IL House Bill 1490 rewrites the book on boxing and professional MMA in IL—regulation, fees and health requirements are all changing.
That's not all, however. The new athletic commission is essentially trying to force all Jiu-Jitsu tournament competition out of the state! Almost every traditional martial art is exempt from the bill—judo, wrestling, karate, kung fu, tae kwon do—but somehow, the oldest of all the arts, jiu-jitsu, has been left out in the cold.Read more...
House Bill 1490 and its Impact on Amateur Grappling in Illinois.
Please note: I am not a lawyer. This synopsis is based on the bill itself. The full text of the bill can be found below:
by Steve Byer
On 6/29/2011, the Illinois General Assembly (ILGA) passed House Bill 1490 (HB1490), and sent it to
Governor Pat Quinn for his approval. This bill has extraordinary consequences for amateur combat
sports in Illinois, including BJJ and submission grappling. Given how the act currently defines “amateur
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