Illinois News

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 …

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. …