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City: 300 Jobs Expected as IlliniCare Health Moves to New Office

(CHICAGO) -- IlliniCare Health is set to move to a new office in Chicago, bringing an additional 300 jobs to the area, officials announced Friday.

According to city officials, the new office will be located at 77 W. Wacker Drive in the Loop.

The company also plans to introduce a pilot neighborhood community hub facility aimed at better serving health plan members in city neighborhoods.

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New York Researcher Named New Univ. of Illinois President 

(CHICAGO) -- Timothy Killeen, a researcher with the State University of New York (SUNY), has been named the new president of the University of Illinois.

Killeen, 62, was named as the university's 20th president on Wednesday, and his appointment is now pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees when it meets in January.

If approved, Killeen would replace retiring president Robert Easter.

Killeen is curently the vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation at SUNY.

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Blase Cupich Installed as Ninth Archbishop of Chicago

(CHICAGO) -- Blase Cupich is the new archbishop of Chicago.

Cupich was installed as the city's ninth archbishop Tuesday afternoon during a mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

Cupich was selected by Pope Francis to succeed Francis Cardinal George as the leader of Archdiocese of Chicago.

Gov. Pat Quinn was among many who thanked George for his service, and welcomed Cupich to the new post.

"Archbishop Cupich is a strong advocate for social justice," Gov. Quinn said in a statement. "Like Pope Francis, he has a servant’s heart. He understands that everyone, regardless of their walk of life, deserves respect and support."

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Small Plane Crashes into Chicago Home

(CHICAGO) -- A small plane crashed into a Chicago home early Tuesday morning, with the pilot’s condition unknown and no one from the home believed to be injured, authorities said.

The crash, which happened near Chicago Midway International Airport, involved an Aero Commander 500 cargo jet, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey told ABC News.

Corey said the pilot was trying to return to the airport after reporting engine problems. The plane ended up crashing about a mile away, into the home on the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue.

The home’s occupants made it out safely, Chicago police said.

The pilot was headed to Chicago Executive Airport in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, located about 40 miles north of Chicago Midway International Airport.

The FAA’s investigation into the crash -- which will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board -- could take up to a year or more, Corey said.

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Police: Over 6,200 Illegal Guns Taken Off Streets

(CHICAGO) -- So far this year, more than 6,200 illegal guns have been taken off the streets, the Chicago Police Department announced Monday.

According to the department, 6,252 illegal guns have been recovered by officers so far in 2014.

And while the police are doing their part, they are also calling on legislators to help in the battle to rid the city of illegal guns.

"We’ll continue efforts to enhance public safety, but we also need better laws to keep these illegal guns out of our communities and out of the hands of criminals in the first place," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in a statement.

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