The early to mid years of the 1980’s showed a volatile and sometimes limited market for township insurance coverages. The cost of insurance continued to increase and became very difficult to budget. The TOIRMA Program was developed through extensive research by insurance professionals and the direction of township officials familiar with township coverage problems. The intent of the TOIRMA Program continues as originally directed twenty-seven years ago – to provide members with the most complete coverage available to Illinois townships at an affordable cost.
The TOIRMA Program was established effective June 1, 1986. It is a self-funded group pool as provided by the Joint Self-Insurance Section of the “Intergovernmental Cooperation Act” (Illinois Compiled Statutes). Townships/road districts which are members, in good standing, of the Township Officials of Illinois are eligible for membership. TOIRMA currently has 1,374 township/road district members and 311 multi-township assessing districts. We are humbled by the fact that we have achieved 100% renewal for 12 of the past 13 years
The TOIRMA Program provides a package of coverages for its members including General Liability, Auto Liability, Public Officials Liability, Property, Auto Physical Damage, Inland Marine, Workers’ Compensation, Treasurer’s Bond, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment. TOIRMA also includes coverages specific to townships/road districts such as Bridge Coverage ($50,000 limit) and the Human Resources Help Line.
Besides providing a full line of coverages tailored to the needs of townships, the TOIRMA Program also provides administrative support, underwriting, claims management, and loss control/risk management.
The Mission Statement provides that TOIRMA will maintain a stable contribution level and we are proud of that accomplishment. We also have a long-standing history of paying an annual dividend. This past year the Board of Trustees declared a dividend of 15% that will return $1,933,918 to 1,340 qualifying members. During the 22-year history of dividends, $31,229,113 has been returned.
The TOIRMA Program is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of five elected township officials. The board is responsible for monitoring the operations of TOIRMA and works closely with the Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the TOIRMA Program.
At the request of the TOIRMA Board of Trustees, a client satisfaction survey is conducted annually to evaluate the TOIRMA Program. All surveys are reviewed and acted upon accordingly.
The TOIRMA Program is audited annually to assess the accounting principles used and to evaluate the overall financial condition. An actuarial study is also conducted annually to measure the costs of providing coverages and estimating reserves for unpaid losses.
Service to our members remains a priority of the TOIRMA Program. If we can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact the Rod Beck, Executive Director or Jim Donelan Associate Director at the TOIRMA Executive Office in Springifeld at: 888-562-7861.
You can reach the staff in the Danville Office at 800-252-5059 as follows:
Simphi Lenover, Account Manager - Ext. 1128
Beth Eyrich, Underwriter - Ext. 1139
Katie Musgrave, Claim Supervisor - Ext. 1349
Matt Knight, Loss Control - Ext. 1387
The Spring 2014 TOIRMA Newsletter is now available. This edition includes useful information relating to: Reducing Work Injuries, TOIRMA Coverage Test, TOIRMA TIDBITS, TOIRMA Calendar, JULIE Celebrates 40 Years, Building Alteration/New Construction, Working Safely With Chain Saws, National Playground Safety Week, and New Cell Phone Law. A copy is posted on the Newsletter/Poster page of this website.
The TOIRMA Board of Trustees has voted to issue a dividend to all eligible members of the TOIRMA Program. This marks the 22nd consecutive year a dividend has been issued by the Board of Trustees. Members participating in the TOIRMA Program for the previous five consecutive years are eligible to receive a dividend. What this means is that townships that were members of TOIRMA for the June 1, 2007 – May 31, 2008 program year and have remained, will receive a dividend. This year the dividend is 15% of the member’s annual contribution for the June 1, 2007 – May 31 2008 program year. The amount totals $1,933,918 in 2013, for a 22 year total returned to the membership of $31,229,113.
TOIRMA members have access to Human Resource
professionals to assist in answering employment related
questions and issues. The Human Resources Help Line covers many areas such as: discipline and documentation, legal termination, and discrimination. The Help Line
toll-free number is: 888-472-6785, extension 1180 or extension 1201. For more information, click here.
We have had several questions lately about the minimum age of employment. TOIRMA recommends that you do not employ anyone under the age of 18, however, the decision is ultimately made by the township. Don't ever hesitate to contact the Child Labor Hot Line if you are unsure of the job restrictions - it is 800-645-5784. The Child Labor Law Information number is 312-793-2804. One of the most common Child Labor Laws states "no minor under 16 years of age shall be employed, permitted or allowed to work...about or in connection with power-driven machinery." For additional resources, you can access information at: www.state.il.us/agency/idol/forms/pdfs/FLSCLL03.pdf, www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor/agerequirements.htm, or www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/docs/haznonag.asp.
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