Lt. Gov. Simon Running for Comptroller
Updated: Wednesday, August 7 2013, 03:52 PM CDT
UPDATED July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Illinois' lieutenant governor will shift her political ambitions and run for another state office: comptroller.
Today, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon made the announcement while making a series of stops around the state.
Simon thinks the idea of teaching the public about the budget is appealing.
Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is seeking re-election in 2014, and has a fundraising advantage.
Today, Simon said, "It's time we have a comptroller who provides not just accounting, but accountability."
"We need a tough fiscal watchdog who holds government accountable," Simon said. "We need a tough fiscal watchdog who speaks up for schools, nonprofits, and small businesses who are not getting paid on time. We need a tough fiscal watchdog who can build transparency and engage the people of Illinois in how we spend money as a state."
Simon could face Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in a Democratic primary.
She announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term as lieutenant governor with Gov. Pat Quinn.
UPDATED July 31, 11:00 a.m.
Today, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is traveling around the state to unveil her plans for the future. She announced this morning she's jumping into the race for Illinois Comptroller.
She spoke in Chicago at 10:00 this morning. Her next stop is in Springfield at 3:00 this afternoon at Cafe Moxo. She ends her tour in Carbondale at 8:00 tonight.
Until now, she has kept quiet about her plans for 2014, saying only that she would seek another statewide office.
Simon could face Will County auditor Duffy Blackburn in a Democratic primary.
Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is seeking re-election, and has a fundraising advantage.
Story by NewsChannel20.