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The Continental Illinois Bank Building in Chicago, Illinois

Failure of Continental Illinois

The 1984 failure and rescue of this bank gave rise to the term "too big to fail"

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Silas Keehn

Silas Keehn

Keehn was president of the Chicago Fed when it assisted Continental Illinois via the discount window.

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The Fed's Functions

Federal Reserve Building

Did you know that the Fed's responsibilities include conducting monetary policy, supervising and regulating and providing services to financial institutions?

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Essays By Topic

Below are the essays by topic on the Federal Reserve History website.

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