Insurance Journal » Midwest News http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Cummins Named Exec. Director of IICF – Midwest Division http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/02/374046.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:55:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374046 Mary Cummins has been tapped to lead the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation – Midwest Division. Cummins will serve as the group’s new executive director and will be instrumental in charting and implementing the future growth of the Midwest Division and the …

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No Proof of Insurance Threatens South Dakota 4-H Rodeo http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/02/374031.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:22:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374031 A rodeo for 4-H members scheduled for this weekend in northeastern South Dakota is in jeopardy because organizers have not submitted proof of insurance to local officials. The Aberdeen American News reports Brown County commissioners threated to deny a lease …

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Missouri Pair Sentenced to Prison for Arson, Insurance Fraud http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/02/374026.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:18:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=374026 Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for arson and insurance conspiracy after authorities say they conspired to burn houses they bought and insured in Kansas City, Mo. A news release from U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson says 28-year-old Joshua …

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Marsh & Mclennan Agency Acquires J.W. Terrill in Missouri http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/02/373842.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:55:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373842 Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of Marsh, has acquired St. Louis, Mo.-based J.W. Terrill, one of the largest independent agencies in the Midwest. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. This acquisition is MMA’s first in Missouri. …

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Michigan-Based J.M. Wilson Promotes Gleason http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/02/373693.htm Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:46:11 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373693 Property/casualty insurance wholesaler, J.M. Wilson, based in Portage, Mich., has promoted Cheryl Gleason as Personal Lines manager. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the Personal Lines team, Gleason will quote new and renewal business, coordinate with carriers, and …

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Report Says Police Actions Escalated Ferguson Unrest http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/01/373705.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:36:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373705 Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The summary cited “vague and arbitrary” …

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NWS: Tornado in St. Louis Area Was EF-2 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/01/373703.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:27:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373703 The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in St. Charles County, Mo., last weekend. A strong stormed rolled through the St. Louis region Sunday night. The weather service says an EF-2 tornado with wind up to …

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Iowa Governor Extends Bird Flu Disaster Proclamation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/07/01/373701.htm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373701 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through July 31 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state. The declaration was the second extension of the original disaster proclamation. It otherwise would have expired …

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Founders Professional Opening Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373523.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:14:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373523 Founders Professional, a professional liability insurance wholesaler, announced it is opening an office in downtown Chicago. The new location will be Founders Professional second; its first location is in St. Petersburg, Fla. Marketing and business development executive Aaron Lipson has …

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Tort, Work Comp Reform Among Illinois Gov.’s Budget Holdouts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373506.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:35:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373506 Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has an answer to the state Capitol budget impasse: adopt five “structural reforms” that make it cheaper to do business in Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago calls the proposals “extreme” and anathema to legislative …

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Flooding, Rain Problematic for Ohio Corn Growers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373501.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:32:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373501 Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops. Flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist said in a …

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Weather Damage to Nebraska’s Public Infrastructure Exceeds $13.5M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373497.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:25:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373497 Nebraska emergency officials say recent severe weather has caused more than $13.5 million in damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said that the damage was caused in 12 counties that were just designated …

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Parents Sue, Say Wisconsin Voucher School Abused Students http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373487.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:14:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373487 Several parents are suing a private, military-style voucher school in Milwaukee, Wis., alleging their children were subjected to abuse and humiliating treatment when they attended a boot camp last fall. The students at Right Step Inc., which serves low-income children, …

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Giordano Joins The McGowan Companies as Executive VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/30/373361.htm Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:49:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373361 Don Giordano has joined Ohio-based The McGowan Companies (TMC) as an executive vice president. Giordano will be working with McGowan’s carrier and distribution partners to create additional excess casualty products and services, which will complement TMC’s industry leading excess casualty …

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More than 1,300 Claims Filed in Ohio Asbestos Suit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/29/373344.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:32:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373344 More than 1,300 damage claims were filed in a northeast Ohio court on behalf of the heirs of Akron-area rubber and auto workers who died or developed serious illnesses from exposure to asbestos. The claims in Summit County Probate Court …

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FBI Enters Battle Over Traffic Cameras in Ohio http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/29/373338.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:30:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373338 The ongoing clash over traffic camera enforcement in Ohio isn’t slowing down. The FBI is now involved, investigating possible public corruption over camera vendor dealings in Columbus and Cincinnati. State lawmakers who saw last year’s bill to sharply restrict camera …

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Design Questioned by Minnesota Science Museum with Water Intrusion http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/29/373328.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:14:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373328 The Science Museum of Minnesota, a major tourist attraction that opened its new, $100 million home just 15 years ago, has serious water infiltration problems that could leave state taxpayers with a hefty repair bill. Museum leaders have approached state …

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Hughes Named Chief Marketing Officer at Church Mutual Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/29/373322.htm Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:09:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373322 Church Mutual Insurance Co., based in Merrill, Wis., announced Laura J. Hughes will join the company as chief marketing officer effective July 6, 2015, and report directly to CEO Michael Ravn. With more than 20 years of experience and an …

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Officials Seek Cause of $200K in Damage to Bismarck Event Center http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/26/373234.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:42:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373234 Severe thunderstorms late last week caused about $200,000 of damage at the newly expanded Bismarck Event Center. A lobby area was flooded by several inches of muddy rainwater, and excess water also damaged six wooden doors and some electrical boxes, …

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Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/26/373227.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:25:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373227 Construction of a ring levee that’s related to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area must remain on hold, a federal judge from Minnesota has ruled. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in May put levee …

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Charges Put Minnesota Archdiocese Insurance Claims at Risk http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/26/373194.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:50:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373194 Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are warning that criminal charges against the corporation could jeopardize insurance coverage that’s being counted on to pay some claims of victims of clergy abuse. The archdiocese faces multiple counts for …

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Names 6 to Corporate VP Posts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/25/373055.htm Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:43:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373055 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., based in Itasca, Ill., appointed Walter P. Bryce, Sean P. Connelly, James J. Murray, Russell G. Parsons, Russell J. Pass and Jonathon M. Winsbury as corporate vice presidents. Bryce began his career in retail insurance …

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Court: Iowa Universities Can’t Be Sued for Unpaid Insurance Fees http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/25/373062.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:56:38 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373062 Iowa’s three public universities cannot be sued for allegedly refusing to pay their share into a state program that subsidizes insurance for Iowa residents who have health risks, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. The program, known as the …

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Ron Lockton Named Vice Chairman at Lockton http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/25/373048.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:36:24 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373048 Ron Lockton has been named vice chairman of Kansas City, Mo.-based privately held, independent insurance broker, Lockton Inc. He will take on broader global leadership responsibilities as part of the company’s long-term succession plan. Ron Lockton, 48, is the son of …

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Iowa Egg Farm Sued After Bird Flu Disrupts Supply http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/25/373039.htm Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:24:08 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=373039 A food supplier claims an Iowa egg farm breached a contract after bird flu disrupted the supply of eggs. Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in …

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Merz Joins Westfield Insurance as Actuarial, Analytics Leader http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/24/372905.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:45:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372905 Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier based in Westfield Center, Ohio, hired James Merz to the new role of group actuarial and analytics leader. Merz assumes overall responsibility for the company’s Analytics Resource Center and the Actuarial department. Merz …

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RLI Promotes 2 in Claim Department http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/24/372886.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:57:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372886 Peoria, Ill.-based specialty property/casualty insurer RLI Corp. has promoted two leaders within the claim department. Andrea Dean, assistant vice president, Claim counsel, has been promoted to vice president, Claim counsel. Dean will continue to be responsible for managing claim-related litigation …

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Michigan Hit with Damaging Winds, Tornados, Flooding http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/24/372881.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:48:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372881 A series of severe thunderstorms that pushed damaging winds and tornados into several parts of Michigan on Monday and Tuesday wrecked homes and knocked out power to thousands of people, officials said. From Monday afternoon through early Tuesday, the National …

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Severe Storms, Tornado Damage Homes, Injure 7 in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/24/372879.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:45:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372879 At least seven people were injured as severe thunderstorms that swept across northern Illinois spawned a tornado, damaged homes and uprooted trees. Particularly hard hit Monday night was Coal City, a community of approximately 5,000 residents about 60 miles southwest …

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Reitzel Joins NAS Insurance Services in Minneapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2015/06/23/372748.htm Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:03:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=372748 NAS Insurance Services has expanded its Specialty Reinsurance and Programs team with the addition of Joe Reitzel in Minneapolis, Minn. Reitzel will serve as senior vice president of the division. NAS Insurance, based in Encino, Calif., is a full-service specialty …

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