Message from the President

As we enter into the New Year, we have much to be thankful for and look forward to in 2019.

In 2018, we saw a well-respected, local bank become acquired by a much larger, out-of-town bank. As their customers and former employees understood the value a community bank provides, Blackhawk Bank was here to provide comfort as the fun, smart place to bank, invest, and work. 

It’s easy to say those words; but, when you receive the 2018 What Rocks Best Workplace Culture (medium), 2018 What Rocks Best Training Program (medium) and the Best of Stateline Runner-Up for Best Large Employer, it’s okay to brag about it a little.

The year also brought many innovative banking services to the forefront. Our clients now enjoy the benefits of Digital Wallets, which includes iPay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay and Masterpass. Our Commercial and Cash Management teams have been busy developing creative solutions which make day-to-day business operations for our clients run even smoother.

Blackhawk Bank has quickly emerged as the trusted and reliable leader for superior mortgage service in the Stateline area. Being honored as the 2018 What Rocks Best Mortgage Lender, we continue to work with our client’s interest in mind, not our own.  Through positive partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, we offer products and services that are focused on benefiting homebuyers and those looking to refinance. 

We’ve grown geographically by adding a long-awaited, full-service banking center in Janesville, WI and a Commercial Banking Center in Elgin, IL. Our team has also grown exponentially, as we continue to bring in new talents that mesh well with our established team members. The contributions and “out of the box” input of every Blackhawk Bank employee lends to the success of not only the Bank, but, more importantly, to our clients.

We are excited about the possibilities as we continue moving forward with our definitive agreement to merge with First National Bank of McHenry.  Their mindset, care of customers, and forward thinking are in perfect harmony with Blackhawk Bank and we couldn’t be more proud to continue on this journey with them.

We have so much more on the horizon as we enter 2019.  Great things are happening, let’s make them happen together.


Dave Adkins President and COO of Blackhawk BankSincerely,

Dave Adkins

President & CEO

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