Il Secretary of State Jesse White

The Illinois Secretary of State is making his annual organ and tissue donor pitch during National Donate Life Month. Jesse White visited the Peoria Driver Services facility Wednesday to encourage people to become organ and tissue donors. Secretary White says it’s a chance to be a hero.

Federal officials are warning the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of environmental consequences after the state announced it will temporarily allow license plate renewals without emissions tests.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois motorists will stop receiving mailed notifications about vehicle emissions testing, starting with vehicle owners whose license plates expire at the end of March. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Secretary of State's office announced the temporary policy changes regarding vehicle emission test notification and vehicle renewal procedures on Tuesday.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing reminder notices on renewing motor vehicle registrations because there's still no state budget.  

Jesse White won’t run for Secretary of State

Aug 20, 2015

For the first time in 20 years, Jesse White says he will not be seeking re-election as Illinois’ Secretary of State.  

Undocumented immigrants facing wait for driver license

Apr 21, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois is one of 11 states that grants driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. In the last year and a half, the state has awarded more than 100,000 of these IDs to immigrants who meet certain qualifications. But, the program has faced criticism for its slow pace and prohibitive steps. 

Jesse White supports Emanuel as Chicago mayor

Feb 26, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he’ll do what he can to help Rahm Emanuel stay Chicago’s mayor. 

Jesse White is the first secretary of state to serve five terms. After he was sworn in Monday, the Democrat said his biggest accomplishments are restoring integrity to the office, safer roads and making driver's license facilities more efficient.

A top Illinois Democrat says he's not choosing sides in the Governor's race, where incumbent Pat Quinn is facing a challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:

Jesse White was first elected Secretary of State in 1998, a position he's running for again in 2014. The Chicago Democrat told Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky that's what's determining his stance on the race at the top of the ballot, as Governor Pat Quinn faces primary opposition from Bill Daley. But before they talked politics, White told Vinicky about why he believes three new laws the governor signed Monday  will make the roads safer including one that builds on his graduated drivers' license program for teens.