SPRINGFIELD - Lawmakers will ask questions of the private organization that oversees high school sports competition, House members decided Monday after passing a resolution sponsored by Democrat State Rep. Linda Chapa-Lavia (D-Aurora).
The Illinois High School Association is dealing with over $11 million dollars annually resulting from school participation fees, sports tournaments, profitable contracts and brand sponsorships.
"The contracts they have at the championships are theirs, we have no say about them," Chapa-Lavia said. The group makes agreements with vendors and photographers that the IHSA alone oversees.
As she appealed for a "yes" vote on her resolution, the state representative said that if the IHSA doesn't want to answer questions at a hearing about how they make those agreements, "it's kind of interesting," and "suspicious."
"They need to come forward and be transparent, every district pays a certain amount of money to be a part of the IHSA," Chapa-Lavi said. "A lot of people want to ask questions...They have no oversight."
There's not been a problem with the IHSA, State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Mt.Vernon) said. There's no need for interrogation of the IHSA, State Rep. David Leitch (R-Peoria) said.
Chapa-Lavia's comments on the House floor Monday before the resolution passed 55 to 51 with 12 not voting:
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