Chartered in 1877, the Forreston Mutual Insurance Company was founded by a group of farmers in northwest Illinois for the purpose of providing farmers with cheaper fire protection than they had been able to obtain. When organized, only farm property was insured, however, throughout the years the policy and coverages have been revised and updated in an effort to offer the best protection possible. There are seven elected directors from the area that currently serve on the board. When the company was first chartered, it only served four townships. Now the territory has grown to 88 counties in Illinois. Forreston Mutual Insurance Company has provided policyholders protection and security for the best value for over one-hundred thirty-five years, and will continue to provide exemplary service and continued financial strength into the future.