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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.

Amanda Vinicky

  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.