Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has announced that she will explore other opportunities to serve the people of Illinois and not run for re-election to the office of lieutenant governor.
“Serving as lieutenant governor has given me an opportunity to advocate on important issues that affect our state but it is time for me to do even more,” Simon said. “I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact.”
Simon has a long history of public service. She began her career working for Land of Lincoln legal assistance, helping working families who could not afford an attorney.
As an Assistant States Attorney in Jackson County, Simon prosecuted domestic violence cases.
Simon worked with a team at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to open the university’s domestic violence clinic.
As lieutenant governor, Simon has expanded pro-bono services to domestic violence victims, increased access to higher education, and fought for the strongest government transparency legislation in 40 years.
Simon informed the governor of her decision in December.
“My career has been dedicated to advocating for the people of Illinois. I look forward to continuing that service,” said Simon.