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Willis to Keep Name on Chicago Tower

Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Plc plans to keep its name on the Chicago tower that is being sold to Blackstone Group LP. The broker “is involved in a long-term contract for its naming rights for Willis Tower,” Colleen McCarthy, …

Licenses of Michigan Pair Selling ‘One-Day’ Auto Policies Revoked

Michigan insurance regulators have permanently revoked the insurance licenses of father and son insurance agents and their agencies for selling fraudulent insurance certificates. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) in January suspended the licenses agents of Dearborn-based …

Union Pacific Ordered to Pay Nebraska-Based Injured Worker $350K

Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific to pay $350,000 to a long-time employee who was disciplined after reporting an injury, but the railroad plans to appeal. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said this is the …

A.M. Best Upgrades Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Ratings

A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb” of Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co. (Michigan Millers) in Lansing, Mich. The …

Iowa House Panel OKs Car Insurance Tracking Bill

People in Iowa with outdated car insurance would be monitored by a private company for compliance under a bill approved by a House panel. Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill before sending it to a full …

Missouri Man Admits Role in Arson-for-Insurance Schemes

A man implicated in an arson-and-insurance fraud scheme when his clothes caught fire during a house blaze he helped set has pleaded guilty in Missouri to federal conspiracy and other charges. John S. Wayne, of Kansas City, entered the pleas …

Steel, Not Plywood, Protecting Vacant Homes in Detroit Enclave

Detroit enclave of Highland Park is using steel instead of plywood to cover doors and windows of vacant homes as part of an effort to better prevent drug activity, arson, squatting and other crimes. Fire Chief Derek Hillman told The …

Illinois County Fairs Losing State Money for Insurance, Other Costs

County fairs across Illinois are reassessing their finances as the state reduces its support in a cost-saving measure. A recent letter from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration instructed county fairs to stop spending state money on rehabilitation, which includes some …

Changes to Kansas Workers’ Comp System Raise Lawsuit Fears

A change to the state system for paying medical bills and lost wages for injured workers in Kansas has some fearing big lawsuits and others looking forward to cost savings. Starting Jan. 1, the state began rating injuries using an …

South Dakota Trucking Company Ordered Off the Road

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a South Dakota trucking company and its owner to stop all commercial operations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has deemed commercial driver Lonnie Roth and his namesake company imminent public safety hazards. The agency …

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