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Rockford celebrates its long history as a baseball town this weekend. Saturday afternoon is the grand reopening of Beyer Stadium, home of the famed women’s professional baseball team, the Rockford Peaches.

Women's Basketball Coach Quits At NIU

Apr 29, 2015

Northern Illinois University women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett has resigned, Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced Wednesday.

According to a news release, Bennett compiled a record of 57-93 in five seasons at NIU. The Huskies posted a 12-17 record in 2014-15.

Frazier said a national search for a new head women's basketball coach will begin immediately.

"14 Ernie Banks Medal of Freedom White House" by White House photographer

The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.

Banks died Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.

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Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.

IHSA Responds To New Lawsuit

Dec 1, 2014

The Illinois High School Association is responding to a new lawsuit. It alleges IHSA hasn't done enough to protect football players from concussions. 

An attorney filed the suit on behalf of a former Cook County high school quarterback. IHSA officials say concussion management remains a top priority. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It has been 60 years since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s players hung up their spikes. Now, a new book profiles one of the league’s greatest, who played for the Rockford Peaches. 


Northern Illinois University has announced a national search for the position of associate vice president and director of athletics.
A search firm will be utilized to expedite the search process. NIU President John G. Peters made the announcement May 14.

“After extensive consultation with President-Designate Baker and conversations with NCAA and BCS leaders, we’ve become convinced that it is time to launch a national search for a leader for our intercollegiate athletics program. Northern Illinois University enjoys a great reputation nationally.”

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has a long, proud baseball history:  it’s where sports pioneer Albert Spalding got his start. It’s where every company in town had its own industrial league team. And during World War Two, the most famous women’s professional baseball team drew thousands of fans. Now there’s a new team trying to revive the tradition of women playing hardball.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University’s football team came up short last night in their first appearance in one of the nation’s top bowl games. The Huskies lost to the Florida State Seminoles 31 to 10 in the Orange Bowl. 

Orange Means A Lot Of Green For NIU

Dec 31, 2012
Mike Moen / WNIJ

Tomorrow’s the big day for NIU football fans.