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Julia swings
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Suan Guess-Hanson has never used a wheelchair, but the retired Metcalf School teacher worked with many children who did, so she naturally wants to see people with disabilities succeed in all facets of life, including sports.

Kimberly Shinew
Illinois State University

A professor who has studied recreational sports is raising concerns that club sports are limiting opportunities for some young people in ways that can present a lifetime of negative consequences. 

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As you drive into the small farming community of Lexington you quickly get a sense for the town’s pride in its school and its sports teams. A large sign off the main road trumpets its athletic achievements: 15 state championships in high school and junior high sports.

Illinois lawmakers are trying to gauge whether legalizing sports betting could help the state earn some much-needed revenue.  Experts say the plan has long-term benefits, but only if it’s done right.  

Alan in Springfield
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Alan “Madfeet” Higgins entered into an elite group Sunday in Springfield when he completed his 26.2-mile marathon run.

People inside the arena
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Illinois State University plans to replace the lower bowl seating and add ADA compliant seats, box seating locations and a suite in Redbird Arena.

Dan Muller
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller isn't shy about his lofty expectations for the Redbirds this season.

Lacrosse player makes a move
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A local lacrosse club is hoping to convince Unit 5 and District 87 to form a cooperative lacrosse team that would compete against other Illinois High School Association schools.

Memorial Stadium in Champaign
Stephen Haas / AP

Mark your calendars: Illinois State football will take on the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2020.

NBA player goes for a layup
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UPDATED 11:15 a.m. | State Farm has secured naming rights for another sports venue.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, John Lucas and his granddaughter, McKenna, bet on Saber Rattler at the Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville.

"If she wins this, it'll be the third race in a row she's won," says Lucas as they watch the horses round the final stretch of the track. Saber Rattler came in second.

Lucas has been visiting the track outside of St. Louis a few times a year since the 1980s, traveling across the Illinois border from O'Fallon, Missouri.

Lucas has noticed the steady downturn in fortunes for the track.

Girls celebrating on soccer field
Photo courtesy of Fusion Soccer Club

Time continues to tick in a three month window to determine how or whether to proceed with a proposed multi sport complex in Bloomington Normal. That's how long, Mayor Chris Koos said last month would be the limit to decide.

Speaking on GLT's Sound Ideas Tuesday, Koos said the Town has now met with a private developer.

"It was really at a high level, get to know them - they get to know us. So, no details came out of that. But, they are very interested in the project," said Koos.

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Lacrosse is a Native American game that began to penetrate colonial society in the 1630s. Its present form originated on East Coast in the 1700s.

Illinois Wesleyan University's softball team has finished second in the nation in Division III.

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Illinois State University men's basketball coach Dan Muller said Thursday he hopes the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a sports-betting ban won't affect how his coaching peers approach a game.

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As the Normal CornBelters baseball team prepares to begin its 10th season, minor league baseball is facing new financial challenges created by federal regulations. 

Gerry Broome / Associated Press

The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club welcomes national champions for the upcoming spring show.

Tom Gannam / AP

Illinois State University and other Missouri Valley Conference schools are rooting for Loyola Chicago in the NCAA basketball tournament for more than one reason. And some of those reasons are green.

Winter is over, and it's finally baseball season.

The fields are green and the lines are freshly drawn. Yep, it's time to head over to your local ballfield.

Stephen Haas / AP

A Detroit Pistons developmental player who collapsed on the court during a NBA G League game in Michigan has died.

Jason Drengwitz
NCHS Ironmen

Both Unit 5 high schools now have new head football coaches.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Unit 5 school board on Wednesday approved Nathan Fincham as the new Normal West high school football coach. But the action came with concerns voiced by the public.

Unit 5

Normal West high school's new head football coach isn't so new.

Heather Budak

A decade ago, Trevor Tucci was 8 years old, making waves with his Redbird Swim Club teammates.

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An ongoing legal dispute will stop Bloomington’s indoor football team from playing its scheduled home games this spring at Grossinger Motors Arena, putting thousands of dollars at risk for the city-owned venue.

Redbird Athletics

When Illinois State University women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie paces the sideline Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena, her former college coach will be alongside during the Play4Kay game to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Special Olympics Illinois

Normally, dashing pell-mell into a lake in the middle of February would be considered simply bonkers. Not so when it's for a good cause.

Illinois Wesleyan University Athletics

When Illinois Wesleyan head women's soccer coach Dave Barrett accepted the same job at Division 1 Fairfield University in Connecticut last week, he said the opportunity was a perfect storm.

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The mayor of Bloomington said Tuesday he's not satisfied with progress made by VenuWorks in improving operations at Grossinger Motors Arena.

Courtesy / Jaime Miller

Two unrelated things worked hand-in-hand to alter Lynette Ritchie’s life, and the State Farm analyst is forever grateful.

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