Sheila Simon

Invasive Species
10:28 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Eradicating Asian Carp from Illinois Rivers

Asian carp
Credit treehugger.com

Illinois has come up with a straightforward solution to its Asian carp problem: fishing.

“It’s simple but it’s exciting to see it work,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who chairs the state’s river coordinating councils.

The state is encouraging businesses to fish for the carp by promoting markets for them. The fish are being touted as a high protein meal for foreign and domestic markets. But don’t look for “Asian Carp” on a local menu – it’s been rebranded as “Silver Fin.”

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Vision for Rural Illinois
1:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Rural Residents Concerned About EMS

Rural parts of Illinois do not have adequate access to emergency medical services. That's the conclusion of a state panel assigned to study how the state can better serve its farm communities.

After months of surveys and meeting with people around Illinois, representatives from the Governor's Rural Affairs Council say they repeatedly heard from people worried about "the fragile nature of rural EMS."

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Lt Gov at WIU
6:46 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Simon Pushes for College Affordability

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon (right) meets with WIU students Jessica Toops (in the purple top) and Samantha Crunkilton (in the black top)
Rich Egger

Illinois’ lieutenant governor wants more done to ensure a college education remains affordable. Democrat Sheila Simon is taking her message around the state as she visits each of the 12 public universities in Illinois.

“I do want to make sure that the state understands the value of investment in public higher education. That we still recognize the investment in higher education as the best economic development investment we can make,” said Simon during her stop at Western Illinois University.

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A Ramsar Wetland
6:19 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

World Recognition for the Emiquon Complex

An egret prepares to touch down at the Emiquon Complex
Rich Egger

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon recognized two wetlands along the Illinois River for their importance to conservation. 

The Emiquon Complex near Lewistown and the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge near Hennepin received the Ramsar designation this year.  The honor highlights efforts to restore both sites to their natural states.

Before a ceremony at Dickson Mounds Museum, Simon said the international designation can help boost tourism for the region.

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Plan Clears Another Legislative Hurdle
2:06 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Illinois Committee Endorses New Math Standard

Greek mathematician Pythagoras (c.570-c.495 BC). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.

The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.

Simon has visited each of the state's 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.

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