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Donald Gaddis Co. Acquires Chicago-Based Kelly and Elliott

Wholesale insurance broker and general agency, Donald Gaddis Co. Inc., has purchased rights to all the renewals of Kelly and Elliott Ltd. Both companies are headquartered in Chicago. Gaddis also hired all of Kelly and Elliott’s employees. The transaction was effective …

Reincke Promoted to Brokerage Manager at J.M. Wilson

Portage, Mich.-based wholesale insurance specialist, J.M. Wilson, has promoted James Reincke to brokerage manager for the newly formed brokerage department . Reincke is responsible for developing and strengthening new and existing agency and company relationships, as well as growing the …

McGowan Installed as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana

The Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana Inc. (Indiana Big “I”) has installed its slate of officers for 2015, including Hugh M. McGowan of the McGowan Insurance Group in Indianapolis as president. In addition to McGowan, the members of the executive …

Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance to Acquire John Deere Crop Insurance

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) announced it is acquiring Moline, Ill.-based John Deere Insurance Co. and John Deere Risk Protection Inc. The action is a result of Deere’s previously announced review of strategic options for the crop insurance business. …

Rockford, Illinois, Settles Police Shooting Lawsuit for $1.1M

The city of Rockford, Ill.,  has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run day care by two white police officers in 2009, according to officials. In a …

North Dakota to Receive $1.2M for Flood Mitigation Efforts

North Dakota is receiving $1.2 million in federal funds for flood mitigation efforts and home buyouts in Cass County. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds are to be used …

Illinois Landlord Gets Life in Deadly Arson-for-Insurance Case

A Cicero, Ill., landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of seven people during a Valentine’s Day 2010 apartment fire that prosecutors say was set for insurance money. Cook County prosecutors say Judge Carol Kipperman sentenced …

Fire Damage at North Dakota Grain Elevator Likely to Surpass $1M

The Farmers Elevator in Colfax, N.D., is working to resume grain-handling operations while crews clean up after a fire that caused heavy damage and investigators work to determine the cause of the blaze. Estimates are still being compiled, but damage …

Colburn Named President of Senior Care Division at MedPro Group

Berkshire Hathaway’s healthcare liability insurance unit, MedPro Group, has appointed Charles “Chuck” Colburn as president of its newly-formed senior care division. He is based in Chicago. Before assuming his new leadership role at MedPro, Colburn led the aging services department …

Ohio Vehicle Thefts Down 64% from Peak in 1991

From its peak auto theft year in 1991 when 54,744 vehicles were stolen, Ohio has experienced a significant decline ending 2013 with 19,532 thefts. That’s a reduction of 64 percent since 1991, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Thefts in Ohio began …

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