Cole Taylor Bank Provides Financing for the Donald J. Marquez Charter School

Sep 20, 2007, 01:00 ET from Cole Taylor Bank

    ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Cole Taylor Bank is pleased to
 have provided financing for a new charter school, the Donald J. Marquez
 School, located at 2916 West 47th Street, in Chicago's Brighton Park
 neighborhood. The school, which was named for a Chicago police officer
 killed in the line of duty in 2002, is the fifth school in Chicago
 chartered by UNO Charter School Network, Inc. (UCSN) of the United
 Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and the third school for which Cole Taylor
 Bank provided financing.
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     "The performance of UNO's UCSN charter schools more than demonstrates
 their value to the communities they serve, which are also the communities
 we serve," said Bruce W. Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
 Taylor Capital Group, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cole Taylor
 Bank. "Cole Taylor Bank is privileged to have participated in the financing
 of many educational and community-based development projects under UNO's
     The Donald J. Marquez School opened on September 4, 2007 with a
 ribbon-cutting ceremony, honoring the slain Chicago Police Officer who grew
 up and lived in the Brighton Park neighborhood, where the new school is
 located. Marquez, a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department was
 shot to death on March 18, 2002 while trying to serve court papers. The
 47-year old man left behind a wife and four children.
     At the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by the slain
 officer's family, fellow police officers, and local and state legislative
 leaders, UNO director and UCSN president Juan Rangel acknowledged Cole
 Taylor Bank's community relations officer Karen Thomas and relationship
 banker Delonda Belanger, for their important role in the development of the
     UNO is Chicago's largest not-for-profit Hispanic community-based
 organization. Each of its five charter schools are public schools that
 focus on individualized attention in smaller classroom settings. The Donald
 J. Marquez Charter School is an elementary school for 520 students and will
 offer an active after school program that includes fine arts classes, music
 lessons and sports programs. It also will be unique in that the school will
 offer a law enforcement program.
     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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