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7:44 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Power Outage Caused Secretary Of State Computers To Go Down Thursday

Credit cyberdriveillinois

The Illinois Secretary of State office's main computer briefly stopped working, halting transactions for about three hours.

Department spokesman Henry Haupt tells the Springfield bureau of Lee
Enterprises (http://bit.ly/1pr3kBf ) that a failed power generator caused the
problem on Thursday. The outage affected transactions like car license renewals
and corporate filings.
 
Haupt says technicians worked to get the large agency back online.
 
The mainframe computer connects the agency's offices in Springfield with dozens
of driver's license facilities across Illinois. The local offices stayed open
but employees couldn't perform any work involving the computer.