STERLING, Ill. — Sterling Federal Bank was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois for the third year in a row.

The awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois.

The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.

The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Illinois and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinIL.com.