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At Peoples National Bank of Kewanee, we have an ongoing commitment to the growth and enrichment of the communities that we serve. We pride ourselves on our community involvement and support of local events, and we invest in the future of our communities by donating our time and resources. We are involved with causes and events associated with youth services, senior citizens, education, health, wellness, entertainment, social services, and much more. In addition to providing modern and convenient financial services, we strive for further enrichment and growth in our local communities.

Hog Days Parade 2018



September 1, 2018

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee participated in the Annual Hog Days Festival in Kewanee, IL. This year, we were "Operation: Hog Days!" Our float won the top prize of Ambassador's Cup in the Hog Days parade! We also threw out some "Operation parts" stress balls, like the funny bone, brain freeze ice cream cone shapes, and red hearts.


PNB's Annual Customer Appreciation Day

June 8, 2018 

On June 8, 2018, Peoples National Bank of Kewanee and several of its branches hosted our Customer Appreciation Day! Customers were treated to a free lunch from 11AM – 1PM, and all attendees were entered to win door prizes. Thank you to all of our customers for joining us on this day and for your continued support throughout the year! We had over 200 attendees!


Easter Bunny Visits PNB

March 30, 2018
The Easter Bunny visited the downtown Kewanee lobby of Peoples National Bank on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Easter Bunny greeted over 50 children, and kids were given a free picture with the Easter Bunny and goodie bag. We look forward to hosting the Easter Bunny again next year!

PNB's 90th Anniversary


 March 1, 2018

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee celebrated its 90th Anniversary on March 1, 2018. Cake and punch were available in the lobby, and the first 50 visiting ladies received a rose. Roses are always handed out by children in the Eastman family. To those that stopped in, thank you for celebrating with us! We look forward to serving you for another 90 years.


2018 PNB Scholarship Winners

February 2, 2018

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee would like to announce that Bradley Sierens of Bureau Valley High School and Makina Carrington of Bureau Valley High School are this year's Peoples National Bank of Kewanee's local CBAI scholarship winners.

As local contest winners, the students each receive $250 cash contributions fron PNB and entry in the statewide Community Bankers Association of Illinois' scholarship competition. They now have the chance to win $1,000 per year for up to four years of higher education.

To enter the local contest, Senior students wrote essays about "The Importance of Community Banking." Peoples National Bank of Kewanee will now sponsor and submit the winning essays in the statewide CBAI scholarship competition. Winners for the statewide competition are announced in May.


Santa Visit Downtown Lobby

December 22, 2017

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee was happy to host Santa Claus on Friday, December 22, 2017! Around 50 children stopped in to see Santa, and they received a free photo and goodie bag. PNB looks forward to having Santa in the lobby again next year!

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee to Acquire First National Bank of Dwight

November 22, 2017

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee and First National Bank of Dwight are jointly announcing that they have reached an agreement by which Peoples National Bank of Kewanee will purchase First National Bank of Dwight. The agreement is contingent upon the approval of bank regulatory agencies which typically takes 4 to 6 months.
As a result, the transaction will likely close in the first or second quarter of 2018. In addition to its main office in Dwight, First National Bank of Dwight has a branch in Seneca, IL.
Peoples National Bank President Chip Eastman stated “We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to acquire such a great community bank. Both the Dwight and Seneca communities offer excellent opportunities for us. We have always been, and will continue to be, a strong supporter of the communities that we serve and look forward to active involvement in both communities and their surrounding area.”
First National Bank of Dwight President Robert Maierhofer said “Peoples National Bank has positioned itself much like First National, being committed to a strong and safe Community Bank with an excellent reputation in the communities they serve.”
Maierhofer continued, “In today’s financial environment that is heavily weighted on compliance and regulation, along with the need to invest in technology to meet the needs of the consumer, it has forced all banks to make a decision how it positions itself in this competitive environment moving forward. One would like to think that every bank can still operate like it did 5 or 10 years ago, but that’s just not a realistic approach as we look at this rapidly changing world of banking today.”
“This merger will allow us to offer additional financial services to all our customers, plus increase our lending limits helping Dwight, Seneca and the surrounding communities improve economically”
John H. Gardner and David G. Siebert board members of the First National Bank of Dwight and speaking on behalf of all the Directors stated “The First National Bank of Dwight was organized in 1906 to serve the financial needs of the people of this wonderful community and the surrounding communities we serve, which now includes the Seneca area. Peoples National Bank was established in 1928 for the same purpose in Kewanee, both driven to be outstanding community banks, something we are both very proud of.”
“It was extremely important to Rob and all our Board Members that we would be able to retain all our employees both here in Dwight and Seneca, so our customers would continue to receive the same friendly customer service they have been accustomed to from our staff.” 
Maierhofer concluded, “As dramatic as this may seem on the surface, we are merging with an outstanding organization that understands the importance to be a Community Bank as much as we do, with a strong Capital Ratio which is one of the key measurements of the strength of any bank or financial institution. We will make the communities we serve here and in the Kewanee area stronger and more innovative as the banking world continues its rapid change.”

Eastman went on to thank Maierhofer, his staff, and the Board of Directors of First National Bank for this opportunity. The acquisition will increase Peoples National Bank's total assets by approximately $125 million resulting in total assets after acquisition of approximately $375 million. Peoples National Bank of Kewanee currently has branches in Annawan, Bradford, Manlius, Sheffield, and Tampico in addition to its two Kewanee locations. Of historical note, First National Bank's main office is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed bank building still in existence.


Halloween Trick-or-Treat

October 27, 2017

To celebrate Halloween and give kids in our community a safe and fun way to trick-or-treat, PNB held a trick-or-treat event in the downtown Kewanee lobby. Kids were able to trick or treat for candy and small giveaways throughout the first floor of the bank, and they also received a free photo in front of our Halloween photo set up. Employees had tons of fun decorating with our pirate theme this year and preparing for the trick-or-treaters, and we all look forward to it again next year!

Passionately Pink For The Cure

October 6, 2017

Peoples National Bank of Kewanee held its annual Pink Day on Friday, October 6, 2017. Pink Day is the first Friday of every October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Employees make donations to breast cancer research for the ability to dress up in pink for the day. The event is about raising money and awareness for breast cancer.