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Illinois school district superintendents say without regional superintendent positions many basic educational functions wouldn't be accomplished.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut off pay in July to 44 regional superintendents and their assistants. They've been working without pay since then. Last week a central Illinois judge refused to intervene in the dispute.

State Rep. Roger Eddy of Hutsonville is also the local superintendent for the 400-student Hutsonville school district in eastern Illinois. He tells says Illinois law gives the regional superintendents many responsibilities, such as background checks, building inspections and training bus drivers.

Quinn says the state can't afford to pay the superintendents' salaries when the budget is so tight that lawmakers cut $150 million out of school spending.

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