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J. Thomas McNamara

    Decatur and Macon County coaches, players, officials and fans will know if there are boys and girls basketball seasons next Wednesday as the Illinois High School Association has called for a special board meeting next Wednesday to announce more details.
In a statement released after today’s virtual board meeting, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said, ““We understand that student-athletes, coaches, parents, officials, and fans are anxious to learn more details about the plans for IHSA winter sports.
    “We feel like we are making positive strides in our discussions with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to be allowed to conduct IHSA winter sports as scheduled.  We believe we have a plan to do so safely and want to provide IDPH with ample time to review the winter sports plans, and supportive data, we have provided them.
We expect to have a response from IDPH with final recommendations for winter sport plans, including any accommodations and postseason plans, by (Monday) October 26.  We will then reconvene our Board to officially vote and announce that information shortly thereafter, concluded the statement.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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