CHICAGO — Elgin-based Sherman Health System has signed a letter of intent to join Illinois’ largest nonprofit health care system, Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care.

“Sherman is pursuing a partnership that will combine the resources of one of the nation’s top community hospitals with one of the nation’s leading health systems,” Rick Jakle, chairman of Sherman’s board, said in a statement Tuesday announcing that the board had voted to sign an LOI to join Advocate.

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