Q&A It's a deal: After eight months of merger talks, the U.S. League of Savings Institutions and the National Council of Community Bankers have agreed to tie the knot. All they need is the blessing of their 2,350 members, who will vote early next year.

In a telephone interview, U.S. League chairman Donald Shackelford, chairman of State Savings Bank, Columbus, Ohio, told American Banker reporter Debra Cope that he will work hard to win members' votes for the merger.

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