"I Need a Lot of Introduction"

Quinn and Simon fly around the state.

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Mar 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:25 PM CDT
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn introduces Sheila Simon during a stop in Chicago on Monday.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn introduces Sheila Simon during a stop in Chicago on Monday.

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Gov. Pat Quinn and his new running mate, Sheila Simon, are introducing themselves to as many voters as possible Monday.

The pair are on a six-city flyaround of Illinois.

"We want to make sure everyone knows we have a working ticket," Quinn said this morning before flying to Rockford.

"Anyone who knows Paul Simon and his wife Jeanne Simon knows ... it's a positive politics," the governor said.

Both Simon and Quinn stressed that they'll work hard to represent working families. Simon is a law professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and she says she'll be able to connect with women as a working mom.

But the newly minted candidate for Lt. Governor downplayed her name recognition.

"I think I'm going to need lots of introduction," Simon, the daughter of Sen. Paul Simon said. “I am looking forward to meeting people across the state to focus on all of our families and what we want to do in terms of making this government serve the people of Illinois better."

Democratic leaders picked Simon as Quinn's running mate over the weekend. The winner of the Feb. 2 primary race for lieutenant governor, Scott Lee Cohen, dropped out amid questions about his past.

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