Jesse White

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.

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.

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.

White said Monday that interrupting the mailing service will save about $450,000 a month. 

White sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a letter last week warning of potential major problems at government facilities related to the budget standoff. He says vendors aren't being paid and are threatening to suspend services.

White also worries that utilities could be shut off at the state Capitol in Springfield.

Secretary Of State Jesse White Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Aug 21, 2015

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

Jesse White’s storied career has taken him from playing for the Chicago Cubs to the U-S Army to the Jesse White Tumblers.

Even though he isn’t up for election for another 3 years, White announced at the State Fair Thursday he won’t be running again.

White has already appointed his political protégé Alderman Walter Burnett Jr to fill his spot as Democratic Committeeman.