CHICAGO - Old Kent Financial Corp. in Grand Rapids, Mich., has relocated three of its top executives to Chicago to raise the company's profile in the area and improve sluggish performance after a series of acquisitions.

The $20 billion-asset company said it wants to strengthen retail and corporate banking operations in Illinois, a state that accounts for roughly one-third of the bank's assets. Old Kent also said there is an opportunity for aggressive growth there.

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