Illinois News

Deere Mulling Options for Crop Insurance Business

Deere & Company, based in Moline, Ill., announced it is reviewing strategic options for its crop insurance business, which underwrites policies through John Deere Insurance Co., a business unit within John Deere Financial. Deere said no formal decisions have been …

Illinois School District Awarded $10M in Collapsed Mine Case

An Illinois school district has been awarded nearly $10 million in a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad after claiming a collapsed mine left an elementary school damaged. Macoupin County Judge Patrick Londrigan awarded the Gillespie School District the judgment on …

4 New Workers’ Comp Arbitrators Appointed in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appointed four new arbitrators to the Workers’ Compensation Commission: Maria Bocanegra is an attorney at Katz Friedman, specializing in workers’ compensation. She previously worked as a judicial assistant to the Honorable David Furman and as a …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Names Lewis Director of Regional Sales

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies promoted Jim Lewis to director of regional sales for the central region of the country. Lewis will oversee sales operations in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin. Prior to his …

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 …

Illinois Rideshare Bills Vetoed; Insurance Groups Urge Override

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing companies, also known as transportation network companies (TNCs). Quinn said he vetoed House Bill 4075, also known as the “Uber bill,” because it would …

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 …