SPRINGFIELD -- A bill to reduce the number of regional school superintendents from 44 to 35 was unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday, leaving only one more step before the bill goes to the governor's desk. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote.

SPRINGFIELD -- A bill to reduce the number of regional school superintendents from 44 to 35 was unanimously approved by a House committee Tuesday, leaving only one more step before the bill goes to the governor's desk. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote.

The superintendents would be paid from the state's general revenue fund.

“We realized the necessity to look at efficiencies in the state of Illinois, and that was the reason for the reduction,” said Bob Daiber, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, which backs the bill.

The cut will increase the number of residents served in each regional office of education district from 43,000 to 61,000.

The bill is based on the recommendations of a task force that convened earlier this year.

Last year, Gov. Pat Quinn zeroed out the funding of the elected officers because he thought they should be supported by local sources of revenue, not the state. Lawmakers eventually restored funding by using corporate personal property replacement tax revenues.