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Sheila Simon

IRMA President: Illinois' Fight on Patent Trolls Must Move to the Federal Level

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois has passed laws against patent-trolling shakedowns, the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association believes this is a battle only the federal government can fight.

Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner points to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and strongly hints in attack ads that Quinn released murderers early from prison in 2009. Quinn paints Rauner as a plutocrat who doesn't understand regular people and strongly hints in his attack ads that Rauner personally defrauded elderly people.

Republicans Lead in Illinois Governor and Comptroller Races, Say Polls

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Perhaps the most remarkable result of the new poll was Quinn's strong showing in suburban Cook County, where he finished half a point ahead of Rauner. In the previous two Reboot Illinois polls, Rauner had led Quinn -- by 8 points in June and 2 in July.

Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Two Political Heavyweights Are Squaring Off in the Comptroller Race. Who's Got the Early Lead?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The contest for Illinois State Comptroller finds two candidates with long, deep party pedigrees facing off. One is the incumbent comptroller, the other has been the lieutenant governor for the past four years.

The Rodney Dangerfield of Constitutional Offices

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor is the Rodney Dangerfield of constitutional offices. It's got no defined duties and the House has voted to ...

Senator's Daughter Challenges 'Kooky Old Aunt'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

The Illinois lieutenant governor is seeking to unseat the Republican state comptroller, who former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) once described as a "kooky...

Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...

Madigan won't run for governor: What it means for 2014 ballot

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LISA By now you know that Lisa Madigan will seek a fourth term as attorney general rather than challenging Pat Quinn for governor. Perhaps most intere...

John Celock

Front-Runner Exits Governor's Race | John Celock | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

The Illinois attorney general said Monday she won't run for governor next year because her father remains a top state legislator. State Attorney G...

Let's Find Common Ground on Guns

Sheila Simon | Posted 06.16.2013 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

We must respect our constitutional rights to firearms in the same way we respect our constitutional right to freedom of speech. We guard our freedoms in this country, and often that means balancing competing freedoms.

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon Won't Be Seeking Reelection

Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced Wednesday that she won't be running for reelection, but hinted that she'll likely be campaigning for anot...

Lt. Gov. Simon Declares 'The Onion Day' In Honor Of Paper's Move

Posted 07.27.2012 | Chicago

The Better Government Association next month will "welcome" The Onion staff to Chicago with a special comedy event on what's being called "The Onion D...

Link Rape Crisis Funding to Strip Clubs

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Those are the hours that rape crisis centers work the phones and respond to victims of rape and sexual assault across Illinois. We do not want to see a day when those phone calls go unanswered.

John Celock

State Number Twos Discuss Succession, Space, Coast Guard | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The nation's lieutenant governors said that last week's conference was important for a group of officials whose duties vary widely from s...

Food Stamps On The Rise At Illinois's Farmers Markets

Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago

Swipes of the LINK card that holds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars -- what used to be food stamps -- are up at farmer's markets acro...

Civil Unions in Illinois: A Step Forward

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed civil unions into law on Monday. But while there was an air of celebration in the room, there was also a definite feeling of healthy impatience for full equality too.

WATCH: Plummer Strays From Running Mate Brady On Abortion Issue

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After his painfully awkward appearance on "Chicago Tonight" in April, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Jason Plummer returned to the show ...

Does the New CNN/Time Poll Put Governor Pat Quinn Back in the Game Against Bill Brady?

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The poll reports that State Senator Brady leads Quinn 40%-38%. The Quinn camp is crazed with joy to be losing by two points.

WATCH: Columnist Eric Zorn And Candidate Sheila Simon Play The Banjo

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Often times in this political climate, the media becomes a politician's worst nightmare. Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn is never shy about blast...

Jeb Bush In Chicago Campaigning For Bill Brady

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Chicago today campaigning for Bill Brady--and Democrats are using his visit to slam the Republican gubernatorial ca...

Governor Pat Quinn Gets Boost from Human Rights Activists

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Quinn told me he will be fighting in trench-like warfare during the last eight weeks of the campaign when the election will be decided. Let's hope.

Obama Endorsed Sheila Simon In 2007 Mayoral Race (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Barack Obama's old Senate seat looks to be one of the most hotly contested races in 2010. But the President was keeping his distance from the state of...

Bill Brady: Sheila Simon An 'Attorney-Academician,' Doesn't Understand Private Sector

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bill Brady took his first shots at the new Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sheila Simon. The Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson reported M...

This Week In Pictures: Simon, Biden, Ayers, Burge And More

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Another big week of news in Chicago. Pat Quinn finally got a running mate! And it's exactly who he asked for. Also, Bill Ayers got the cold shoulder, ...

Getting To Know Sheila Simon

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As you probably know, Sheila Simon won the Democratic Party's lieutenant governor sweepstakes. But did you know that she rocks out on the bassoon? Tha...