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Robert Wagner is Illinois’ third acting insurance director since the departure of Michael McRaith last June, thanks to a state law limiting acting directors to terms of no more than 60 days.

Hartford, Conn. long has been viewed as America’s insurance capital. But for a look at the city where insurance is really king, one need only gaze at the Windy City’s skyline.

Eyes will be on FIO Director Michael McRaith, who is set to appear before the House’s insurance subcommittee Oct. 25, to offer hints as to the White House’s strategy on insurance regulatory reform.

Illinois’ Workers’ Comp ‘Sieve’

by Matthew Glans on April 22, 2011

The Illinois Legislature has been considering various proposals in recent months to reform its ailing workers’ compensation insurance program. The program, which faces considerable problems with waste and abuse is in desperate need of a dramatic revamp that both brings down cost to employers while allowing both employers and employees more flexibility. In a letter recently [...]

More Options than Levees

by Matthew Glans on February 23, 2011

Out of the FIRE has covered the issue of levee certification and the role of levees in flood mitigation in several posts over the past few months. In East St. Louis, local officials are voicing their concerns over the changing role of earmarks in federal legislation and the effect the loss of earmark revenue could [...]