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*** UPDATED x1 *** Um, Sheila?

Monday, Dec 2, 2013

* Today is the last day to file nominating petitions. As of 11:13 am, the State Board of Elections’ website shows no petitions from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is hoping to run for comptroller.

Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

Sheesh.

* How about a caption contest while the clock ticks down?…

*** UPDATE *** She filed. Carry on.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


84 Comments
  1. - train111 - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:17 am:

    Worry, what worry??

    Sheila now plays the banjo while Springfield burns.


  2. - Samurai - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:17 am:

    “Hi there, my name is Sheila Simon, will you please sign my petition?”


  3. - Bogart - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:19 am:

    “Why can’t I just be appointed?”


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:19 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - excited to watch the filing clock wind down at the Capitol. Petitions are optional, right?


  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:21 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I am at the Capitol, see, so if any Notary or Election Lawyer is bored, or has nothng to do, look for me, I may kinda need you #YikesFilingIsHardOnYourOwn


  6. - Raising Kane - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:23 am:

    It’s ok if half my petitions say “Attorney General” right?


  7. - Wensicia - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:23 am:

    “What do you mean the petitions haven’t been filed yet? Governor Quinn offered to drop them off for me last week…”


  8. - John A Logan - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:24 am:

    Is this photo a selfie? If so, I think that says alot about her difficulty getting enough signatures.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:26 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Oh geez! 5 to 10 THOUSAND signatures?? I thought it was 5 to 10 TOTAL signatures?!?! #HopingForTourGroupRealSoon


  10. - RNUG - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:26 am:

    I’m going with a background soundtrack for Shelia:

    Blue Oyster Cult - Deadline:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_zapr0yIfE


  11. - Stones - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    Shelia takes the time to post a selfie while getting her petitions signed.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:29 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - This is me at the Capitol again, so if that bored Election Lawyer or Notary can bring some “White Out” for the “Office” part, that would help too #WhatAmIRunningForAgain


  13. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:31 am:

    @FakeSheialSimon - Ok, forget the “White Out”, bring about 8,217 friends, and quick! #MoreThanOneWayToSeemInept


  14. - Blue Horseshoe - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:32 am:

    “Last to file is first on the ballot, right? Right?”

    Also, did I miss something? Is Napoleon Harris not running for re-election?


  15. - KGB - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:33 am:

    Lt. Gov Simon waiting on the UPS truck to deliver her petitions. “I can’t believe my staffer picked one-week delivery and not overnight!”


  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Just got a tweet from Lisa Madigan, she said she is this/close to dropping out still, so my AG petitions might still be good #FingersAndToesCrossed

    @FakeSheilaSimon - My bad, it was sarcasm, so I gotta still file for Comptroller, so 8,200 or so of you better get here quick. #HavingNoPlanIsStillNotAPlan


  17. - Lessismore - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:37 am:

    Shoulda stayed with the guy that brought you to the dance.


  18. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:38 am:

    ===Is Napoleon Harris not running for re-election? ===

    He’s running.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:38 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I guess Pat Quinn was really helpful getting signatures last time, so here I am at the Capitol asking if Gov. Quinn has any signatures to spare. #PetitonsAreTransferableRight

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I ran against Jason Plummer, and his candidate is filed and done, I stand here, as you can see, outside the Capitol still “gathering”. #JasonOneSheilaZero


  20. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:39 am:

    Counting flowers on the wall, smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo now don’t tell me I have nothing to do!


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Look, I want to point out that Election Law is not my strong suit. Any minute the Petition Fairy will have all my signatures, according to statute. #RunningForAGWasSupposeToCureElectionLawWeakness


  22. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:45 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I am not going to say I am low on supporters, but each one was suppose to get 3,333 signatures, including me #StillGotAllAfternoon


  23. - Publius - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:49 am:

    They told me inside that my petitions have to be filed at the State Board of Elections offices. A nice lady inside named Judy told me it is in Champaign…so I am off.


  24. - A guy... - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:50 am:

    Look, no cavities! Now if I could just remember that thing I was supposed to do. Hmmm


  25. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:53 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I am tweeting this Selfie so all those who have yet to turn in my petitons, or those “gathering” them know, yep, still waiting on you. #TickTockTheElectionClockRocks


  26. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:54 am:

    She consistently out-dufusses herself…..if her name was Shiela Banjo, where would she be?


  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:55 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Heading over to Speaker Madigan’s Office to see if he will run the “Turncoat Bill” December 3rd too. It reads, if you decide to bail on the guy who brought you, petitons are optional. #SeemsReasonable


  28. - GA Watcher - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:56 am:

    Really, the dog ate my petitions.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:57 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Governor Quinn asked that I tweet a Selfie, and then he would get the rest of the sigantures for me, but only after I find a bird called a Snipe, and a left handed widget too. #OneDownTwoMoreToGet #seeStillBuds


  30. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 11:59 am:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Just got the last of the petitions, and I can’t believe it! They spelled my name wrong. No, not “Sheila” …”Simon” #ComptrollerLooksFunnyToSpellToo


  31. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:02 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I would have gotten this done weeks ago, but when I ask for a signature, I have to explain 1) Bailing on Pat Quinn, 2) Pretending to know what Lisa was doing, and 3) That Comptroller was always #1 for me. #ThatsAlotOfBackpeddling


  32. - belmont cragin - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:04 pm:

    She found a way to generate buzz about her campaign!


  33. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:04 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Lets see, 20 signatures to a page, need 10K to be safe. I was told there would be no math for Comptroller, or was that for AG, I forgot. #BecameALawyerToAvoidMathOrMoneyWordProblems


  34. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:08 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Just called “Topinka for Comptroller” campaign office to see if they had any petitons left over. They asked if this was Jason Plummer again #ChangingNameNotOffice #AlreadyChangedCampaign #WorthAShotDontJudgeMe


  35. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:10 pm:

    @FakeDuffyBlackburn - Yep, now its official. My decision not to run against Sheila Simon was foolish. #HaveSameAmountOfSignaturesAsSheilaRightThisMoment


  36. - Cassiopeia - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:12 pm:

    She’s waiting outside the office on Spring Street for them to open up. :))


  37. - the unknown poster - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:15 pm:

    Sheila Simon looking pleased to have been chosen the person in Illinois politics who most resembles the Illinois Capitol building.


  38. - A. Nonymous - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:15 pm:

    Oops. Maybe I should’ve hired staffers that return phone calls.


  39. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:17 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Hey, @FakeDuffyBalckburn, you made a wise decision. I wouldn’t have wanted to embarrass you. #YeahByBeatingMeAndListeningToMyConcessionSpeechToYou


  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:19 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - With this Selfie, lets play a game eveyone likes to play - “Where’s Sheila” #DoesPatQuinnCare


  41. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:23 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Again, this selfie to remind any…ANY Election Lawyer or Notary around the Capitol needs to find me, please! #1-800-555-UtOh


  42. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:27 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - To show Fiscal Responsibility, I am goig to save the taxpayers time and money and just file recycled petitons from another candidate that were already “good” #YourWelcomeIllinois #ThisIsSoSillyItJustMightWork


  43. - Rob Roy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:27 pm:

    And this years guests at the Jerry Lewis Telethon will be???


  44. - Arnold Ziffle - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:28 pm:

    “… I ran out of gas. I… I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts. It wasn’t my fault. I swear to god!”


  45. - anon - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:29 pm:

    Say what you will, Sheila Simon’s appointment to the Democratic ballot may have saved Quinn in 2010. With Scott Lee Cohen as his running mate, Governor Bill Brady would be running for reelection and defending his veto of the SSM bill.


  46. - anon - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:30 pm:

    Quinn/Cohen, as opposed to Quinn/Simon, I mean.


  47. - OneMan - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:32 pm:

    Sheila tries to appear calm after realizing she has spent too much time playing with her Kenny G bluegrass tribute band.


  48. - Newsclown - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:33 pm:

    Save the Hill Valley Clocktower! Sign my Petition!


  49. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:33 pm:

    ===Say what you will,…===

    Ok, “Dance. Dance with the one who Brung Ya.”

    And … “Shopping for an offce, is not the same as running for an office, no matter how close you may think you are to Lisa Madigan.”

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Yeah, where was I during … 2011, 2012, 2103…? #Crickets


  50. - Raising Kane - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    anon 12:29, Cohen obviously resigned before Quinn selected Simon. He choose Simon because he thought she would help him downstate but instead she was a drag on the ticket…no voter support, no fundraising and no charisma. It is hard to imagine who he could have put on as LG that would have been less helpful than Simon. So, your argument that it was SLC or Simon is pretty out a total distortion of the facts.


  51. - Sir Reel - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:39 pm:

    Um … never mind …


  52. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:44 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I am happy to report all the petitons that had “Simon” spelled wrong are out of the stack. Once I get rid of the ones that spell “Sheila” or “Comptroller” wrong out, I will be closer to not filling than before #FileThisUnderDopeyWayToRunForOffice


  53. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Taking a brisk walk around Springfield, then grabbing lunch, some light reading for pleasure, then going to see “Catching Fire” in the theatre. Tweet me if you think I am missing anything! #KnowIAmForgettingSomething


  54. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:53 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Look, enough with the jokes, honestly, I am waiting for Scott Lee Cohen to file, then win, get disgraced, and for MJM to just appoint me. I know how to do that. #LightningDoesntStrikeTwice


  55. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:57 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I was told, very plainly, that until I fully understand the Office of Comptroller, I can’t file my petitons. #GeeThisIsTakingLongerThanAnticipated


  56. - Gabe - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:58 pm:

    After being cured of ALS, Stephen Hawking stopped for a photo outside the Illinois capitol.


  57. - Bigtwich - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 12:59 pm:

    What Me Worry?


  58. - Soccermom - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:03 pm:

    The deadline is 5 p.m.? (That’s a real question, but I think it also works as a caption..)


  59. - LittleLebowskiUrbanAchiever - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:14 pm:

    Not a caption… But Pat Quinn collected 40,000 sigs in two weeks.

    Whoops.


  60. - OneMan - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:18 pm:

    Ok, silly question… I am assuming that if for some reason she didn’t file in time (or got booted if this is a rush job) they could just slate her, right?

    Perhaps she has a thing against primaries?


  61. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    ===Pat Quinn collected 40,000 sigs in two weeks.===

    @FakeSheilaSimon - Well, Pat Quinn has some work to do, only getting 40K signatures. I am still out here Pat, you can get more with me. #ToldYouMathWordProblemsAreNotStrength


  62. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:34 pm:

    - OneMan -,

    Asking, and with respect, do you think either party is apt to “slate” a candidate, who already has run and won statewide, with a pedigree of a true Illinois statesman, and then in turn can’t make up their mind on an office … and then expects that party to “slate” them because getting petiions was … “just too hard” to do?

    I would not like to have to make that decision, if it were mine to make!

    @FakeSheilaSimon - I would like to announce its after 1:30, and the website still has me not filed. #WebsiteWorkingA-Ok


  63. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon-Ok, who had my car towed while I was getting this selfie? #NotFunnyJesse


  64. - OneMan - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:57 pm:

    Asking, and with respect, do you think either party is apt to “slate” a candidate, who already has run and won statewide, with a pedigree of a true Illinois statesman, and then in turn can’t make up their mind on an office … and then expects that party to “slate” them because getting petiions was … “just too hard” to do?

    Wouldn’t be shocked…


  65. - OneMan - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 1:58 pm:

    Also if you could file in Chicago I would be half tempted to file incomplete (just a nominating form) just to see the reaction..


  66. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:01 pm:

    Maybe she’s running for Mayor of Carbondale instead.


  67. - aufjunk - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    The dome and the white columns times two.


  68. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    - OneMan -,

    The Topinka Crew would have to enjoy that.

    “Sheila Simon’s support for her new campaign for her second choice is so strong, she couldn’t even file petitons”

    @FakeDuffyBlackburn - I just want - OneMan - to know, I am still I viable option. At this rate, I can make a case I have more support(?) #PetitionHurdleTooHighForSheila(?)


  69. - Soccermom - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:04 pm:

    Sorry to get all serious on you, but… Does she actually need the required number of signatures? Or is that an issue only if someone challenges her petitions?


  70. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:08 pm:

    - soccermom -,

    She can file with one single signature, it only becomes an issue, I believe once a “challange” is brought about the petitons and their validity.

    Only a challenge puts the petitons at risk, I believe.


  71. - Soccermom - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:08 pm:

    Is she doing this in hopes of getting the last place on the ballot? (yes. yes that is a joke.)


  72. - train111 - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:10 pm:

    2:04 PM. She shows up at the SBOE site.


  73. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:11 pm:

    @FakeSheilaSimon - At 2:04 today I filed my petitions for Comptroller. I have no idea what to do next. #CampaignsAreConfusingWhenYouRunOnYourOwn


  74. - cod - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:17 pm:

    Cheese!


  75. - zatoichi - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:41 pm:

    Stop #1 on her photo tour of America’s state capital buildings. Only 47 more states to visit.


  76. - sal-says - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 2:57 pm:

    What? Me worry? With this Cheshire grin?


  77. - Elo Kiddies - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 3:25 pm:

    No Republicans have filed, yet, to run against Toni Preckwinkle or Joe Berrios in Cook County. David Orr and Maria Pappas are also off the hook. But there’s still an hour and a half left to file…


  78. - AFSCME Steward - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 4:22 pm:

    Hi my name is Sheila Simon. My father was Paul Simon. Remember him ? If you do, please vote for me. That’s all I’ve got.


  79. - AFSCME Steward - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 4:26 pm:

    Hi, you probably don’t know me. I’m Sheila Simon, Lt. Governor of Illinois. But outside of Rich Miller’s captian contest I’m completely unknown. That’s why I carry the American Express Card…


  80. - yinn - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 5:40 pm:

    ==Sheila tries to appear calm after realizing she has spent too much time playing with her Kenny G bluegrass tribute band.==

    If we’re picking a winner today I vote for OneMan!


  81. - Skeeter - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 6:36 pm:

    Oswego’s posts hit a bit too close to home.
    He perfectly captures her incredible lack of knowledge and ability when it comes to all things political.

    Comparing Oswego’s Plummer posts to his Simon posts, we need to remember that Plummer at least has an excuse. He’s actually an uneducated kid. Simon allegedly has a J.D. from a top school. What’s her excuse for being so incredibly incompetent when it comes to all things political?


  82. - Norseman - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 7:07 pm:

    “I used to have an office in there.”


  83. - aunt_petunia - Monday, Dec 2, 13 @ 7:39 pm:

    “So glad we got that Comptroller/Controller thing figured out.”


  84. - William Place - Tuesday, Dec 3, 13 @ 12:18 am:

    The few, the Unqualified, the Simons!


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