Illinois News

Motorcycle Safety Bill Proposed in Illinois

An Illinois lawmaker wants motorcycle safety to be a formal part of driver’s education courses. The proposal by Republican Rep. Tom Bennett of Gibson City would amend the driver’s education act in the Illinois School Code to require that all …

Outlook Revised to Stable for Illinois Casualty Co.

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative for the financial strength rating (FSR) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of Illinois Casualty Co. (Illinois Casualty) in Rock Island, Ill., while affirming the FSR of B++ (Good) and the ICR of …

Rash of Fires Deemed Suspicious in Southern Illinois Town

Authorities in southern Illinois are investigating half a dozen recent fires in the village of Marissa, including one that destroyed a local landmark serving as a museum to the area’s coal mining history. The blaze gutted the Academy Building Friday …

Zehr Appointed VP, Segment Underwriting at CNA

Chicago-based CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Jeff Zehr as vice president, segment underwriting. In this position, he will expand his responsibilities to include leadership and governance for the commercial lines products for both the financial institutions and the professional services customer segments. …

Illinois’ Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons Joins Keystone Insurers Group

Keystone Insurers Group announced its newest franchise partner in Illinois: Joseph M. Wiedemann & Sons, based in Arlington Heights. The firm, which has three offices in the Chicago-East Central Illinois area, is the eighteenth independent insurance agency in the state to …

Most Popular Insurance Journal Midwest Stories of 2014

The most popular InsuranceJournal.com news stories in the Midwest ranged from groundbreaking lawsuits to research into making people safer from storms. With an understanding that stories appearing later in the year have less time to rise to the top of …

Zurich North America Appoints McCafferty Head of Group Captives

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Zurich North America has appointed Terry McCafferty as head of group captives, a key strategic business unit of Programs & Direct Markets. In his new role, effective Feb. 1, McCafferty will be responsible for the operational management of …

New App in Illinois Aimed at Reducing Deaths in Grain Bins

A new app could help reduce the number of fatal grain bin entrapments that occur in Illinois. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois teamed up to create an app that will locate the …

CNA Appoints Dmytrow Healthcare, Aging Services VP

CNA has appointed Bruce Dmytrow to vice president of aging services, national programs underwriting for the company’s healthcare segment, effective Jan, 1, 2015. Dmytrow  will be responsible for the strategic leadership of this high-performing area. Dmytrow brings more than 29 years of healthcare industry experience and 22 …

Hub International Acquires Iowa-Based Brokerage, Ruhl & Ruhl

Global insurance broker, Hub International Limited (Hub), announced that its Chicago-area region Hub International Midwest (Hub Midwest) has acquired the assets of Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, based in Davenport, Iowa. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 1862, Ruhl …