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Lt. Gov. Simon reacts to proposal to eliminate her position

Simon said they're neutral on the current proposal, as they support the opportunity for the public to provide input in their government through referenda. Simon said they're neutral on the current proposal, as they support the opportunity for the public to provide input in their government through referenda.
The measure to do away with the Lieutenant Governor's office would still have to pass in the Illinois legislature by a vote of the people before it would become law. The measure to do away with the Lieutenant Governor's office would still have to pass in the Illinois legislature by a vote of the people before it would become law.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

A proposal being considered by the Illinois legislature would do away with the Lieutenant Governor's position in state government.

Currently, the office of lieutenant governor in Illinois is held by Carbondale native, Sheila Simon.

The measure would eliminate that office all together, a move that would save the state more than $2 million a year.

Simon said they're neutral on the current proposal, as they support the opportunity for the public to provide input in their government through referenda. She said they are opposed to the idea of abolishing the lieutenant governor's office, which is important for a number of reasons.

According to Simon's office, 45 states have a lieutenant governor to succeed the governor in cases of emergency, as has happened in Illinois five times, most recently with Governor Quinn.

Simon said the lieutenant governor is the only administrative officer the governor cannot fire and can be counted on to serve as an independent advisor.

She said she has made it her mission to do more with less for the taxpayers of Illinois. She said she has voluntarily cut her budget by more than 12 percent the past two years and gives back a portion of her salary each year.

The measure to do away with the Lieutenant Governor's office would still have to pass in the Illinois legislature by a vote of the people before it would become law.

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