Lawmakers look into IHSA operations

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 05/20 2014 04:42PM

Updated 05/20 2014 05:34PM

ILLINOIS -- Representatives from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) were in the hot seat Tuesday in Springfield. Legislators want to know how the non-profit operates. They say, because the IHSA deals with students, they have a right to know its procedures.

The room was packed with coaches, principals and supporters of the IHSA. Committee members listened to testimony from IHSA officials. A report was released from the IRS stating one in four employees with the association makes more than $100,000 a year. Lawmakers wanted to know exactly where the association's money is coming from.

One supporter is a coach from Champaign's Central High School. IHSA's executive director testified the organization has great transparent relationships with Illinois' schools and posts all financial audits online.

The association is made up of and governed by a ten-member board of high school principals. It says employees make about the same as people in similar organizations around the country.

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