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Put a Trusted Partner in Your Corner. We have absolute understanding of the risks that we insure. You. Your Family. Your business. Your Life…



Put a Team in Your Corner. The right benefits program is the one that’s right for your business and the way you work. It’s that simple…


Put an advocate in your corner.

At Esser Hayes Insurance, we advocate for you.

Whether it’s painting the best picture of your company’s safety efforts, to telling the story of losing a diamond heirloom, we advocate for you. We dig deep to find the perfect insurance solutions for your needs and then bring the right information to our carriers so that you, your family and your business are always protected. Consider us a third hand. We’re always there. Making things right. Finding Answers. Gathering the details we know are important. Telling the story.

Why Esser Hayes Insurance?

  • Experts in Commercial, Personal & Health Insurance Since 1941
  • 75 Employees strong working for you. We’re your team.
  • An experienced firm with long held, strong carrier relationships.
  • Large Breadth and Depth of Products and Services
  • We have a culture of safety and a helping hand
  • Focus on reducing overall costs with strong claims advocacy
  • Large and small business focus
  • Esser Hayes is a local, independent agent and a member of Trusted Choice®

See how Esser Hayes is committed to our clients.

Dedicated to Growth

Esser Hayes continues to grow through thoughtful operations and selective acquisitions.
In 2018 Esser Hayes expanded their Community Agency platform to include CIBC Employee Benefits Experts (Kankakee, IL & Champaign, IL), Hawkins-Cassens (Sterling, IL), and Warren (Steger, IL ). Our shared services platform enables firms to maximize their service offerings, yet continue to be themselves while maintaining their unique focus. As Esser Hayes grows, so does our industry expertise, local relationships and collaborative culture.
If you would like to learn more about becoming an Esser Hayes Community Partner, contact us today. Our Philosophy >

Key Personnel

Low employee turnover is critical at Esser Hayes Insurance Group.
We continue to grow as a firm, but still maintain a family business culture throughout our organization. This is a testament to nurturing an environment of loyalty, professional development and dedication to our staff. Much of our staff has been with us for well over 15 years. Staff > 

Reducing Costs

People think insurance is just a numbers game.
Actually, insurance is very personal. It’s more than a business relationship, it can be crisis intervention, planned transitions and more. We have an entire department of people to buck us on tactical decisions for our customer. Reducing Costs > 

Local, Community Agency

We believe in supporting the fabric of our community and are committed to treating you as a person, not a policy.
That means we represent the industry’s highest rated insurance carriers and boast deep expertise in insurance solutions that run the gamut from business and personal lines to health plans and estate-planning tools. Esser Hayes is an unmatched source for smart, customized and comprehensive insurance solutions that offer the right combination of asset protection and growth. Our Philosophy >

Strong Carrier Relationships

We know our carriers and they know us.
This puts our clients in an enviable position and allows us to advocate for them from a position of strength and credibility. After all, our carriers know us personally. They always have a face and an ongoing relationship with one of our team members. We represent you in the best way possible, getting the right details, telling your story in the most positive light and getting your file to the top of the pile. We advocate well for our clients because we know them, their individual situations and we know our carriers. For you, this means timely and meaningful market representation. Carrier > 

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We’re large enough to provide high quality competitive products and services, but we still get to know our customers and work hand in hand to solve challenges and enhance benefits.”

Howard Weiss, Executive Vice President
Esser Hayes Insurance