The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is the state agency that perhaps has the most interaction with residents on a day-to-day basis.
Most Illinoisians have been in a Driver Services facility to renew their license or deal with an auto title.
The office manages 4,000 employees and carries out other important functions like managing the disclosure of state lobbyists and the registration of all entities doing business in the state.
The post has been helmed for 24 years by the popular Jesse White, who is retiring at the end of his sixth term in office.
Last week, “Chicago Tonight” featured two Republicans vying for the post: Illinois state Rep. Dan Brady, who’s also a funeral director and former coroner, and former local and federal prosecutor John Milhiser, who has taken up teaching since his term as U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois ended last year.