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Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company

For over 75 years, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company has had one mission: to help America’s workers preserve and protect the vitally important things they work so hard to build. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Colonial offers a wide range of financial protection options, helping more than three million people in over 85,000 companies. In addition to its personal benefits counseling expertise, the company is a pioneer of payroll deduction and innovator of enrollment technology. Colonial’s end-to-end capabilities and commitment to going above and beyond enable them to provide unmatched customer service. With more than 10,000 sales representatives and more than 1,000 home office professionals, Colonial is available to help during life’s most challenging times.

Large Businesses Choose Colonial Life

With its national network of independent offices and local enrollment specialists, Colonial everywhere large businesses need them to be, with scalable solutions and staffing that can adapt to any business’s need.

With large-case expertise, Colonial is preferred by large businesses and their employees:

  • 3,500+ customers with 500+ employees
  • 17 percent market share
  • Three years average tenure
  • Success through scalable systems and resources

Enrollment and Connectivity

  • 6,300 benefits counselors nationwide (1,300 large-case-certified enrollment specialists)
  • Over 9,000 locations enrolled annually across all 50 states
  • Over 30 BenAdmin plug-and-play partners and the ability to connect to almost any system

Service and Support: A Team for Your Team

With hundreds of local offices supported by home-office staff and coordination, each of Colonial’s larger clients receives the dedicated time and attention of their own home-office team:

Field support specialist – Coordinates activity and support in both the territory and local offices

Enrollment consultant – Coordinates enrollment locally and nationally; ensures the best enrollment experience for your clients’ employees

Client manager – Your primary point of contact; ensures you receive the service and attention you need to meet your client’s needs

Enrollment data manager – Leads any necessary technical research and analysis; ensures data exchanges function accurately and securely

Billing specialist – Manages the day-to-day support of your clients’ payroll deductions; ensures billing processes take place accurately and on schedule

How do Your Benefits Measure Up?

Your employees’ well-being means everything to their families and to the success of your business. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to help protect them during challenging times – voluntary benefits from Colonial Life.

For instance, if your employees couldn’t work because of an accident or injury, how would they pay their bills? With disability insurance, they could receive benefits to help pay for their daily living expenses.

And like all our voluntary benefits, disability insurance can be employee-paid, so there’s no direct cost to you.

Build a Balanced Benefits Package

In addition to disability insurance, they offer a variety of voluntary benefits, including accident, cancer and even dental and vision – all at no direct cost to you.

Colonial will tailor their solutions to meet your business needs and help you with:

Cost-saving strategies – From boosting tax savings to aiding employee cost-sharing, Colonial’s proven benefit strategies can help you save money.

End-to-end service – They can help every step of the way, supporting your enrollment and reducing your administrative burdens.

One-to-one benefits counseling – Benefit counselors can help your employees understand and appreciate all their benefit options.

Genesee Theatre

The Genesee Theatre was the brainchild of A.L. Brumund, H.C. Burnett and D.T. Webb, three prominent Waukegan businessmen. They purchased the land from the YMCA for $130,000 in 1926.

The theater was built over a year-and-a-half at a cost of $1 million. With help from Chicago architect Edward P. Steinberg, The Genesee was decorated in Spanish Renaissance style, with over 1,200 yards of tapestry fabric, several tons of marble and a $25,000 Barton Grande pipe organ. The Genesee opened on Dec. 25, 1927, with four sold-out showings of “The Valley of the Giants.”

End of an Era

In 1952, The Genesee Theatre was renovated with new seats, a new sound system and some changes to the décor. However, the popularity of the hometown theater slowly declined, as major movie cineplexes became the standard. In 1982, The Genesee stopped showing motion pictures. The theater closed its doors officially in 1989.

A New Beginning

In 1999, the City of Waukegan purchased the building and began renovations to restore the theater to it former glory. After $23 million and the help of over 120 volunteers, The Genesee Theatre reopened with sold-out shows on Dec. 3, 2004.

The Genesee Today

Today, The Genesee Theatre is a cornerstone of the community, marking Waukegan as a destination for high-quality entertainment once reserved for major cities. It hosts more than 70 shows per year from some of the biggest names in music, as well as plays, comedy, movies and dance. During the 2017-2018 season, high-energy acts from Huey Lewis & The News to REO Speedwagon and Sara Evans to Daughtry entertained audiences at The Genesee Theatre. Other popular shows were comedian Ron White, celebrity chef Alton Brown, the musical Million Dollar Quartet and the Russian Ballet.

In addition, The Genesee’s combination of majestic beauty and versatility among the stage, support spaces and public access areas, make it the perfect venue for private events such as weddings, corporate meetings and seminars.

Whether you are looking for a place to host a private gathering or something to do on your night out, The Genesee Theatre has something to appeal to everyone.

Warren-Newport Public Library

Libraries Are for Everyone

Did you know you can use your library card at any Lake County library? In fact, it’s good at any public library in Illinois! (One reason to keep it in good standing.)

At the Warren-Newport Public Library (WNPL) in Gurnee, and at libraries all over Lake County, discover the transformative power of libraries by learning, exploring, creating, connecting and growing.

WNPL can help you. Here’s how:

  • Early literacy – prepare your child to learn to read
  • Designated areas with activities for preschoolers, tweens and teens
  • Readers advisory and reference services – get answers and expert recommendations
  • Bookmobile visits and homebound delivery – bringing the library to your doorstep
  • Telescopes to check out (another reason to keep your card in good standing)
  • Programs and workshops for lifelong learners
  • Podcasts and video reviews of new titles
  • Mobile app, text alerts, databases – the library on your smartphone
  • Public computers and classes
  • Study and meeting rooms
  • Quiet reading room with hundreds of magazines and newspapers
  • Friends of the Library – operators of Book Ends used book store

Libraries Mean Business

Businesses located in the Warren-Newport Public Library District, a 55-square mile area that covers all or most of Warren and Newport townships, are eligible for a free corporate library card from WNPL. In addition to study rooms, copy/scan/print/fax and numerous business-related databases, WNPL has strong partnerships with the Job Center of Lake County and SCORE Chicago. SCORE counselors visit twice each month with free, lifetime and confidential mentoring and consulting for small businesses and start-ups. Appointments can be made online at or by calling (312) 353-7724.

Libraries Transform; Libraries Lead

You may wonder: What is the role of libraries in the 21st century? Libraries transform lives. Libraries transform communities. Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning. Libraries are a smart investment.

  • Libraries are at the heart of our communities—a resource for people of any age to find what they need to help improve their quality of life.
  • Libraries are evolving to serve the public and to level the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies.
  • Libraries also are expanding beyond traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and delivering new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.
  • Libraries are committed to developing a digitally inclusive society.

WNPL 45th Anniversary 1973-2018

The library district is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a reading challenge. Read 45 books this year and enter to win a fabulous prize. Pick up a reading log at any service desk, online or on the bookmobile and get reading. On Dec. 30, winners will be drawn for kids and adults to win a new tablet. Watch for celebrations throughout 2018.

How to Get a Library Card

All residents of the Warren-Newport Public Library District are eligible for a library card. Apply at the checkout desk, on the bookmobile or online. WNPL cards are issued free of charge to Warren-Newport Public Library District residents only, and are good for three years.

To sign up in person, bring a photo ID with two forms of identification, one with your current address, to the main library or bookmobile. Check out items the same day.

To sign up online, complete the online form and receive your temporary library card number, which is good for 14 days. Have immediate access to the library catalog and place up to five holds. Bring a photo ID with two forms of identification, one with your current address, to the main library or bookmobile within 14 days and receive your permanent library card.

Confirm that you live in the Warren-Newport Public Library District. To check your address, call the library at (847) 244-5150, ext. 1 or search the Library District Map Gallery of the Lake County GIS/Mapping Division to verify if you reside within the Warren-Newport Library District boundaries.

Find your home library and make sure everyone in your family has a library card, which for kids is the most important school supply of all.

The Warren-Newport Public Library District, founded by volunteers, serves a population of 67,000.

Address: 224 North O’Plaine Rd., Gurnee
Phone: (847) 244-5150
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday (Sept.-May) 1-5 p.m.