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BLOOMINGTON - Bill Landefeld ended a 36-year banking career with a day-long party Friday.

Main Street Bank & Trust honored its regional president during a retirement reception at its Veterans Parkway branch in Bloomington.

Landefeld was president and chief executive officer of Citizens Savings Bank for 18 years. In 2005, Citizens merged with Main Street Bank & Trust, where Landefeld enjoyed his job as regional president for the Blooming-ton market.

But Landefeld, 67, said it's now time to move on.

"I'm going to try relaxing for a while and see what it's like," he said.

Landefeld also held a number of other positions throughout his career, including past chairman of Illinois League of Financial Institutions and past member of Illinois Savings and Loan Board.

The highlight of his career was his one-year term as chairman of America's Community Bankers.

"It's quite an honor to head up an organization that represents all the bank thrifts nationwide," Landefeld said.

Landefeld did a job that made the community proud, said George Evans of Normal, retired superintendent for Unit 5 in Normal who also was on the board of directors when Landefeld started at Citizens Savings Bank.

"He sure didn't let us down," Evans said at the retirement reception. "He did a great job over the years."

Landefeld received his bachelor of science from Ohio State University in 1963 and his master's from Xavier University in 1981. He also spent 10 years in the U.S. Army where he retired with a rank of major.

Landefeld and his wife Renate have been residents of the Bloomington-Normal area since 1987.

He has been active in the community as a past member of the BroMenn Hospital Advisory Board, Bloomington Rotary and the Normal Rotary.

Main Street Bank & Trust is a $1.6 billion financial services franchise with more than 23 banking center loca-tions in downstate Illinois.

Last fall, First Busey Corp. agreed to purchase Main Street Trust Inc. in a stock deal valued around $355 million. Pending regulatory approval, all Main Street Bank & Trust facilities will become Busey banks later this year.

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