MB Financial Bank Collaborates with Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) to Hold First Ever Bipartisan Legislative Forum for Staff

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In anticipation of November’s general election, MB Financial Bank hosted an employee-focused non-partisan Legislative Forum on September 18. Candidates for Illinois Governor and Treasurer Attend Legislative Leadership Comments on Role of Financial Services

In anticipation of November’s general election, MB Financial Bank hosted an employee-focused non-partisan Legislative Forum on September 18. This event was made possible with the joint efforts of the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA). More than 250 MB staff throughout the company attended the Forum. Speakers included Mitch Feiger, President & CEO, MB Financial, Inc.; Linda Koch, President and CEO, IBA; Representative Tom Cross; Senator Michael Frerichs; Representative Jim Durkin; Candidate for Governor, Bruce Rauner; Representative Lou Lang; Senator Christine Radogno and Ben Jackson, VP Government Relations, IBA. Governor Quinn was not able to attend, but was invited.

MB Financial Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Feiger, said, “MB Financial takes its role as corporate citizen very seriously. In addition to advocating for issues important to our organization, our clients and our employees, we think it’s critical that we have well-informed voters. This is why we invited the candidates from some of Illinois’ top elected offices and the current legislative leaders to speak on current key issues. This is an important election, especially given the challenges facing our state and our economy.”

Linda Koch, President & CEO of the Illinois Bankers Association said, “For decades, the IBA has experienced firsthand the active involvement of MB Financial Bank in the legislative and policy making process. We hope that your efforts and involvement not only continue, but spread throughout the industry, and across Illinois.”

The IBA presented the framed print of the Illinois State Capitol rotunda by Illinois artist William Crook, Jr., in recognition of MB’s executives’ tireless dedication to banking industry advocacy, as well as their employee’s strong support of and collaboration with the IBA.

Legislative leaders attending reinforced the important relationship between financial services and the local economy. The banking industry is a vital component of the economy. Banks helps support families, local businesses and all levels of government in Illinois and across the country,” said Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). “Now, more than ever, the need for collaboration between banks and Illinois government is essential to our fiscal recovery. It is important we continue to work together to develop policies that embrace economic growth and create more jobs.”

Illinois Senate Majority Caucus Chair Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) said, “Illinois’ financial sector is a vital engine driving our state’s economy. As technology and time changes banking, it’s our job to craft fair and effective rules to keep that engine running.”

About MB Financial Bank
MB Financial Bank N.A. is a Chicago-based commercial bank with approximately $15 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB Financial Bank offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients’ success. MB Financial Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI).

Learn more about MB Financial Bank at http://www.mbfinancial.com.

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