Student-athletes across the state can now receive compensation while in school after Gov. Pritzker signed the Endorsement Rights Act into law.
The Endorsement Rights Act grants student-athletes control over their name, image, and likeness or voice for the first time in state history through NIL legislation. University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman said the legislation is a "new era."
So far, only six states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Texas allow student-athletes to receive compensation for their name, image, and likeness. SB 2338 takes effect on July 1, 2021.