Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Jr. Retires after 24 Years in Office

After first being elected to the office of Illinois Secretary of State in 1998, Jesse White, Jr. is retiring as the longest official to ever occupy the position. Prior to that he served six years as Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly. White also foundered the Jesse White Tumbling Team in 1959. This organization which was created to serve as a positive outlet for at-risk kids throughout Chicago, went on to gain international recognition with more than 18,500 participants.

The who’s who of Illinois gathered December 14th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago to celebrate White’s retirement and life’s work at a formal dinner. Guests included Governor JB Pritzker & First Lady MK Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

Back in June of this year, the Chicago Defender honored White with the Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2022 Men of Excellence ceremony. Click HERE to access this year’s Men of Excellence Digital Edition.

We’d like to congratulate Jesse White, Jr. on his outstanding service to the state of Illinois. Job well done.

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