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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon won’t seek re-election

Lt. Gov. SheilSimonannounced Wednesday thshe will not seek re-election.   | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simonannounced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2013 6:24PM



Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said Wednesday she will not seek reelection, deciding against another run on a ticket with Gov. Pat Quinn, who’s been doing badly in polls.

“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 prepared statement. “I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact.”

Simon has yet to say just what her new role will be.

The lieutenant governor skirted questions Friday from the Chicago Sun-Times about whether she would be Quinn’s running mate and indicated her office was not ready to discuss where she will take her political talents next.

Simon did not shoot down the possibility of going after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s position if Madigan were to run against Quinn in the 2014 primary election for governor

“When we’re ready to talk about it, we’ll let you know,” Simon said Friday.

Simon originally notified Quinn of her decision to not run for re-election last December.

A statement released from Simon’s office Wednesday highlighted her career in public service as a lawyer, especially focusing on her efforts to combat domestic violence.

“My career has been dedicated to advocating for the people of Illinois,” Simon said in the statement. “I look forward to continuing that service.”



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