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

February 13, 2013

The Associated Press

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office.

She declined to give details, but she spent much of a Wednesday news conference playing up her legal and financial experience.

Political experts say the move points toward exploring a run for attorney general or another statewide office and would allow for Simon to fundraise separately from Gov. Pat Quinn, who's seen his approval rating dip.

It would also allow Simon to see who else is running.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday that she hasn't decided yet on a 2014 gubernatorial run.

Simon told Quinn her decision in December. She said that in a few months she'll make another announcement about her future plans.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not taking it personally that Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon won't seek re-election with him next year.

Quinn says he'll seek re-election. He wants a potential running mate who's honest.

Several Republicans say they're interested in challenging Quinn. They include Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Congressman Aaron Schock. Democrats, including former White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, say they haven't made a decision yet.