SOURCE: First Midwest Bank

June 30, 2008 17:39 ET

First Midwest Bank Clients Go Green by Shredding 6,890 Pounds of Documents in Recent Shred Events

ITASCA, IL--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - First Midwest Bank recently hosted shred events at twelve of its 101 locations throughout 63 communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa in an effort to help clients keep their personal information secure while contributing to the well-being of the environment.

"It's our responsibility to help educate clients regarding issues like Identity Theft, and more importantly, to give them ways to act on that education. Events like this obviously contribute to improved security of an individual's personal information," said Janet M. Viano, Group President Retail Banking. "Shredding documents is also good for the environment," added Viano. "All of the paper that we shredded on May 31 was recycled. Our clients' identities got a little safer, and our communities got a little greener."

Citadel Information Management, the Bank's long-time shredding vendor, reported that 6,890 pounds of documents were shredded and recycled. This equates to saving:

--  59 trees;
--  24,430 gallons of water;
--  14,309 kilowatts of energy;
--  209 pounds of pollutants from entering the atmosphere; and
--  17.5 cubic yards of landfill.

First Midwest Bank is the premier relationship-based banking franchise in the growing Chicagoland banking market. As one of the Chicago metropolitan area's largest independent bank holding companies, First Midwest provides the full range of both business and retail banking and trust and investment management services through 101 offices located in 63 communities, primarily in metropolitan Chicago. First Midwest was recently recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workforce Flexibility in the greater-Chicago area.

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