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RLI Promotes Drees to VP, Casualty Brokerage

Peoria, Ill.-based specialty insurer RLI Corp. has promoted Dennis Drees to vice president, casualty brokerage. Drees will lead RLI’s primary and excess/umbrella surplus lines business units. Drees joined RLI in 1994 and held various roles in the casualty division until …

Chicago App Would Help Taxis Compete with Ridesharing Services

Chicago has opened a new front in the war on ridesharing services like Uber, approving a plan to sponsor an app for riders to hail local cabs. The measure was part of a package including financial supports for taxis, such …

Nebraska Governor to Consider Nominees for Workers’ Comp Court

Nebraska’s Judicial Nominating Commission for the Workers’ Compensation Court has forwarded the names of three nominees to Gov. Dave Heineman for his consideration. The nominees are Shirley Williams and Anne Winner, both of Lincoln, and Julie Martin, of Omaha. The …

Business Group Targeting ‘Lawsuit Abuse’ in Illinois

A national business group has begun a campaign to shine a spotlight on what it calls “systemic lawsuit abuse” in the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform unveiled its campaign on Dec. 9. It …

Minnesota Task Force Seeks to Identify Uninsured Drivers

State legislators are working on ways to better identify Minnesota residents who drive without auto insurance. Motorists don’t have to show proof of insurance when renewing a vehicle’s registration. People who drive without insurance can lose their licenses and be …

Tenure of Outgoing Kansas Commissioner Marked by Industry Growth

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the insurance industry has grown from an $11 billion industry to a $17 billion one during the time she has been in office. Praeger, who chose not to run for re-election this year, began …

Indiana Records New Low in Workplace Injuries, Illnesses

Indiana officials say nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses across the state fell to the lowest rate on record with 3.8 per 100 full-time workers last year. The Indiana Department of Labor says the annual rate improves on the 2012 rate …

Thieves Steal Valuable Items from Kansas Ag Museum

Police are seeking help to identify whoever stole items from the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame’s collection in Bonner Springs, Kan. Bonner Springs police tell The Kansas City Star thieves broke into the center on Sept. 10 and …

COUNTRY Financial COO Baurer to Retire

Barb Baurer, chief operating officer for Bloomington, Ill.-based COUNTRY Financial, announced she will retire in January 2015. Baurer has been with the company for 37 years. She joined the company in 1977 and has served as chief operating officer for …

Unlicensed Uber Drivers Ticketed by Plainclothes Officers in Missouri Town

Plainclothes Columbia, Mo., police officers have started issuing tickets to drivers with Internet ridesharing company Uber. City staff and Uber had been negotiating regulations that would have licensed rideshare drivers after an application process that included a background check, proof …

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