Illinois House considers dissolving IHSA

By WEEK Producer

Illinois House considers dissolving IHSA

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The center of the basketball universe goes through Peoria this weekend but the future of March Madness in the river city could be hanging in the balance.

A resolution has been proposed in the Illinois House of Representatives that could potentially dissolve the Illinois High School Association and transfer responsibilities to the State Board of Education.

The IHSA is a not-for-profit business and regulates all high school sports in Illinois.

The resolution alleges IHSA refuses to release details on contracts with vendors and suppliers. It argues that high schools should be aware of how much money the IHSA makes from events like the March Madness Tournament.

Local leaders we spoke with said getting rid of the IHSA is a terrible idea.

"To roll that into the State Board of Education and all of the Illinois bureaucracy I think it would be a mistake," said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. "I think it would be a recipe for disaster and our kids would pay the consequence."

State Representative David Leitch also disagrees with the move. He said Peoria and the IHSA have a great relationship and changing that could hurt both parties.

The resolution would have to pass a hearing in the House Education Committee before hitting the House floor for a potential vote.

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