A bill finally paying regional superintendents has been signed by the governor, but how much longer the position will be on the books is being considered by Alton State Senator Bill Haine. The state’s 44 regional superintendent’s haven’t received a paycheck since July, after Governor Quinn vetoed funding for their offices from the state budget.
The legislation approved by lawmakers pays them out of local tax money, and sets up a group to study whether the position is even needed. Haine says that’s fair.
The governor signed a proposal Monday that releases money from the corporate personal property tax funds to pay the elected officials. They've worked for free since July 1st. The new law guarantees they're paid until at least June 30th. In the meantime, a task force will examine the offices to determine if they can be cut or streamlined.