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IHSA defends its organization before House panel

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying in a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. News that one of every four employees of the Illinois High School Association gets more than $100,000 a year in pay and benefits is the focus of the lawmakers’ hearing on how the association is run. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) (Seth Perlman)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 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 on Tuesday. 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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The resolution is HR895.

Online: http://ilga.gov/