Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 18, 2004

                             FIRST BUSEY CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

           Nevada                         0-15959                37-1078406
(State or other jurisdiction            (Commission           (I.R.S. Employer
     of incorporation)                  File Number)         Identification No.)

  201 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois                             61801
(Address of principal executive offices)                         (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code (217) 365-4513

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

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On Monday, October 18, 2004, the Registrant issued a press release disclosing
financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2004. The press release is
made part of this Form and is attached as Exhibit 99.1.

The press release made a part of this Form includes forward looking statements
that are intended to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements
include but are not limited to comments with respect to the objectives and
strategies, financial condition, results of operations and business of the

These forward looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks
and uncertainties, both general and specific, and the risk that predictions and
other forward looking statements will not be achieved. The Registrant cautions
you not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements as a number
of important factors could cause actual future results to differ materially from
the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such
forward looking statements.


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.

Date: October 18, 2004                            FIRST BUSEY CORPORATION

                                                  By: /s/  Barbara J. Harrington
                                                  Name: Barbara J. Harrington
                                                  Title: Chief Financial Officer

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

99.1              Press Release, dated October 18, 2004.