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State Farm is changing how its employees work on a permanent basis. The Bloomington-based insurer announced Friday it is introducing hybrid roles where most people will be part time in the office and part time at home.

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State Farm said Tuesday it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, with plans to lean more on renewable energy, cut down on paper and fleet vehicles, and incentivize good behavior among its customers.

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Even with pandemic-driven refunds and rate decreases, State Farm made a lot of money in 2020.

The Bloomington-based company's annual financial report showed net income of $3.7 billion. That's well into positive territory, but down by more than a third from 2019. State Farm's net worth rose by 8.5%—thanks to stock market gains—to $126.1 billion.

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Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies on Tuesday, including State Farm, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes.

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Bloomington-based State Farm is raising Illinois auto insurance rates by an average of 4.2%. That's less than the nearly 14% drop last year because of reduced driving due to the pandemic.

The rate hike goes into effect March 29, according to a company statement.

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State Farm will air its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday, featuring Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, alongside Jake from State Farm.

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State Farm says it plans to expand the use of a digital bookkeeping technology to speed up and streamline the auto claims process, after a successful trial run with USAA.

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Auto insurers and carmakers must overcome corporate secrecy concerns and find a way to collaborate on data-sharing to facilitate the shift to higher levels of autonomous driving.

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Many large U.S. companies have suspended donations to members of Congress in the wake of last week’s riot on Capitol Hill. State Farm’s employee political action committee is joining them.

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A consumer advocacy group wants auto insurers like State Farm to give back even more money to their customers who are driving less because of the pandemic.

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The pandemic has caused substantial need throughout the community, so State Farm decided to not sell five passenger vans and instead give them to Bloomington-Normal nonprofits.

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In Part 2 of their interview, State Farm senior vice president Annette Martinez talks to WGLT's Ryan Denham about the company's recent moves on diversity and inclusion. That includes the appointment of State Farm's first chief diversity officer over the summer.

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Raging California wildfires on one coast and the most active Atlantic hurricane season in history on the other are just two examples of how our climate is changing. It's also changing how the insurance industry prepares for increased risk of property damage and in some cases, in trying to prevent it.

The insurance business is very competitive—and not just for customers.

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New research funded by State Farm shows there are still misconceptions about cannabis and driving safety -- and that 1 in 8 adults admits to having driven under the influence of marijuana.

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State Farm and Country Financial plan to keep most of their employees working from home through at least the end of the year because of the pandemic.

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State Farm is acquiring insurance company GAINSCO Inc. in a $400 million agreement announced Thursday.

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As COVID-19 continues to hang over the economy, more insurance companies say they’re pessimistic about revenue growth and likely to shed employees in the next year, according to a new labor market study.

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State Farm’s may not be alone atop the super-competitive U.S. auto insurance business for much longer.

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A new smart speaker tool aimed at older adults has become the latest example of State Farm’s growing investment in innovation—even in businesses not directly connected to insurance.

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Many buildings in Bloomington-Normal have largely sat idle for months during the pandemic, but maintenance crews still have work to do and in some cases they've taken advantage of the time to work ahead.

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State Farm said Monday it would lower auto insurance rates in Illinois on average 13.7% because people are driving—and crashing—less due to the pandemic.

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Bloomington-Normal may soon have another insurance company: Rivian.

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State Farm says it’s cutting auto insurance rates in every state, offering another $2.2 billion back to customers who are driving—and crashing—less because of the pandemic.

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With live sports on hiatus, there aren’t a lot of major TV events that can get everybody talking. Things like the Chicago Bulls documentary on ESPN, the “Disney Family Singalong” on ABC, and Thursday night’s “Parks and Recreation” reunion have been pretty much it.

And State Farm has been a big part of each.

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Small businesses and nonprofits in central Illinois struggling due to the coronavirus have a new option for loan assistance thanks to a $10 million investment from State Farm.

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Country Financial said Wednesday it will send refund checks to its auto customers who are driving less because of the coronavirus.

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State Farm announced Thursday it's returning up to $2 billion to its auto customers who are driving less because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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An insurance industry expert says state regulators should take a more aggressive approach in forcing companies to refund premiums to policyholders who are driving less because of the coronavirus.

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State Farm said Tuesday it will decide by the end of the week how to “return value” to its policyholders who are driving a lot less because of coronavirus stay-at-home orders. 

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