The Bloomington-based Illinois not-for-profit group that hosts prep activities from basketball to chess has defended its financial records before a panel of lawmakers. Illinois High School Association representatives testified during a House committee hearing. Lawmakers voted to bring them to the Capitol last month. Democratic Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia sponsored the legislation. She says the organization should be more transparent about the money it returns to schools.
But IHSA executive director Marty Hickman argues that his group posts financial audits online. He says the organization returned $2.7 million to schools last year and uses other profits to support non-revenue generating activities like bass fishing. Republicans questioned why a non-government group with positive results should go through scrutiny from legislators.
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