Simon announces bid for Illinois comptroller

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CHICAGO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has officially announced that she's running for Illinois comptroller, ending five months of uncertainty about which statewide office she'll seek in 2014.
   
The Carbondale Democrat made her announcement Wednesday morning in downtown Chicago. She also plans to stop in Springfield and Carbondale later in the day.
   
The comptroller is central to handling Illinois' tax money and maintains the state's accounts, paying bills and signing checks to employees.
   
Simon could face Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in a Democratic primary.
   
Meanwhile, Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is seeking re-election and has a fundraising advantage. She's a former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate.
   
Simon announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term with Gov. Pat Quinn.

Earlier story:

CHICAGO (AP) - Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is jumping into the 2014 race for Illinois comptroller.
   
After months of considering other statewide offices, she'll make it official Wednesday with stops in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale. She tells The Associated Press the idea of teaching the public about the budget is appealing.
   
She could face Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn in a Democratic primary.
   
Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is seeking re-election and has a fundraising advantage. She's a former state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate.
   
Simon announced in February that she wouldn't seek another term with Gov. Pat Quinn. She also played up her legal background as a former prosecutor, prompting talk that she'd seek attorney general. However, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this month that she's seeking re-election and isn't running for governor.

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