November 22, 2010 12:13 ET

ChicagoFIRST Membership Grows With the Addition of Metropolitan Bank Group and State Farm

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 22, 2010) - ChicagoFIRST welcomed two new members today; Metropolitan Bank Group and State Farm®. This expands the coalition's membership to 28 leading financial and utility organizations in the Chicago region.

"We are thrilled to have Metropolitan Bank Group and State Farm join ChicagoFIRST. This year's membership growth signifies the importance of critical infrastructure resiliency and the commitment to disaster preparedness by business leaders in the region," said Brian Tishuk, Executive Director of ChicagoFIRST. "In fact, the addition of State Farm is an illustration of our organization's goal to expand beyond the Chicago region and build relationships with critical firms throughout Illinois."

In keeping with its mission to enhance the resiliency of the Chicago financial community and other key infrastructure sectors by connecting its members to local and national government, ChicagoFIRST continues to host and coordinate working groups, facilitate tabletop exercises and collaborate with the public sector to evaluate and test various areas of private and public disaster preparedness plans.

In June, ChicagoFIRST coordinated its first annual Telecommuting or "work-at-home" test among its membership, in which more than 3,000 people from 12 private sector firms participated. Building on the success of that test, ChicagoFIRST will host the second annual Telecommuting test in February of next year. Additionally, earlier this year, ChicagoFIRST and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications created and now co-chair the Chicago Critical Infrastructure Resilience Task Force.

About Metropolitan Bank Group
Chicago-based Metropolitan Bank Group is one of the area's largest privately held bank holding companies with $2.9 billion in assets with a 90-year history in the area. Metropolitan Bank Group takes pride in meeting the diverse needs of the communities it serves and helping its clients achieve their financial goals and dreams.

About State Farm®
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. Our 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts - more than 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit® or in Canada®.

About ChicagoFIRST
ChicagoFIRST was formed in July 2003 and seeks to enhance the resilience of the Chicago business community and critical infrastructure overall. The non-profit organization does this by establishing operational and information sharing relationships among its members and all levels of government, and by providing a means by which the critical private firms can coordinate with respect to homeland security and emergency management issues. Additional information can be found at

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