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OPINION: Every aspect of an individual’s well-being is connected, and our approach to healthcare should be the same

The ever-rising cost of healthcare has been a constant and unyielding pressure on individuals, employers and government.

Analysis: Homeowners in Pennsylvania county pay highest property tax rate in U.S.

From Keystone Business News

With an effective property tax rate of 3.99 percent, Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania has the highest tax rate among U.S. counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

114,405 U.S. borrowers in default on student loans from private, nonprofit schools

From Higher Education Tribune

Everest University in Florida, Liberty University in Virginia, and International American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus reported the largest share of borrowers from private, nonprofit institutions who defaulted on school loans they started repaying in 2014, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

Analysis: 569,475 students played college sports in 2016

From Higher Education Tribune

Lindenwood University, Cornell University and Harvard University reported the most students participating in athletics in 2016, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of U.S. Department of Education data.

Kraft Food Ingredients officially becomes Kraft Heinz Ingredients

Kraft Food Ingredients is expanding its operations and has acquired Heinz, making the new company name Kraft Heinz Ingredients. The newly expanded company is headquartered in Glenview.

CEO of Chicago-based Exelon to help head up Diversity & Inclusion initiative

President and CEO of Exelon Chris Crane is joining forces with various companies worldwide as part of The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires Group Insurance Associates of Louisiana

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Group Insurance Associates Inc., based in Metairie, Louisiana.

Follett Corp. taps Coe as chief operating officer

Follett Corp. President and CEO Ray Griffith recently introduced George Coe as chief operating officer for the company. 

Global Insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires business

Global insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced Thursday that they have acquired Adco General Corporation. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and most of its employees will remain on staff.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires consulting firm Gruppo Marcucci

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired consulting firm Gruppo Marcucci LLC (GPM), which specializes in human resources and benefits technology for brokers, employers, insurance carriers and service providers, among others.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires Phoenix-based consulting firm

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired The MW Bagnall Co. based in Phoenix.

Arthur J. Gallagher's Triche named to insurance agency council board

Numa "Bumpy" Triche, regional executive vice president of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., has been elected to the board of directors for The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. acquires Michigan's Regency Group

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired Regency Group of East Lansing, Michigan.

Restatement of insurance liability law raises concerns

Legal experts and others gathered this month to put the finishing touches on a restatement of insurance liability law, but the process of restatement, carried out by the American Legal Institute (ALI), has provoked some criticism and concern, with claims the private body’s work leads to a de facto rewriting of laws rather than simply clarifying existing court-developed common law.

Nutrisystem adds new warehouse in Troy

Nutrisystem said Wednesday it is adding a new warehouse in southwestern Illinois to enhance productivity and increase shipping speed.

Comcast Business offers its third annual competition for entrepreneurs, startups

Comcast Business is accepting entries from the nation's most innovative entrepreneurs and startups for its third annual Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs (I4E) competition.

Campus store service provider Follett purchases Advanced-Online

The deal expands Follet's reach in the campus store services marketplace.

Dick's Sporting Goods to open Friday at Joliet Commons

Dick's Sporting Goods will open its 27th store in Illinois and 637th store in the U.S. on Friday at Joliet Commons in Joliet.

Ridesharing company CabbyGo launches service in Chicago

Ridesharing company CabbyGo launched in Chicago this week and is now available from downtown to the north, south and west sides. Neighborhoods served include River West, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, Wrigleyville, Hyde Park, Bridgeport and Englewood.

Penn National Gaming set to acquire Illinois video game operator

Penn National Gaming Inc. announced last week that it plans to acquire Illinois-based Prairie State Gaming in an all-cash transaction.

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