Illinois Secretary of State
|Illinois Secretary of State|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$398,519,800|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Term of office
- 9 Facilities
- 10 State budget
- 11 Compensation
- 12 Historical officeholders
- 13 Recent news
- 14 Contact Info
- 15 See also
- 16 External links
- 17 References
By statute, the Illinois Secretary of State is tasked with the duty of issuing licenses to Illinois-registered motor vehicles and their drivers. Enforcement of these duties has made the secretary of state's office a key bureau in the enforcement of driving-under-the-influence or DUI laws. In addition, the secretary of state is the Illinois state librarian and is the custodian of the Illinois state capitol.
The current officeholder is Democrat Jesse White. He was first elected to the statewide position in 1998 and was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and most recently in 2014. White is the first African-American to hold this office.
Constitution of Illinois, Article V, Section 1
|Officers: The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.|
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Office of Secretary of State:
- To be eligible to hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller or treasurer, a person must be:
- a United States citizen, at least twenty-five (25) years old
- a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election
According to Article V, Section 2 of the state Constitution, the secretary of state shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.
|Secretary of State of Illinois, 2014|
|Democratic||Jesse White Incumbent||65.7%||2,374,849|
|Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.|
Constitution of Illinois, Article V, Section 7
If the Secretary of State...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.
Constitution of Illinois, Article V, Section 16
| Secretary of State - Duties:
The secretary of state shall:
The duties of the Secretary of State’s office are divided among 20 departments employing approximately 4,000 people.
- Accounting Revenue
- Administrative Hearings
- Budget & Fiscal Management
- Business Services
- Court of Claims
- Driver Services
- Illinois State Archives
- Illinois State Library
- Index Department
- Information Technology
- Inspector General
- Legislative Affairs
- Merit Commission
- Operational & Technological Security
- Organ/Tissue Donation
- Physical Services
- Secretary of State Police
- Vehicle Services
Term of office
The office of Secretary of State is an elected office within the executive branch of the state government. The election is held every four years in November, and the secretary assumes office the following January. There are no term limits.
The Office of the Secretary of State occupies three buildings of the Illinois Capitol Complex in Springfield, Illinois. Many of the secretary of state's workers assigned to motor vehicle and licensing duties work in the Howlett Building, south of the Capitol. The Illinois State Library is located in the Brooks Library, east of the Capitol, and the State Archives are housed in the Norton Building, southwest of the Capitol.
In addition, the Office of the Secretary of State operates 136 Driver Services license-issuing facilities statewide.
- See also: Illinois state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Secretary of State in Fiscal Year 2012 was $398,519,800
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of elected executives in Illinois are determined by the Illinois State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 21 of the Illinois Constitution also notes that executives cannot receive additional compensation beyond their salaries nor can their salaries be changed during current terms:
| Text of Section 21:
Officers of the Executive Branch shall be paid salaries established by law and shall receive no other compensation for their services. Changes in the salaries of these officers elected or appointed for stated terms shall not take effect during the stated terms.
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Secretary of State Jesse White
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 782-2201
Toll Free Phone: (800) 252-8980
Fax: (217) 785-0358
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- Illinois Secretary of State, "Departments" accessed July 28, 2012
- Illinois Constitution, Article V, Sections 1 and 2
- Operating Budget Book “Illinois State Budget Fiscal Year 2013,” 5.34," accessed June20, 2013
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed September 5, 2012