Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (pictured) is running for comptroller. She made the announcement Wednesday at stops in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale. Simon is a law professor, not an accountant, but she says the legal background is what’s needed for the comptroller to carry out the task of cleaning up local government.
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“We’ve had far too many examples of corruption at the local level, along with missed opportunities to spot that corruption. For example, Washington Park, Ill. failed to file its financial status report with the comptroller for seven years. An attorney trying to clean up that mess asked of the comptroller’s office, where have you been all of those years?” Simon said.
Simon says she agrees with sitting Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka that without an appropriation, she can’t pay state lawmakers. In leaving the office of lieutenant governor, Simon says it’s still an important office that should not be eliminated.
Simon served on the council in Carbondale, where she says she learned a lot about local government. In this race, Simon will face Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in the Democratic primary, and if she gets through that, she’ll face Republican Topinka in the general election.