Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning Black Friday shoppers to avoid illegally using handicap spaces to get a better parking spot.

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CHICAGO  - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's sister has died - nearly three decades after her life-saving kidney transplant helped turn White into a champion of organ donation. 

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is asking lawmakers to help bring in money by allowing advertising on vehicle registration reminders that are mailed out to millions of homes each year.

New Law Makes It Easier For Fomer Prisoners to Get IDs

Dec 15, 2016

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law today to make it easier for people leaving prison get state IDs.

Bernita Riley says when she got out of prison she didn’t have an ID, so she couldn’t get housing or a job...

Illinois is starting a program to replace older license plates that officials say won't cost the budget-strapped state any additional money.  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says the program will start next year and will be paid for within the agency's current budget. White says replacement is needed because plate reflectivity diminishes with age, making it difficult for law enforcement to read plate numbers.

Illinois is among 14 states that received a year-long extension to comply with stricter federal requirements for driver's licenses and identification cards.  The extension means Illinois now has until Oct. 10, 2017 to comply with the 2005 Real ID act. It imposes tougher requirements for proof of legal U.S. residency in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Jesse White is keeping the door open to running for office again.

The long-time Secretary of State said last year he wouldn’t run for re-election. But in a recent interview with Illinois Public Radio - the 81-year-old White said the Democratic Party may still draft him to run.

A party spokesman said he doesn’t know of a formal movement to draft White.

But he says Democrats would be well-served if White considered another campaign.

Illinois will begin putting ignition locking devices on the vehicles of drivers with two or more drunken driving convictions.

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Bruce Rauner will take the oath of office as governor Monday during a ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. Rauner will be the first Republican governor in a dozen years and the state's 42nd governor.

Illinois businesses do have to file annual paperwork with the state, but not necessarily the kind companies may be being hit up for now. Secretary of State Jesse White says a solicitation going out to companies looks fishily similar to Illinois' annual report form. Only this one is being sent by the firm, Annual Business Services, not the state.

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.