Illinois News

J.M. Wilson Adds Barney as Transportation Underwriter in Illinois

Wholesale insurance provider J.M. Wilson has hired Erika Barney in its Arlington Heights, Ill., office as a transportation underwriter. Barney will be responsible for quoting new and renewal bobtail and transportation risks for Illinois agents. In addition, she will service new …

Workplace Penalties Mounting Up for Illinois Roofing Contractor

Roofing contractor Juan Manuel Antonio-Martinez has been cited for three willful safety violations for exposing workers to fall hazards at two separate residential home sites in Savoy, Ill., on March 26, 2014, and April 9, 2014. The U.S. Department of …

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, …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Missouri-Based Travel Insurance Agency

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Trip Mate Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo. Established in 1989, Trip Mate is a full service travel insurance agency that provides a wide variety of travel protection plans and services for their travel …

Kaprinay Named Workers’ Comp Practice Leader at IMPG in Illinois

St. Charles, Ill.-based Insurance Program Managers Group (IPMG) promoted Nathan Kaprinay practice leader of IPMG’s brokerage division for workers’ compensation. Kaprinay will coordinate marketing and production activities for workers’ compensation in all IPMG offices. He joined IPMG in 2007, and …

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 …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Benefits Brokerage, Insurance Point

Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Insurance Point LLC in St. Charles, Ill. and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Insurance Point offers employee benefit consultation and insurance brokerage services for healthcare systems and hospitals throughout …