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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon in Washington: Prepping for statewide run

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WASHINGTON--Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is here for a series of profile-raising interviews with state and national media and meetings with the National Lieutenant Governors Association and the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association as she is putting together a political team for her anticipated 2014 statewide run.

The office Simon is to run for is to be determined. She's waiting to see if Attorney General Lisa Madigan vacates her spot to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in a Democratic primary for governor. She's also mulling comptroller. Simon was tapped by Quinn for her spot.

Simon was re-elected chairman of the DLGA on Tuesday. That makes her the chief fund-raiser for the group.

I caught up with her at the IBEW headquarters--the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers--where she was attending a reception for the DLGA.

She arrive her on Monday. On Tuesday, she spoke at a class taught by Terry Michael--onetime press secretary for her father, the late Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) Michael directs the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism.

Besides interviews with reporters for Illinois outlets, Simon talked to reporters with the National Journal, Daily Beast/Newseek and PBS Newshour. On Wednesday morning, she's on MSNBC's Chuck Todd show.

She told me she is talking to political consultants and groups as she puts together an organization for her statewide run.

Simon is here through Thursday.

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