Jesse White

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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  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.

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.”

Today is the 60th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her action sparked a boycott that ended when the Supreme Court struck down Alabama’s racial segregation laws.

A young pastor named Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott. Attending King’s church was a college student named Jesse White, now the Illinois Secretary of State.

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