-Illinois
5:03 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Simon Exploring Other Options

Sheila Simon says she will not seek another term as Illinois' lieutenant governor. But she says this is not the end of her political career. Despite repeated questions, Simon refused to say which office.

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon
Credit illinois.gov

There's been speculation she might run for Illinois attorney general — if Lisa Madigan decides to run for governor. She's also been mentioned as a possible successor to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, whose seat was previously occupied by Simon's father, the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon.

Asked whether her move was tied to the unpopularity of her boss, Gov. Pat Quinn, Simon would not directly answer the question.

"What I'm doing is really focused on how I can serve the people of the state of Illinois." -Sheila Simon

 Simon says she told Quinn of her decision in December. Quinn says he’s not taking it personally.

Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey contributed to this report.