Regional superintendents are one step closer to being paid. A House committee pushed two bills out that create revenue streams for the 44 elected officials who haven't been paid since July 1st. Bob Daiber, with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent of Schools, says this could mean there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Daiber says lawmakers expressed some concerns about paying the regional superintendents with personal property replacement taxes.
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There are several funding options on the table for the regional superintendents. The first would be a complete override of the governor's veto which eliminated the salaries in the first place. That means lawmakers would have to pass a supplemental budget and pay the officials from the state's general revenue fund. Another option is to pay them from the personal property replacement taxes, which is what the governor wants. The bills now move on to the House floor for a full vote.