Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron
Why isn't Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon running for re-election?
With Governor Pat Quinn's approval rating down in the mid 20s, it's tempting to think Sheila Simon wants off the governor's coattails.
But Tom Cross, the Republican Leader of the House doesn't think so, "I read it just as somebody with some ambition. I don't think anyone thinks the lieutenant governor's office is a place where you get to do a whole lot or have a big impact on policy. She may also just be a little frustrated and frankly bored!"
And if Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces for governor, look for Sheila Simon to announce for Attorney General.
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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election in 2014.
Simon made her announcement in Chicago at a United Negro College Fund luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. She informed Gov. Pat Quinn of her decision in December.
"Serving as lieutenant governor has given me an opportunity to advocate on important issues that affect our state but it is time for me to do even more," Simon said in a statement. "I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact."
As lieutenant governor, Simon has expanded pro-bono services to domestic violence victims and worked to increase access to higher education, a release from her office said.
"My career has been dedicated to advocating for the people of Illinois. I look forward to continuing that service," Simon said.
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