Hometown Community entering northwest Illinois with bank acquisition


The company has agreed to buy Albany Bancshares, which has four branches near the Iowa border.


Heartland Financial buying bank in Illinois


The Iowa company will pay QCR Holdings about $59 million for Rockland Bank and Trust.


Chicago-area banks reportedly in merger talks


Byline Bancorp is in discussions to buy Parkway Bank and Trust, according to a local publication.


Wintrust continues Chicago suburb expansion with SBC purchase


The company agreed to buy the parent of Countryside Bank for $90.5 million.


Associated adding heft near St. Louis with First Staunton acquisition


The Wisconsin regional agreed to buy the parent of First National Bank in Staunton for $76 million in cash.


Illinois credit union buying Ben Franklin Financial


The former mutual, which had faced pressure from an activist investor, agreed to be sold to Corporate America Family Credit Union.


Latest credit union deal to buy bank adds fuel to simmering policy fight


A Wisconsin credit union's agreement to acquire a small Chicago bank, the eighth credit union-bank deal this year, led bankers to once again call for policymakers to slow the trend. A credit union trade group complained that banks are trying to stifle competition.


Wintrust expands in western Chicago suburbs with STC acquisition


The company will pick up five branches as part of the $48 million deal.


Indictment of Manafort's banker reveals new details of loan scheme


Most notably, the charges indicate that Stephen Calk lied to banking regulators about what he knew when he approved loans to Paul Manafort, as well as about his interest in landing a job in the Trump administration. He faces one count of financial institution bribery.


It was a slow month for M&A until ...


Consolidation activity was ho-hum for most of April before a burst of transactions — and notable ones at that — were announced in the month's final week.