A Suitor Blinded By Love?

Stephen C. Hilbert is walking around Kemper Corp. as if he already owns the place. In his frequent visits to the financial-services company, the Conseco Inc. chairman has chatted up Kemper brokerage employees over their squawk boxes and hashed out strategy in closed-door sessions with top brass. He even has unveiled plans to move Kemper's insurance companies from suburban Chicago to suburban Indianapolis, where Conseco is based. "He's very confident," says a Kemper employee who sat through a Hilbert presentation.

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