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Illinois Emergency Medical Service Provider Fined $290K for Workplace Hazards

Federal safety and health investigators have cited Altamont Ambulance Service Inc. in Fairview Heights, Ill., for workplace safety and health violations and find the company $290,100. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Altamont failed to follow specific guidelines …

Ratings of Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group Upgraded

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group Inc. (Preferred Physicians) in Kansas City, Mo. The outlook for each rating has …

North Dakota Storms Cause Widespread Crop, Property Damage

Recent storms that have dropped heavy rain and hail across North Dakota have caused headaches for motorists, farmers and homeowners. Weekend storms caused widespread crop and building damage in the Killdeer area, where hail piled up like snowbanks. Wahpeton got …

Allstate Names Macellaro President of Encompass

The Allstate Corp. has promoted Patrick Macellaro, vice president, Investor Relations, to president of the Encompass insurance companies. Macellaro will report to Don Civgin, president, Emerging Businesses. Macellaro has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and finance industry. …

Failing Illinois Health Insurance Co-Op to Be Shut Down

An Illinois health insurance co-op with 49,000 policyholders in the state has become the latest casualty among a dwindling group of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act. Illinois regulators took steps on July 12 to shut …

At Least 2 Dead in Midwest Floods that Damaged Homes, Stranded Motorists

At least two people have died in flooding caused by powerful storms that damaged homes, washed out roads and stranded motorists in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. In northern Wisconsin, an 84-year-old Illinois man died when his vehicle became submerged in …

Mesirow Insurance Joins Alliant Insurance Services’ Middle Market Unit

Chicago-based Mesirow Insurance Services (MIS), a division of Mesirow Financial, has joined Alliant Insurance Services’ middle market platform, Alliant Americas. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Founded in 1972, MIS is a full-service insurance brokerage and consultant specializing in …

Ex-Workers Allege Age Discrimination, Sue Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas

Twenty-four workers laid off by Spirit AeroSystem in 2013 have sued the aircraft parts maker alleging it targeted older workers covered by its health insurance who had costly medical conditions. The former employees, members of the Society of Professional Engineering …

Way Promoted to Senior VP and Practice Leader at Assurance

Schaumburg, Ill.-based insurance brokerage, Assurance, Anthony Way to senior vice president, practice leader. Way has been a leader and mentor in the firm’s property/casualty division for six years. Way will oversee Assurance’s Public Entity and Education, Real Estate and Faith-Based …

Many Buggy Accidents in Indiana Caused by Distracted Driving

Two recent crashes on the same road in Indiana’s Elkhart County highlight the dangers of distracted driving accidents involving motor vehicles and horse-drawn buggies. On May 29, a 17-year-old girl who rear-ended a buggy carrying an Amish couple and their …

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