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Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

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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 has no term limit.

Current officeholder

See also: 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.

Her husband, Perry Knop, is the Second Man of Illinois.





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




She has such other responsibilities and duties as the Governor shall assign.


See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries


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. 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.

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." 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.


The Lieutenant Governor of Illinois serves four-year terms. Inauguration takes place on the second Monday in January following a gubernatorial election. A lieutenant governor is:

  • required to be at least twenty-five years old,
  • required to be a United States citizen,
  • required to have been a resident of Illinois for the three years previous to election,
  • barred from other government positions during the term.

Lieutenant governors of Illinois

When the lieutenant governor assumes the office of governor, the post of lieutenant governor is left vacant as there is no provision in the Illinois Constitution for the replacement of a lieutenant governor. The attorney general then becomes second in the line of succession. This is the current situation in the state and will likely not be resolved until the gubernatorial election in 2010.

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Portions of this article were adapted from Wikipedia.