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Gov. Quinn Wants To Pay Superintendents From Local Taxes

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to pay regional school superintendents with tax money that comes from business and goes to local government.

Quinn budget director David Vaught said Wednesday the 44 superintendents should be paid from the "personal property replacement tax." Corporations and business partnerships pay that instead of local property taxes.

In an Associated Press interview, Vaught said the regional superintendents largely perform local duties, so it makes sense to pay them from a local tax.

Quinn used his veto power to eliminate $11.3 million in state money for the superintendents before he signed the budget last week. That means there's no money for the superintendents' salaries.

Vaught says the officials may have to go without pay for several months until a deal can be worked out with lawmakers.

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