Blue & Gold News

Reading Pays Off

Parents and grandparents are always on the lookout for books to keep children reading and engaged throughout the summer vacation. The American Bankers Association Foundation has partnered with First Book to develop a financial education-themed suggested reading list of over 40 titles, all focused around money concepts, for every reading level.

Seasonal Summer Savings Account

Do you have a major life event coming up, such as a wedding, or a special trip that keeps getting pushed aside? With First Mid’s Summer Savings, you can plan ahead for those summer expenses. Summer Savings accounts may be opened between May 25th and August 31st. Then the money more

Four Ways to Clean up Financial Clutter

Unless you’re Jay Leno, your garage is probably a mess. From sports equipment to gardening supplies, clutter has a way of filling up the space where a car should be. The same goes for financial clutter, which is just as easy to lose control of. Except in this case, it’s more

First Mid to acquire First Bank

  First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. and First BancTrust Corporation has announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which First Mid will acquire all of the outstanding shares of First Bank, the holding company for First Bank & Trust, IL. “The acquisition of First Bank deepens our presence in the attractive more

Start Your Next Move on a Smartphone

Today 40% of all adults use mobile devices to access the Internet and according to the National Association of Realtors, 72% of all homebuyers in 2017 used a mobile device to search home listings. With so many mobile users, we’ve updated our Online Mortgage Center to be available in a more

2017 Food Drive

During the month of July, First Mid held a company- wide Food Drive. Employees donated a total of 5,514 items, which is almost one thousand more than last year! We had 29 locations participating in 20 different communities. The winner of the food drive was our Murphysboro location with a more

Understand Your Medicare and Senior Coverage Options

With ever-changing health and drug plans for seniors, choosing the right coverage can be confusing. Every year, Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is October 15 - December 7. This is the only time during the year that seniors can change their Part “D” drug plan and/or their Medicare Advantage plan for more

Winterizing Your Home

Five Simple Tips to Prepare for Cold Weather Source: No matter where you live, winter probably brings a fairly significant change in climate, and homeowners have a long list of tasks to complete to winterize their homes. Taking care of these crucial tasks can help you save money on utility bills more

Money-Saving Ideas for a Summer Barbecue

Summertime is the perfect time to bring good friends, good conversation and good food together for a summer barbecue! Thankfully, there are five ways you can significantly save on your next backyard barbecue and all of them will help you come in way under budget.   1. Let Your Friends Bring the more

6 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances

  As spring cleaning season comes to an end, the American Bankers Association has encouraged consumers to put these six tips into action to organize their finances.   1. Evaluate and pay down debt. Take a look at how much you owe and what you are paying in interest. Begin paying off existing more