XNAS:HTLF Heartland Financial USA Inc Insider Activity 4 Filing - 1/17/2012

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FORM 4
Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
FULLER LYNN B
  2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA INC [HTLF]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
__X__ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
President & CEO
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
1398 CENTRAL AVE.
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
01/17/2012
(Street)

DUBUQUE, IA 52001
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 01/17/2012   A   16,500 A $ 0 34,500(7)(10) D  
Common Stock               578,862(11) I As Trustee(2)
Common Stock               21,000 I Partnership
Common Stock               6,000(1) I By Spouse
Common Stock               2,142.233(1)(5) I By Son(8)
Common Stock               123,078(1) I As Trustee(3)
Common Stock               673.445(1)(5) I By Son(9)
Common Stock               12,188(6) I HTLF Retirement Plan

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Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
7. Title and Amount of Underlying Securities
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Non-Qualified Stock Option (Right To Buy) $19.48               (4) 01/20/2014 Common Stock 15,000   $15,000 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $21               (4) 02/10/2015 Common Stock 15,000   15,000 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy $21.6               (4) 02/06/2016 Common Stock 10,000   10,000 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $29.65               (4) 01/16/2017 Common Stock 10,000   10,000 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (Right to Buy) $18.6               (4) 01/24/2018 Common Stock 8,000   8,000 D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
 Director  10% Owner  Officer  Other
FULLER LYNN B
1398 CENTRAL AVE.
DUBUQUE, IA 52001
  X     President & CEO  

Signatures

 /s/ Lynn B. Fuller   01/19/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) The reporting person disclaims beneficial ownership of these securities,and this report shall not be deemed to be an admission that the reporting person is the beneficial owner of such securities for purposes of Section 16 or any other purpose.
(2) Shares held by Lynn B. Fuller Trust Under Agreement dated 5-7-96, Lynn B. Fuller Trustee
(3) Shares held by the Emma O. Fuller Trust dated 9-3-85 Dubuque Bank & Trust, L.S. Fuller & L.B. Fuller, co-trustees
(4) Represents options to buy granted under the Company's Stock Option Plan, a Rule 16(b)(3) plan, which options vest one-third per year beginning on the 3rd anniversary of date of grant.
(5) These shares participate in a Dividend Reinvestment Plan.
(6) Represents shares allocated to the reporting person's account under the Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Retirement Plan as a result of the Pension Plan Protection Act of 2006.
(7) Includes 26,250 Restricted Stock Units (RSU). Each RSU represents the right to receive one share of common stock. The grant vests in three equal installments on the third, fourth and fifth anniversaries of the grant date.
(8) These shares are registered to Lynn H. Fuller.
(9) These shares are registered to Thomas John Fuller.
(10) Includes 8,250 shares of Performance Based Restricted Stock.
(11) Includes 65 shares issued as an Employee Service Award.

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