If Illinois Democrats get their way, Illinois will become the second state in the United States to allow college athletes to get payments for use of their names and likenesses.
California this fall passed a similar law and in the recent veto session in Springfield, lawmakers took up the issue as well and Governor JB Pritzker has said he'll sign it upon reaching his desk. Senator Chapin Rose, who says he falls on the side of the athletes in most cases, does not believe this is something to be rushed into.
The idea sounds good in theory but Sen. Rose believes there could be lots of unintended consequences. Men's basketball and football are the biggest revenue generators and he points out the distribution of money could leave schools unable to afford some programs.
Among a few issues with the measure the Senator expressed was why the legislature has decided to take this up during the veto session which is a time to refine or reject existing measures, not create new ones.
The NCAA has indicated they would look into paying athletes for the use of their names and likenesses.