Illinois News

Democratic Lawmaker in Illinois Planning New Ridesharing Bill

A Democratic state lawmaker says he wants to pursue new legislation calling for regulations of the emerging ridesharing industry. Rep. Mike Zalewski of Riverside had originally planned to call for an override of Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on bills imposing …

Illinois Judge Denies Lower Bond in Rock Island Arson Case

A Rock Island County judge has denied a lower bond for a man accused of setting a fire that destroyed or damaged a handful of buildings in downtown Rock Island, Ill., in September. Jason Earl Anderson, 34, is charged with …

Erie Insurance Introduces Auto Rideshare Cover in Indiana, Illinois

Erie Insurance has launched auto insurance coverage to protect drivers who use ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft in two Midwestern states, eliminating confusion for ridesharing drivers over what’s covered and when. Erie’s new coverage, currently available in Indiana and …

Car-Deer Collisions Down Slightly in Illinois in 2013

Collisions between cars and deer in Illinois were down in 2013 compared to 2012 — though not by much. Figures released Nov. 12 show a 1 percent decline in numbers of cars hitting deer in 2013 compared to 2012. There …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Illinois’ The Forker Co.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired The Forker Company in Arlington Heights, Ill. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 2000, The Forker Company (Forker) is a retail insurance agency that offers contract surety solutions to clients throughout the …

Alper Services Adds 5 New Hires in Chicago

Chicago-based Alper Services LLC has added five new employees to join its commercial lines, financial services, and claims management services departments. With nearly 10 years of insurance agency experience, Abby Ahern joins Alper Services as an account manager in the …

Workers’ Comp Medical Payment Costs Fall in Illinois: Study

Reforms enacted in 2011 continue to drive down the cost of medical care for injured workers in Illinois, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). According to the report, CompScope Medical Benchmarks for Illinois, 15th …

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 …

State Farm Seeks to Test Drone Use for Damage Response in Illinois

State Farm insurance company is seeking federal approval to test drones in evaluating property damage and responding to natural disasters. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported that the Bloomington-based company has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation. It asks …

The Horton Group Acquires BF&S Insurance

Orland Park, Ill.-based insurance brokerage, The Horton Group, announced the acquisition of certain assets of Boyle, Flagg and Seaman (BF&S) Insurance, located in Illinois and Michigan. BF&S’s Illinois retail operations will now operate under the Horton name and staff will …