NorStates Bank receives 2009 Community Partner Award from One Hope United

November 2009

Waukegan, IL - In recognition of their dedication to protecting children and strengthening families throughout Lake County, One Hope United has honored NorStates Bank with the 2009 Community Partner Award, joining an impressive list of previous recipients including Abbott Laboratories, Cardinal Health and Hewitt Associates.

NorStates Bank has generously donated both financial support and volunteer hours for special events, programs and fundraisers in support of their strategic community partner, One Hope United.

"We are honored to receive this award, and thank our remarkable employees who donated over 400 volunteer hours to One Hope United in 2009. NorStates Bank, our customers and employees continue to benefit from the great work of this organization and we are proud to be their partner," said Scott Yelvington, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Representatives from NorStates Bank will be present at the One Hope United 114th Meeting of the Board of Directors to receive the 2009 Community Partner Award. They look forward to continuing their strategic partnership for 2010.

About NorStates Bank

NorStates Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Northern States Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: NSFC). It is the combination of the Bank of Waukegan (founded in 1962), First State Bank of Round Lake (founded in 1949) and First Federal Bank (founded in 1919) -- Bank of Waukegan and First State Bank of Round Lake merged in 2005 to form a single bank with assets in excess of $625 million. The bank has eight locations throughout Lake County.

More information is available at 847.244.6000.

About One Hope United

One Hope United is a private human service organization dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families. One Hope United offers a diverse array of prevention, intervention and community-based programs. One Hope United also specializes in child welfare system management, reform, consultation and training. With principal offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United serves more than 15,000 children and their families across the country each year. For more information, visit

By NorStates Bank Staff