UPDATE: Illinois’ Regional Superintendents Lose Their Round in Court
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) - As he hinted during his remarks from the bench Thursday, a Sangamon County judge Friday decided he did not have the authority to order the state to pay its 44 regional superintendents of schools.
Gov. Pat Quinn, believing that local districts can foot the bill if the regional leaders’ services are so vital, cut off the salaries of the superintendents and their assistants effective July 1.
Bob Daiber of Madison County, the president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, says the ruling is disappointing but not surprising. The group was before Circuit Judge John Schmidt Thursday to ask for a temporary restraining order. The larger case continues.
Governor Pat Quinn vetoed an appropriation of about $10 million for the superintendents. He says they’re bureaucrats who should be paid by local funds.
Quinn expects the state’s regional school superintendents to keep working without pay until at least October when he expects lawmakers to resolve the dispute over canceled salaries for the 44 superintendents and their assistants.
The superintendents have been working without pay since July 1.