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Secretary of State Jesse White  has held the elected office nearly two decades. This year, his Republican opponent is questioning whether White will be able to serve out another four-year term if elected.

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Learning how to drive is still a rite of passage for many teenagers, but the requirements to get a license vary by state.

Getting behind the wheel is perhaps the most memorable part of learning to drive, but it also involves a lot of classroom instruction. David Druker is with the Illinois Secretary of State's office. He says that's where the majority of students still get their training. 

"So the majority, 75 percent -- I think it's a couple hundred thousand people in any given school year -- are actually going to the high school driver's ed programs," he said. 

Pritzker Apologizes For Comments On Race

Feb 6, 2018
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Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker is apologizing for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Pritzker said Tuesday he regrets portions of the conversations recorded during a decade-old investigation of Blagojevich, who's now imprisoned for corruption. Pritzker is heard suggesting Blagojevich appoint Secretary of State Jesse White, calling him the "least offensive" African American.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he’s supporting legislation requiring seat belts on school buses. 

The issue has been debated for years, but Secretary of State spokesperson David Druker says it’s time to get serious about further protecting school children.  

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came out for it last year, for the three-point seat belt," he said.  "I think this is encouraging a lot of people to review the issue and to look at it again."  

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The Illinois Secretary of State is cracking down on drivers abusing disabled parking spaces.  The office will conduct stings at shopping malls throughout the state during the holidays, handing out fines to drivers parked in these spaces illegally.  Secretary Jesse White says these stings lower the number of violations.  

"It used to be a tremendous problem, but it's not as bad as it used to be because of law enforcement, and because of the fines that have been levied."  

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Abraham Lincoln stands prominently on the left side of the new plates. The Chicago skyline, blue skies, and the capitol building fill the background.

These new license plates will be available in January when the Secretary of State’s office will begin replacing older license plates at no extra cost to taxpayers.

According to a state news release, Secretary of State Jesse White says the office will notify residents who need to replace their license plates, and then send them through the mail.

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  Jesse White’s days as the Illinois Secretary of State may be coming to a close.

Last August, he said he would not run for re-election.

But then, in April, he told WBEZ that he “may not be able to ride off into the sunset.” He said as a “loyal Democrat,” he might be drafted to try for a sixth term in 2018.

SOS White Seeks Organ Donors In Minority Communities

Aug 10, 2016
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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says too few people of color are registered to be organ donors.

  

And he's trying to dispel some of the myths to help explain why those numbers are what they are. White came to Urbana Tuesday to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which was August 1-7. 

White says minorities make up 57-percent of those on the national waiting list for organ transplants, yet they accounted for just 36-percent of donors. 

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Illinois motorists soon will get vehicle registration reminders in the mail again. They also might get something extra with those reminders in the future. 

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday that he is reinstating the reminders. He also is asking the legislature to allow his office to offer advertising space on them to defray the cost of the mailings.

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency resumed sending out vehicle emissions test notices last month. That puts an additional requirement on certain drivers who want to renew their license plates after June 1.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office suspended the required emissions tests last December because the IEPA stopped sending out notices to motorists, due to the state budget impasse.

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Illinois collected another $1.6 million from late-vehicle registration fines in April to more than double its year-to-date haul from the same period last year as residents go without renewal reminders because there's no budget.

Last month's fines bring the total this year to $6.5 million.

Illinois collected nearly $3 million in fines during the same four-month span last year.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office provided the figures to The Associated Press. The office stopped mailing renewal reminders in October to save an estimated $450,000 a month on postage.

Jesse White said last year he will not run for public office again. But now, the long-time Illinois Secretary of State is starting to change his tune.

White may be considered one of the most popular politicians in Illinois. The 81-year-old handily won election to Secretary of State five times.

Last year, White announced he would not run again. But he recently told WBEZ the Illinois Democratic Party may want him to.

“I think they’re trying to put forth a movement to draft me so I may not be able to ride off into the sunset,” he said. “I’m a loyal party member.”

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A stopgap budget plan moving through the Illinois General Assembly won't be enough for the Secretary of State to resume mailing reminders of expiring driver's license stickers.

The office announced in September it would stop sending the notices via post because of the budget impasse. A stopgap spending plan will give the Secretary of State’s office $10 million.

But spokesman Dave Druker says they will not use it on the reminders:

“Not at this point,” he said. “We thought paying the landlords and the utilities rated as a higher priority.” 

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At Midnight Nov. 30, the grace period to renew potentially hundreds of thousands of Illinois license plates expired – and many of them may have been completely unaware.

At the end of September, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White suspended mailing out notices of license renewal due to the Illinois budget stalemate.

That action was expected to save about $450,000 monthly in the postal fund so White’s office could continue sending out new vehicle titles and plates and stickers and such.

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The Illinois Secretary of State's office has released data that show that there are more than 5,000 Illinoisans who were convicted of drunken driving four times and had their licenses revoked.

The Illinois Secretary of State is reminding taxpayers if an investment opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

Jesse White opened a campaign Monday to encourage people to investigate potential investments before handing over money. White says investment fraud costs Illinois residents millions of dollars each year.

Most incidents involve advisers and salespeople who are not licensed to sell securities or offer investment advice.

Illinois Libraries Receive $15 Million

Feb 10, 2015

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White awarded millions of dollars in grants to public libraries. White says the $15 million comes from the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid grants. 

The money is going to libraries and will help serve 12 million patrons with access to materials, equipment, technology and other resources. The grant program is authorized by state law, and is designed to help qualifying libraries with a low tax base reach a minimum level for services.

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UPDATED: 6:03 a.m., Nov. 13

Drivers' license facilities across Illinois are up and running again after a computer glitch Wednesday.

Sec. of State spokesman Henry Haupt says the mainframe computer in Springfield wasn't properly communicating with and recording data entered from the terminals at the facilities. It's fixed now, and Haupt says there are no security concerns.

Customers who couldn't be served without a computer were given courtesy cards they could use on their next visit to get expedited service.

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New Disabled Parking Rules For 2014

Dec 19, 2013
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Illinois wants to crack down on those who abuse the handicapped parking system. A new state law that takes effect January 1st creates tougher requirements for free parking in spots that have meters.