November 2, 2012 – 6:41 pm

Citizens First National Bank, Princeton, Illinois, made it number 49th on the FDIC bad bank list for 2012. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $45.2 million.

Citizens First National Bank, Princeton, Illinois, was closed today by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Heartland Bank and Trust Company, Bloomington, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Citizens First National Bank.

The 21 branches of Citizens First National Bank will reopen on Saturday as branches of Heartland Bank and Trust Company. Depositors of Citizens First National Bank will automatically become depositors of Heartland Bank and Trust Company. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship in order to retain their deposit insurance coverage up to applicable limits. Customers of Citizens First National Bank should continue to use their existing branch until they receive notice from Heartland Bank and Trust Company that it has completed systems changes to allow other Heartland Bank and Trust Company branches to process their accounts as well.

This evening and over the weekend, depositors of Citizens First National Bank can access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of September 30, 2012, Citizens First National Bank had approximately $924.0 million in total assets and $869.4 million in total deposits. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Heartland Bank and Trust Company agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

Customers with questions about today’s transaction should call the FDIC toll-free at  1-800-830-4698. The phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT); on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., CDT; on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m., Central Standard Time (CST); on Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., CST; and thereafter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CST.

If you should have ant further questions please do not hesitate to visit the FDIC web page for Citizens First National Bank.

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