Illinois Athlete Insurance Bill Moves Forward
Illinois Athlete Insurance Bill Moves Forward

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation requiring Illinois schools to offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes.

The Chicago Democrat has scheduled a signing ceremony for Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the south Chicago suburb of Blue Island.

Rasul “Rocky” Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a game in 2000.

His care was provided through a $5 million insurance policy held by the school district. When that policy hit its limit, he relied on Medicaid and his mother.

Clark’s story fueled legislation sponsored by Sen. Napoleon Harris, a Democrat from Harvey and former NFL player.

Under the legislation, a school’s minimum policy will cover $3 million in aggregate benefits or five years of coverage.