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Cummins Named Exec. Director of IICF – Midwest Division

Mary Cummins has been tapped to lead the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation – Midwest Division. Cummins will serve as the group’s new executive director and will be instrumental in charting and implementing the future growth of the Midwest Division and the …

No Proof of Insurance Threatens South Dakota 4-H Rodeo

A rodeo for 4-H members scheduled for this weekend in northeastern South Dakota is in jeopardy because organizers have not submitted proof of insurance to local officials. The Aberdeen American News reports Brown County commissioners threated to deny a lease …

Missouri Pair Sentenced to Prison for Arson, Insurance Fraud

Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for arson and insurance conspiracy after authorities say they conspired to burn houses they bought and insured in Kansas City, Mo. A news release from U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 28-year-old Joshua …

Marsh & Mclennan Agency Acquires J.W. Terrill in Missouri

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of Marsh, has acquired St. Louis, Mo.-based J.W. Terrill, one of the largest independent agencies in the Midwest. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This acquisition is MMA’s first in Missouri. …

Michigan-Based J.M. Wilson Promotes Gleason

Property/casualty insurance wholesaler, J.M. Wilson, based in Portage, Mich., has promoted Cheryl Gleason as Personal Lines manager. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the Personal Lines team, Gleason will quote new and renewal business, coordinate with carriers, and …

Report Says Police Actions Escalated Ferguson Unrest

Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The summary cited “vague and arbitrary” …

NWS: Tornado in St. Louis Area Was EF-2

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in St. Charles County, Mo., last weekend. A strong stormed rolled through the St. Louis region Sunday night. The weather service says an EF-2 tornado with wind up to …

Iowa Governor Extends Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through July 31 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration was the second extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired …

Founders Professional Opening Chicago Office

Founders Professional, a professional liability insurance wholesaler, announced it is opening an office in downtown Chicago. The new location will be Founders Professional second; its first location is in St. Petersburg, Fla. Marketing and business development executive Aaron Lipson has …

Tort, Work Comp Reform Among Illinois Gov.’s Budget Holdouts

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has an answer to the state Capitol budget impasse: adopt five “structural reforms” that make it cheaper to do business in Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago calls the proposals “extreme” and anathema to legislative …

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