It is not just the money that closed HIT. AHAI has been trying to force LAG and NTG to play in an AHAI "Illinois "sanction league for years. AHAI does not like the fact that those two teams run an Independent prep league schedule outside their governance. Both teams have managed to dodge the issue by having the High School Invitational Tournament and a mixed independent (local) schedule. Since this will no longer be the case unless those teams can figure something out to appease AHAI they will in all likelihood be threaten with disqualification from the High School division.
More food for thought Melton is close to being on his way out at NT unless he can find another gig like Wilmette. I give him at most two years (son graduates from NT then) and then his ties to NT are gone and he will be looking elsewhere. Meaning how much is he going to really care what AHAI does.