State Bank of Countryside was one of the nation's most profitable community banks in the early 2000s. When the financial crisis struck, the Illinois bank hemorrhaged money like few others.

The bank, led by brothers and co-presidents, John and Bill Wheeler, staged a remarkable comeback. The Wheelers, who took the reins in the fall of 2009, when the bank's troubles were at their worst, credit bold steps for the turnaround.

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