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Preparing your boat for spring launch

May means the arrival of spring in the Midwest, and if you are a boat or watercraft owner, you likely are looking forward to getting into the water!  Our friends at ACE Private Risk Services passed along a few tips on getting your vessel back afloat after a long winter. BEFORE LAUNCH Inspect the bottom:  Do a […]

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Why have my homeowners insurance rates gone up?

So much goes into the formula that insurance companies use to determine annual premiums.  And most of the causes for increase are due to factors over which the companies have little control.   We like this short video from Encompass that explains how increases in catastrophic weather, insurance claim fraud and cost of building materials are all […]

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Some Favorite Potluck Recipes

Last month we trashed the Trivia Contest in hopes of collecting some healthy recipes for the new year.  We didn’t hear from many, but January also is the date for our Annual Founders Day Potluck, and we had some delicious entries this year (a few were even healthy!).  Here are recipes for some of our […]

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New Illinois Laws for 2017

More than 200 new laws took effect in Illinois this month.  Of these, there are a few new and updated driving laws that you should be aware of.  Here are a few highlights: Those who have been convicted of driving without insurance could have their vehicle impounded if they are stopped by police within 12 months […]

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Just a Quick Text

The typical “quick text” takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.  Did you know that this would be the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field?  A quick text can lead to devastating consequences.  Read on for a real-world story from […]

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