SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn Monday signed into law a bill that reinstates salaries for regional school superintendents and their assistants.

SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Pat Quinn Monday signed into law a bill that reinstates salaries for regional school superintendents and their assistants.


Signing the law paves the way for the superintendents and their assistants to resume getting paychecks from the state as well as back pay dating to July 1.


Quinn vetoed money for the salaries out of the state budget before signing it, saying regional superintendents are local officials who should be paid with local funds.  Quinn also questioned the need for regional superintendents.


Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s office said Monday it can issue checks for back pay to the regional superintendents as soon as the State Board of Education submits payment vouchers.  There is sufficient money in the personal property replacement tax fund to cover the checks, she said.


Lawmakers last week agreed that regional superintendents could be paid with personal property replacement tax funds, most of which go to local governments.


The agreement is good until June 30.