Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

The road was paved to the Final Four, but Nevada’s run ended with a one-point loss to Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago, a bitter end to a banner year that saw Nevada win the Mountain West, earn 29 victories (tied for the most in program history) and reach the Sweet 16 for the second time ever.,Dan Avansino takes aim at Manogue Reno High’s Dan Avansino entered 2018 as the longest-tenured Northern Nevada football coach at the 4A level with the same school.,Nevada women reach MW Tournament final The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team had an up-and-down first season under head coach Amanda Levens, but it ended in historic fashion, with Nevada reaching the Mountain West Tournament title game for the first time in its history.,The Wolf Pack led Boise State for much of the game before a buzzer-beater sent the Broncos to a 62-60 win to deprive Nevada of its first NCAA Tournament berth.,When it was founded in 2008, the Bighorns were Northern Nevada’s first affiliated minor-league team in more than 15 years after the city lost the Reno Silver Sox in 1992.

So even though he makes his living in Los Angeles these days, James made sure to be on hand and on time when the “I Promise School” opened this year.,FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Loyola of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off the NCAA Final Four ring she received before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Nevada in Chicago.,(AP Photo/Matt Marton, File) FILE- In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Loyola of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off the NCAA Final Four ring she received before an NCAA college basketball game between Loyola of Chicago and Nevada in Chicago.,(AP Photo/Matt Marton, File) FILE – In this March 24, 2018, file photo, Loyola-Chicago basketball chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt speaks with Loyola-Chicago guard Ben Richardson after a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game between Loyola-Chicago and Kansas State in Atlanta.,(AP Photo/David Goldman, File) FILE – In this March 24, 2018, file photo, Loyola-Chicago basketball chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt speaks with Loyola-Chicago guard Ben Richardson after a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game between Loyola-Chicago and Kansas State in Atlanta.