Blue Cross to close Champaign office

CHAMPAIGN — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois plans to close its Champaign office and have the 90 employees either work from home or the Danville office, the company said Wednesday.

Consolidating the Champaign and Danville offices "not only gives us the ability to bring together our employees and their functions, but it also makes optimal use of space we already occupy," company spokeswoman Mary Ann Schultz said.

The consolidation will take place "over the next several months," she said. Employees were informed of the plans Tuesday.

No jobs will be eliminated as a result of closing the office at 2001 Fox Drive, C, Schultz said.

Some employees will be given the opportunity to work from home, while others will work from the Danville office, which Schultz said is "in driving distance from Champaign." The Danville office is located at 3290 E. Main St.

Schultz said Blue Cross and Blue Shield is trying to reduce administrative costs by "optimizing" its real estate footprint and bringing business functions together.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield also plans to consolidate its Springfield offices, transferring employees from its MacArthur Avenue offices to its Robbins Road and Liberty Avenue sites. Some employees will be allowed to work from home.

That move is expected to take place over the next nine to 12 months, she said.

More than 1,000 employees work in Springfield, 200 of them at the MacArthur Avenue facility.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is operated by Health Care Service Corp.

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