Insurance Journal » Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:27:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Energi Opens Office in Chicago Area http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/03/325438.htm Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:59:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325438 Energi, a provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, has opened an office in Downers Grove, Ill. The new office, located at the Esplanade I, will provide operational support for Energi’s Midwest risk mitigation and insurance …

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32 Hurt as Train Derails, Climbs Escalator at Chicago Airport http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/25/324377.htm Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:11:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324377 An eight-car Chicago commuter train plowed across a platform and scaled an escalator at the underground station of one of the nation’s busiest airports early on March 24, injuring 32 people on board, officials said. No one suffered life-threatening injuries …

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Chicago-Based Schmitt Joins Worldwide Facilities to Professional Liability Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/18/323588.htm Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:36:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323588 Worldwide Facilities Inc. added William (Bill) Schmitt to its professional liability team. He will work out of Worldwide’s Chicago, Ill., office. Schmitt has 20 years of professional liability insurance experience, primarily in lawyer’s professional liability, and has an in-depth knowledge …

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Fireman’s Fund Insurance Adds Norris to High Net Worth Team in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/12/323107.htm Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:29:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=323107 Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. appointed Kate Norris as business relationship manager in its Chicago office. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Norris will focus on Fireman’s Fund’s high net worth segment in personal lines insurance, specifically, family office …

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Court Rules Against Notre Dame over Insurance Coverage for Birth Control http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/24/321352.htm Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:12:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321352 A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled against the University of Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Ind., in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and …

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Lockton Adds Wasilchuk as Account Executive in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/05/319607.htm Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:10:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319607 Lockton has hired John Wasilchuk as an account executive in its Chicago office focusing on environmental risk management. He is responsible for placement of environmental insurance coverage for Lockton clients and maintaining relationships with environmental underwriters and carriers. Prior to …

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Roi Named President of Hylant’s Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/02/319167.htm Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:54:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319167 Louis Roi has been named president of the Chicago office of the privately owned insurance brokerage firm, Hylant. Roi has a diversified insurance background in risk management, as well as specific expertise in other areas of food, agriculture and healthcare. …

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Baweja Appointed VP – Analytics at CNA Financial Corp. http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/22/317907.htm Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:06:48 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317907 Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Naveen Baweja vice president of analytics. Baweja will provide leadership and support to the underwriting transformation initiatives component of the CNA Enterprise Roadmap, with a focus on enhancing the company’s data and analytics capabilities. …

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Assurance Names Davidson, Jungers Employees of the Year http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/16/317450.htm Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:44:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317450 Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices in the Chicago, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo.-areas, announced that Robert Davidson and Jennifer Jungers are its Employees of the Year for 2013. Aussurance has been recognizing outstanding employee contributions with its Employee …

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Former Basketball Star Bringing Insurance Jobs to Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/16/317435.htm Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:20:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317435 Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be a controlling shareholder of an insurance company that’s opening new offices in Illinois and creating about 200 jobs. Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a statement that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. …

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Zurich NA’s Mayers Accepted as a Fellow for Chicago Economic Growth Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/09/316558.htm Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:51:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=316558 Zurich North America announced that Taffy Jo Mayers, regional sales director for the Midwest region, has been accepted as a fellow for World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. The Plan is a framework for future economic growth …

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Chicago-Area Construction Worker Dies at Mall http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/30/315697.htm Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:12:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315697 Vernon Hills police say a worker is dead after he was struck in the head with falling concrete at a mall on the day after Christmas. Police say the 25-year-old man from Palos Park died Thursday. Police say he was …

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Illinois Employer to Pay $10K Penalty for Lack of Workers’ Comp Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/21/311936.htm Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:02:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311936 An uninsured employer in Illinois has pled guilty to a Class 4 felony for refusing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission announced. John Linek, individually and as president of SMS Logistics of Chicago, has been ordered …

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Wells Fargo Insurance Expands in Midwest; Announces New Regional Leadership Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/12/305014.htm Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:47:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305014 Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co. announced three new leaders to its Midwest team. Barton Bates, Tony Evans and Stephen Zimmer will join the Midwest insurance team as the company continues to grow its property and casualty, …

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Levitt Appointed Sales Leader in Swett & Crawford’s Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/03/303733.htm Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:32:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303733 Ron Levitt has taken on the role of sales leader in Swett & Crawford’s Chicago office, the company announced. Levitt will continue as a senior broker in addition to taking on his new leadership role. Levitt began his career with …

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Gillespie Joins Integro’s Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/30/303553.htm Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:47:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303553 International insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers has hired Jeremy Gillespie, who joins the firm’s management risk practice as assistant vice president in the Chicago office. Gillespie brings considerable management liability and cyber insurance experience. For the …

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Chicago Announces First 12 Automated Speed Locales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/13/301587.htm Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:22:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301587 The Chicago Department of Transportation is announcing the first 12 automated speed enforcement sites as part of the city’s “Children’s Safety Zones.” Cameras will monitor speed and revenue from violations will go toward afterschool programs, anti-violence and jobs programs, crossing …

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2 Injured In Chicago Water Tank Fall File Lawsuit http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/05/300750.htm Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:50:33 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300750 Two people injured when a century-old water tank fell from a Chicago condominium building are suing the building’s owner. The complaint filed in Cook County court seeks unspecified damages. In a statement, attorney Richard F. Burke Jr. says 27-year-old Lauren …

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Northwestern Settles Cancer Research Whistleblower Fraud Claim http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/01/300398.htm Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:40:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300398 Federal prosecutors in Chicago have announced Northwestern University has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit involving alleged cancer research fraud. The lawsuit claimed the university allowed researcher Dr. Charles L. Bennett to submit false claims …

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Zurich Relocating Chicago Office to Greener Work Environment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/07/31/300135.htm Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:25:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300135 Zurich North America will relocate its Chicago office to a LEED-certified building in a location that accommodates its downtown-based employees, the company announced on Wednesday. Its new Chicago office space at 300 South Riverside Plaza on the 20th and 21st …

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Lockton Adds 3 in Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/07/03/297547.htm Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:05:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=297547 Three new professionals have joined Lockton in Chicago, adding a range of property/casualty and employee benefits expertise to the insurance broker’s client services. Robert Wierema has joined as a producer. He brings six years of experience in the insurance industry …

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Worldwide Facilities Adds Langan as Vice President in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/04/26/289883.htm Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:18:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289883 Chicago-based wholesale insurance brokerage and managing general agency, Worldwide Facilities Inc., announced it is expanding and has added James F. Langan as vice president. He will be responsible for promoting the casualty products available from Worldwide Facilities’ many markets. Langan …

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James Named President of Kemper Preferred http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/04/16/288557.htm Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:03:57 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=288557 Chicago-based Kemper Corp. announced that Andrea James has been named president, Kemper Preferred, the business focused on selling packaged private passenger auto and home policies through independent agents. Prior to this role, James joined Kemper Preferred as senior vice president, …

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Chicago-Based MGA Joins Trusted Choice http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/04/10/287896.htm Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:57:04 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=287896 The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) announced that Chicago-based managing general agent Donald Gaddis Co. Inc. has joined the Trusted Choice consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. Donald Gaddis Co. Inc. is an independent, …

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Aon Risk Solutions Adds West as Senior VP in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/03/14/284745.htm Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:15:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=284745 Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, has added Max West as senior vice president in its Chicago office West will leverage his more than 15 years of experience as an underwriter and broker of environmental …

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XL Group Names Huels to Lead Surplus Lines’ GL Team in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/03/11/284213.htm Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:31:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=284213 XL Group plc’s surplus lines team continues to grow with the addition of Matthew Huels who joins as vice president and general liability line of business head. He is based in Chicago and reports to Roxanne Mitchell, president of XL …

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Woodard Named President of Insurance Program Managers http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/02/19/281728.htm Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:09:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=281728 James Woodard has been named president of Insurance Program Managers at The Sandner Group, headquartered in Chicago. Woodard was previously president of the group’s Alternative Risk Solutions company. The Sandner Group is a subsidiary of Brokers’ Risk Placement Service Inc. Insurance …

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Zacharopoulos to Lead Integro’s Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/02/11/280833.htm Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:57:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280833 Insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro announced that Thomas Zacharopoulos, managing principal and the firm’s market relations leader, will assume the role of Chicago operations leader. The move to Chicago from Atlanta is something of a homecoming for Zacharopoulos, …

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Simkins Joins Worldwide Facilities’ Chicago Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/02/08/280675.htm Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:11:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280675 Andy Simkins has joined Worldwide Facilities Inc. as vice president in its Chicago office. Reporting to David Fiske, senior vice president, Simkins is responsible for expanding the company’s property/inland marine lines of business. Simkins began his insurance career in 2009. …

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Chicago Closer to Settling Police Misconduct Suits for $32M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/01/17/277748.htm Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:18:36 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=277748 A Chicago City Council committee has preliminarily approved settlements in two police misconduct cases that would cost the city nearly $33 million, including $22.5 million for a California woman that apparently would be the largest payout to a single such …

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