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Democratic Lawmaker in Illinois Planning New Ridesharing Bill

A Democratic state lawmaker says he wants to pursue new legislation calling for regulations of the emerging ridesharing industry. Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside had originally planned to call for an override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on bills imposing …

Insurer Seeks Pass on Liability in Missing Nebraska Student Lawsuit

Nebraska’s insurance company is asking a judge to declare that it has no duty to pay any award made against the Nebraska State Colleges Board of Trustees in a lawsuit over the 2010 disappearance of a Peru State College student …

Missouri Insurance Director Huff Honored for Distinguished Service

Missouri Department of Insurance Director John M. Huff has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He was recognized for his tenure on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). “I am …

Minnesota’s North Risk Partners Merges with Thune Insurance Network

St. Paul, Minn.-based independent insurance brokerage, North Risk Partners, announced it has merged with Thune Insurance Network, located in Northwest Minnesota with offices in Thief River Falls, Roseau and Baudette. The merger resulted in North Risk Partners’ growth to more than …

Detroit Mulling City-Sponsored Auto Insurance

The City Council has approved a contract for a firm to study whether it’s feasible for Detroit, Mich., to create its own city-sponsored auto insurance company. Mayor Mike Duggan’s office says the $75,000 contract for Pinnacle Actuarial Resources was passed …

Illinois Judge Denies Lower Bond in Rock Island Arson Case

A Rock Island County judge has denied a lower bond for a man accused of setting a fire that destroyed or damaged a handful of buildings in downtown Rock Island, Ill., in September. Jason Earl Anderson, 34, is charged with …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Iowa-Based Miller-Harrison Insurance Services

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced it has acquired Miller-Harrison Insurance Services in Muscatine, Iowa. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1919, Miller-Harrison is a retail insurance broker providing commercial property/casualty, risk management consulting and personal lines insurance …

Erie Insurance Introduces Auto Rideshare Cover in Indiana, Illinois

Erie Insurance has launched auto insurance coverage to protect drivers who use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in two Midwestern states, eliminating confusion for ridesharing drivers over what’s covered and when. Erie’s new coverage, currently available in Indiana and …

Small Cargo Plane Crashes into Chicago Home; Couple Spared

A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side on Nov. 18, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away. The Aero Commander 500 slammed into the front of the home …

Wisconsin Man Gets Jail for Bungee Jump at Insurance Company Site

A 26-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for bungee-jumping off a 138-foot crane in Sheboygan on the Fourth of July. The Sheboygan County district attorney’s office says Nick Propson of Maribel pleaded no contest to …

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