While the pace of bank failures has subsided, there are still plenty of reasons for continued consolidation of the smallest among nearly 600 banks in the Land of Lincoln; meanwhile, the largest banks in the state are slowly but surely improving their bottom lines.
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Strongest Illinois Banks and Thrifts
Based on fourth-quarter financial reports, 59 Illinois institutions were assigned "recommended" ratings of B-plus or above by Weiss Ratings:
The list is sorted by rating, and then alphabetically by institution name. All of the Illinois banks and thrifts on Weiss's recommended list were strongly capitalized as of Dec. 30, with total risk-based capital ratios exceeding 13% and 34 had total risk-based capital ratios exceeding 20% or twice the level most institutions need to be considered well-capitalized by regulators. Two thirds of the recommended Illinois institutions had fourth-quarter returns on average assets exceeding 1%.
Thorough Bank Failure Coverage
There has only been one bank failure in Illinois this year, following 9 closures in 2011, 16 in 2010, and 21 in 2009. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will be closing its temporary satellite office in Schaumburg, IL, to Sept. 28, 2012. Since the current wave of bank and thrift closures began in 2008, Illinois has seen 48 institutions closed by regulators, trailing only Georgia, which has had 75 failures and Florida, which has had 60 bank and thrift closures. All 423 U.S. bank and thrift closures since the beginning of 2008 are detailed in TheStreet's interactive bank failure map:
The bank failure map is color-coded, with the states having the greatest number of failures highlighted in dark gray, and states with no failures in light green. By moving your mouse over a state you can see its combined 2008-2011 totals. Then click the state to open a detailed map pinpointing the locations and providing additional information for each bank failure. -- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla. To contact the writer, click here: Philip van Doorn. To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/PhilipvanDoorn