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Getting Personal: Dan Marker

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 39-year-old Champaign resident Dan Marker chats with staff writer Paul Wood. Marker is about to become president of Hickory Point Bank's Champaign region. The Mahomet-Seymour grad is excited about the job, but between the long hours and two young children, his golf game is suffering.

First Busey's fourth-quarter income up despite one-time charges

CHAMPAIGN — The recently passed corporate tax cuts should ultimately be beneficial for First Busey Corp. But first, the holding company for Busey Bank had to eat a one-time $8.1 million charge on tax-deferred assets.

Family Checkbook: Holiday debt got you singing the credit-card blues?

By KATHY SWEEDLER

January is the month the holiday bills arrive and our budgets feel stretched! It's easy to feel overwhelmed by debt payments and end up avoiding them. But when you don't take control of your debt payments, the interest charges pile up — and grow and grow! Let's consider strategies to help take control of credit-card bills.

Hickory Point Bank mortgage manager to be president of Champaign region

CHAMPAIGN — Decatur-based Hickory Point Bank announced a new president for its Champaign region.

Beginning Feb. 8, Dan Marker will be taking over as the region's president, replacing Steve Tock.

Tock, who has been the region's president since he joined in 2002, will continue working full-time as the bank's senior lender in the region.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

LIONS IN WINTER LITERARY FESTIVAL 2018

What: An annual literary festival, featuring readings by three visiting authors, CM Burroughs, Rachael Hanel and Vu Tran, who will also lead craft talks on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; an editors' panel; a book fair and more.

When: 9 a.m. Jan. 27.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 8, 2018

A couple of our more recent hires have been helping this older dog learn a few new digital tricks.

Can't break Busey Bank: C-U institution marks 150 years

The small bank that a couple of brothers and their business partner started in 1868 has weathered lots of ups and downs over the years, including the Great Depression and Great Recession, to emerge as what is now First Busey Corp. and expand into several new markets and three other states.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 4-11, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

ILLINI FARM TOY SHOW AND AUCTION

Entertainment listings, Dec. 28, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018

EVENTS

This weekend

HOOPESTON'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW

What: Annual Christmas display of lights in the park.

When: Light displays, 5 to 11 p.m. every evening, Dec. 28 until Jan. 2, 2018.

Where: McFerren Park, Hoopeston.

Cost: Free.

More info: Call 217-495-2800 or 217-274-2956.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BUNKER HILL

Longtime Rantoul banker slated to become county's next auditor

URBANA — When Diane Michaels was 17 years old, she got a job working as a teller at First National Bank of Rantoul. She loved it.

Over the next four decades, Michaels, 61, thrived in the banking and financial world, rising to become a vice president at Busey Bank, president of the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce and mortgage and personal lender at the First Bank of Rantoul.