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Our roots began in 1929 as the H.O. Stephens Agency.  Established to provide personal and commercial insurance products with an emphasis on personalized service and superior product knowledge, the name prospered under the name until 1976, when it was acquired by James M. Hardesty.

The agency was guided by James M. Hardesty for the next 22 years and carried his name during that span.  Continued growth in commercial property as well as life and health made it an attractive business interest to South Side Trust and Savings Bank given the upcoming retirement of Mr. Hardesty.

In 1998, South Side Trust and Savings Bank purchased the agency and changed the name to Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc.  The harmonious philosophies of personalized service to the customer made an ideal partnering of the bank and the insurance agency.  In 1999, Ron Murphy was hired as president to guide the agency into the 21st Century.  His leadership has secured the continued growth that began more than 70 years ago.

Mid Illinois Insurance is engaged in the business of selling insurance and related products.  Its primary goal is to provide high quality insurance products at an equitable and fair price to our customers.

We strive to provide the very best service to our customers.  Our customers are the lifeblood of this agency, without whom this agency would not be in business.  They entrust us with the responsibility of providing financial protection against catastrophic events.  Our expertise as insurance professionals is essential to satisfy their needs and protect their financial stability.

Our agency employs dedicated and knowledgeable people to fulfill the needs of our customers.  All employees are treated with dignity and respect, given a fair wage and equal opportunity, without regard to race, color, sex, age, or physical disability.  we choose only the top insurance companies to do business.  These companies, partnered with our agency and staff, provide a strong team to serve our customers' needs.

1524 W. Glen Avenue, Suite B
Peoria, IL 61614