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Bank renovates old library

The new extension center with office space for First State Bank of Forrest shown last week.

The old library building along Route 47 in Forrest has been given new life thanks to First State Bank of Forrest.

Renovations have been underway for about two years at the facility, which serves as an extension center for the Forrest-based bank.

“The bank has grown significantly over the last 10 years,” explained bank vice president Michael Palen. “We finally reached the point where we no longer had the room to house the staff in the old building.”

This new expansion area has room for future growth in the years to come, according to Palen. An open house was held for the public in November with the Fairbury Area Chamber

of Commerce holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We are going to have our first board meeting here this month and are pretty excited,” said Palen.

Neighbors and others in the community who had been watching the project unfold for several months were finally able to take a look inside during the open house. Palen said the bank utilized as many local contractors as possible for the building renovation project.

In addition to Forrest, First State Bank of Forrest also has locations in Fairbury, Mahomet, Onarga, Peoria Heights and Erie. Lobbies are open at all of the locations and more information can be found online at

“The building looks sharp. We like the lines and colors and are very happy with how it turned out,” added Palen.

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