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An Illinois watchdog group takes a case against the Illinois High School Association to the state's highest court Tuesday. That’s regarding whether IHSA is subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Football Championships Bring $800K To DeKalb Area

Jan 26, 2016

Tourism officials say last year's Illinois high school football championship brought an economic boost of about $800,000 to the DeKalb area.  
 The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau says more than 22,000 people visited DeKalb the weekend of Nov. 27 and 28 when the Illinois High School Association held the championship. Officials say 465 hotel rooms were booked in DeKalb and Sycamore.  
 The(DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports that restaurant owners say they saw a 35 to 50 percent bump in business.  


Days after an Illinois high school student died from football injuries, a Cook County judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging the sports' governing body didn't do enough to protect athletes.

There have been lawsuits against the NFL, but the one brought against the Illinois High School Association a year ago was the first class action suit against a prep sports governing body.

A former South Elgin High School lineman, Alex Pierscionek, says he suffers from memory loss after getting concussions in games; he alleges the IHSA fails to protect athletes.

Destination DeKalb

The estimates are in for last year's Illinois High School Association state football championships held Nov. 29-30 at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Daily Chronicle - IHSA Destination DeKalb Economic Impact Recap

Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director for the DeKalb County Convention & Visitors Bureau, provided WNIJ the recap of revenue generated from the event. It includes: