Cole Taylor Bank Announces Sale of Woodlawn Branch

Bank streamlines operations in fulfillment of strategic mission

Mar 11, 2008, 01:00 ET from Cole Taylor Bank

    ROSEMONT, Ill., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mark A. Hoppe, Chief
 Executive Officer and President for Cole Taylor Bank, recently announced
 the sale of the bank's branch office located at 824 East 63rd Street,
 Chicago, Illinois, to Highland Community Bank. The deal is expected to
 close on March 31, 2008.
     The sale represents a critical step in the streamlining of Cole
 Taylor's banking center operations, enabling it to focus on its niche
 market of closely-held businesses. Announcing the sale, Paul W. Kogol,
 Group Senior Vice President and Director of Banking Centers for Cole Taylor
 Bank said, "Cole Taylor has worked in recent years to realign its
 operations to better support its commercial banking strategy. The sale of
 the Woodlawn office, coupled with the closing of our Orland Park banking
 center in October, 2007, will enable us to sharpen our focus on our niche
 market and truly concentrate our efforts on fulfilling our mission to be
 Chicago's bank for closely-held businesses."
     Highland Community Bank, a community bank serving Chicago's south side
 for more than 38 years, believes the banking center is a good fit for their
 business plan. It will allow them to strengthen their base in the Woodlawn
 / Englewood area and afford them the opportunity to reach more area
 residents and businesses with products for home and auto purchases, home
 repairs, and loans for churches and other not-for profit organizations.
     According to Kogol, "We took great care in identifying the right buyer
 for our Woodlawn office and believe that the sale is in the best interest
 of customers, the Woodlawn neighborhood, Highland and Cole Taylor.
 Highland's business strategy is very well-aligned with the banking needs of
 the office's clientele. Our Woodlawn customers will begin receiving
 information soon from Highland on the types of accounts it offers and I
 believe they will be pleased with what they see."
     About Cole Taylor Bank
     Cole Taylor Bank, a subsidiary of Taylor Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
 TAYC), specializes in meeting the unique financing, cash management and
 wealth management needs of the owners of Chicago's closely-held companies.
 One of Chicago's largest independent banks with more than $3 billion in
 assets, Cole Taylor Bank has supplied sound financial guidance to
 Chicago-area businesses for more than 75 years. Cole Taylor Bank is a
 member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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