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October 10, 2008: Meridian Bank, Eldred, Illinois was closed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of the Illinois Division of Banking. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was named Receiver.

Meridian Bank had total assets of $39.18 million in assets and $36.88 million in total deposits as of September 25, 2008.

All depositors of Meridian Bank, including any with deposits in excess of the FDIC's insurance limits, automatically became depositors of National Bank, and have uninterrupted access to their money.

On October 11-14, former Meridian Bank locations reopened as branches of National Bank. Tansferred deposits will be separately insured from any accounts you may already have at National Bank for six months after the failure of Meridian Bank.

National Bank
212 South Main Street
Hillsboro, IL 62049
(217) 532-3991 / (800) 717-3991

National Bank will purchase approximately $7.55 million of Meridian's assets, but did not pay the FDIC a premium for the right to assume all of the failed bank's deposits. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to its Deposit Insurance Fund will be between $13 million and $14.5 million.

For additional information and assistance contact the FDIC at: 877-894-4713 or go to:

2008 FDIC Insured Failed Banks
Meridian Bank
308 Locust
Eldred, IL 62027

Established in 1959 as
 State Bank of Elred

Assets: $39.18 million
Deposits: $36.88 million
Cost to FDIC: $13 - 14.5 million



Insured deposits: All depositors of Meridian Bank, including any with deposits in excess of the FDIC's insurance limits, automatically became depositors of National Bank.

Services: As of October 11, 2008 you may continue to use the services to which you previously had access, including safe deposit boxes, night deposit boxes, ATMs, wire services, etc.

Checks: Checks will be processed as usual. All outstanding checks will be paid against your available balance as if no change had occurred. Your new bank will contact you soon regarding any changes in the terms of your account. If you have a problem with a merchant refusing to accept your check, contact your branch office.

Interest: All interest bearing deposits will continue to accrue interest at the same rate. National Bank will be reviewing rates and will provide further information soon. You will be notified of any changes.

Withdrawals: Account owners may withdraw your funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty until a new deposit agreement is signed with National Bank, as long as the deposits are not pledged as collateral for loans.

Automatic Direct Deposits: Automatic direct deposits and/or automatic withdrawals will be transferred automatically to your new bank. Contact a representative of your assuming institution at your branch office.

Loans: If you had a loan with Meridian Bank, you should continue to make your payments as usual. The terms of your loan will not change under the terms of the loan contract because they are contractually agreed to your promissory note with the failed institution.  Checks should be made payable to FDIC as Receiver of Meridian Bank and sent to the same address until further notice. If you have further questions regarding an existing loan call 877-894-4713.

Creditor Claims: Claims against failed financial institutions occur when bills sent to the institution remain unpaid at the time of failure. Shortly after the failure, the FDIC sends notices directly to all known service providers to explain the claim filing process.

In accordance with Federal law, allowed claims will be paid, after administrative expenses, in the following order of priority: Depositors, General Unsecured Creditors, Subordinated Debt and Stockholders. Note: there are time limits for filing a claim, as specified in the notice. If you provided a service for Meridian Bank, and have not received a notice, please contact:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Receiver: Meridian Bank
Attention: Claims Department, DRR
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, Texas  75201

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Unclaimed FDIC Insured Deposits

Note: There are time limits on claims of FDIC-insured bank accounts, CDs and safe deposit boxes ...

If an insured depositor fails to make a claim an insured or transferred deposit within 18 months after the FDIC initiates the payment of insured deposits, the transferee institution must refund the deposit to the FDIC, and all rights of the depositor against the transferee institution are barred.

The FDIC then remits the insured deposit to the custody of the unclaimed property administrator in the account owner's home state, unless that state declines to accept custody. Upon delivery, the FDIC is deemed to have made payment to the depositor, and all rights of the depositor against the FDIC are barred.

Most states allow claims in perpetuity, but there's a reversion clause. If a depositor does not claim the deposit delivered to the custody of the State within 10 years of the date of delivery, the deposit must then immediately be refunded to FDIC, and all rights of the depositor against the state are barred.

It's important to note that If a state declines to accept custody of the deposit - which they sometimes do - the depositor must claim the funds from the FDIC before the receivership is terminated, or all rights of the depositor with respect to the deposit are barred. Dividends for credits arising from uninsured portions of a deposit may, however, be claimed after the receivership is terminated if a dividend check was returned by the post office for a bad address.

Be aware that due to the number of mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry over the years, it is possible you or a deceased family member might well have an account at a failed bank and not know it. Additionally, unclaimed safe deposit boxes at closed branches may be drilled and the contents sold at auction just weeks after closing, so prompt action is advised.  For assistance go to: Unclaimed Account Search

History: Established in 1959 as State Bank of Elred
2005 Renamed to Meridian Bank