Illinois High School Association

Report: Illinois high school referee shortage getting worse

A recent report shows Illinois' referee shortage is getting worse, with the number of referees for the state's high school athletics dropping 11 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 seasons.

According to the Illinois High School Association, the number of referees dropped last year from nearly 12,200 to fewer than 12,000, the Herald & Review reported.

Referees are required to pay $50 to be licensed in a specific sport and $15 to additional sports. An official must pass an open book exam to obtain the license, which must be renewed annually.

The report says the number of licenses issued in Illinois also dropped by 9 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17...