Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


 Date of Report     May 11, 2012
(Date of earliest event reported)



First Ottawa Bancshares, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)



(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


 000-30495       36-4331185
 (Commission File Number)      (I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
701 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, Illinois     61350
 (Address of principal executive offices)     (Zip Code)


(815) 434-0044

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01. Other Events

On May 11, 2012, First Ottawa Bancshares, Inc. (the “Company”) filed a Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to deregister the Company’s common stock under Section 12(g)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (as amended, the “Exchange Act”). The Section 12(g) deregistration will become in 90 days, or such shorter period as determined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Based on the filing date of the Form 15, the Company does not expect to have any further reporting obligations under the Exchange Act after August 9, 2012. Until the Section 12(g) deregistration is effective, the Company is required to file all reports as required by the Exchange Act Sections 13(a), 14, and 16. The Company expects the deregistration to provide substantial cost savings in the form of reduced audit, legal and filing expenses and other costs related to complying with the Exchange Act.





Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



 Dated: May 11, 2012   FIRST OTTAWA BANCSHARES, INC.
    By: /s/Joachim J. Brown
    Name: Joachim J. Brown
    Title: President and Chief Executive Officer