Attorney sues IHSA over mask enforcement

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — The attorney who previously sued Gov. J.B. Pritzker over his stay-at-home order has now filed a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) for forcing student-athletes to wear masks while they play sports.

Thomas Devore, the attorney with Silver Lake Group in Litchfield, is representing his student-athletes and all minors that are in the same position as them. Devore said IHSA does not have the constitutional authority to enforce student-athletes to wear masks during practice.

In the lawsuit, Devore argues that student-athletes would suffer “irreparable damage” as a result of wearing a mask while playing sports. Another claim is that the guideline is the “illegal product of collusion” between IHSA and state agencies.

IHSA has not officially responded to the lawsuit at this time.

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