Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has joined a lawsuit which seeks to force the Illinois High School Association to let disabled athletes compete in sanctioned events.
Madigan is now part of the federal lawsuit brought by the group Equip for Equality on behalf of a 16-year-old girl from the Chicago suburbs who was left paralyzed from the waist down by a degenerative disease. The girl has been swimming and wants to compete in official IHSA events.
The lawsuit asks that the association develop a scoring system that would let disabled athletes compete in events like swimming and track and field. The IHSA says it’s working on the issue, but says any proposal is likely to be controversial.