Across Illinois the state's 44 regional schools superintendents are on the job - even if they're not getting paid.
Those administrators have gone without checks since early July. That's when Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed funding more than $11 million in salaries and operational costs for the regional offices, believing the jobs are best paid for by the counties they cover.
The offices serve as intermediaries between the state and the local school districts. Their functions include inspecting schools, checking employee backgrounds, certifying teachers and training and permitting bus drivers.
Many of the now-unpaid superintendents say they're facing financial hardship. In Springfield, assistant schools chief Shannon Fehrholz says she's tapping the family's savings to raise a 4-year-old daughter and pay bills while her Illinois National Guard husband serves in Afghanistan.