Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:18:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Fratianni-Atsaves Appointed Chair of Illinois Workers’ Comp Commission http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/25/358671.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:58:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358671 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed Joann Fratianni-Atsaves as the chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). She has 34 years of experience in workers’ compensation law and has previously served as both an arbitrator and a commissioner at …

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Kansas Earthquakes Further Damaging Century-Old Courthouse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/25/358667.htm Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:49:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358667 Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas. The bill just to repair the 107-year-old stairways has increased from $400,000 to $1.1 …

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Michigan Pot Grower Who Didn’t Tell Insurer Must Reimburse Fire Claim Payment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/25/358655.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:19:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358655 An insurance company that didn’t know about a medical marijuana nursery in a Bay City, Mich., basement can recover more than $130,000 paid after the house was destroyed by fire. A federal appeals court upheld a decision by U.S. District …

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15 Children Killed in Ohio Fires in 2014, 11 So Far This Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/25/358606.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:24:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358606 Fires killed 15 children in Ohio last year and have claimed at least 11 young lives in just the first two months of 2015, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Many factors affect those statistics, but the chief of …

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Secretary of State Warns Indiana Business Owners of Payment Scam http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358553.htm Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:52:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358553 Indiana’s secretary of state is warning Hoosier businesses to be wary of a payment scam that’s tied to a deceptive letter. Connie Lawson says businesses have recently received a letter claiming to come from a group called the Indiana Council …

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Insurance Department: 1-in-3 Missourians Impacted by Anthem Data Breach http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358489.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:32:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358489 The Missouri Department of Insurance reported it received new information from Anthem that shows one-in-three Missourians’ personal information was compromised during a recent cyberattack on the health insurer. More than 2 million Missourians are affected by the data breach. “This …

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City’s Refusal to Pay for Sinkhole Damage Upsets Ohio Driver http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358482.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:27:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358482 A truck owner says the city of Dayton should compensate him for sinkhole damage that left his truck inoperable. The Dayton Daily News reports that 52-year-old Mike McDonald is infuriated that the city rejected his $10,000 claim. He says the …

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North Dakota Oil Patch Highway Is State’s Most Dangerous http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358478.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:23:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358478 The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents, according to a …

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Confirmed GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 57 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/24/358467.htm Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:14:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358467 The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57. The total is one more than last week. It was posted Feb. 23 on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg …

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Johnston Promoted to P/C Underwriter at Michigan-Based J.M. Wilson http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/23/358203.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:09:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358203 Managing general agency and surplus lines broker J.M. Wilson promoted Samantha Johnston to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich., office. Johnston will be responsible for quoting, binding and servicing property/casualty accounts for independent insurance agents. Johnston gained experience as an …

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Ohio Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Dropped http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/22/358299.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:58:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358299 Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit linking the illnesses to Whirlpool Corp.’s washing machine factory. The families asked this past week to drop the suit although the …

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Only 3 Days Jail Time for Kansas Man’s 10th Drunk Driving Conviction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/22/358297.htm Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:54:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358297 A Kansas man convicted for the 10th time for drunken driving has been sentenced to jail, but only for three days. The Kansas City Star reports that Leavenworth County District Court Judge Gunnar Sunby sentenced 57-year-old Lloyd Henson of Kansas …

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Kansas Commune Leader Found Guilty in Murder-for-Insurance Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/20/358230.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:39:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358230 A man who led a Kansas commune that collected millions of dollars in life insurance payouts from dead members has been convicted of premeditated murder in the 2003 drowning death of a female member. Daniel Perez, 55, also was found …

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Mutual Insurers Group Names Minnesota’s Sen. Metzen Legislator of Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/20/358201.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:06:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358201 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies has presented its State Legislator of the Year Award to Minnesota state Sen. James Metzen. NAMIC said it honored Metzen for his support of free-market principles and taking strong positions to improve the …

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Proposal Would Offer Wisconsin State Workers $2K to Opt out of Health Coverage http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/20/358199.htm Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358199 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing that state employees be offered $2,000 a year to opt out of state health insurance coverage. A state-commissioned study by Deloitte Consulting says the incentive could generate $18 million in savings if enough employees …

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Associated Banc-Corp Completes Purchase of Ahmann & Martin Co. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358105.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:59:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358105 Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Banc-Corp reported it has closed the previously announced acquisition of Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through a merger with and into Associated’s subsidiary, Associated Financial Group LLC. Associated Financial Group …

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J.M. Wilson Promotes Tobolic to P/C Underwriter in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358098.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:44:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358098 Insurance wholesaler J.M. Wilson has promoted Thomas Tobolic to property/casualty underwriter in its Portage, Mich. office. Tobolic is responsible for quoting new and renewal accounts for a wide variety of commercial property and casualty risks, as well as issuing policies …

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Minnesota Auditor: MNsure’s ‘Failures Outweighed its Achievements’ http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358092.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:39:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358092 A lack of adequate testing before the Minnesota’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released on Feb. 17. The long-awaited, …

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Problem of Metal Theft Focus of Illinois House Bill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/19/358088.htm Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:24:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=358088 A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings …

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Motorcycle Safety Bill Proposed in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/18/357760.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:26:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357760 An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver’s education courses. The proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City would amend the driver’s education act in the Illinois School Code to require that all …

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Columbia, Missouri’s Ride-Booking Regulations Include Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/18/357758.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:24:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357758 The Columbia, Mo., City Council has approved new regulations for ride-booking services such as Uber and Lyft that include insurance requirements. The regulations approved require ride-booking services to get business licenses and license their drivers as chauffeurs. The drivers must …

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Ohio’s Supreme Court Affirms State’s Power to Regulate Oil and Gas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/18/357754.htm Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:19:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357754 Certain local zoning laws can’t be used to supersede Ohio’s state-level system for regulating oil and gas drilling, a fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has ruled. In a 4-3 decision with three written dissents, the high court said that the …

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Missouri Insurance Department Recovers nearly $25M in 2014 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357630.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:27:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357630 The Missouri Department of Insurance announced it recovered approximately $11.7 million for consumers who filed complaints against their insurance companies and an additional $12.7 million for Missourians through regulatory, market conduct settlements in 2014. The department’s consumer affairs division handled …

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Minnesota Suppliers Hit by Target Canada Bankruptcy Filing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357627.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:23:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357627 The end of Target’s Canadian operations is having a financial impact on businesses in Minnesota that supplied the retailer. Target’s Canadian division filed for bankruptcy protection last month and owes nearly $5 million to Minnesota suppliers and service providers, including …

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South Dakota Workplace Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Injured http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357622.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:20:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357622 The mood in the community of Lennox, S.D., is somber and likely will remain that way for a while, as residents prepare for the funeral of a man killed in a workplace shooting. The funeral for Jon Richter, 45, is …

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North Dakota Officials Stress Job Resiliency in Oil Industry http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/17/357617.htm Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:14:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357617 A recent slide in oil prices is leading to fewer jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch, but officials there and in northwestern South Dakota say the regional industry is resilient and will ride out the slump. Openings posted …

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Minnesota Lawmakers Expected to Debate Rideshare Insurance Gap http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/13/357461.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:44:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357461 Minnesota lawmakers could decide whether to regulate the ride-hailing industry this year. House and Senate legislators say they plan to introduce bills soon to toughen insurance regulations for companies like Uber and Lyft. That would add Minnesota to the growing …

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Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Breath Test Refusal Law http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/13/357455.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:39:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357455 The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a state law making it illegal for suspected drunken drivers to refuse a breath test. The high court rejected a man’s claim that the law violated due process by preventing him from refusing an …

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Outlook Revised to Stable for Illinois Casualty Co. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/13/357443.htm Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:25:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357443 A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative for the financial strength rating (FSR) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of Illinois Casualty Co. (Illinois Casualty) in Rock Island, Ill., while affirming the FSR of B++ (Good) and the ICR of …

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Kansas Governor Nixes Gay State Worker Anti-Discrimination Order http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/02/12/357337.htm Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:28:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=357337 Kansas will no longer specifically ban discrimination against gays, lesbians and the transgendered in hiring and employment in much of state government because of action announced Tuesday by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback rescinded an executive order issued in August …

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