Friday, October 3, 2014

Rockford Paper: Lawmakers Need To Step Away From High School Sports

The Rockford Register Star is out with an editorial that advocates that lawmakers like State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia need to walk away from this IHSA mess they've created.
The Illinois High School Association encourages fair play and sportsmanship. Some members of the Illinois General Assembly do not seem to be particularly inclined to do so. 
The ongoing witch hunt some members of the legislature are intent on consummating even if they don’t find a broom will resume Friday in Chicago.That’s 4 p.m. Friday in the middle of football season — the middle of homecoming season. 
Plenty of IHSA supporters showed up to speak on the agency’s behalf during the first meeting in May. So many, in fact, that the meeting had to be moved to a bigger room. However, those supporters were not allowed to speak. Only IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman testified. 
This time, lawmakers made it difficult for IHSA allies to attend. How else do you explain the time and day? 
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, who chairs the House’s Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, is the inquisitor-in-chief. One of the goals of these meetings is to determine “the feasibility of statutorily transferring the duties and functions of the IHSA to the State Board of Education.”
And the Ed Board of the RR does a nice job of 'zinging' LaVia and her colleagues who have set up this sham effort to takeover the IHSA: 
If LaVia and like-minded lawmakers are worried about people getting paid too much, perhaps they should clean up their own house first. 
Illinois lawmakers are the fifth-highest paid in the nation and they get generous pensions as well. The annual salary is $67,836, but there are stipends for majority leaders, minority leaders, assistant leaders and so forth that drive those salaries up by as much as $27,476.
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