Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Chicago Agent Glad She Made the Captive-to-Independent Leap

Making the jump from a being a captive agent to an independent one is not for the faint of heart, says one veteran Chicago-based agent. But Sharon Robles has no regrets, none at all. Robles was a successful captive agent for …

Industry, Consumer Group Spokesman Express Opposition to Texas Windstorm Bill

It’s not often you find an area of agreement between the property/casualty insurance industry and consumer advocacy organizations, but a Texas bill addressing the state’s coastal windstorm insurance pool has done just that. In a recent hearing at the state …

Texas, Louisiana Improve Building Code Rankings; More Work Needed

Texas doesn’t have the worst score in a recent ranking of state building code systems but it’s pretty close to the bottom, according to a national organization committed to improving the ability of properties throughout the nation to withstand catastrophic …

Midwest Storms Continue; At Least 1 Killed in Illinois Tornado

One person was reported killed and several others injured when a large tornado swept through Northern Illinois on April 9. The Illinois towns of Fairdale, Rochelle and Kirkland sustained major damage. Fairdale, a community of 200 about 20 miles southeast …

Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today

States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

Medical Marijuana Discussion Comes to the Texas Capitol

Calling it “an historic moment” medical marijuana advocates praised the filing of what has been deemed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the Texas House. Introducing the legislation at a press conference in the Capitoal building on March 17, Rep. Marisa …

Louisiana’s Eagan Insurance: Carrying on a Family Tradition

Marc Eagan says he’s fortunate that his four children grew up in and around the insurance business. For Eagan, president of Eagan Insurance Agency located in the New Orleans-area, it means his firm is well-situated to carry on the family …

Month-Long Austin Rideshare Challenge Shows Drivers Lack Insurance Savvy

Josh Waldrum knows from first-hand experience that most of the folks who drive for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are not well informed about the insurance issues that insurance professionals see as problematic such as coverage gaps, and the amounts and …

Lawmakers Likely to Try Again to Reform Michigan’s No-Fault System

Michigan has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country and auto insurance rate hikes there were higher than those in any other state over the past two years, according to the insurance consulting firm, Perr&Knight. Some see …

Medical Marijuana Discussion Comes to the Texas Legislature

Calling it “an historic moment” medical marijuana advocates praised the filing of what has been deemed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the Texas House. Introducing the legislation at a press conference on March 17, Rep. Marisa Márquez said “it’s time …