NU Online News Service, March 22, 2004, 11:53 a.m. EST – The Illinois Department of Insurance has put out a call for information about policies that covered slaveholders against loss of slaves.[@@]

The department issued the data call earlier this month to implement a new state law that requires any insurer licensed and doing business in Illinois to report to the department about any policies that protected slaveholders against the death of slaves or damage done to slaves.

The data call applies both to policies that insurers wrote directly and to policies issued through predecessor corporations.

“The department is substantially following the model set by California for reporting requirements,” Deirdre Manna, Illinois’s acting insurance director, writes in a bulletin about the data call.

The Illinois department is asking insurers to report on any past sales of slave insurance by April 15.

The department has posted a copy of the bulletin on the Web at http://www.ins.state.il.us/cb/cb0401.htm