Regional bank in Illinois fails

Bank of Lincolnwood becomes the 37th bank to be closed by regulators this year.

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By Ben Rooney, staff writer

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NEW YORK ( -- Bank of Lincolnwood was shuttered by Illinois regulators Friday, bringing the number of failed banks this year to 37 and costing the Federal Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s deposit insurance fund $83 million.

The two offices of Lincolnwood, Ill.-based bank will reopen Saturday as branches of Republic Bank of Chicago. Bank of Lincolnwood customers will retain their deposit insurance coverage, the FDIC said.

As of late last month, Bank of Lincolnwood had total assets of about $214 million and total deposits of $202 million. Republic Bank agreed to purchase about $162 million in assets, leaving $52 million for the FDIC to sell.

"We want our new customers to understand that their insured and uninsured deposits are safe and covered," said William Sperling, president and chief executive of Republic Bank, in a statement.

Republic Bank also said it expects the two banks to be integrated by the end of October and that it will preserve jobs despite a difficult economic environment.

The number of bank failures in 2009 has already exceeded last year's total of 25, with an average of 7 failures per month. Bank of Lincolnwood was the sixth Illinois bank to be closed this year.

This year's failures have cost the FDIC a total of $11.4 billion, compared with $17.6 billion in 2008.

Over the next 5 years, the FDIC expects roughly $70 billion in losses due to the failures of insured institutions.

The FDIC, which is funded primarily by fees paid by banks, insures individual deposits up to $250,000. The amount was increased from $100,000 late last year in response to concerns about the stability of the nation's banks.

Separately, the FDIC confirmed to Friday that it was unable to find a buyer for the assets of wholesale banking operator Silverton Bank, which went under May 1. It was the fifth largest bank failure during the current recession in terms of assets, and cost the FDIC $1.3 billion.  To top of page

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