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  • Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon was honored this week with a mayoral proclamation recognizing her achievement as winner of the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest. She is pictured with Mayor Matt Bogusz, right, and Fifth Ward Alderman Jim Brookman.

    Des Plaines honors NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick champMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines resident Alisa Fallon is being honored by her hometown for winning a contest that put her in the national spotlight earlier this year. The 14-year-old claimed first place in the NFL’s 52nd annual Punt, Pass and Kick contest in the 14- to 15-year-old girls category. She was one of only 10 winners from across the country.

     
  • Vito Andriola will leave Dundee-Crown to become the new head football coach at Grant.

    Fired-up Andriola takes over at GrantMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fired up, with all the enthusiasm of a young football coach, which is the way he’s always been, wide-eyed Vito Andriola can’t wait to get started at Grant. Truth be told, however, the well-traveled coach does snooze.

     
  • Wootton moves on to VikingsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ex-Bears unrestricted free agent Corey Wootton signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday night, meaning the Bears' top three three defensive ends on opening day last season will all be in different places for 2014.

     
  • Mike Fields announced Monday he is stepping down as St. Charles East football coach after five years.

    Fields makes sure his focus remains familyMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    From the perspective of a reporter who happily dealt with St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields, the sense was consideration for his kids was a priority. Sometimes, it seemed, at the expense of his own.

     
  • Fenton grad gets Elmhurst jobMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The search lasted just more than a month but Elmhurst College has found its next football coach, Ron Planz, a former assistant coach at Minnesota State University.

     
  • Former Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester has agreed to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

    Hester agrees to 3-year deal with FalconsMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined kick-return touchdowns (kickoffs and punts) and a three-time Pro Bowl pick, agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

     
  • Fields steps down at St. Charles EastMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Charles East football coach Mike Fields has decided to resign from his position due to family considerations, the school announced Tuesday in a news release.

     
  • Former Bears kick returner Devin Hester reportedly is asking NFL teams to pay him $4 million for his services.

    Report: Hester seeking $4 million contractMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester, the NFL's all-time leader in combined punt and kickoff-return touchdowns, may be pricing himself out of the market. Meanwhile, the Bears and speacial teams standout Sherrick McManis agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday morning. Bob LeGere has the details in this report.

     
  • Henry Melton

    Melton opts to sign with CowboysMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys on a one-year deal with an option Tuesday night. Melton made $8.45 million last season as the Bears' "franchise" player but suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in Week Three.

     
  • Schools to vote on football contact, pads proposalMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The IHSA’s legislative commission on Tuesday voted in a special session to refer a multifaceted proposal that would include prohibiting schools from allowing full contact or full pads football practices in the summer to the member schools for a vote.

     
  • After a year with the Detroit Lions, defensive end Israel Idonije (77) is returning to the Chicago Bears with a one-year deal.

    Bears bring back Idonije to help D-lineMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bears on Tuesday brought back defensive lineman Israel Idonije with a one-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Idonije played for the Bears from 2004-12 and started 42 games with 20 1/2 sacks in his last three seasons in Chicago before signing with the Detroit Lions a year ago.

     
  • The premiere edition of Chicago Football, focusing on the Chicago Bears' preparations for the 2014 NFL Draft and local players likely to be selected, hits newsstands in early April.

    Daily Herald, Shaw launching “Chicago Football” magazineMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald and Shaw Media are teaming to launch a new magazine and website focusing on all levels of football in the Chicago area, and featuring the expert analysis of Hub Arkush, former Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain, Daily Herald Chicago Bears beat writer Bob LeGere and fantasy football columnist John Dietz. The first edition of Chicago Football will publish in early April.

     
  • Former Denver cornerback headed to New YorkMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Giants continue to be a player in free agency, signing cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, formerly with Denver.

     
  • The Packers’ James Jones scores a touchdown against the Bears last season.

    Raiders sign former Green Bay receiverMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Oakland Raiders added a veteran presence to their young receiving group by signing free agent James Jones to a three-year contract Monday.

     
  • The fact that Julius Peppers has signed on with the rival Packers should do nothing to make Bears fans think it was the wrong move to let him go

    So what if Peppers picked Packers?Mar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Just because he signed with the Green Bay Packers doesn’t make the Bears wrong for cutting Julius Peppers.

     
  • Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won't have to worry about getting sacked by Julius Peppers (90) again. The former Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Packers.

    Julius Peppers finds new home with PackersMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    It didn't take eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers very long to find a new home after the Bears cut him earlier this week rather than pay the 34-year-old a $13.9 million base salary for 2014. On Saturday, Peppers signed a three-year with the Green Bay Packers that could pay him up to $30 million.

     
  • After testing the free-agency waters, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Chicago Bears.

    Tillman happy for another year with BearsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Despite talks with Tampa Bay and head coach Lovie Smith this week, Charles Tillman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, team officials announced Friday. “Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary. Charles also has a special connection to the people and community across Chicago and we’re excited for that to continue.”

     
  • The Scorecard says let’s hear it for former Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown and his finding a starting job and the riches that go with it down in Tampa Bay.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Closing the book on ill-fated campaignMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If only Opening Day in baseball were as cool as it used to be. Want to see how a real opening day is done? Check out NASCAR.

     
  • Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker pleaded guilty in 2012 to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl. Junker faces sentencing Thursday March 13, 2014 in federal court.

    Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive who acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme faces sentencing Thursday in federal court. John Junker pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

     
  • Can journeyman Hixon find spot on Bears roster?Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Domenik Hixon must prove himself to earn a spot on the Bears' roster, but he brings experience, good size and special teams value, where he will get a chyance to fill the void left by Devin Hester's departure.

     
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