Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon won't seek re-election

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Chicago (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election in 2014 but that she will likely run for another public office.

 

In brief remarks to reporters in Chicago on Wednesday, the Carbondale Democrat refused to go into detail about her future plans.

 

She says she will make another announcement in a few months.

 

Simon says she informed Gov. Pat Quinn of her decision in December. Quinn has said he'll seek re-election.

 

Simon is a former law professor and prosecutor. A brief statement released before her news conference highlighted her legal background.

 

In that written statement, Simon also said she wants to serve the people of Illinois in a role where she can have "an even greater impact."

 

Simon was first elected lieutenant governor in 2010.

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