sheila simon http://wkms.org en Simon Set to Make Political Announcement Wednesday http://wkms.org/post/simon-set-make-political-announcement-wednesday <p>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is announcing her political plans in a series of news conferences around the state.</p><p>In a Facebook post, the Carbondale Democrat says she'll release "very exciting news" about her campaign on Wednesday. She hasn't said what position she might seek, but has touted her background as a former county prosecutor and law professor.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:09:31 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 33551 at http://wkms.org Simon Set to Make Political Announcement Wednesday IL Lt. Gov. Simon presses for fewer college obstacles http://wkms.org/post/il-lt-gov-simon-presses-fewer-college-obstacles <p>Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging educators to do everything they can to remove obstacles such as higher loan rates that are keeping people from finishing college.&nbsp; Simon is the state government's point person on education reform.&nbsp; Last week, Simon was honored with the College Changes Everything Champion Award. The recognition is given out each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.&nbsp; In accepting the award, Simon said lower student loan rates will help older part-time students finish college.&nbsp; Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:25:39 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 33070 at http://wkms.org IL Lt. Gov. Simon presses for fewer college obstacles Illinois' Sheila Simon Won't Seek Re-election http://wkms.org/post/illinois-sheila-simon-wont-seek-re-election <p></p><p>Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office. She declined to give details, but she spent much of a news conference yesterday playing up her legal and financial experience.</p><p>Political experts say the move points toward exploring a run for attorney general or another statewide office and would allow for Simon to fundraise separately from Gov. Pat Quinn, who has seen his approval rating dip. It would also allow Simon to see who else is running. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28054 at http://wkms.org Illinois' Sheila Simon Won't Seek Re-election Simon Says IL Pension Crisis Threatens Veterans Homes http://wkms.org/post/simon-says-il-pension-crisis-threatens-veterans-homes <p></p><p>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says funding for the state's veterans homes is being threatened by a growing public pension burden. Simon visited the Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home in Anna Thursday to celebrate the holiday season with residents and highlight the service the homes provide. The state operates homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy but has cut funding for them. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:51:28 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25976 at http://wkms.org Simon Says IL Pension Crisis Threatens Veterans Homes Simon Urges Holiday Help for IL Hungry http://wkms.org/post/simon-urges-holiday-help-il-hungry <p></p><p></p><p>Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging residents to spend some time this holiday season helping curb hunger. Simon wants to highlight volunteering time, giving money or donating food to help children, seniors and families access nutritious food while the economy continues to recover. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:38:36 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 25923 at http://wkms.org Simon Urges Holiday Help for IL Hungry IL Lawmakers Suggest More Disclosure About Finances http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-suggest-more-disclosure-about-finances <p></p><p>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says politicians should disclose more information about their financial interests to help restore state residents’ faith in government. Simon and Sen. Dan Kotowski are introducing the legislation Thursday that would overhaul the state’s 40-year-old financial disclosure system. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:21:35 +0000 The Associated Press & Whitney Jones 25062 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Suggest More Disclosure About Finances Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable http://wkms.org/post/ill-lt-governor-says-college-should-be-affordable <p>Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports making college tuition more affordable. She visited the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday and presented a plan to stop rising tuition costs. She says both state and federal officials need to work together to bring costs down. While at the university, she shadowed two students in a chemistry lab work-study program. Simon’s office says increases in college tuition and fees have outpaced inflation, citing a Pew Research Center report that found students had an average of more than $26,000 in student loans in 2010. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:00:18 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 23150 at http://wkms.org Ill. Lt. Governor Says College Should Be Affordable the morning cram [tragedy in Libya edition] http://wkms.org/post/morning-cram-tragedy-libya-edition <p><strong>Today on NPR:</strong></p><ul><li>The U.S. Ambassador to Libya is among four Americans <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/12/160992840/u-s-ambassador-to-libya-three-other-americans-killed-in-benghazi-attack">killed in an attack</a> on an Libyan consulate.</li></ul><p></p><p><strong>In Kentucky:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:33:06 +0000 Todd Hatton 21998 at http://wkms.org the morning cram [tragedy in Libya edition] IL Lt. Gov. takes “no texting while driving” pledge http://wkms.org/post/il-lt-gov-takes-no-texting-while-driving-pledge <p>Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon wants students to stop texting while driving, and to make the point, she signed an "It Can Wait" pledge Tuesday at John A. Logan Community College in Carterville. Simon was part of a ceremony to announce a statewide anti-texting while driving initiative with AT&amp;T Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The "No Text on Board Pledge Day." initiative is set for September 19<sup>th</sup>. AT&amp;T is asking drivers to promise never to text and drive again. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:04:26 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 21994 at http://wkms.org IL Lt. Gov. takes “no texting while driving” pledge