Ohio and Indiana are playing high school football this fall, while Wisconsin is getting a delayed start to their season and Michigan said they were going to push the season to the spring until a last-minute reversal of that decision.
One of the sole midwest outliers not playing football this fall is Illinois.
In an effort to fight that, twenty student athletes (in various sports deemed "high risk" by Illinois decision makers) and their families have filed a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association, according to Chicago's WGN 9. The lawsuit claims that the IHSA has overstepped their authority in moving fall contact sports to the spring.
IHSA bylaws state that a vote of member schools must be taken before amending a sports season, and the lawsuit alleges that did not happen.
Players and their parents involved in the suit cite mental and financial hardships being suffered and that players are missing out on college athletic scholarship opportunities by not playing.
Most of the coaches we've heard from in Illinois have expressed frustration with the governor, believing that his stance on contact sports has likely been the biggest obstacle to football returning in the fall like other midwest states.
Below is more on the story from WGN 9.