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Scheduled Reopening of Illinois Driver Services Facilities Delayed

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The scheduled reopening of five Illinois driver services facilities in Chicago and the suburbs, planned for Monday, was delayed after a weekend of protests, looting and unrest across the city.

The Illinois Secretary of State's office said the reopening of Chicago's North, South, West and Diversey Express facilities would be delayed until Tuesday, as would that of the suburban Lockport location.

"Out of an abundance of caution because of announced lockdowns in the city of Chicago and after conferring with law enforcement, driver services facilities are being closed to protect the public and employees," the secretary of state's office said in a statement.

The Chicago North facility is located at 5401 N. Elston Ave., the Chicago South facility is at 9901 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., the Chicago West facility is located at 5301 W. Lexington, and the Diversey Express location is at 4642 W. Diversey Ave., according to the Secretary of State's website. The Lockport facility is at 1029 E. 9th St.

Facilities across the state have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced a reopening plan for facilities beginning Monday, starting with the locations where openings have now been delayed.

Those five locations, along with several others across the state, will now open Tuesday, officials said.

Under the reopening plan, the facilities will focus on serving only new drivers, those with expired licenses or ID cards and vehicle transactions for the first two months.

All Secretary of State departments and offices were scheduled to reopen for business on Monday, but driver services facilities will have varying dates and times and some will even have extended hours.

Here's a look at the times and dates that were scheduled for area facilities:

June 2 –

Monday through Saturday facilities (Chicago North, Chicago South and Chicago West) open, now delayed:

  • Expanded hours of operations are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Springfield-Dirksen facility hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday through Saturday facilities (Chicagoland suburban area) will open June 2.

  • Expanded hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday through Saturday facilities (all Driver Services facilities statewide outside Chicago metro area) will open June 2.

  • Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.

July 1 -

Chicago Central located at the James R. Thompson Center and Chicago Loop Express located at 69 W. Washington will reopen July 1 because these buildings will not be opened to the public until that date.

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