Jesse White: This term will be my last

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Monday, Jesse White danced the night away during inauguration festivities that followed him being sworn into office – reportedly for the last time.

Monday, Jesse White danced the night away during inauguration festivities that followed him being sworn into office – reportedly for the last time.

“This is my last run for public office,” 76-year-old White told the Defender days before he was overwhelmingly re-elected to his fourth term as Illinois Secretary of State. After this go around, White said he plans to turn his attention more to the famed youth tumbling group he founded and that bears his name.

“I think I am going to spend time working with the Jesse White Foundation,” he said, adding that the foundation will soon erect a state-of-the art building at 412 W. Chicago Avenue that will include a fitness center, gym and a gymnastics facility.

The center will be a haven for youth, White said.

It will “serve as a safety net for these young people; a place where they can come after school and get involved with a multitude of worthwhile activities.”

He will be the foundation’s director.

White looks forward as Secretary of State to working harder to reducing teen driving fatalities. He lauds the graduated driver education program that his office implemented during his last term but doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels.

“I will not be happy until it gets down to as close to zero loss of life as possible,” said White, explaining that his office saw a 56 percent reduction in casualties during his last administration.

He said Illinoisans could look forward to more streamlined services at driver’s license facilities and stepped up use of technology.

“Technology is our ally because it is cost saving,” White said.

Before becoming secretary of state, White was Cook County Recorder of Deeds and a former member of the Illinois General Assembly.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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