Illiinois Gov. Pat Quinn will ask the state Democratic party to tap Sheila Simon, the daughter of the late Sen. Paul Simon to be his running mate, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. This comes in the wake of the debacle over Scott Cohen--the pawnbroker with a sketchy past who won the lieutenant governor nomination in the February primary, only to be pressure to step down because his presence on the ticket would have possibly doomed Quinn.
In Illinois, the governor and lieutenant governor are nominated in separate primaries and then are fused into one ticket.
BY DAVE McKINNEY AND STEVE CONTORNO Springfield Bureau Reporters
SPRINGFIELD -- She doesn't have the bow-tie, horn-rimmed glasses or booming baritone, but she's got Downstate roots, potential appeal to women voters and a name revered among Democrats.
Sheila Simon, daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, is Gov. Quinn's choice for a running mate, a top source told the Sun-Times.