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Attention Illinois Homeowners! Consumber Alert! Illinois Department of Insurance Warns Consumers Not to Purchase Home Warranty Service from Arkidus Home Protection

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in News

The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is alerting consumers that Arkidus Home Protection has been unlawfully marketing home warranty services to Illinois residents via the Internet. Despite a previous order by the Department to cease and desist from doing business in Illinois, the Florida-based Arkidus offered coverage for household appliances. The Department has received several complaints from consumers who were having difficulty receiving reimbursement from Arkidus for claims. An investigation determined that Arkidus and Reinaldo “Ray” A. Berges, who conducted business individually and on behalf of the company, had never been granted a certificate of authority to transact insurance or a license to sell home warranties in Illinois. Consumers who have been doing business with Arkidus, via its website ( or Mr. Berges, should immediately seek assistance about their coverage. Read the Cease and Desist...

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Pekin Insurance Parent Company Holds Annual Meeting

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in News

The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association, Pekin Insurance’s parent company, held its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at their Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.The following directors were elected for three year terms: Scott A. Martin, Peoria, Illinois; and Thomas C. Hornstein and Christine A. Schwartz, both of Pekin, Illinois.Subscribers elected Thomas C. Hornstein and Christine A. Schwartz, both of Pekin, Illinois, to the Advisory Committee.Officers of the company were elected as follows: Gordon M. Walker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Steven R. Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board; Scott A. Martin, President; Daniel V. Connell, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary; Todd A. Clark, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Brian K. Lee, Senior Vice President; Stephen H. Nunan, Senior Vice President – Underwriting; Curtis A. Eeten, Vice President – Claims; Gregory...

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Employees of Pekin Insurance Gave Gifts That Mattered Most

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in News

The yuletide fervor of the holiday season is over, but the heartfelt efforts and outpouring of caring of Pekin Insurance employees is still felt by some less fortunate families in Pekin. Through the company’s Christmas Care program, these families had a Christmas that they will not forget for a long time.Since Thanksgiving, there were Christmas Care collection boxes located throughout the company’s Home Office in Pekin. As the weeks progressed throughout the holiday season, the boxes began to fill with food items and new and gently-used toys and games. The employees also opened their wallets to help the less fortunate families have a wonderful Christmas.Pekin Insurance’s annual Christmas Care program started more than 25 years ago and has helped many families in the Pekin area have a Christmas they never thought possible. Throughout the years, the donations of food...

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Pekin Insurance Agencies Helped to Bring Joy to Troops Serving Overseas (2012)

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in News

Pekin Insurance independent agencies, pre-need agencies, and financial institution partners made the holidays more meaningful and merry to our troops overseas by participating in a recent “Care for the Troops with Life” sales contest.For every life insurance application that they submitted during the contest, monetary funds were donated to the USO Operation Care Package program, whose goal is to support our soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen through care packages and letters of encouragement. Thanks to the combined efforts of Pekin Insurance’s independent agency force, pre-need agencies, and financial institution partners, the company donated $20,000 to this worthy cause.The company and its independent agencies sincerely thank the men and women who are making the sacrifice and commitment to fight for the freedom and safety of our country. We were happy to take this opportunity to provide members of our armed...

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Pekin Insurance® Mobile App Now Available for the iPhone

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in News

Whether you are on the go in your own hometown or in another state across the country, you can now be just a swipe away from viewing your Pekin Insurance policy information with our new mobile app for the iPhone. Being involved in an auto accident can be traumatic enough, and our new mobile app can make it easy to gather the information you need to file a claim with the convenient accident assistant feature which will easily walk you through the claim process, as well as giving you access to My PI,* where you can find all the basic information on your policies.Other beneficial functions include access to Auto ID Cards and a “Services Finder” that assists you in locating area hotels, gas stations, restaurants, and locksmiths.The app is currently only available in the Apple Store. We are...

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Pekin Insurance® Participates in American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in News

All businesses exist in a challenging world. A well-crafted emergency response plan is critical in planning for the unexpected. The American Red Cross has created a new Ready Rating program which aids an organization in gaining a better understanding of the principles of emergency response and creating their own solid emergency response plans. Their recent research has shown that more than half of Americans say that they don’t feel prepared for an everyday emergency, let alone a catastrophe. Because emergencies can happen at any time, there is a constant need to prepare for emergencies. The Ready Rating program is a tool to help organizations solve this problem.Pekin Insurance has enrolled in the new disaster planning program and has successfully completed the assessment and planning tools. The company has established a Safety Board with a central focus of overseeing employee...

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