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BLOG-Life Lessons LWhitneyCheck Fraud: What’s old is new again!

Like some of those 80’s fashion ‘fads’, some things should be left in the past. Unfortunately, it appears that good old-fashioned check fraud....

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BLOG-Life Lessons DWeberDoes My Teenager Need a Checking Account?

You might be wondering if it is a good idea to open a checking account for your teen. Maybe they have asked or maybe ....

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BLOG-Life Lessons KApplemanLife Insurance: For Anyone Who Loves

Do you love someone? If the answer is clear, then so is the answer to whether you need life insurance. Because the truth is, life insurance ....

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FFSB Announces Promotions

February 8, 2023

First Federal Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of ....

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Never Share your PINWhat to do if you receive a scam, email or text.

Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank.

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Education - Goals4 Tips to Reach Your Financial Goals

Setting attainable and realistic financial goals is key to reaching success, however knowing how to reach them and which to prioritize can be tricky.

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Blog LoveInsure Your Love 


Each person has a unique reason for getting life insurance, but those reasons can be distilled into one: we love someone and want ....

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Data PrivacyKeep Your Data Safe in the New Year

New year, new scams! Scammers are always looking for new ways to steal data online, which is why it's important to know how to lock down your devices .... 

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BanksNeverAskThatCan You Spot a Phishing Scam?

Each October is Cybersecurity Awareness month. It’s time to put scammers in their place!



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We are excited to begin providing fun and educational podcast starting in March, 2023! Stay tuned!


Upcoming Events 

May 5th: Coin and Currency Appraisal with Ron Beckstrom (Rock Falls 9am - 12pm)  Learn More
May 5th: Coin and Currency Appraisal with Ron Beckstrom (Walnut 1pm - 4pm) Learn More

Community Involvement

Community - K9
First Federal Savings and FHLB Chicago Award

We were proud to join FHLB Chicago to award $13,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Precision K9 Training of Ottawa, IL. “Our customers are pet dog owners seeking guidance and direction on what is best for their dog, so they can have a sound relationship. We will use the grant funds to support our employees with advanced training in our industry as well as making much-needed improvements to our facility,” said President Bob Burkhead. Precision K9 was one of 32 small businesses selected from over 160 applicants.


Labor of Love 2022
Labor of Love 2022

Every year FFSB participates in United Way’s Labor of Love event. Our employees volunteer their time by providing home improvements to local families living with disabilities, fighting illness or single parents and grandparents. The repairs can range from outdoor clean up and landscaping to drywall work and painting.

Community - YMCA Chalk
FFSB host Ottawa YMCA Summer Camp Kids

On Thursday June 30th, First Federal Savings Bank in Ottawa hosted Ottawa YMCA summer camp kids for a fun-filled day of sidewalk chalk, financial bingo, and a tour of the bank! Thank you to all the First Federal and YMCA staff who helped make this day such a hit.

Freezin 4 Reason
Freezin' for a Reezin'

Freezin’ for a Reezin’ is an annual fundraising event hosted by WCMY for the Community Food Basket of Ottawa, which serves five zip codes in LaSalle County. Food pantry officials estimate that every $1 donated is equal to 1lb. of food, so every winter we look forward to raising funds and participating in the 500lb. challenge. With the help of our employees, First Federal Savings Bank has surpassed the 500lb. goal every year we participated.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

Each year, families struggle to enjoy Christmas the way others do, which is why we participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program helps make the holidays a little brighter for less fortunate families in our communities by providing them with gifts to put under their tree. Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning, so we’re more than happy to help in any way we can.

Chamber Event
Bartlett Chamber Challenge

First Federal Savings Bank is a member of multiple Chambers of Commerce in the communities we serve, including the Bartlett Area. This year, Emmett Higgin volunteered at Good Will® for the Chamber Challenge to help participants through a series of puzzles and advance to the next location. It's always exciting to see organizations host innovative events that bring people together, and we look forward to all the other community events in store!


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