Nancy Karasek Joins Cole Taylor Bank as Group Senior Vice President, Human Capital

May 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from Cole Taylor Bank

    ROSEMONT, Ill., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Cole Taylor Bank,
 announces the appointment of Nancy Karasek to the position of Group Senior
 Vice President, Human Capital. Karasek comes to Cole Taylor from Pyramid
 Business Services, Inc., a downstream holding company of Delta Dental of
 Illinois and Delta Dental of Iowa.
     "At Cole Taylor, our people truly set us apart from the competition,"
 said Bruce Taylor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cole
 Taylor Bank. "Nancy specializes in the areas of professional development
 and employee relations and we expect her to play a crucial role in helping
 all Cole Taylor bankers realize their full potential while helping the bank
 continue to attract and retain top talent." He added that, "She is also a
 champion of strategy alignment and knowledge transfer, issues that resonate
 with those of us in a highly competitive banking market such as the one we
 have in Chicago. We are absolutely delighted to have her with us."
     Before joining Cole Taylor, Karasek served as Vice President of Human
 Resources for Pyramid Business Systems and was responsible for benefits,
 compensation, payroll, recruitment and staffing, training, quality
 initiatives, facilities management and safety. Prior to that, she served in
 a similar capacity at American Marketing Systems, Inc., in Burr Ridge,
 Illinois. Her background also includes experience with Danka Corporate
 Services, Global Training Network, J C Penney Company, and Carson, Pirie,
 Scott & Company.
     Karasek holds a BS and an MS from the University of Illinois at
 Urbana-Champaign and resides in suburban Burr Ridge.
     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 is an Equal Housing Lender.
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     Contact: Ilene Stevens

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