Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri April 12, 2013
IL House votes to remove lt. gov. from state constitution
Members of the Illinois House say the services of the lieutenant governor are no longer needed. They're not targeting current officeholder Sheila Simon, but the actual job itself.
David McSweeney is a Republican from Barrington Hills. He says six other states don't have lieutenant governors, and expects the move to save nearly $2 million a year.
"This amendment is not meant to try to offend the current lieutenant governor. In fact it would not go into effect until 2019," McSweeney says.
The Illinois Constitution gives the lieutenant governor precisely zero formal duties. Current Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon has kept herself busy chairing task forces and councils on education, agriculture, and environmental issues. But even she's not running for reelection. She's kept quiet about her plans, but is expected to run for another office. Before taking effect, the measure would still have to get through the Senate and be approved by voters at next year's election.