Illinois Secretary of State http://wuis.org en Fire Closes State Building Today http://wuis.org/post/fire-closes-state-building-today <p>The Illinois Secretary of State's office has closed its Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire.</p><p>Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the fire happened about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a mechanical room at the building, which is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex. &nbsp;</p><p>He says firefighters quickly put out the blaze but the air conditioning in the building isn't working and crews need to work on mechanical issues. &nbsp;</p><p>Druker says the agency hopes to reopen the office building on Wednesday. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:53:05 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 29760 at http://wuis.org Fire Closes State Building Today Power Outage Caused Secretary Of State Computers To Go Down Thursday http://wuis.org/post/power-outage-caused-secretary-state-computers-go-down-thursday <p>The Illinois Secretary of State office's main computer briefly stopped working, halting transactions for about three hours.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:44:18 +0000 Associated Press 27648 at http://wuis.org Power Outage Caused Secretary Of State Computers To Go Down Thursday Illinois Capitol Police Face Elimination http://wuis.org/post/illinois-capitol-police-face-elimination <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers continue to hear dire scenarios for the state budget if they do not vote to extend the five-percent income tax rate. The latest threatened cuts include the entire state Capitol Police force.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Capitol Police Department was established less than 10 years ago, after a deranged man shot and killed an unarmed security officer.</span></p><p>The shooting led to the installation of metal detectors and x-ray machines, and hiring sworn, armed law enforcement personnel.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:24:27 +0000 Brian Mackey 24012 at http://wuis.org Illinois Capitol Police Face Elimination Illinois Drivers Could Get Additional Chance To Drive After Convictions http://wuis.org/post/illinois-drivers-could-get-additional-chance-drive-after-convictions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois law says after four DUI convictions, that person can never drive again, not even if his or her offenses are long in the past. But one lawmaker wants to give people who've gotten their lives together another chance drive.</span></p><p></p><p>Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says her bill was inspired by a constituent who had several DUIs in the past, but has been sober for years.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:55:09 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17445 at http://wuis.org Illinois Drivers Could Get Additional Chance To Drive After Convictions 1,200 Immigrants Get Illinois Drivers Licenses http://wuis.org/post/1200-immigrants-get-illinois-drivers-licenses <p>Hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally now have Illinois driver's licenses.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Illinois Secretary of State's office says more than 1,200 immigrants have<br />received licenses since December under a new state law.<br />&nbsp;<br />Immigrants can currently take license tests at 14 locations across the state.<br />Secretary of States spokesman Dave Druker says 36 locations will offer license<br />tests by the end of the month.<br />&nbsp;<br />The licenses are valid for three years and may be used only for driving. They Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:30:40 +0000 Associated Press 16987 at http://wuis.org 1,200 Immigrants Get Illinois Drivers Licenses Secretary of State's Offices Closed Today http://wuis.org/post/secretary-states-offices-closed-today <p>The Secretary of State's office is closing all 138 of its facilities around Illinois. Agency spokesman Dave Druker ) says officials decided to shut the locations on Monday because of bad road conditions in central and southern Illinois, along with the dangerous cold in northern Illinois. Offices are set to reopen on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:25:02 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 16362 at http://wuis.org Secretary of State's Offices Closed Today Law Limits Use Of Disabled Parking Placards http://wuis.org/post/law-limits-use-disabled-parking-placards <p>A state law taking effect yesterday limits the use of free on-street parking by the disabled. &nbsp;<br />Now, only motorists whose impairments prevent them from being able to pay a meter can park for free in those spots. &nbsp;</p><p>Before, anyone with a disability parking placard could do so. &nbsp;<br />Now, motorists will have to get statements from doctors affirming they cannot feed parking meters, for example, because they use wheelchairs or cannot walk more than 20 feet. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:23:24 +0000 Associated Press 16167 at http://wuis.org Law Limits Use Of Disabled Parking Placards