ACTIVE MANAGEMENT: "We started selling lots within the first week or so, while some other guys stuck their heads in the sand and didn't do anything for the first year," says John Wheeler, co-president and CEO at State Bank of Countryside.

How Two Brothers Used Unorthodox Tactics for Ill. Bank's Turnaround

John and Bill Wheeler went as far as giving away foreclosed properties to reduce maintenance fees and bad assets. As a result, State Bank of Countryside has returned to profitability and is ready to start lending again.

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