Getting Personal: Marie Oatis Polk

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 42-year-old Urbana resident Marie Oatis Polk, the associate development and experience manager at Busey, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Polk is a board member, the publicity chair and a past president of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration.

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From 'flunky' to fixture

Sixty-five years ago this month, a Gifford girl three days removed from high school took a job at the local bank.

Her unofficial title? "Flunky," cracked 82-year-old Mille Roseman, who spent 46 years at Gifford State Bank and still sits on its board of directors.

Weekend planner, April 22, 2016

Three items of note happening this weekend:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: Three local public libraries will host financial literacy programs for children and their parents — called Money Smart Kids Read — on Saturday morning: Mahomet at 10, Champaign at 10:30 and Rantoul at 11.

Fearless forecast

This year should bring a boost in retail sales to Champaign County — or at least that's what some people predict.

Purchase will expand bank into St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp., the holding company for Busey Bank, is poised to expand its footprint to four states after it finalizes a purchase of St. Louis-based Pulaski Financial Corp.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter, around April 30, with First Busey buying Pulaski Financial for $210.7 million.

Family Checkbook: Grow your savings

By Kathy Sweedler

Spending money is fun! When you buy something — like a new outfit, or furniture for your house, or a new car — you get to show it to your friends, wear it or use it for a special event. The fun goes on and on! Saving money is not typically this much fun.

Never too soon — or young — to begin saving

By Kathy Sweedler

First Busey to acquire Pulaski Financial

CHAMPAIGN — First Busey Corp., the holding company for Busey Bank, and Pulaski Financial Corp., the holding company for Pulaski Bank, have signed an agreement in which Busey will acquire Pulaski through a merger transaction and Pulaski Bank will be merged into Busey Bank.

It's Your Business: Angel Paws adding grooming classes

Angel Paws Pet Sitting and Grooming in Champaign has begun offering pet-grooming classes to prepare people for careers taking care of animals.

Owner Debbie Skaggs has been in the pet-sitting business for 15 years, providing care for animals while their owners go on vacation or go to work.

Busey board OKs reverse stock split

CHAMPAIGN — The board of directors of First Busey Corp., the parent company of Busey Bank, has approved a one-for-three reverse stock split, effective Sept. 8.

Under terms of the split, or merge, each three shares of common stock held by First Busey stockholders will be reclassified and converted to one share of common stock.