KEEPING TEENS SAFE
Jesse White initiated landmark teen driver safety legislation giving Illinois one of the best graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs in the country. Teen driving deaths have dropped by nearly 50 percent since the GDL program was launched. As a result, in 2014, White was inducted into the Illinois High School & College Driver Education Association Hall of Fame.
COMBATING DRUNK DRIVING
Jesse White was awarded the prestigious Legislative Champion Award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his efforts to fight DUI and make the roads of Illinois the safest ever. White’s innovative breath alcohol ignition interlock Device (BAIID) program has helped position Illinois as a national leader in the fight against drunk driving.
KEEPING ROADS SAFE
Jesse White has initiated laws cracking down on texting while driving, chronic DUI offenders and excessive speeders, which has helped cement Illinois’ position has a top traffic safety state in the nation. In 2016, White was awarded with the Martha Irwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Highway Safety by the American Association Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA).
IMPROVING CUSTOMER SERVICE
Jesse White has improved customer services through streamlined operations, innovative use of technology and expanding online transactions. As a result, wait times are shorter than ever at facilities as more customers utilize technology-based transactions that the office has developed to better serve the public. In 2016, Internet transactions with the office accounted for over $240 million, an increase of nearly six times in ten years.
Jesse White inherited an office that was plagued by corruption. He restored integrity and eliminated all forms of institutionalized corruption and wrongdoing. To accomplish this goal, Jesse White has: established a code of conduct for employees; set strict fundraising policies that prohibit employee contributions to his political campaign; hired Jim Burns as Inspector General and strengthened the Inspector General’s office, and initiated legislation to make the position of Inspector General permanent with broad powers to root out corruption.
HELPING MILITARY VETERANS
Jesse White initiated the law allowing U.S. military veterans and National Guard and Reserve personnel to get an updated DL/ID card with the word “VETERAN” displayed under the signature on the front of the card. The veteran’s designation helps ensure military veterans in Illinois receive services and benefits, including healthcare, education and employment assistance.
PROTECTING RESIDENTS FROM FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT
Jesse White upgraded the issuance process and security features to the driver’s license/ID card (DL/ID) design to better protect citizens from fraud and identity theft. With implementation of these changes, Illinois is close to achieving full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
PROMOTING ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
Jesse White initiated legislation creating the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, which makes a person’s decision to donate legally binding. White also championed legislation to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register when they receive their DL/ID. Through these efforts, Illinois now has more than 6.2 million registered donors.