Marquette Bank Wins CBAI Award

Release date: 9/20/2017

Marquette Bank Wins Excellence and Innovation BKD Award Presented by CBAI

Community Bankers Association of Illinois & BKD co-sponsor award recognizing high-performing member banks
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Robert J. Wingert, president of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois (CBAI), and Gary Genenbacher, partner and industry leader for BKD National Financial Services Group’s Illinois office, announced that Marquette Bank, Chicago is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence & Innovation BKD Award Presented by CBAI at the 43rd Annual CBAI Convention & Exposition held recently in Springfield, IL.
Co-sponsored by CBAI and BKD, the award — now in its 19th year — recognizes high-performing CBAI members that implement innovative ideas demonstrating a commitment to their employees, customers, shareholders, and communities through exceptional programming.
Marquette Bank won for its: Affordable Housing Foundation Initiative. The Foundation was created in 2008 (first year of implementation was 2009) to provide a funding source focused on affordable housing. The program aims to provide assistance in the form of down payments and/or closing-cost grants to help make home ownership affordable for lower-income borrowers. Since the year of its inception, total home/buyer assistance/donations have totaled more than $1 million; averaging approximately $135,000 per year in total assistance and up to $5,000 in assistance for each individual home buyer. In 2016, the Foundation provided nearly $70,000 to 30 first-time home buyers.


Judges for the award included: Timothy Gover, retired Professor of Finance, Eastern Illinois University; Michael Boer, Warren Boynton State Bank (retired); Ray Altmix, First Southern Bank, Marion; Tim Schoon, Morton Community Bank (Washburn branch); Bill Wubben, Apple River State Bank; Marsha Johnston, Legence Bank, Eldorado; Jeff Hammes, Peoples Bank of Kankakee County, Bourbonnais and Monica Dyson, Bank of Springfield.

About Marquette Bank
Marquette Bank is one of the largest neighborhood banks in Chicagoland with 21 banking centers and $1.5 Billion in assets. The bank has been helping neighbors, families and businesses achieve their financial goals since 1945. Independent and locally-owned, Marquette Bank offers a full range of banking services, financial solutions, trust, estate and retirement planning, wealth management, home financing, and lending services to both consumers and local businesses.

About BKD, llp
BKD is the top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm that delivers its experience and service with a deep understanding of your business, your needs and what it takes to improve your business performance. BKD’s approximately 2,000 personnel, including approximately 250 partners, serve clients in all 50 states and internationally. To learn more, visit

About CBAI
One of the largest state banking associations in the nation, CBAI is a professional trade association representing 330 Illinois commercial banks and thrifts, and their 880 Illinois bank branches. Its members have nearly $80 billion in assets and employ approximately 16,000 individuals. CBAI, headquartered in Springfield, was founded in 1974 to exclusively represent and serve the community-banking profession. For more information, visit