Insurance Journal » Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/18/335245.htm Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:35:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=335245 A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

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Majer Joins Risk Innovations as Illinois Territory Manager http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/15/334633.htm Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:32:07 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334633 Ginny Majer has joined insurance wholesaler Risk Innovations as territory manager for Illinois. Based in Chicago, Majer will develop workers’ compensation and personal lines business with retail agents in Illinois. Majer has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years with experience …

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Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334388.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334388 Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

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Illinois Towns See Medical Marijuana as New Job Source http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/11/334385.htm Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=334385 The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The …

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Father of Illinois Teen Sues School District Over Son’s Suicide http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/07/333926.htm Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:40:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333926 The father of a southern Illinois teenager who killed himself a day after watching an anti-bullying movie at school has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the district, accusing administrators of failing to stop the relentless taunts targeting his son. Bradley …

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Some Illinois Corn Fields Hit Hard by Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/07/333922.htm Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:35:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333922 The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week that most of Illinois’ corn crop is in great shape. But some farmers in western and central Illinois suffered extensive damage from storms on Monday. Ryan Mueller farms near Joy in western …

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Five Tornadoes Struck Illinois, Weather Service Says http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/07/03/333805.htm Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:43:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333805 The National Weather Service is now reporting five tornadoes touched down in Illinois during a storm that dumped heavy rain as it swept across the state. A weather service damage survey has confirmed modest tornadoes landed late Monday near Earlville, …

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All Risks Taps Julien as California Workers’ Comp Underwriter http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/06/30/333338.htm Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:58:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=333338 Danielle Julien has been hired by wholesaler All Risks Ltd. as a workers’ compensation brokerage underwriter located in San Diego, Calif. Julien will write workers’ compensation business with retail agents in California, Arizona and Nevada. Julien has eight years of …

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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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Illinois Agency Critchell-Miller & Petrus Joins Keystone Insurers Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/19/332458.htm Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:23:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332458 Critchell-Miller & Petrus in Illinois has joined Keystone Insurers Group as a franchise partner. Keystone now has 15 agency partners in the state. Established by R.S. Critchell in 1868 and operating as R.S. Critchell & Co., Critchell- Miller & Petrus …

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Insurer Interest in Offering Health Coverage in Illinois Rises http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/16/332129.htm Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:40:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=332129 Illinois officials say they’re seeing strong interest from insurance companies as they prepare for the second year of new coverage options under the nation’s new health care law. The state Department of Insurance said that 10 insurance carriers have submitted …

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Keystone Insurers Group Adds Two Agencies in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/10/331371.htm Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:58:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=331371 Keystone Insurers Group, based in Northumberland, Pa., announced the addition of two more independent insurance agencies in Illinois to its expanding franchise business. Resource Insurance of DeKalb and Pufalt-Pauley Insurance of Belleville bring the total number of franchise partners in …

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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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Illinois Passes Rideshare Legislation with Insurance Component http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/03/330925.htm Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:27:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330925 The Illinois Legislature passed legislation this session that provides for regulating transportation networking companies (TNCs) and closing insurance gaps, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Together HB 4075 and 5331 will establish regulations on TNCs that …

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State Auto Acquires Partners General Insurance Agency http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/06/02/330777.htm Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:33:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=330777 Columbus, Ohio-based State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. (State Auto) has completed its purchase of Partners General Insurance Agency (PGIA), a managing general underwriter specializing in excess and surplus lines general liability and excess liability insurance. With offices in California, Illinois …

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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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Klobnak Promoted to Senior VP, Risk Services at Illinois-Based RLI http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/23/329994.htm Fri, 23 May 2014 16:24:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=329994 Specialty insurer RLI Corp., based in Peoria, Ill., announced that Jennifer Klobnak, vice president, risk services, has been promoted to senior vice president, risk services. The RLI Risk Services Group provides underwriting, pricing, reserving, operations and risk modeling solutions and …

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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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$10B Verdict in Cigarette Case Reinstated in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/01/328034.htm Thu, 01 May 2014 16:24:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328034 An Illinois appellate court has reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA that found the cigarette-maker misled customers about “light” and “low tar” designations. Philip Morris says it will challenge the ruling by a …

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Illinois’ Van Gundy Insurance Joins Keystone Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/05/01/328026.htm Thu, 01 May 2014 16:08:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=328026 Keystone Insurers Group welcomed Normal, Ill.-based agency Van Gundy Insurance as its newest franchise partner in Illinois. Van Gundy Agency was founded in 1946 by Lander Van Gundy. With his roots in the harness racing industry, Van Gundy established a …

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Insurance Wholesale Broker Insential Appoints Mileski Senior VP in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/29/327611.htm Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:41:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=327611 Insential Inc., a full service property and casualty insurance wholesale brokerage, appointed Stephen Mileski as senior vice president in its program division in Illinois. He will be responsible for developing P/C program business, structuring insurance for hard-to-place risks and working …

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Farmers Insurance Expects $75M in Claims from Midwest Storms http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/17/326789.htm Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:22:54 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326789 A system of severe weather moving through multiple Midwest states in early April brought tornadoes, hail, severe winds and flooding in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Farmers Insurance estimates that its expected claims volume from these states will total approximately …

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Ridesharing Bill with Insurance Component OK’d by Illinois House http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326219.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326219 Legislation creating rules for unregulated rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar is moving through the Illinois Legislature. House lawmakers voted to put regulations on commercial ridesharing with an 80-26 vote. Under HB 4075, all drivers would be required …

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State Farm CEO: Headquarters Not Moving from Bloomington http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/14/326207.htm Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:35:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326207 State Farm Insurance Co. CEO Ed Rust Jr. says the company’s plans to expand in Arizona, Texas and Georgia will not affect the company’s headquarters in Bloomington, Ill. According to The Pantagraph in Bloomington Rust told a crowd at Illinois …

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Rideshare Services Regulation Bill Filed in Illinois http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/27/324604.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:36:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324604 A dispute among taxi companies, Chicago officials and rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar is about to welcome one more player: state lawmakers who say the rideshare industry needs to play by the same rules as other transportation …

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Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Transit After Derailment http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/27/324601.htm Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:04:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324601 Attorneys have filed a negligence lawsuit against the Chicago Transit Authority on behalf of a woman injured in the Blue Line train derailment at O’Hare International Airport. The law firm of Corboy and Demetrio filed the lawsuit on March 25 …

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NW Indiana Authorities Arrest 7 Suspected of Stealing from Trains http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/03/26/324488.htm Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:26:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=324488 Authorities in northwestern Indiana have arrested seven people and are pursuing a dozen others in connection with the theft of $2.8 million in cars, electronics, pharmaceuticals and other items from trains in the Chicago area. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich …

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