Secretary of State Jesse White to seek fifth term

Jesse White

Online Staff Report

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) announced Sept. 12 that he will be seeking an unprecedented fifth term in 2014.

White will be running for re-election on his record of improving road safety, using technology to expand office efficiency and consumer accessibility, and restoring integrity to a once scandal-plagued office.

While I am proud of our accomplishments, I still have more that I want to achieve,” White said. “I want to make our roads even safer, and one way to do that is to further expand our BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) program to further curtail drunk driving in Illinois. In addition, like businesses in the private sector, I am continually looking at ways to further streamline costs by implementing advancements in technology.”

White was first elected Secretary of State in 1998, taking over an office that was under a cloud of corruption and controversy. He pledged to restore integrity to the office, hiring Jim Burns, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, as his Inspector General, with the necessary independence and resources to do a first-rate job. At White’s urging, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation requiring Illinois State Senate confirmation of the Secretary of State Inspector General, and empowering the Inspector General with subpoena power. In addition, White established clear, strict standards for employee conduct, and set tight fund-raising policies, prohibiting employees from making campaign contributions.

Posted Sept. 12, 2013

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