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Illinois House OKs IHSA hearings

<p>Marty Hickman, executive director of the Illinois High School Association, attends a community forum on head-related injuries at Vernon Hills High School in February of 2013.  |  Michelle LaVigne/Sun-Times Media  </p>

Marty Hickman, executive director of the Illinois High School Association, attends a community forum on head-related injuries at Vernon Hills High School in February of 2013.  |  Michelle LaVigne/Sun-Times Media  

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has narrowly approved legislative hearings looking into how the Illinois High School Association operates.

The House on Monday approved legislation 55-51 from state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia. The non-profit association organizes high school sports championships statewide.

Chapa LaVia says she wants to question the IHSA about sponsorship contracts and other financial issues because it receives taxpayer money. The Aurora Democrat says she doesn’t want the state to take over the association. She says she wants accountability and transparency.

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said in a statement that the association will cooperate. He says the IHSA has been a “model of transparency” and the measure has unfairly cast the association in a “negative light.”

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