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==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Lieutenant Governor#Current Lieutenant Governors|Current Lieutenant Governors]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Lieutenant Governor#Current Lieutenant Governors|Current Lieutenant Governors]]''
  
The 46th and current Lieutenant Govern is [[Sheila Simon]], a [[Democrat]] elected in 2010. The office was recently vacant after [[Pat Quinn]] left to fill the position of ousted governor [[Rod Blagojevich]].
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The 46th and current Lieutenant Govern is [[Sheila Simon]], a [[Democrat]] elected on November 2, 2010. Simon took office on January 10, 2011. The office was vacant for two years until Simon took office after former Lieutenant Governor [[Pat Quinn]] became governor on January 2, 2009. Per the [[Illinois Constitution]], if a lieutenant governor leaves office to fill a vacancy in the office of governor, the position of lieutenant governor remains vacant until after the next general election.  
  
Her husband, Perry Knop, is the Second Man of Illinois.
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Before becoming lieutenant governor, Simon served on the Illinois Reform Commission, a 15-member body that proposed revisions to state ethics rules. She served on the Carbondale City Council from 2003 to 2007 and was an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law from 2000 to 2005. Simon previously worked as an assistant state's attorney in Jackson County, IL from 1994 to 1998 and an associate in the firm of O'Neill & Colvin (Carbondale, IL) from 1992 to 1994. Simon holds a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and a J.D. from Georgetown Law School.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=122134 ''Project VoteSmart'', "Bio of Sheila Simon," accessed October 6, 2011.]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
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The [[Illinois Constitution|state Constitution]] establishes the office of the governor in [[Article V, Illinois Constitution|Article V, the Executive Department]].
  
The [[Illinois Constitution|state Constitution]] addresses the office of the governor in [[Article V, Illinois Constitution|Article IV, the Executive Department]].
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'''[[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 1|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1]]'''
 
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Under Article V, Section 1:
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==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
 
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A lieutenant governor is required to be:
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Per [[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 1|Article V, Section 1]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]], a lieutenant governor is required to be:
  
 
* at least twenty-five years old,
 
* at least twenty-five years old,
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* a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.
 
* a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.
  
==Elections==
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'''[[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 3|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 3]]'''
  
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''To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election. ''
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==Elections==
 
:: ''See also: [[Governor#Gubernatorial election cycles by state|Gubernatorial election cycles by state]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Governor#Gubernatorial election cycles by state|Gubernatorial election cycles by state]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Lieutenant Governor#Election of lieutenant governors|Election of lieutenant governors]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Lieutenant Governor#Election of lieutenant governors|Election of lieutenant governors]]''
  
Illinois elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Illinois, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.
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Illinois elects lieutenant governors federal midterm election years. As a result, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election ([[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 2|Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 2]]). Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.
  
==Vacancies==
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===Term limits===
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The lieutenant governor does not face any term limits.
  
Details of vacancies are address under [[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 7|Article V, Section 7]].
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==Vacancies==
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Details of vacancies are address under [[Article V, Illinois Constitution#Section 7|Article V, Section 7]] of the [[Illinois Constitution|state constitution]].
  
If the lieutenant governor's chair becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant for the remainder of the elected term.  The [[Illinois Attorney General|attorney general]] then becomes second in the line of succession.
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If the lieutenant governor's chair becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant for the remainder of the elected term.  The [[Illinois Attorney General|attorney general]] then becomes second in the line of [[Governor of Illinois|gubernatorial]] succession.
  
 
==Duties==
 
==Duties==
 
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The lieutenant governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities which have been delegated to the office via statute. These duties include serving as Chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Chairman of Rural Bond Bank of Illinois, head of the Illinois Main Street Program, and Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council.
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The lieutenant governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities. These duties include serving as Chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Chairman of Rural Bond Bank of Illinois, head of the Illinois Main Street Program, and Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council.
In addition to these duties, the lieutenant governor can take on other duties as assigned by the governor or initiate duties of his or her own. An example of this is work by Former Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood, for example, focused on women's health issues. The lieutenant governor also serves as a surrogate speaker for the governor around the state and as a representative for state government.  
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Under the [[Illinois Constitution]] Article V section 7. "If the Lieutenant Governor fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant until the end of the term."
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The lieutenant governor can take on other duties as assigned by the governor or initiate projects of his own. Former Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood, for example, focused on women's health issues. The lieutenant governor also serves as a surrogate speaker for the governor around the state and as a representative for state government.  
Prior to the adoption of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor also served as the presiding officer of the [[Illinois State Senate]]. Losing this position made the lieutenant governor job less significant, and contributed to the "boredom" cited by Jim Thompson's first lieutenant governor, Dave O'Neal, on July 31, 1981, when he resigned the office.
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She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.
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Prior to the adoption of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor also served as the presiding officer of the [[Illinois State Senate]].  
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
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: ''See also: [[Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries]]''
 
: ''See also: [[Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries]]''
  
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
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The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term. In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of [[Compensation of state executive officers|$135,700]].
  
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor is paid [http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Illinois_state_government_salary $135,700] a year, the 5th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
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==Contact info==
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'''Address:'''<br>
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214 State House<br>
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Springfield, IL 62706<br>
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'''Phone:''' (217) 558-3085<br>
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'''Fax:''' (217) 558-3094
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Governor of Illinois]]
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*[[Sheila Simon]]
*[[Illinois Attorney General]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor]]
*[[Illinois Secretary of State]]
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==External links==
 
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==References==
 
==References==
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Illinois ''Wikipedia'', Lieutenant Governor of Illinois]
 
<small>''Portions of this article were adapted from [http://www.wikipedia.org Wikipedia]''.</small>
 
 
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The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Illinois. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and faces no term limits.

Current officeholder

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The 46th and current Lieutenant Govern is Sheila Simon, a Democrat elected on November 2, 2010. Simon took office on January 10, 2011. The office was vacant for two years until Simon took office after former Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn became governor on January 2, 2009. Per the Illinois Constitution, if a lieutenant governor leaves office to fill a vacancy in the office of governor, the position of lieutenant governor remains vacant until after the next general election.

Before becoming lieutenant governor, Simon served on the Illinois Reform Commission, a 15-member body that proposed revisions to state ethics rules. She served on the Carbondale City Council from 2003 to 2007 and was an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law from 2000 to 2005. Simon previously worked as an assistant state's attorney in Jackson County, IL from 1994 to 1998 and an associate in the firm of O'Neill & Colvin (Carbondale, IL) from 1992 to 1994. Simon holds a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and a J.D. from Georgetown Law School.[1]

Authority

The state Constitution establishes the office of the governor in Article V, the Executive Department.

Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1

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Per Article V, Section 1 of the state constitution, a lieutenant governor is required to be:

  • at least twenty-five years old,
  • a United States citizen,
  • a resident of Illinois for three years prior to election.

Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 3

To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election.

Elections

See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

Illinois elects lieutenant governors federal midterm election years. As a result, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the second Monday in the January following an election (Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 2). Thus, January 10, 2011 and January 12, 2015 are inaugural days.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor does not face any term limits.

Vacancies

Details of vacancies are address under Article V, Section 7 of the state constitution.

If the lieutenant governor's chair becomes vacant, it shall remain vacant for the remainder of the elected term. The attorney general then becomes second in the line of gubernatorial succession.

Duties

Illinois

The lieutenant governor of Illinois handles a variety of responsibilities. These duties include serving as Chairman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council, Chairman of Rural Bond Bank of Illinois, head of the Illinois Main Street Program, and Chairman of the Illinois River Coordinating Council.

The lieutenant governor can take on other duties as assigned by the governor or initiate projects of his own. Former Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood, for example, focused on women's health issues. The lieutenant governor also serves as a surrogate speaker for the governor around the state and as a representative for state government.

Prior to the adoption of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor also served as the presiding officer of the Illinois State Senate.

Compensation

See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term. In 2010, the lieutenant governor received a salary of $135,700.

Contact info

Address:
214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 558-3085
Fax: (217) 558-3094

See also

External links

References