annually through seven community centers in the city and suburbs. MFS promotes education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment. Marquette Bank will take part in the organization’s financial education program for the students and parents, focusing on the basics of banking, budgeting and understanding credit.

    Marquette Bank offers free financial education seminars and classes to local community groups, schools, faith-based organizations and senior clubs on a variety of financial topics. For more information, visit www.emarquettebank.com or call 1-888-254-9500.
     

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    Photo Caption: (left to right) Chicago Community Loan Fund, Vice President of Lending, Rob Rose and President, Calvin L. Holmes, are shown with Marquette Bank employees Manuel Jimenez, Vice President of Community Reinvestment and Jack Baker, Vice President of Commercial Banking.

     

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    Photo Caption: Manuel Jimenez, Vice President of Community Reinvestment at Marquette Bank (left) awards Ghian Foreman, Executive Director at Greater Southwest Development Corporation (right) with a program grant to support the organization’s community revitalization initiatives in southwest Chicago.


     

    About Marquette Bank:    

    Marquette National Corporation is a $1.6 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank. Marquette Bank has been a locally owned and 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, home financing, trust services and business banking. Marquette Bank has a lending portfolio of almost $1 billion in Chicagoland and offers home mortgages, multifamily lending, commercial mortgages, lines of credit, commercial real estate loans and small business lending. Marquette Bank regularly offers free financial literacy and education seminars, workshops and classes to customers, schools, senior groups, community organizations and local residents including personal financial and home buyer education classes. Marquette Bank has 23 retail branches 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 provides customers mobile banking, online banking and telephone banking options and free access to over 55,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.

    Marquette Bank is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Follow Marquette Bank on Twitter or like the Bank on Facebook for special offers and news. For more information visit: http://www.emarquettebank.com or call 1-888-254-9500.