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BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 1, 2021 -  In honor of the service and sacrifice our Veterans, active military service members and their families have given, Byron Bank will be hosting a Veterans/Active Military Memorial during the month of November.

“We will be handing out canvases for our community to personalize and create their own memorial and then bring back so we can display them,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Byron Bank is a proud community partner and is proud to support all our military Veterans, active military service members and their families Let’s all take a moment to remember the sacrifice of these brave men and women, now and every day.”

Pick up your canvas at any Byron Bank location from October 4 – October 29 during business hours and use your creativity to honor your favorite Veteran or active military service member. We ask that you decorate them in red, white, and blue colors. These beautiful pieces will be combined into a collage to commemorate all those that have served and displayed in the Byron Bank lobby in Byron for the month of November. The community can pick up their art beginning November 29th for you to display or give to your favorite Veteran or active military service member.  

“Please join us in honoring and remembering those who served, who fought, those still missing, still fighting, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our country,” says Steve Scholl, Byron Wealth Management CFP® and United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Byron Bank Employees will also be honoring our Veterans and active military this November by wearing red (Remember Everyone Deployed) every Friday in November. We will also wear jeans for our Monthly Charity Jean Day on Friday, November 12th. All jean day donations will be matched by Byron Bank and donated to the Byron Cemetery Veterans Memorial in Byron.


Washington proposes new bank reporting of all personal and business financial account info to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

As your local community bank, we care about our customers, our community and your privacy. Byron Bank wants you to know about a potential change proposed by Washington that would require banks to report your account information to the IRS. Byron Bank does not endorse this change and believes in the protection of your privacy.  If you want to learn more about this proposed change or share your opposition with Congress, visit " data-href="


Scheduled Digital Banking Maintenance 

Byron Bank Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Business Online, Business Mobile Banking, Zelle®, Bill Pay, Mobile Deposit and Telephone Banking will be offline for software upgrades, equipment upgrades, and testing. This maintenance will take place at 5pm Friday, September 17 through Monday, September 20 approximately at 8am.

We intentionally schedule downtime overnights/weekends to minimize the impact to our customers.

ATM’s, debit cards and credit cards will be functional.

Thank you for your patience during our scheduled maintenance and thank you for banking with Byron Bank. 



BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 08, 2021 -  Byron Bank is collecting school supplies during their annual Stuff-A-Bus event. Having a backpack full of much-needed school supplies is essential to help prepare students for success during the year. With the recent pandemic, more area families are facing financial hardships. 

“I don't think the community realizes just how much the supplies they share with us are appreciated,” says Monroe Center Grade School Principal, Deana Simpson.

Items that are most needed are backpacks, crayons, dry erase markers, scissors, spiral notebooks, 1-inch binders, index cards, ear buds or headphones, hygiene kits, and #2 pencils.

“If there is a way that we can help support area families and kids with the tools they need, just like their peers, then they are in the best frame of mind to focus on their learning,” Simpson says. “All students should have the supplies they need to be successful at school and I love being part of a community that believes that!"

All supplies donated will be delivered directly to the Byron School District, Meridian School District, and District 100 in Belvidere and distributed by school staff.

You can support the Byron Bank Stuff-A-Bus event by dropping off new school supplies at any Byron Bank location from now until Saturday, July 31st

Together we can give students the tools they need to start the school year prepared and confident.



Greg Buhl, Mortgage Loan Originator
Greg Buhl, Mortgage Loan Originator

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 1, 2021 -  Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Mortgage Loan Originator, Greg Buhl, to our mortgage team.

 With over 16 years’ experience in banking, Greg has a well-rounded background in both operations and lending. He takes pride in building lasting relationships with the customers he serves.

“Greg’s experience and drive will be a great asset to our mortgage team,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “His strong customer focus skills align with our community bank philosophy.”

Prior to Byron Bank, Greg held many different banking positions from Branch Manager to Loan Operations Manager. He loves working in a community bank setting because he is able to personally connect to customers and find solutions to fit their needs.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.



Teammates holding peanut butter for peanut butter rally
Poplar Grove Branch Manager, Thomas Weger II and Rock River Valley Pantry Executive Director Kim Adams-Bakke

BYRON, ILLINOIS, May 12, 2021 -  It’s that time of year! Time for the Rock River Valley Pantry’s Peanut Butter Rally, and Byron Bank is collecting peanut butter at their Byron, Davis Junction and Poplar Grove locations.

“During the summer months when kids are out of school, the Rock River Valley Pantry is an important organization to those families that need help feeding their children,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “We believe in giving back to our communities and Byron Bank is proud to be a community partner.”

Rock River Valley Pantry’s goal is to collect 20,000 jars of peanut butter. Help Byron Bank collect this protein-rich staple and let’s all help feed hungry children in need this summer.




Rhonda Sunden, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending
Rhonda Sunden, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 19, 2021 -  Byron Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Rhonda Sunden as Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, in our Poplar Grove location.

Rhonda has over 32 years of commercial lending, commercial banking, and portfolio management experience and has held various executive level positions through her career. She believes in building strong banking relationships and providing excellent customer service while helping clients achieve their financial goals.

“We are fortunate to have an accomplished and experienced commercial lender join our team ,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Rhonda’s long-time leadership and vast experience and expertise will aid in serving the needs of our customers.”

Rhonda attended the University of Arkansas, majoring in business. She also attended The American Bankers Association (ABA) National Commercial Lending School and the ABA Financial Statement Analysis Workshop  . Rhonda is active in the community, holding a board position at Patriot’s Gateway and is a member of Rockford Downtown Rotary Club. She has also been involved in various organizations including Women of Today’s Manufacturing, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Junior Achievement, IL Executive Mansion and United Way.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.



Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink
Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink

BYRON, ILLINOIS, April 14, 2021 -  Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Retail Operations Officer, Kelly Rink, to our team. 

Kelly’s retail banking and customer service experience is extensive; spanning 30 years. She has held several positions throughout her career and brings a solid understanding of retail banking. Kelly is dedicated to designing financial products to fit the needs of customers.

“Kelly is a wonderful addition to our Byron Bank retail team,” says Byron Bank President, Brent Baker. “Her customer focus, wealth of knowledge and experience, and passion for developing talent will add tremendous value to our customers and our bank.”

Prior to Byron Bank, Kelly held a number of senior leadership and management positions where she developed and mentored employees.

Kelly attended the Graduate School of Banking and the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She understands community banking and the importance of supporting community events and organizations.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.


We want you to know that our customers' privacy and security are of the utmost importance to Byron Bank. We have become aware that a third-party has taken control of the Byron Bank Facebook page, on which we post our community events and general notices. This page is for general informational purposes only; we do not share any personal or account information through our Facebook page. The actors involved may pretend to act on behalf of Byron Bank or its employees by posting general or direct messages from our business page to individual customers. We have followed all possible procedures and avenues with Facebook to regain control of our Facebook page.

We want to remind you of our social media guidelines and general security measures to protect your privacy at all times. Byron Bank will never ask for confidential information such as a customer's user name, password, social security number, date of birth or other account information through social media. However, it is Byron Bank’s established security procedure to ask a customer to verify their information and identity when contacting the bank. If any parties have solicited you to reveal personal or bank details through social media, email or phone; please call us at 815 234-2561 or email us at [email protected].

We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.   



BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 5, 2020 - As of January 1, 2021, the Byron Bank Mini Bank inside County Market at 201 W. Blackhawk Drive in Byron will permanently close.

“Reflecting on the reality of the current environment with COVID-19 and the option for our customers to utilize our main bank location as well as our digital channels, we made the decision to close the Mini Bank location,” says Byron Bank President Brent Baker. “Byron Bank would like to thank the Cacciatore family and County Market for their commitment and partnership over the years.”

Byron Bank lobby hours at the main bank location, located one block north at 200 N. Walnut Street in Byron, are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. The Byron Bank drive-up and walk-up are open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Wednesday, 8 am to 6 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. 


Byron Bank Welcomes Vanessa Stanton

BYRON, ILLINOIS, October 23, 2020 - Byron Bank is happy to announce the addition of Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton, to our mortgage team.

Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton
Mortgage Manager, Vanessa Stanton

With over 21 years’ experience, Stanton brings a solid understanding of the residential mortgage lending and real estate industries to Byron Bank. She believes in developing strong customer relations and has an unwavering commitment to customer service.

“Vanessa brings a fresh perspective to the bank and her extensive knowledge in mortgage lending will help Byron Bank create a stress-free mortgage experience to better serve our customers,” says Byron Bank President Brent Baker. “We are very excited to have her on board.”

Stanton utilizes her strong mortgage background to offer the best lending options to her customers.

“I believe there is more to getting a mortgage than simply securing the lowest interest rate,” Stanton says. “I take the time to get to know you and your situation so I can offer you the best options for your specific needs.”

Stanton has been on the board at HomeStart since 2019. HomeStart serves a 10-county region in Northern Illinois, including Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago and Whiteside counties.

Byron Bank is committed to ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the life of the loan and building on relationships to exceed every customer’s expectations.


Byron Financial Services is now Byron Wealth Management 

BYRON, ILLINOIS, July 6, 2020 – We are happy to announce important news regarding our financial services department within Byron Bank. Byron Financial Services will now be known as Byron Wealth Management.

“We are excited to showcase our firm with a new name and logo as we seek to build relationships we have with our clients, prospective clients, and our community,” said Steven Scholl, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. 

Though our name is changing, we will continue to present ourselves as a trustworthy and respected partner in our communities. Our commitment to our clients and partners remains our highest priority, and we will continue to provide objective financial advice that helps our clients work toward the financials goals they have for themselves and their families.

“The new name and logo reflect the goals, philosophies, and services we have as a firm,” said LPL Financial Planner, Sean Considine. “We hope that when our clients see our logo, they associated it with trust, value, and relationships we strive to create in every encounter we have with them.”

Byron Wealth Management has been serving clients in our community for 36 years, providing financial planning, investment management, retirement planning, and estate planning to individuals and small business owners.

Please visit our new website at


ATM Maintenance Update

BYRON, ILLINOIS, June 19, 2020 – Technicians will be onsite beginning Monday, June 22, 2020 to perform ATM updates and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The drive-up and lobbies in Poplar Grove, Davis Junction, and Byron will be open to assist you.

 During this time, ATM service will be unavailable to customers:

  •  Poplar Grove (Monday June 22, 2020)
    • 11159 Hwy 76 | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Davis Junction (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)
    • 5653 N Junction Way | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Byron (Thursday, June 25, 2020)
    • 200 N. Walnut St | 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Byron Mini Bank inside County Market (Thursday, June 25, 2020)
    • 201 W Blackhawk Dr | 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Reminder: The Mini Bank is currently closed. 

Click here to view all ATM locations. Regular maintenance allows Byron Bank to better serve our communities by keeping ATMs in good operating condition.