Court rules IHSA not subject to FOIA

On April 13, 2015 the Honorable Mary Mikva of the Circuit Court of Cook County ruled in favor of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) in granting a motion to dismiss a suit alleging that the IHSA’s records were subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court also dismissed claims requesting that a member school obtain and turnover records from the IHSA having nothing to do with that school. FOIA requires that governmental entities make their records public. As a private, voluntary not-for-profit association, the IHSA argued, and the court agreed, that IHSA is not a “public body” subject to the act.

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman noted that the IHSA will continue to go above and beyond its legal responsibilities when it comes to financial transparency. In addition to its legal obligations, the IHSA will also extend its practice of posting its independent audit and Annual Report on its website.

“The law was on our side in this situation,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “Our stance all along is that we have and will continue to follow the laws that are in place to govern 501(c)(3) organizations like the IHSA in Illinois.” Continue>>>