Question and Answer Guide
Rock River Bank, Oregon, IL
FDIC Call Center
Toll free number 1-800-591-2903
Hours of Operation – Central Time
Thursday, July 2, 2009: Until 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 3, 2009: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, 2009: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, 2009: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Thereafter: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
On July 2, 2009, Rock River Bank, Oregon, Illinois, was closed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Banking. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was then named Receiver. Subsequent to the closure, The Harvard State Bank, Harvard, Illinois, acquired all the deposits and assets of Rock River Bank from the FDIC as Receiver for Rock River Bank. Any claims by equity holders were not acquired.
The total balance in your account(s) has been transferred to The Harvard State Bank and will be available for transactions during regular business hours at the former Rock River Bank branches starting on Monday, July 6, 2009.
NOTE: In observance of the holiday, the bank will be closed from Friday, July 3rd, through Sunday, July 5th. The bank will reopen Monday, July 6th, 2009.
You may continue to use your same checks, ATM cards and debit cards until notified.
All Direct Deposits, including Social Security checks, will continue as usual.
- Account(s): What about my account with Rock River Bank?
- ATM/debit card and/or Billpay: What about my ATM/debit card and/or bill paying with Rock River Bank?
- Brokered Deposits: I am a deposit broker or have brokered deposits. What do I do?
- Direct Deposits - Government Deposits: What will happen to my direct deposits?
- Existing Deposits at The Harvard State Bank: I already have other deposit accounts with the new bank. When combined with balances at this bank, my deposits exceed $250,000. Are all funds insured?
- Interest Rates, Early Withdrawal Penalty: Will I continue to earn interest at the same rate? Will I be charged an early withdrawal penalty?
- Loans/mortgages: What about my loan or mortgage with Rock River Bank?
- Loans in Process: What happens if I had a loan in process that had not closed or a line of credit not fully funded?
- Media: I represent a TV/Newspaper/Radio and would like some information.
- Outstanding Checks: What about checks that I have written on my account with Rock River Bank?
- Safe Deposit Boxes: How can I claim the contents of my safe deposit box?
- Shareholders: What about my shares of stock?
- Transaction Types: Why do all deposits, insured or not, pass in some transactions but not in others?
- Unpaid Bills: I did some work for the bank and have not been paid. What should I do?
1. What about my account with Rock River Bank?
If you had an account with Rock River Bank, you now have an account with The Harvard State Bank, Harvard, Illinois. All deposit accounts, which include Checking, Savings, Money Market, CDs and Retirement accounts, have been transferred to The Harvard State Bank, regardless of the dollar amount. No one lost any money on deposit in Rock River Bank.
Customers of both banks should continue to use their existing branches until The Harvard State Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of Rock River Bank.
Please be advised you will not receive any email notification to claim/unlock/unsuspend your account or to provide any private information. Please be aware of any scams to obtain information from you.
2. What about my ATM/debit card and/or bill paying with Rock River Bank?
Your ATM/debit card will continue to work, and bill paying will work as it has in the past.
3. I am a deposit broker or have brokered deposits. What do I do?
As an All-Deposit Transfer transaction, the total of all deposit accounts, been assumed by The Harvard State Bank.
Be advised, however, that from and after the date of closing, The Harvard State Bank will accrue and pay interest on deposit liabilities at a rate it shall determine; accordingly, The Harvard State Bank shall permit depositors, including brokered depositors, impacted by reduced rates to withdraw their deposits without penalty for early withdrawal.
4. What will happen to my direct deposits?
Direct Deposits will continue as normal, including Social Security checks.
5. I already have other deposit accounts with the new bank. When combined with balances at this bank, my deposits exceed $250,000. Are all funds insured?
The accounts transferred to The Harvard State Bank will be separately insured for at least six months after the merger. This grace period gives a depositor the opportunity to restructure the accounts, if necessary.
CDs from the failed bank are separately insured until the earliest maturity date after the end of the six-month grace period.
CDs that mature during the six-month period and are renewed for the same term and in the same dollar amount (either with or without accrued interest) continue to be separately insured until the first maturity date after the six-month period.
If a CD matures during the six-month grace period and is renewed on any other basis, it would be separately insured only until the end of the six-month grace period.
6. Will I continue to earn interest at the same rate? Will I be charged an early withdrawal penalty?
All interest on insured deposits accrued through July 2, 2009, will be paid at your same rate. The Harvard State Bank will review rates and notify you.
You may withdraw funds from any transferred account without an early withdrawal penalty until you enter into a new deposit agreement with your new bank. Entering into a new deposit agreement can be done by either renewing your CD or making a deposit to, or a withdrawal from, your account.
7. What about my loan or mortgage with Rock River Bank?
All mortgages and loans have been assumed by The Harvard State Bank. Your payment amount and due date are the same. If you are having your payment deducted from your account, it will continue as it has in the past. You should continue to make your checks payable to Rock River Bank and send your payments to the same address.
8. What happens if I had a loan in process that had not closed or a line of credit not fully funded?
You should contact your loan officer. All prior contacts remain the same.
9. I represent a TV/Newspaper/Radio and would like some information.
Please contact the Office of Public Affairs:
10. What about checks that I have written on my account with Rock River Bank?
Your checks will clear up to the available balance in your account. You can continue to use your existing checks.
11. How can I claim the contents of my safe deposit box?
It is business as usual. You can go to your local branch and access your safe deposit box; however, no action on your part is required because of this transaction.
12. What about my shares of stock?
There was no publicly owned stock in Rock River Bank. If you are an equity shareholder, your shares are in Rock River Bancorporation, Inc., Oregon, IL, the holding company for Rock River Bank, and not the institution. Rock River Bancorporation, Inc. and the interests of equity, debt holders or other creditors of Rock River Bancorporation, Inc. are not included in the closure or receivership of the institution. Please do not file a claim with the Receiver, rather contact Rock River Bancorporation, Inc. directly for information:
Rock River Bancorporation, Inc.
101 South Fourth Street
Oregon, IL 61061
13. Why do all deposits, insured or not, pass in some transactions but not in others?
The FDIC is required by law to employ the least-cost resolution measure for each failed financial institution. The most frequent result is for the FDIC to transfer only the insured deposits in a merger transaction. The FDIC has been able to transfer all deposits in about 25% of the failures over the past 15 years.
14. I did some work for the bank and have not been paid. What should I do?
All claims against Rock River Bank, together with proof of the claims, must be submitted in writing to the Receiver at the following address:
FDIC as Receiver for Rock River Bank
1601 Bryan Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Attention: Claims Agent
SCAMS: Be watchful for and resistant to any scams to obtain information from you by individuals or entities stating that they are acting on behalf of either the failed bank, new bank, or the FDIC. Should you be contacted by anyone requesting personal information from you related to this event, please contact the call center above and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
For more information: www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/rockriver.html