CHICAGO | Illinois' governor is paying tribute to a baseball team on Chicago's South Side that recently came within one game of heading to the Little League World Series.
Jackie Robinson West Little League advanced to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Indianapolis. But they fell short in the championship game against Michigan's Gross Pointe Woods-Shores.
Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed Friday "Jackie Robinson West Little League Champions Day" in the team's honor.
In a statement, Quinn says the players were "true underdogs who showed the same grit and grace Jackie (Robinson) showed."
The team was founded in 1971. That was a year before the famous major league player they're named after died.
Jackie Robinson West won the Regional Championship in 1983. Only two other Chicago-area teams have accomplished that since.