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Why is gas so expensive in Chicago?

America has largely achieved the right to claim energy independence, since our energy exports have surpassed net imports; so why is gas so expensive in Chicago?Yes, that is a "7" in the picture, we have gotten to a point where Chicago stations are charging $7.29 for a gallon of gas; granted, few people use that grade of fuel, but even Regular is $6.59. At that rate a delivery van will use  $100 ...
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Carjacking Skyrockets in Chicago

Carjacking Skyrockets in ChicagoAs Carjacking Skyrockets in Chicago fear spreads to areas that are often thought of as safe havens. Chicago is not alone, cities all across the United States are witnessing record increases in auto thefts and carjackings in recent years. Thissudden rise is in contrast to over nearly 20 years of declining numbers. While both carjackings, and the more common th...
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Electronic Automobile Insurance Verification Program

New Insurance Law: The Electronic Automobile Insurance Verification Program is in effect.The Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, is launching a new program called the "Electronic Automobile Insurance Verification Program," in an effort to crack down on uninsured motorists.Insurance has been mandatory in Illinois since Jan. 1, 1990, but there has always been a percentage of car-owners who...
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Halloween in Chicago

Halloween in Chicago is a time when kids get to dress-up as a favorite character, gather with friends and roam from house to house collecting as much candy as possible. When I was a child, I can remember starting early and putting in hours of ringing bells till I had shopping bags full of candy. As a parent in Chicago, my wife and I took our son and his friends trick or treating, ever careful ...
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How to Compare Car Insurance Rates

How to Compare Car Insurance RatesWith the average price of a new car hitting $40,107, along with the skyrocketing expense of medical care; the cost of insurance claims are at record highs. Last year auto insurance companies paid out $184,669,308 dollars in claims. Comparing car insurance rates is essential to combating this rise and keeping your costs as low as possible. Things to look for w...
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Driving safely in Snow

Chicago is seeing the largest accumulation pf snow in decades, leaving people to dig their cars out after back-to-back storms piled up to as much as 30 inches across parts of the Chicago and suburbs. This weather causes slick conditions on our roads, and limits visibility; by noon today we already had 11 insureds report accidents, proving the importance of driving safely in snow. When roads are...
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

We at Urban Insurance Agency, want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and hope that 2021 is a healthy and happy year.For Christmas HolidayWe will close on December 24th at 2:00 pm and then reopen December 26th at 8:30 am.For New Years HolidayWe will close on December 31st at 2:00 pm and then reopen January 2nd at 8:30 am. We understand that the past year has been fi...
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Phone Outage

There is currently a worldwide Phone Outage.November, 09, 2021 Problems earlier today shut down internet services to Comcast  and AT+T customers, those issues knocked out all VOIP phones operating over their internet connections. The outage caused many police and emergency  services to be unavailable. Those problems have been repaired; but no sooner were some systems back up, other phone serv...
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Home and Auto Insurance Rates and Climate

  Chicago began 2019 with record-setting cold, and July brought days with a heat index over 100 degrees. In 2020 we have seen Death Valley hitting 130 degrees, a large "firenado" in California, an increase in the number of tropical storms, record loss of ice sheets, and rising sea levels. All across the world we are witnessing an increase in extreme weather, and insurance companies recogn...
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Covid 19 Notice

Update: As of 03/21/20 Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues order requiring residents ‘shelter in place’Urban Insurance will continue to serve our customers throughout this temporary order. We will be fully staffed and will have the ability to provide all functions necessary. Our customers will be able to look up their accounts, and make payments via our website. We will all be available via email, and ...
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