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COUNTRY ranked No. 1 in complaint ratio in Illinois
COUNTRY Financial is ranked No. 1 with the lowest complaint ratio among Illinois auto and life insurers in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
COUNTRY has had the lowest auto complaint ratio for 11 of the past 12 years. For every $1 million in written auto premiums, it had .04 complaints, the lowest among the report's other 50 insurers.
COUNTRY Life also had the lowest complaint ratio among 34 companies at .12 per $1 million in written premiums. Prior to 2010, COUNTRY Life did not appear in the ranking because the IDOI received fewer than 10 complaints. IDOI officials changed the ranking system last year to list companies for which they received five or more written complaints.
Among home insurers, COUNTRY ranked second, with a complaint ratio of .23 for every $1 million in written home premiums. The company has ranked in the top two home insurers for the past 12 years.
"Our clients know that they get more than an insurance policy when they do business with COUNTRY," said John Blackman, the company's CEO. "We build long-lasting relationships with our clients, who can rely on 86 years of experience from people they know and trust."

GROWMARK's
meeting theme:
'Value Driven'

More than 1,000 GROWMARK employees, member cooperative directors and staff, and guests will gather for the GROWMARK annual meeting this Thursday and Friday at the Hilton Chicago.
The theme for this year’s meeting is "Value Driven."
Updates from the meeting will be posted on www.growmark.com and on Twitter, using the hashtag #gmkam11.
The GROWMARK annual meeting is a multi-faceted event, which includes honors and awards, CEO and chairman’s speeches, comments from FFA  youths, presentation of the cooperative’s financial information and director elections.
Five of GROWMARK’s 16 director seats, established by geographic zone, will be elected. GROWMARK has six established governance zones, with multiple directors in each, covering North America. One director-at-large represents Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin Farm Bureaus. Successful candidates will serve three-year terms.
GROWMARK is a regional cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing in 31 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. The FS brand represents knowledgeable, experienced professionals acting with integrity and dedication to serve more than 250,000 customers.