St. Louis-area lawyer sues IHSA over return-to-play plan

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St. Louis-area lawyer sues IHSA over return-to-play plan

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – A St. Louis-area lawyer is suing the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) over its return-to-play plan. 

Litchfield Attorney Thomas DeVore filed a preliminary injunction against the IHSA and the Hillsboro School District on Monday, on behalf of his two children that attend Hillsboro High School. 

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The lawsuit claims the IHSA’s plan will cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the rights of student-athletes and alleges that the rules are “the illegal product of collusion between state agencies, (IHSA Executive Director Craig) Anderson and the IHSA.”

IHSA’s guidelines include limitations on physical contact between players and rules requiring masks for all sports participants.

You can read the full lawsuit here: 

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The IHSA hasn’t officially responded to the lawsuit.

“We are aware of the lawsuit and do not plan on commenting on ongoing litigation at this time,” Anderson said in a statement. “All of our efforts remain focused on working with the top medical professionals in the state to try and provide the safest framework possible for the return of our students to IHSA sports and activities in 2020-21.”

DeVore previously sued Governor J.B. Pritzker over his stay-at-home order. 

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