BlachfordThe president of Liberty Bank has been named the 2016 Illinois Banker of the Year by the Illinois Bankers Association. The award was presented during the association’s 125th annual conference last month.  Dale Blachford has been involved in banking for 40 years, the last 11 as head of Liberty Bank.

In a recent appearance on Let's Talk on The Big Z, Blachford said the bank is only as good as the community it serves which is why they take pride in sponsoring a number of events, teams and causes:

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This is the 14th year for the Illinois Banker of the Year award, the highest honor the association can bestow on one of its members. It is presented annually to an individual whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced the banking industry.  Blachford is involved in a number of local organizations, including the RiverBend Growth Association and Foundation, Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, Light Up Alton and Options Now.


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