preston white 052524SPRINGFIELD – Recognizing former Secretary of State Jesse White's exceptional public service and enduring contributions to Illinois and its residents, State Senator Willie Preston announced the designation of the state office building located at 115 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago as the “Jesse White State of Illinois Building.”

“Jesse White's legacy is defined by his commitment to public service, his dedication to the community and his remarkable achievements as secretary of state,” said Preston (D-Chicago). “Naming this building in his honor is a testament to his tireless efforts and the positive impact he has had on Illinois."

Jesse White, who served as Illinois Secretary of State from 1999-2023, is the longest-serving and first African American to hold the office. He is renowned for his transformative leadership, including the implementation of major advancements in technology and customer service, enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of the Secretary of State's services.

White is also the founder of the internationally recognized Jesse White Tumbling Team, which has inspired countless young people since its inception in 1959.

“White’s career in public service has always been about helping others and giving back to the community,” said Preston. “This building will be a reminder for all who serve the great state of Illinois to live up to White’s legacy — working to improve the lives of our neighbors every day we hold office.”

House Joint Resolution 48 was adopted by the Senate on Friday.