Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:28:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Fed Up with Crummy Streets, Detroit-Area Residents Patch Potholes http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376766.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:28:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376766 Some Detroit-area residents fed up with the crummy condition of certain streets are taking matters into their own hands. Volunteers with the recently started Hamtramck Guerrilla Road Repair effort started filling in potholes July 25 on one roadway and they …

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Businesses Report Losses from Lowering of Ohio’s Buckeye Lake http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376761.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:22:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376761 More than a dozen businesses near central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake say they’ve lost significant revenue with the water kept low as plans are made to replace a deteriorated dam. The businesses detailed their losses on forms intended to help the …

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Summer Recreation Business a Washout Due to Illinois River Floods http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376727.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:47:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376727 Flooding along the Illinois River that has prompted National Weather Service warnings and closed the waterway to boaters for weeks this summer has dampened recreational activities. Marina owners, boat shop workers and campground managers along the river in central Illinois …

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Multi-State Cargo Theft Ring Busted in Indiana; 8 Charged http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376720.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:42:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376720 Eight individuals have been charged in a 23-count indictment in an organized scheme to steal tens of millions of dollars in merchandise from shipments of cargo moving through the state of Indiana and elsewhere, United States Attorney for the Southern …

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O’Shea Joins Korn Ferry as Leader in Global Insurance Practice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/29/376706.htm Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:15:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376706 Talent recruiting organization Korn Ferry has hired Laurie O’Shea as co-head of its Global Insurance Practice. She will be based in the Chicago office. O’Shea has 25 years of experience in recruiting talent for the global insurance market. Prior to …

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Indiana School to Build Tornado Safe Room with $1.6M Grant http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376554.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:40:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376554 Federal officials have awarded a southern Indiana school district $1.6 million to build a tornado safe room at an elementary school. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Salem Community Schools to add the safe room at …

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New Madrid Study Shows Need for Quake Coverage: Missouri Insurance Director http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376548.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:19:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376548 Missouri’s top insurance regulator says a new report on exposures within the reach of the New Madrid seismic zone reinforces the need for residents in affected areas to purchase earthquake insurance. Missouri Insurance Director John Huff says, however, there is …

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Study: Lawrence Area a Hotspot for Kansas Turnpike Accidents http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/28/376544.htm Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:06:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376544 Six of the nine most accident-prone spots along the Kansas Turnpike are in the Lawrence area, according to a study compiled for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Two of the other accident hotspots along the 236-mile turnpike were in the I-70 …

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Groups Divided Over Lax ATV Safety Laws in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376417.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:12:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376417 Illinois has some of the least-restrictive laws regulating all-terrain vehicles, and enthusiasts and consumer advocates are divided about how to make the popular sport safer. The Chicago Tribune reports that July and August are the deadliest months for ATV accidents. …

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Damage to Homes May Lead to Required Soil Tests in South Dakota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376408.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:03:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376408 Rapid City, S.D., officials are considering requiring homebuilders to test soil conditions at building sites after homeowners complained of severe damage caused by expansive soils. The Rapid City Journal reports the proposed change would require a home be designed to …

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Indiana Now Requires Scooter Registration; Thousands Comply http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376401.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:53:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376401 Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

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Lincoln, Nebraska Considering Ban on ‘Flying Bags of Fire’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/27/376397.htm Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:50:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376397 The Lincoln, Neb., City Council will consider a proposal to ban flying lanterns — or what Public Safety Director Tom Casady calls “flying bags of fire.” Councilman Roy Christensen proposed the ban, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Bill Moody, the …

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Kansas Man Gets 1 Year in Jail for 17th Drunk Driving Conviction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/24/376281.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:39:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376281 A 59-year-old eastern Kansas man has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty in his 17th drunken driving case. The Kansas City Star reports Stephen Gast pleaded guilty after his June 10 arrest, when law enforcement officers …

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Working on Chickens; Turkeys Being Tested http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/24/376277.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:33:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376277 Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at …

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Blaze Causes $250K in Damage to Illinois Store; 12-Year-Old Charged http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/24/376270.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:25:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376270 Authorities say a 12-year-old Kankakee, Ill., boy is charged with arson in a fire at a Family Dollar store earlier this month. The (Kankakee) Daily-Journal reports that the boy was charged after investigators saw surveillance video showing him use a …

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Dozens of Minnesota Rail Bridges Found to Be Structurally Deficient http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/24/376268.htm Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:24:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376268 About one in five railroad bridges that pass over Minnesota roadways are structurally deficient, according to state and local inspections last year. Railroad bridges are in worse condition than road bridges, with just over 10 percent of the state’s highway …

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Feds Allege More Safety Violations at Ashley Furniture Factory in Wisconsin http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/23/376174.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:49:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376174 A federal safety agency is accusing Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. of more safety violations at its factory in Arcadia, Wis. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a 56-year-old employee lost his right ring finger after a March 11 …

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Ryan Joins Integro Re as Senior VP in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/23/376172.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:43:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376172 Integro Re, the reinsurance division of international insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro Ltd., has hired Tara Ryan as senior vice president in Chicago. Her responsibilities include the production and servicing of property/casualty program and reinsurance business. Ryan joins …

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Ohio Sees Rise in Auto, Homeowners Insurance Rates in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/23/376165.htm Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:34:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376165 Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that average rates for the top 10 private passenger auto and homeowner’s insurance groups in Ohio increased 2.6 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively, in 2014. The average rate change for auto insurance is similar …

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Product Malfunction Led to Ohio Fireworks Mishap, Officials Say http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/22/376041.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:16:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376041 The state fire marshal says an apparent product malfunction led to a fireworks mishap that injured nine people in northeast Ohio. The fire marshal determined that American Fireworks did not break any laws or violate any regulations during a June …

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Kansas to Receive Federal Disaster Aid; Missouri Seeks Declaration http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/22/376032.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:06:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=376032 President Barack Obama has signed a federal disaster declaration that will free up federal funds to help Kansas recover from recent spring storms. Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is asking the federal government to declare a major disaster for 69 …

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HNI’s Transportation DART System Aimed at Improving Driver Performance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/22/375945.htm Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:03:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375945 New Berlin, Wis.-based risk management firm, HNI, announced it has launched the Transportation DART System, a performance management platform that captures metrics on productivity, safety and fuel efficiency for drivers and driver managers. The company said demand for performance scorecards …

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Midwest Employers Casualty Adds Anderson as Director, Group Captives http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375934.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:54:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375934 St. Louis-based Midwest Employers Casualty Co. (MECC), a W. R. Berkley Co., announced that David R. Anderson has joined MECC as underwriting director of the recently formed workers’ compensation captive practice. Previously, Anderson held underwriting management positions with several large …

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Fatalities Increase, Seat Belt Use Decreases in 2015 in NW Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375928.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:31:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375928 Northwest Missouri has seen a rise in fatal wrecks, and authorities are alarmed because most of the victims weren’t wearing seat belts. A Missouri State Highway Patrol troop for the area reports a 54 percent increase in vehicle fatalities for …

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Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375926.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:29:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375926 It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

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7 Cars Burned in Lot Near Stadium During Detroit Tigers Game http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/21/375917.htm Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:23:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375917 A fire at a parking lot near Comerica Park that started during a Detroit Tigers game has destroyed seven vehicles while sending dark smoke billowing into the sky. The Detroit Free Press reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. …

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3 Chicago Rape Victims Receive $18M Jury Award http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/20/375797.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:57:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375797 A jury has awarded $18 million to three rape victims after finding a Chicago halfway house at fault for not alerting police when a newly-admitted serial rapist walked away in 2009. The women were sexually assaulted at knifepoint in Chicago …

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Westfield Insurance Hires Roche as Group Procurement Leader http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/20/375804.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:55:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375804 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier based in Westfield Center, Ohio, has hired Brian Roche as its group procurement leader. In this position, Roche will assume overall responsibility for Westfield’s procurement strategy, including strategic sourcing practices, purchase-to-pay policies and …

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Tornado-Torn South Dakota Town Getting Advice on Insurance, Resources http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/20/375802.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:52:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375802 South Dakota organizations aiming to aid residents of the tornado-ravaged town of Delmont are encouraging those affected to utilize all the resources available to them. Scott Swier of the Swier Law Firm in Avon and Jesse Hall of the Lutheran …

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Missouri Sues Feds over Crop Insurance Report Extension http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/20/375799.htm Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:48:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=375799 Missouri officials are pushing for an extension to file paperwork needed for farmers to receive crop insurance, coverage the governor and attorney general say is necessary amid heavy rainfall and flooding. Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit after the U.S. …

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