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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will not run with Quinn in 2014

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SPRINGFIELD-Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday morning she will not seek another run alongside the poorly polling Gov. Pat Quinn as Illinois 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 in a prepared statement. "I want to serve the people of Illinois in a role where I can have an even greater impact."

Simon has yet to say just what her new role will be.

The lieutenant governor skirted questions Friday from the Chicago Sun-Times about whether she would be Quinn's running mate and indicated her office was not ready to discuss where she will take her political talents next.

Simon did not shoot down the possibility of going after Attorney General Lisa Madigan's position if Madigan were to run against Quinn in the 2014 primary election for governor

"When we're ready to talk about it, we'll let you know," Simon said Friday.

Simon originally notified Quinn of her decision to not run for re-election last December.

A statement released from Simon's office Wednesday highlighted her career in public service as a lawyer, especially focusing on her efforts to combat domestic violence.

"My career has been dedicated to advocating for the people of Illinois," Simon said in the statement. "I look forward to continuing that service."

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