Ernie Banks, 83
10:32 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Public Memorial For 'Mr. Cub' In Daley Plaza

Ernie Banks, when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 2013.
Credit "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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NIU football
5:24 am
Mon December 8, 2014

NIU Huskies Florida Bowl-Bound After MAC Win

NIU Huskies celebrate their conference championship at Ford Field in Detroit.
Credit Northern Illinois University /

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.

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6:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

IHSA Responds To New Lawsuit

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. 

Rockford Peaches
7:25 am
Fri November 21, 2014

'Kammie On First': New Biography Of A Baseball Great

Michelle Houts, author of "Kammie on First," at a DeKalb Farm Bureau book-signing.
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. 

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2:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

NIU Begins Search For New AD

Credit NIU

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.”

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Rockford Starfires
6:09 am
Mon April 15, 2013

A Team Of Their Own: Women Playing Hardball

Rockford Starfire's new hat, Rockford Peaches vintage cap
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.

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Orange Bowl
6:46 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Win Or Lose, Huskies Stand By Their Team

Super-fans Daniel Tamayo and Sara Espinoza at Fatty's in DeKalb
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. 

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Orange Bowl-Bound
4:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Orange Means A Lot Of Green For NIU

Hy-Vee in Sycamore shows its bowl spirit
Mike Moen WNIJ

Tomorrow’s the big day for NIU football fans. 

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NIU Bowl-Bound
8:03 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

NIU Huskies To Play In Orange Bowl January 1st


The Northern Illinois University Huskies have been selected to play in one of college football's premier post-season bowl games this year. The Huskies will play the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl on January 1st.

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3:49 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Cougars Become Cubs In Minor League Baseball Shake-Up

It’s official. The Kane County Cougars are now affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.

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