CHAMPAIGN — As Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Tuesday allowing Illinois student athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness, SIU athletic director Liz Jarnigan said parameters could still change a lot between now and the beginning of the school year.
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“Now that it’s here and upon us, with this July 1 date, there’s still a lack of consistent clarity with regard to how it’s going to end up looking from state to state,” she said. “From this July 1 to the beginning of the school year, and to next July 1, it’s continuing to evolve as you see. It’s been in the process for a while, and it’s certainly something very positive for student-athletes to profit from their own image, name and likeness, and we support our student-athletes in that regard.”
Bill 2338, sponsored by state Sen. Napoleon Harris, D-Harvey — a former linebacker for Northwestern University — and state Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago —a former defensive lineman for the University of Illinois, easily passed out of the Illinois General Assembly in the waning hours of spring legislative session.
“Let me be clear, Illinois is is now at the forefront of this movement,” Pritzker said, speaking just before signing the legislation at the State Farm Center in Champaign. “Yet another reason for student athletes to choose Illinois for college … This isn’t just a win for student athletes, it’s a win for the future of our entire state.”