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97-year-old Illinois insurance agency joins alliance


Church Insurance Agency recently joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a group of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

Church Insurance Agency specializes in home, business, auto, life and commercial insurance. Founded in 1919, the agency was purchased by owner Bruce Young in 2014. It is located at 116 E. Court St. in Paris, Ill.

“We look forward to utilizing the vast resources that VIAA can provide to us,” said Young. “By having a wider array of insurance providers, we now will be able to offer potential customers more cost-effective programs that will efficiently meet their unique needs.”

Founded in 2006, VIAA is located at 7745 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, Mo. The alliance generates more than $125 million in written premium and is the regional founding member in Missouri and Southern Illinois for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance, a $6 billion national insurance coalition. SIAA, which is the nation’s largest partnership of independent insurance agencies, consists of the highest caliber of firms that share a leveraged strength with their carrier partners and industry resources.

For more information about Church Insurance Agency, visit or call (217) 465-4022.

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