Midwest News

Study Links Fracking to Hundreds of Ohio Quakes

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the November issue of …

County: Vacant Skyscraper in Illinois Town Raising Insurance Costs

Officials in Vermillion County in eastern Illinois say concerns about a vacant skyscraper makes it more expensive to insure an adjacent county building. The 12-story Bresee Tower in downtown Danville is the tallest building in the county. It was built …

Minnesota Blue Cross to Open Retail Insurance Store in Edina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is preparing for the Nov. 8 grand opening of its first-ever retail store, where consumers can sign up for insurance coverage or get information on healthy living. The store in the Yorkdale Shoppes …

J.M. Wilson Names Gautz Ohio Branch Manager

Portage, Mich.-based managing general agency and surplus lines broker, J.M. Wilson, has promoted Kurtis Gautz to branch manager of its Westerville, Ohio, office. Gautz will plan the day-to-day operations of the Westerville office and staff and work towards building relationships …

Wisconsin’s Nygren Receives NAMIC’s State Legislator of Year Award

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)  presented its State Legislator of the Year Award to Wisconsin state Rep. John Nygren for his support of free-market principles and strong positions to improve the insurance market in the state. The …

Educator-Focused Meemic Insurance Expands into Illinois

Meemic Insurance Co., a Michigan-based insurance provider offering personal auto, homeowners, and umbrella coverages tailored exclusively to teachers and other educational employees, announced that the company will immediately begin offering insurance services to educational employees in Illinois. Meemic Insurance Company has been …

Tour Bus Crashes in Indiana, Passengers Injured

A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 14 after apparently swerving to avoid an earlier crash, badly injuring one person and hurting more than a dozen others, officials said. The …

Detroit Close to Deal with Second Bond Insurer

Lawyers for Detroit and a major creditor say they’re close to a settlement in the city’s bankruptcy case. The disclosure was made on Oct. 14 as Judge Steven Rhodes resumed a trial on Detroit’s plan to fix its finances. The …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Illinois’ Bennett & Shade Co.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired retail insurance broker Bennett & Shade Co. in Decatur, Ill. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1906, Bennett & Shade provides commercial property/casualty, employee benefits, risk management consulting and personal lines …

Reiff Appointed to Head Lockton Benefit Group

Kansas City, Mo.-based Lockton named Bob Reiff to lead Lockton Benefit Group, the broker’s global employee benefits consulting business. Reiff will succeed Mike Brewer, president of Lockton Benefit Group since 2004, who is retiring at the end of the year. …

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