CHICAGO (CBS) — Game on.

While the rest of the state is already playing winter sports, Chicago Public Schools now have the green light to move ahead.

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Most Chicago Public Schools winter sports teams may start competing on Thursday. However, basketball will start practicing on Thursday – with games beginning next week.

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Winter sports for boys include swimming and diving, wrestling, basketball, and bowling. For girls, the list includes bowling, competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, gymnastics, and basketball.

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The Illinois High School Association started its basketball season on Jan. 27, according to published reports.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff