Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, ask questions in the Senate Executive committee hearing during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers wrapped up a testy first week of the fall session on Thursday after dealing setbacks to Gov. Pat Quinn, delaying action on gambling and leaving regional superintendents to wonder if they’ll ever get paid again.
In the session’s final week, lawmakers will face a series of tough decisions: Whether to expand gambling, how to pay superintendents, whether to offer tax breaks for Chicago’s major financial exchanges and more
The Illinois House rejected a plan Thursday that would have restored pay for regional school superintendents by dipping into a local tax. That was the idea favored by Gov. Pat Quinn, who eliminated their pay in July because he said the state couldn’t afford the $11 million for them and their assistants. The 59-55 vote fell short of the required 71 votes to pass but Rep. Frank Mautino, a Spring Valley Democrat, is allowed to call it again.
Mautino said if lawmakers don’t act this fall, the superintendents in Illinois’ 44 regional offices of education may be forced to quit. Their responsibilities range from inspecting school buildings to certifying teachers to Login to read more