An Illinois commission charged with streamlining regional offices of education disagrees with Governor Pat Quinn over who should pay for the offices. Quinn wants to shift the burden to local governments by paying for the offices with the corporate personal property replacement tax. That money now goes to cities and counties. Commission member John Meixner says his panel believes a more appropriate source is general revenue funds.
Meixner is a regional superintendent. The commission also recommends reducing the number of regional offices from 44 to 35 in the face of Quinn's pressure. He says downstate offices would see the most change, serving much larger territories and populations.
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