Insurance Journal » Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 CNA Promotes Heckman to AVP, Hospital Industry Leader http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/20/332566.htm Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:31:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332566 CNA has promoted Chris Heckman to assistant vice president and hospital industry leader in chicago. Heckman will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital line of business, as well as provide strategic and tactical assistance to leadership within …

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CNA Promotes Szabo to Commercial Underwriting Officer in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/05/331146.htm Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:44:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331146 CNA Financial Corporation promoted Matt Szabo to assistant vice president, commercial underwriting officer for the Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin branches. Szabo will work with leadership to provide additional strategic underwriting support for all areas of CNA’s commercial offerings. This includes …

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Deemed Insolvent, Ratings of Interstate Bankers Casualty Downgraded http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/30/330511.htm Fri, 30 May 2014 16:20:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330511 A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to E (Regulatory Supervision) from C- (Weak) and the issuer credit rating to “rs” from “cc” of Interstate Bankers Casualty Co. (Interstate Bankers) of Chicago, Ill. The rating actions reflect Interstate Bankers being placed under …

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Stucker Promoted to Assistant VP, Producer at Aon Risk Solutions in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/28/330300.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 22:53:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330300 Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc, has promoted Jim Stucker to assistant vice president and producer in its Chicago office. Stucker will primarily focus on new business development. Previously, he served as a broker within the …

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PCI Backs Ride Sharing Rules in Columbus, Wants Chicago to Wait http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/28/330293.htm Wed, 28 May 2014 22:39:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330293 A property/casualty insurance trade group is supporting proposed ride sharing regulations in Columbus, Ohio, but is urging the city council in Chicago, Ill., to delay action on proposed rules in that city. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) …

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Rockhill Insurance Opens Environmental Office in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/08/328654.htm Thu, 08 May 2014 16:34:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328654 Rockhill Insurance Group, a member of the State Auto Insurance Group, has opened a new Chicago office located at 150 S. Wacker, Suite 2400. Christine Triche and Michael Klima join the office as AVP-underwriting director and underwriting director, respectively, to …

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Edwards Joins Align General Insurance Agency in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/05/328272.htm Mon, 05 May 2014 16:18:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328272 Sylvia Perez Edwards joined Align General Insurance Agency LLC as vice president of the specialty commercial division, reporting to Frank Dunne. She is based in Chicago, Ill. Edwards has over 20 years of general liability and excess surplus lines underwriting …

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Irish Developer Still Pursuing Tallest U.S. Tower in Chicago http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/30/327896.htm Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:43:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327896 Garrett Kelleher, the Irish developer trying to restore Chicago’s status as home to the tallest building in the U.S., has one last chance to keep his dream alive. The planned lakefront skyscraper is nothing more than a hole in the …

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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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