The Chicago Eagles joined the CIF in 2016. The team was originally to be called the Illiana Eagles, but chose the Chicago moniker in an attempt to draw more fans. Anthony Iannotti quarterbacked the team for all but one game, passing for 1,437 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 picks. He also netted 309 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Calvin Phillips led all rushers with 18 touchdowns and 619 yards. Jordan Boykin caught 11 touchdown passes, leading all receivers. Anthony Hughes accounted for four of the team's eighteen interceptions on defense. Opponents converted half of all third and fourth downs, while Chicago converted just 29% and 38% respectively. A 38 yard touchdown pass from Iannotti to Boykin gave the team its first ever victory against Bloomington with 17 seconds left. Three touchdowns in the final 78 seconds lifted the Eagles to their second victory against Omaha. A handful of close losses, including an overtime home loss would keep the Eagles at 3-9 and they would miss the playoffs. The team's final home game was marred by previous owners and coaches taking all side-padding and walls, forcing UIC staff and others to delay the game several times for collapsed walls due to shoddy replacements. The game may have been called at halftime, but the sidewalls did hold up to get through the entire contest after several delays.