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.
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The Green Bay Packers are not participating in this season's NFL playoffs, but that doesn't mean fans of Wisconsin football are shut out completely.,Next game: Saturday vs. Seahawks, 7:15 p.m. CT Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon wears a University of Wisconsin hat as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver (Photo: The Associated Press)
But Rudnick is among a growing number of consumers who are turning to over-the-air digital antennas a one-time investment of as little as $20 as a way to slash their monthly video subscription costs.Research firms and electronics manufacturers say cord-cutting consumers such as Rudnick have driven up TV antenna sales and usage in recent years.,These value-conscious streamers, as they are known in the industry, are willing to cobble together a mosaic of video sources to replace the traditional pay TV bundle, which now costs an average of $107 a month, according to a recent study by the Leichtman Research Group.This year, 8.1 million over-the-air TV antennas will be delivered to retailers in the U.S., up 2% from last year and 8% over 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Assn.Nielsen estimates that 13.8% of U.S. homes depend on antennas to get their TV, up from 10.3% in 2014.,Research firm GfK North America puts the number of over-the-air TV homes at 16.4 million.The rapid acceleration of cord-cutting has put heavy pressure on the cable industry and media companies that own pay TV channels that depend on the steady revenue stream that subscribers provide.,The number of consumers whove canceled traditional pay TV service is expected to climb 33% to nearly 25 million this year, according to estimates from research firm eMarketer.Though worrisome for Hollywood, the trend has been a boon to antenna manufacturers like Channel Master.,Station ownership groups and the media conglomerates get a cut of pay TV subscriber fees, giving them little incentive to promote over-the-air antenna use.Consumers largely have to depend on manufacturer websites or blogs such as Cordcutters.com to learn which channels are available over the air in their area and which antenna is right for them.We do a terrible job of explaining that your local stations are available over the air for free, said Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting, a Chicago-based TV station group.
Despite the Sparks’ stunning 85-76 loss in Game 5 of the 2017 WNBA Finals, Gray found herself having one of her best seasons in the league, averaging 14.8 points, 4.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game., Gray made waves and even became a trending topic after perfectly shooting the buzzer-beater that gave the Sparks their 85-84 win over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 of last season’s Finals., That year, Gray played one of the best seasons in her collegiate career and one of the best individual seasons in Duke’s history, averaging 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 steals., Throughout the first 17 games of the season, Gray averaged 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals., Although Gray played in all 34 games during the season, she averaged 6.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.