Banc One Corp., the $30 billion-asset Columbus, Ohio, banking company, recently announced definitive agreements for two significant acquisitions in Illinois: Marine Corp., a $1.2 billion-asset banking firm in downstate Springfield, and $1.6 billion-asset First Illinois, which has 15 banking offices in suburban Chicago. Currently Banc One's only operation in Illinois is a $51 million-asset Chicago bank.

"This acquisition allows us to make a meaningful entry into central Illinois," said Banc One chief executive John B. McCoy of the stock deal valued at $190 million. "Marine provides an ideal vehicle for us to grow our presence in this important state."

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