Illinois Secretary of State

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
Jeff Bossert / Illinois Public Media

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.

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.

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.

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.