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Smash-and-Grab Robbers Take Thousands of Dollars in Clothing

(CHICAGO) -- Thousands of dollars in clothing was reported stolen in a smash-and-grab robbery at a store in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood Wednesday.

Police told ABC's Chicago station WLS-TV that around 4:15 a.m. they responded to the Cisco NYC clothing store in the area of Madison Street and Pulaski Road. There they found a minivan had crashed into glass doors at the store.

According to investigators, surveillance video shows about 20 people -- some who came in the minivan and others who came in getaway vehicles -- entering the store and stealing merchandise.

Among the items stolen were about 200 pairs of Robin's jeans, with each pair being worth $200-$700, a store worker told WLS-TV.

There were no immediate arrests.

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Chicago Gets Two More Graffiti Removal Trucks

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago is getting more equipment to help get rid of graffiti around the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that two new chemical graffiti removal trucks have been added to the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) fleet.

This now makesa total of four trucks that are part of the department's graffiti removal program.

Officials said adding the new trucks will allow the DSS to remove 10-15 percent more graffiti.

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Police Charge Man in Fatal Apartment Shooting

(CHICAGO) -- Police have charged a 25-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in Chicago last Friday.

Paris Walker-Rush has been charged with one felony count of manslaughter-involuntary, and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

The charges stem from a shooting Friday night at an apartment on the 5200 block of South Cornell Ave., in which a 24-year-old man was shot in the face and killed.

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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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