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Clark: IHSA not perfect, but still Illinois' best option

<p>Jalen Brunson of Stevenson goes to the hoop past Edwardsville defenders. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

The suspension and reinstatement of Stevenson's Jalen Brunson for the Class 4A third-place game brought criticism to the IHSA. But the organization still looks like the best steward of prep sports in Illinois. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

The latest dust-up involving the Illinois High School Association brings to mind Winston Churchill’s line about democracy being the worst form of government except for all of the others.

In case you missed it, State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, caused a stir by calling for hearings on how the IHSA runs its state-wide sports and activities programs. Initially, she also floated the idea of having the Illinois State Board of Education take over the IHSA’s duties, but that seems to have fallen off the agenda.

Chapa LaVia’s resolution passed the Illinois House by a 55-51 vote on Monday, so it looks like the hearings will happen. What is less clear is how they will make life better for Illinois’ prep athletes, coaches and fans.

[Read the full story at High School Cube News]

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