Midland States Bank in Effingham, Ill., is reportedly close to buying Heartland Bank in St. Louis.
The deal would significantly expand Midland's presence in Missouri, the St. Louis Business Journal reported Thursday. The $1.7 billion-asset Midland has two branches in Missouri, along with 32 in Illinois. The $793 million-asset Heartland has 13 branches in Missouri and one in Colorado.
Calls to Midland and Heartland were not immediately returned.
Midland, led by Leon Holschback, has already bought six banks in the past six years, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.