|Running for Illinois Comptroller|
|Date of primary||March 18, 2014|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|
|January 10, 2011|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Pat Quinn (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Carbondale City Council|
|2003 – 2007|
|Bachelor's||University of Wittenberg (1983)|
|J.D.||Georgetown University School of Law (1987)|
Simon only joined the 2010 gubernatorial ticket after Scott Lee Cohen, who won the Democratic primary, withdrew amid allegations of domestic abuse, steroid use, and failure to pay child support. The Illinois Democratic State Central Committee then chose Simon for the ticket over state Rep. Art Turner, who had come in second to Cohen in the primary.
Although Simon is eligible for re-election as lieutenant governor in 2014, she has opted not to run for another term. Instead, she is seeking the office of state comptroller. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 18 for the opportunity to unseat Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka in the November 4 general election.
Born into a political family, Simon's father, Paul Simon, was a U.S. Senator and also served as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and her mother, Jeanne Hurley Simon, was a state representative.
A lawyer by profession, Simon was a Staff Attorney at the Domestic Violence Clinic at Southern Illinois University from 1998-2000. She was also Prosecutor of Jackson County from 1994-1998, an Attorney with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, and Faculty Member at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Simon is the daughter of former Senator Paul Simon.
- Bachelor's, University of Wittenberg, 1983
- JD, Georgetown University, 1987
Lieutenant Governor (2010-Present)
Simon was selected by Democratic Party leaders to share a ticket with Gov. Pat Quinn in March 2010. With Quinn's endorsement, Simon won the vote of the state's 38 member central committee. Votes had selected Scott Lee Cohen the month before, but Cohen soon resigned due to questions surrounding charges of domestic battery, unpaid child support, and steroid usage.
Proposal to eliminate lt. governor office
On April 11, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.
Carbondale City Council (2003-2007)
Simon announced in February 2013 she would not run for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2014 but rather seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact." At the time of Simon's announcement, the AG seat was thought to be opened in 2014 by incumbent Lisa Madigan's (D) long-anticipated run for governor. Despite the hype, Madigan decided to run for re-election as attorney general instead of pursuing the gubernatorial bid, and Simon later filed as a candidate for state comptroller. Incumbent comptroller, Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican first elected to this position in 2010 after two terms as state treasurer, is running for re-election in 2014.
The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Simon was elected on a ticket with Pat Quinn. The pair defeated Bill Brady/Jason Plummer (R), Rich Whitney/Don W. Crawford (G), Lex Green/Ed Rutledge (L) and Scott Lee Cohen/Baxter B. Swilley (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, 2010|
|Democratic||Pat Quinn & Sheila Simon Incumbent||46.8%||1,745,219|
|Republican||Bill Brady & Jason Plummer||45.9%||1,713,385|
|Independent||Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley||3.6%||135,705|
|Green||Rich Whitney & Don Crawford||2.7%||100,756|
|Libertarian||Lex Green & Ed Ruthledge||0.9%||34,681|
Comprehensive donor information for Simon is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Simon raised a total of $237,076 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.
|Sheila Simon's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Lieutenant Governor of Illinois||$237,076|
|2010||Lieutenant Governor of Illinois||$0*|
|Grand Total Raised||$237,076|
|*Simon's running mate, Pat Quinn, raised $24,000,701 for their joint ticket in 2010.|
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|Sheila Simon's Campaign Contributions|
Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$19,945,166 (Republican)|
|Top 5 contributors||Service Employees Healthcare Illinois Indiana||$1,895,435|
|Democratic Governors Association||$1,862,932|
|Service Employees Illinois State Council||$1,376,455|
|Taxpayers for Quinn||$1,104,013|
|Service Employees International Union||$1,100,000|
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- Illinois State Board of Elections, General election - 11/2/2012," accessed April 20, 2012
- Boston.com, "Ill. Democrats choose nominee after scandal," March 27, 2010
- Chicago Magazine, "What Happens After Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon Quits Pat Quinn’s Team," March 26, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon's Biography," accessed September 19, 2012
- New York Times, "Illinois Democratic Party Chooses a Familiar Name as Lieutenant Governor Nominee," March 27, 2010
- The Chicago Tribune, "House votes to eliminate lieutenant governor post," April 12, 2013
- Chicago Tribune, "Simon will not run again for lieutenant governor," February 13, 2013
- CBS Local - Chicago, "2014 Governor Candidates To Choose Running Mates," August 24, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Sheila Simon," accessed July 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Pat Quinn," accessed July 9, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Pat Quinn (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
January 10, 2011 - Present
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