It's more than just dates on a timeline.
Heritage Bank’s roots run deep in the tri-county community. Since the early 1900’s when it was operated as the Bank of Trivoli, the focus has remained on personal service and a dedication to the people and businesses that have become a part of our long-standing relationship with Central Illinois.
The evolution of Heritage
When the bank was sold to the organizers of the State Chartered Trivoli State Bank, the first president was Charles Fremont Opie, the great-grandfather of the current president, M. Scott Hedden. The bank survived through the Great Depression while many of the neighboring banks failed.
Upon Charles Fremont Opie’s death in 1939, his son, Fremont Opie, Jr., succeeded him as president. Fremont Opie, who began working at the bank in June 1921, was president from 1939 until his retirement in 1986. His daughter, Shirley Hedden, joined the bank in 1945, retired in 1992, and still serves as Director of Emeritus on the Board of Directors.
In June of 1968, the bank moved to its present location at the corner of Route 116 and Trivoli Avenue. In 1994, Trivoli Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Trivoli State Bank, acquired the Hanna City State Bank and merged it with Trivoli State Bank and changed the name to Heritage Bank of Central Illinois.
With the bank since 1973, Scott Hedden became president in 1986. Under his leadership, the bank continues to succeed and grow, which he attributes to several factors. “Heritage has a strong set of corporate values that demands customers be treated fairly, courteously and competently,” he says. “We also care about our customers and community and believe in treating people the way we like to be treated. In addition, we have the pride and leadership of our management group and the commitment and dedication of our officers and employees.”
The bank opened its first Peoria location on Willow Knolls Road in 1997, in response to the increasing business and residential growth on Peoria’s north side. This branch was followed by the Prospect Road building in 1998, which moved in 2005 to become the anchor tenant of the new Heritage Square development in Peoria Heights.
In 1999, Heritage purchased Norwest and took occupancy of the building on Harmon Highway. In order to serve its customer base in Tazewell County, Heritage was involved with GEM Terrace from the development’s very beginning. The staff occupies the entire first floor of this unique building with a “glass wall curtain” on the bluffs of East Peoria.