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Jacksonville Savings Bank Promotes Four

Richard A. Foss, president and CEO of Jacksonville Savings Bank, recently announced that at the January board of directors meeting three officers were promoted and one new officer was named. Diana Tone was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Chris Royal was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Matt Cors was named Vice President of Operations and Stacy Shade was named Assistant Trust Officer.

Diana Tone graduated from Illinois State University with a BS degree in finance. In 2000, she joined Jacksonville Savings Bank as Compliance Officer. Two years later she was named Chief Financial Officer. Diana is a founding member of Westfair’s Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) and she just retired from the group after serving as its Treasurer and Secretary for the past 11 years. Diana and her husband, Yancey, have two sons, Nick and Andrew, and live in Jacksonville.

Chris Royal joined Jacksonville Savings Bank March 12, 2007. A graduate of Western Illinois University, Chris earned his MBA from University of Illinois at Springfield. He is also a graduate of numerous banking schools including the Illinois Bankers School, the ABA Commercial Lending School and the Graduate School of Commercial Lending. He is a past president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity Sangamon County and Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. Chris currently serves as a SCORE volunteer which provides confidential business counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs free of charge. He and his wife, Sue, live in Springfield. They have one son, Brian.

Matt Cors began his career at Jacksonville Savings Bank as a part-time teller while a student at Illinois College.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from IC in 2006 with a BA degree in Political Science and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation from IC, he moved into a full-time role at the bank and has worked in nearly every department.  Matt graduated from the ABA National Compliance School in 2007 and was named Operations Officer in 2009 and assistant vice president in 2015.  He serves as treasurer and board member for Camp Care-A-Lot and assists with the Washington School Mentoring program.  He and his wife, Jennifer, have one daughter, Ella. They live in Jacksonville.

Stacy Shade began her banking career at Jacksonville Savings Bank in October of 1996. Stacy graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University.  She recently attended the first year of the ABA Trust School with the goal of achieving the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation.  Her past volunteer work has been with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Our Saviour Grade School and Routt Catholic High School.  Stacy lives in Jacksonville with her fiancée, Darryl Johnson. She has two children, Mitch and Evan, and two stepsons, Alex and Brandon. 

Commented President Foss, “These four fine people are excellent examples of the outstanding staff we are fortunate to have at Jacksonville Savings Bank.”




Byers International

Byers International is a full-service international dealer of new and used engines and engine parts since 1952. They also deal in new and pre-owned trucks, have mechanics on staff and a full-service machine shop. Byers is owned by Gary Byers who has been a part of the business since age 14 taking over the business in 1991. Mike Beasley is the general manager.

Byers has sponsored the annual American Legion Comedy Show, Chamber’s Agri-Industry Banquet, the Morgan County Fair, and Murrayville-Woodson Youth League. They regularly support the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Lifeline, Elks Golf, Illinois College, Jaguar Baseball Club, and area schools’ after-prom and yearbooks.


Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care

The largest nursing home facility in the Jacksonville area, Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care is a multi-level care facility that offers seniors a range of care options. Residents have five living options, including independent living, sheltered and residential care, intermediate care, skilled care, and specialized care for patients with dementia. The staff numbers over 195 and cares for 160 plus residents in a home-like family atmosphere.

For the past 115 years, Heritage Health, formerly known as Barton W. Stone Christian Home, has continuously demonstrated integrity and community involvement by owning and maintaining the ASA Talcott House, a historically significant component of the Underground Railroad. The House is currently utilized by the Imagine Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization. Heritage Health’s volunteer association operates a gift shop at the facility and uses 100% of the proceeds to benefit the residents. Employees also volunteer in a number of community organizations including the Chamber, Rotary Club, and local churches to name a few.


New Directions Warming and Cooling Center

New Directions opened its doors on February 2, 2011 to provide shelter to men, women and children in need. New Directions offers homeless people a safe shelter, warm meals and educational instruction and hope. They have served 3,500 adults and 525 children since opening. On average, they will serve 50-55 people per week with shelter, food or life-skills learning.

New Directions is funded by the community and is a United Way agency. Grace United Methodist Church has provided space for the Center since its inception. Many community groups assist by providing meals and offering volunteer hours. They currently have 46 meal providers who are able to cover meals for the entire year. New Directions prides itself on keeping families together by providing a safe haven for them in difficult times. Their Basic Life Skills classes and Opportunities with a Vision Bootcamp offer educational opportunities for growth and life enhancement.


Ernie Downey

This year’s Circle of Excellence recipient is Ernie Downey. Mr. Downey purchased a small insurance business and grew it into Colton, Downey & Hubbard from which he retired in 2016. He has been a Chamber Board Chairman and member. He received the Boss of the Year award from the Chamber, and his business was named Small Business of the Year.

Downey was the Chairman of the Task Force to create the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation. He also served as Chairman of the JREDC.

His community activity is extensive. He has been active with the Prairieland United Way serving as Board member and Board President, and Co-Chair of two United Way Campaigns. He received their Volunteer of the Year award in 2009.

Other community service includes South Jacksonville Village Trustee, Chair of South Jacksonville Parks Commission, Co-Chair of Salvation Army Capital Development and Tree of Lights campaigns, Board Member of the Pregnancy Resource Center and MacMurray College Board. He is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary and received the Paul Harris Fellow award. He was one of ten people who founded Morgan County Community Bank in 1980 and is an active member of First Christian Church serving in many capacities.

2017 Elks District Hoop Shoot Winners

January 21, 2017

JHS Bowl

Girls 8-9 Boys 8-9

1st place: Mylee Tracy – Beardstown 1st place: Charlie Smith – Jacksonville

2nd place: Briana Walters – Springfield 2nd place: Jaxon Miller – Springfield

3rd place: Abby Kruzan – Jacksonville 3rd place: Cade Ross – Beardstown

Girls 10-11 Boys 10-11

1st place: Amanda Laumakis – Jacksonville 1st place: Owen Quigley – Beardstown

2nd place: Madison Holland – Granite City 2nd place: Brandon Scott – Belleville

3rd place: Sophia Boente – Belleville 3rd place: Lucas Eccher – Fairview Heights

Girls 12-13 Boys 12-13

1st place: Addie Dobson – Jacksonville 1st place: Tommy Strubhart – Belleville

2nd place: Rhiannon Smith – Granite City 2nd place: Ryan Stevenson – Fairview Hghts

3rd place: Jaliyah Hawkins – Belleville 3rd place: Caden Moore – Jacksonville

1st place finishers advance to State Hoop Shoot on the weekend of February 24-25th in Decatur.

Local attorney recognized 

Jacksonville attorney Ryan Byers is the 2016 recipient of the Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award presented by the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Northern Regional Office.

Ryan Byers is a volunteer through the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Pro Bono Program who can be counted on to take clients in underserved counties. Mr. Byers has been with the law firm of Rammelkamp Bradney in Jacksonville since 2008. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with honors before going on to Michigan State University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is a member of the Morgan County Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Court

Joseph R. Bartylak, who passed away in 2010, was Land of Lincoln’s Executive Director from 1976 to 2003. The Land of Lincoln Board of Directors created the Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Awards in 2011 to honor a volunteer attorney from each of its five regions who has directly achieved outstanding results for our clients or who has supported Land of Lincoln staff in their delivery of high quality legal services.

The Northern Regional Office staff appreciate the pro bono service that Ryan Byers provides to the Menard, Morgan, and Sangamon County low-income communities and would like to take the opportunity presented by the Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award to state that appreciation publicly.

Jacksonville Native Ed Parkinson spoke at the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club lunch meeting last week. Parkinson, who was formerly the Morgan County State’s Attorney is now an attorney with the Illinois Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutors Office.

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