Finding partnerships is one way local governments and even school leaders are weathering this budgetary storm, as Illinois lawmakers still can't pass a complete spending plan.
But the partnerships, known as shared services, are now detailed in a new journal issued today by lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.
The idea is to share ideas so other local leaders can use that wisdom to keep their own services up to par without state funding.
Unit 5 has one such arrangement with Heartland Community College.
"We are very fortunate that we have a region that understands this concept; bringing together business, private sector, public sector, non-profit, for profit, understanding that education is a critical building block of our economic development," Superintendent Mark Daniel said.
High school students learning under Dr. Daniel at Unit five schools in Mclean County can currently earn college level credit in math and English through their partnership with the junior college.