Illinois News

Debate on Workers’ Comp Reform Begins in Illinois

Business groups and injured employees weighed in May 6 as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan called a meeting of the Illinois House …

Agent Support, Ratings Added to Expanding Google Compare

The auto insurance comparison website Google Compare is expanding into Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania, as well as adding ratings and insurance agent support. That announcement was made Tuesday by Stephanie Cuthbertson, group product manager for Google Compare, at Google’s annual …

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Hires Connelly as Chief Information Officer

Itasca, Ill.-based international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has hired Sean P. Connelly as global chief information officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s global technology strategy and initiatives. …

Arthur J. Gallagher Acquires Midwest Healthcare Consulting Firm

Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Integrated Healthcare Strategies located in Kansas City, Mo., and Minneapolis, Minn. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With operations dating back to 1974, Integrated Healthcare Strategies (Integrated) provides strategic human resources consulting services specifically …

Illinois’ Madison County a Center for Asbestos Lawsuits

Few of the tourists who drive old Route 66 through this rural Illinois town are aware of its true economic engine: a booming business in asbestos lawsuits that attracts law firms from across the country. Since 2005, those lawsuits have …

Chief: No Pattern to String of Rental Home Fires in Southern Illinois

A southern Illinois fire chief says a string of fires at rental properties do not appear to be connected. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports there have been 12 fires at rental homes since May 2014. Seven of them happened in …

Ratings of Illinois-Based Unique Insurance Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to B- (Fair) from B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating to “bb-” from “bb” of Unique Insurance Co. (Unique) of Chicago, Ill. The outlook for both ratings has been revised to negative from stable. …

Ratings of Illinois-Based Specialty Risk of America Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to B+ (Good) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb-” from “bbb+” of Specialty Risk of America (SPRISKA) in Springfield, Ill. The outlook for the ICR remains negative, while the …

Illinois Prep Sports Group: Concussions Lawsuit ‘Threatens’ Football

The nation’s first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide. In its 16-page motion filed in Cook …

Auto-Theft Task Forces Closing Amid Illinois Budget Crisis

Officials with police-run auto-theft task forces say they are shutting down across Illinois due to state spending freezes. Separately, the (Peoria) Journal Star also reports that a bipartisan deal reached in the state Legislature last week will siphon $6 million …