Lt. Governor Sheila Simon to run for Illinois comptroller

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Now that Lisa Madigan isn't going to run for governor and will run for re-election as attorney general, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will run for Illinois comptroller.

Simon, an attorney, had reportedly considered a run for attorney general if Madigan tried for governor.

Now, Simon will take a shot at the comptroller's job. That's not official yet, but her campaign office said the announcement will come next week.

Earlier Simon announced she would not run for re-election to the lieutenant governor's post.

Running for comptroller could put Simon, a Democrat, in competition with Republican Judy Baar Topinka, who said in Peoria on Monday that she plans to run for re-election.