High School: Illinois State
The board will chose between bids for the football stadiums at Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois.
The state finals have been held at Memorial Stadium in Champaign since 1999, but the stadium will be required by the Illini football team every other year on the days of the state finals because of a change in the Big Ten’s scheduling.
Sites specifications included having a minimum of 12,000 seats and artificial turf field.
Lincoln-Way East senior quarterback Blake Winkler committed to Illinois State on Wednesday.
Winkler, who is 5-11 and 180 pounds, chose the Redbirds over Cornell, Grand Valley State, Princeton and Wheaton College.
Winkler was the Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year and an ESPNChicago.com all-area selection. He was 131-of-213 passing for 2,369 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He also rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown.
“I felt for me to play football and get a good education this was the right place,” Winkler said. “Getting the Gatorade Player of the Year was a huge surprise and tremendous honor. Things have got better from there. Now that I got my decision made up, everything is falling I place."
Winkler finished his career as Lincoln-Way East’s all-time leader in passing yards (4,297) and touchdowns (51). He had a 19-3 record in his two seasons as starter.
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