CHICAGO (CBS) — Student athletes made a house call to the state’s top doctor Friday night, demanding high school teams be allowed to play fall sports despite the state’s COVID-19 regulations.

Protesters gathered in west suburban La Grange right outside the home of Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Students hope Ezike will take their message straight to the governor.

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Students and their parents across the Chicago area have been protesting for weeks, even suing to get back on the playing field.

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Gov. JB Pritzker has held firm, recently saying there are no plans to reverse the state’s decision to push sports like football and soccer to the spring.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff