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Landlords in Michigan Town Must Ensure Renters Keep Homes Crime-Free

A new ordinance in Saginaw will require renters to pledge to keep their homes free of crime and puts landlords on the hook for making sure tenants obey the rules. The ordinance, dubbed the “crime-free lease addendum,” was approved on …

Kansas Gov. Says ‘No’ to Expanded Uber Driver Regulation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed a bill that would have increased regulations on ridesharing companies like Uber, a decision that could face an override vote when the Legislature returns from its annual recess April 29. In a statement, the …

Westfield CEO Clay Named Chair of Team Northeast Ohio

Jim Clay, chairman and CEO of the Ohio-based insurance and financial services company, Westfield Group, has been named chairman of the private sector business development group, Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO). Team NEO is a regional collaboration of Northeast Ohio’s …

Chief: No Pattern to String of Rental Home Fires in Southern Illinois

A southern Illinois fire chief says a string of fires at rental properties do not appear to be connected. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports there have been 12 fires at rental homes since May 2014. Seven of them happened in …

Ratings of Illinois-Based Unique Insurance Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-“ from “bb” of Unique Insurance Co. (Unique) of Chicago, Ill. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to negative from stable. …

Lewis Named Sales Director at Minnesota’s CHS Insurance

Bryan Lewis has been named director of sales for St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS Insurance, an agribusiness insurance broker and full-service insurance subsidiary of CHS Inc. Lewis will have responsibility for the property/casualty and group benefits sales teams, as well as …

Michigan Auto Insurance Bills Passed by Senate

A divided state Senate approved revisions to Michigan’s auto insurance law that backers said would curtail costs in the only state to require unlimited medical benefits for those severely injured in crashes and that opponents warned wouldn’t guarantee rate relief. …

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 …

Ratings of Illinois-Based Specialty Risk of America Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to B+ (Good) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb-” from “bbb+” of Specialty Risk of America (SPRISKA) in Springfield, Ill. The outlook for the ICR remains negative, while the …

Insurance Department Recovers $4.4M for North Dakotans

The North Dakota Insurance Department says it helped residents recover or save nearly $4.4 million last year. The department says the money was recovered on behalf of North Dakota residents through its hotline, complaints filed by consumers against insurance companies …

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