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Our office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

September & October Agencies of the Month

Our September winner for Quote Leader was the Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency for the 2nd month in a row! They were followed by Kane Insurance, Ziegler-Jacob, Banterra and Draper! It was a close call on our Production Leader, but the win goes to Ziegler-Jacob Insurance, followed closely by Dempster Insurance! Other top agencies were Glenn Ins, Southern Illinois Underwriters, Wohltman-Aherin and Thacker Insurance!

In October, our winner for Quote Leader is Thacker Insurance Agency! Other leading Agencies were Wright Ins, Wohltman-Aherin, Diederich Ins, and Snyder Financial. We had another close call on our Production Leader, but Ziegler-Jacob Insurance was able to pull ahead again for the 2nd month in a row! They were followed closely by Squier Ins, Wohltman-Aherin and Bryant Insurance!

Congratulations and thank you everyone!  Be on the lookout for social media spotlights on the winners!  Don’t forget this year’s grand prize is a party room at a Blues hockey game!

Obsolescence, Age, Diminished Value, Fading, Wear and Tear Limitation (HMIC 446 07-19)

Effective 7-1-19, the Obsolescence, Age, Diminished Value, Fading, Wear and Tear Limitation (HMIC 446 07-19) will be added to all policies (renewal and new business).
Some background:
The Insurance Code of the State of Illinois and our Insurance Policies do not require matching. For example, if the siding or roof on a dwelling has physical damage caused by a covered peril on one side, we are not required to replace the other sides that were not physically damaged by a covered peril. Matching, fading, obsolescence, age, and wear and tear issues are not considered direct physical damage caused by a covered peril under the Code or the Policy. This is the way we have adjusted and settled claims for many years.
Recently, there has been some movement in the court system to require matching, etc. However, the Code and our Policies have not changed. In an attempt to make this clear to our insured, we have decided to add this Endorsement to all policies. This Endorsement does not change the way we have been adjusting and settling claims. It just puts it in writing and makes it a part of the policy to make our intent clear to the insured. Without this Endorsement, there is the possibility the courts could interpret the policy differently.
This information was also sent out through our Constant Contact email system on 5/24/2019.  Please let Sarah know if you did not receive it so we can verify your email address.  A copy of this form is available on our Applications and Forms tab.

2019 Agency of the Month Contest

Hello all!  As you know, we have been running our Agency of the Month contest for a couple years now and would like to change it up a bit to make it open to more Winners!  This year we will be giving 2 awards each month, one for the most quotes and one for the most new business.  At the end of the year we plan to get a Blues Hockey party suite for the Agency(ies) that does the best!  Each month 1 point will be awarded for every Home, Dwelling, Rental or Tenant policy written or quoted.  Two points will be awarded for every farm written or quoted.  Written premium will be used to determine tie breakers.

We will run a social media promotion for the winner each month in each category as well as post that article here on our News Tab!  Thank you for supporting Heartland Mutual!!

New Discounts Available 1/1/2019!

Effective November 1, 2018, we are no longer rating based on credit!  If you run into an issue on the online quoting system, please call our office and we will override it.

These discounts can also be found in our 2019 Underwriting Manual on page 7 for homes and page 35 for farms.  The manual is located on our Applications and Forms tab.

We have also included Smart Home Technology in our Security Discounts!

Did You Know?

That we offer Non-Depreciation of Repairs on Farm Personal Property?  399 (RC) 1-09

We have new flyers for Equipment Breakdown.  Find them on the Applications & Forms Tab!

We also have a flyer for our new Service Line Coverage.  Find it in the post below!

Service Line Coverage Available 10/1/2018

Effective 10/1/2018, Heartland Mutual will begin offering “Service Line Coverage.”  Copies of the forms are available below and will be in our Endorsement Manual when they become effective.

“This is an optional, premium bearing endorsement that can be attached on new business, renewal, change of coverage, or an anniversary.”  “This endorsement provides up to $10,000 for loss or damage resulting from a service line failure, subject to a $500 deductible.  This coverage applies to exterior/underground water/sewer piping, power lines, and ground loop piping that connects to a heat pump.  Coverage applies to dwellings only.”

456 (HG) 01-16 (Home)

456 (RC) 07-14 (Farm)

Service Line Coverage Flyer GMRC 2011 (08-17)

Direct Deposit Commissions

We are in the process of setting up direct deposit commissions!  If you would like to enroll, the form can be found on our applications & forms tab along with instructions.  You already have access to your commission statements through the IMT Dashboard.  In an effort to streamline this process and reduce paper, we will no longer mail copies of the statements once our direct deposit system is in place.  Please call our office with any questions.

Instructions: Accessing-Commission-Statements

Online Quoting is Now Available!

Great News!!  You may now quote homeowners policies online through the Vector Quoting System!  Simply log in to the Agents IMT Dashboard and click on “New Quote”.  Once you create a quote, you can access it through the “Quotes/Apps” button.  IMT held a webinar tutorial for our Agents on April 11, 2017.  You may watch the webinar video through the link below.   If you do not wish to use the quoting system, don’t worry.  You can still email or fax quote requests to our underwriters who will be happy to help you.  If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us!  We’ve worked very hard on this system and hope it works well for you!!