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Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:47 AM
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By The Associated Press

Jesse White Hits Tenure Milestone

Jesse White Hits Tenure Milestone

Illinois Secretary of State on Friday surpasses tenure of James A. Rose, who served from 1897 to 1912. Read »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jesse White to Seek 5th Term as Secretary of State

Chicago Democrat, 79, indicated it may be his last race, and he quickly put to any rest any questions about him running for governor. Read »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Few Barriers Left For Black Politicians in Illinois

Few Barriers Left For Black Politicians in Illinois

African-Americans have had more political success in Illinois than any other state -- but there are still a few offices they haven't held. Read »

Sunday, Feb 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Regina Garcia Cano/ Associated Press

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Quinn Plans to 'Modernize' Voter Registration

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn wants to modernize state election law by allowing would-be voters to skip visits to the courthouse or village hall by registering on their home computers. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Quinn Approves $2 Hike for License Sticker Fees

Quinn Approves $2 Hike for License Sticker Fees

The cost of license plates stickers will increase by $2 next year thanks to a new bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Expected to Hike License Sticker Fees

Quinn Expected to Hike License Sticker Fees

The hike, which the governor supports, brings the cost for a license plate to $101. The money would go to rehabilitating the state's public park system Read »

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Motorcyclists Can Now Show Team Spirit

Motorcyclists Can Now Show Team Spirit

New law allows selected pro sports team logos on license plates Read »

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

New Law to Put Brakes on Parking Placard Abuse

New law provides for license revocation for using a deceased person's parking placard. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Secretary of State For Life

Opinion: Secretary of State For Life

Jesse White announces plans to run for a fifth term. The secret of his success? He actually wants to be secretary of state. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Derrick Smith Shouldn't Resign

Why Derrick Smith Shouldn't Resign

The indicted state representative can't afford to resign, says his patron, Secretary of State Jesse White. By staying in office, he embarrasses White and the Democrats, and exposes the reasons we shouldn't... Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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