Announcing The Public League’s free photo policy

Starting today, subscribers to will have the option to receive one high-resolution photo for free each month.

Any photo on can be obtained for free, if you are a subscriber. There are over 1,000 photos on the site, currently. The list price for one high-resolution photo is $14.99 on

All subscribers have to do to request a high-resolution photo is fill out a photo request form. You can find it here.

Once you do that, your photo request will be processed and you will receive your photo via email.


Click here, if you would like to subscribe to The Public League and start receiving high-resolution photos.

By | April 13th, 2017|Announcements, Basketball, Football|

Rafael Cruz Jr., Kawanise Wilkins both getting closer to a college decision


Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. in the CPLBCA all-star game.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   April 11, 2017

Von Steuben’s Rafael Cruz Jr. and Farragut’s Kawanise Wilkins are similar in several different ways.

The seniors are both big, versatile guards. They can score inside and outside. They were the unquestioned leaders of their high-school teams this past season.

They’re also both unsigned.

Cruz and Wilkins have received interest from college programs, but they haven’t yet decided where they will play next season.

“It’s so hard, making a college decision — weighing all of the options, especially academically,” Cruz said. “I’m sort of in the middle (of the process) right now.”

Cruz and Wilkins both played well in the CPLBCA all-star game on Saturday, April 8. Cruz knocked down five 3-pointers for the North-West team, which lost 151-141. The 6-foot-3 point guard finished with 21 points and six rebounds. Wilkins, meanwhile, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.


By | April 11th, 2017|Basketball, Farragut, Von Steuben|

Red-West players stand out in CPLBCA all-star game, prove a point about West Side basketball


Marshall’s Jarvae Tate throws down a slam in the CPLBCA all-star game.

By: Eric Van Dril   |   April 11, 2017

The Red-West’s list of accomplishments this past season is long and impressive. Its six teams won 108 total games, five regional titles and two state championships.

It was the deepest conference in Illinois.

But Westinghouse forward Dexter Reed and Orr seniors Alex Flute and Sam Williams all felt the same way on Saturday afternoon. They were eager to prove a point. They said they wanted to win the second of three CPLBCA all-star games — the one they all played in — in order to show that the West Side was the best side this season.

“We said we’re going to go out there, have fun and win,” Reed said, of his team’s mentality. “With us being from the Red-West, the best conference in the state, we wanted to prove it today.”

The North-West squad beat the South-Central 134-120 on April 8. It built a 17-point lead in the first half, but Vocational guard Marzell Tiffith (36 points, 9 rebounds) brought the South-Central back.

The North-West pulled away down the stretch of the second half, however.


By | April 11th, 2017|Basketball, Marshall, North Lawndale, Orr, Westinghouse|