The Illinois High School Association is being sued for refusing to release details about its finances. The Better Government Association, a watchdog group, argues that the IHSA is subject to the state’s open records law, and has to disclose certain information if requested. The IHSA has rejected those requests, claiming it’s a private non-profit organization.
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The attorney for the BGA, Matt Topic, says the lawyers for the IHSA described it as a “state actor” while being sued for defamation in 2005. They have in the past tried to argue for the benefits of being a governmental entity, and now they’re trying to argue against the obligations of being a governmental entity,” Topic said. Topic says the aim of the lawsuit is to establish that the IHSA is a public body, and therefore required to comply with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.