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December 2018

Governor Signs IIA of IL Legislation Authorizing Webinars for Ethics CE Requirement
In August, Governor Rauner signed Senate Bill 2513, an IIA of IL initiative creating an Education Advisory Council within the Department of Insurance. Within the bill, was a legislative change authorizing live webinars, in addition to classroom, as an acceptable method of completing the three-hour Ethics requirement. IIA of IL offers several webinars each month which meet this new requirement. Check them out and register here. For more information on the Advisory Council, read the article we originally ran in e-Weekly.  

December Survey Question
Name the one tool, class or program that would be most beneficial to your success in 2019. Tell Us for your chance to win a $50 credit to an IIA of IL class of your choosing.
Congratulations to last month’s survey winner - Cathy Hall of Forest Agency, Inc. in Forest Park, IL.

Check out the IIA of IL website for details on our 2019 programs. More are yet to come as the IIA of IL Education Committee is working to develop new content and programming specific to our membership. Have thoughts on what topics we could offer to help you do your job better? Let us know. Contact Shannon Churchill, Education Director, at

Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
Agency Management Institute
January 23-25, 2019
Rolling Meadows, ILL 
16 hours of General IL CE Credit * no test required
CE Available in all 50 states, contact the IIA Staff for details.
*New Format for CIC courses in 2019.  Wednesday and Thursday full days of instruction with the exam on Friday morning.

As we all know, our industry is constantly changing with new or revised coverage forms, rating plans, and organizational structures. Whether or not your organization focuses on commercial lines, personal lines, benefits, or a combination of things, the big issue is always how well the firm’s resources are managed. The better managed an organization is, the more successful it will be. The Agency Management Institute is designed to be relevant to the broad range of industry professionals who attend. Each subject is presented in a way that agency owners, producers, account executives, customer service representatives, and insurance company personnel see the value and how it relates to their position within the organization.

Topics Covered:
  • Agency Organizations
  • Understanding and Managing Financial Strength
  • Agency Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Agency Productivity and Effectiveness
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
For those working on your CIC designation, this is the only Agency Management Institute in Illinois for 2019. 
Discover the benefits participants will gain by attending. Register Today

Join us on January 31- February 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. Casey Roberts of Laurus Insurance Consulting will be presenting “Current Trends in Agribusiness Insurance” and “When the Insured Has Outgrown the Farm Program.” The event features six hours of CE (pending approval from the DOI), tradeshow, networking and more. Click here for more information.

New Producers & AEs – Coverage and Risk Assessment ‘Virtual Classroom’ Program
Risk Solutions IQ™ is a comprehensive and interactive Learning and Development experience for P&C professionals to develop participants’ risk assessment and coverage knowledge with practical, skill-based learning. 

By utilizing advanced ‘Virtual Learning’ instructional design, RSIQ™ delivers superior learning for Commercial Property, Commercial General Liability and Workers Compensation through: 
  • Short Video Coverage Overview 
  • Fully-Narrated Online Courses 
  • Industry Expert Articles 
  • Interactive Case Studies 
  • Engaging ‘Live Learning’ Web-Learning Sessions 
Find out more here

Onboarding Your New Talent Can Be Seamless!
We know hiring a new employee can be exciting for your agency’s future, yet finding the time and proper resources to appropriately train them the can seem like a daunting task. That's why we've partnered with New Level Partners, LLC (NLP), a national learning and development company, to offer affordable options for our members to train your employees on a self-paced online platform.
Each course is designed with full interactivity including expert narration to keep the employee engaged in the content. Courses also contain knowledge checkpoints and a final assessment to track the student's retention of course material. Courses can be purchased and accessed 24/7 by visiting here.

The IIA of IL offers over 25 webinars a month lead by nationally recognized faculty. You can earn the CE you need without having to be tied to your desk, as long as you have internet access. We are always adding new programming to the lineup. 

Upcoming topics include: ETHICS*; Flood; Homeowners; Farm Vehicles; Business Income; E&O; Cyber Liability, Condominiums, Additional Insureds; Certificates of Insurance; Business Auto; Fraud; PAP; Insuring Toys & Collectibles, Technology Exposures; Workers Comp; CGL; Trusts; and so many more.

* Don’t forget: you can now take Ethics as a live webinar!

You can view the full schedule of webinars here.

Virtual University Launches Risk & Reality Reports 
The Big “I" Virtual University is pleased to announce a great addition to your agency's reference library: Risk & Reality Reports. Accessible to IIA of IL members only.  

Choose from 23 easy-to-read white papers based on presentations and articles written by some of the industry's leading experts, focused on:
  • General liability issues
  • Advanced liability issues
  • Commercial property training
  • Key commercial property coverages
  • Condominiums
  • Certificates of insurance
  • Workers compensation
  • Personal lines
  • Improved agency performance
Click here for details.
Attend an E&O Seminar Today!
The IIA of IL offers seminars in both a classroom setting and as a webinar. The seminars are open to everyone and examine E&O risk management from the agency perspective and addresses the fundamentals of reducing E&O exposures of today's ever-changing agency operations. Each class covers a wide variety of topics. Visit the E&O page for more information and to register for upcoming classes. Want us to bring the E&O seminar to your office? In-House Programming is available. Contact Shannon Churchill at for more details.