Frerichs expects Quinn to propose cutting regional superintendents
Illinois' regional school superintendents may not be getting paid for much longer.
That's the word from Democratic senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign. He says he expects Governor Pat Quinn will propose closing the regional offices of education during his budget address on Wednesday.
Quinn eliminated the superintendents' salaries over the summer, only to have them reinstated on a short term basis late last year. Most superintendents continued to work without being paid.
Frerichs said lawmakers want more of a long-term solution.
Frerichs said he's not aware of any specific proposals regarding superintendents' pay.
Meanwhile, Regional Superintendent for Champaign and Ford Counties Jane Quinlan said a commission made up of lawmakers and educators has been formed to make a recommendation to the governor on how to handle the matter. That's expected to happen in early April.