Chicago News

Hub International to Acquire Chicago-Based Laurus Strategies

Insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub) announced its Chicago-area affiliate Hub International Midwest (Hub Midwest) plans to acquire Laurus Strategies (Laurus) from CSIG Holding Co. Laurus is an employee benefits, human resources, and human resource information system (HRIS) global benefits …

Maximum Adds E&S Sales Teams in Chicago, Florida

Maximum, an independent, Chicago, Ill.-based excess and surplus lines wholesale distributor, announced further expansion to its sales team. Chicago additions include Patrick O’Donoghue to the professional practice and Chrissy Fisher to the casualty practice. Heather Hudson, in the Daytona Beach, …

Stuckel Joins OneBeacon Entertainment in Chicago

OneBeacon Entertainment (OBE), a member of OneBeacon Insurance Group, has opened an office in Chicago, Ill., led by Mark Stuckel. Stuckel comes to OneBeacon with 35 years of underwriting experience, much of which was spent serving in various underwriting and …

Uber Expanding Rideshare Service in Chicago

Officials say ridesharing company Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Gov. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement on Sept. 29. The Democrat says his veto action last …

CNA Appoints Earley as Illinois Branch Vice President

Chicago-based property/casualty insurer, CNA, has named Steve Earley as Illinois branch vice president. Earley has been with CNA for 27 years, most recently serving as vice president of the company’s manufacturing customer segment driving improved sales volume and profitability, customer …

Chicago-Based Linden Group Joins Digital Benefit Advisors

Linden Group Health Services has joined Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), a division of Digital Insurance. Digital acquired the Chicago firm, which specializes in group benefits solutions for small to mid-sized companies, and will open a second DBA office in Chicago, …

DelBuono Appointed VP of Product Management at CNA

Chicago-based property/casualty insurance organization, CNA Financial Corp., appointed Gary DelBuono vice president of product management, effective Aug. 11. DelBuono will oversee enterprise product development, partnering closely with underwriting in developing product solutions for CNA’s commercial and specialty lines. DelBuono brings …

Lockton Adds Cooke, Haye to Employee Benefits Practice in Chicago

Lockton has two employee benefits experts to its Chicago operation. Joining Lockton in vice president, producer roles are David Cooke and Mark Haye. Both will be responsible for business development and client strategy at the privately held, independent insurance broker. …

Chicago Business Owners See Little Impact from Obamacare, Minimum Wage Hike

The Business Owners Confidence survey for the first half of 2014 indicates that Chicago-area mid-sized business owners are taking Obamacare in stride and expect limited effects of national and state efforts to raise the minimum wage. The survey, jointly conducted …

Shrout Joins IFG Cos. as Managing Director — Bind

IFG Cos. has added Andrew M. Shrout as managing director for its bind insurance business. Shrout will be based in Chicago and Atlanta, and will be a member of the bind leadership team that establishes and implements the new strategy …