I want to respond to Janet Haisman [Viewpoints, Dec. 30] about Jesse White and the cessation of vehicle registration renewal sticker reminders. I went to the website she listed (www.cyberdriveillinois.com) and found the following statement:
“Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State’s Office is suspending the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. By suspending this service, which will save approximately $450,000 per month, the office will be able to prolong the ability to mail vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners for a few months longer before the postage account is depleted. Vehicle owners are encouraged to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. Motorists can sign up to receive reminder notices electronically by email.”
Clearly, it is not Jesse White’s fault that there is no state budget. And to send all people holding a vehicle registration a notice about this would have cost probably almost $5 million (12 x $450,000), further undercutting the ability of his office to send out registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners. I believe that Jesse White made the right decision and that he is our friend, not an adversary.
The adversary is Bruce Rauner, who is holding the state’s budget hostage in a totally undemocratic way to push through his own agenda.