Wintrust Financial Corporation Announces Semi-Annual Dividend

Wintrust Financial Corporation Announces Semi-Annual Dividend

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wintrust Financial
Corporation ("Wintrust" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:WTFC) today announced that
the Company's Board of Directors approved a semi-annual cash dividend of $0.09
per share of outstanding common stock. The dividend is payable on February 21,
2013 to shareholders of record as of February 7, 2013. This cash dividend is
the same as the per share common stock dividend paid in August of 2012.

About Wintrust

Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $17
billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.Built
on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and
resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community
banking to each and every customer.Wintrust operates fifteen community bank
subsidiaries, now with over 100 banking locations located in the greater
Chicago and Milwaukee market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various
non-bank subsidiaries including one of the largest commercial insurance
premium finance companies operating in the United States and Canada, a company
providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced
administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, companies
engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages
for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies
providing wealth management services.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements are
predictions and actual events or results may differ materially. Wintrust's
expected financial results or other plans are subject to a number of risks and
uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could
cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
statements, see "Risk Factors" and the forward-looking statement disclosure
contained in Wintrust's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended
fiscal year and in Wintrust's subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Wintrust
undertakes no duty to update the information.

         Edward J. Wehmer, President & Chief Executive Officer
         David A. Dykstra, Senior Executive Vice President
         & Chief Operating Officer
         (847) 939-9000
         Website address:
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