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Candidate airs ideas in Secretary of State run

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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Will Lindsay (center), Republican candidate running for secretary of state, talks with Keith Wheeler of Oswego (left) and Ben Marcum of Bristol on Monday during a campaign kickoff in Sugar Grove.

SUGAR GROVE – Supporters gathered Monday in Sugar Grove to help Yorkville businessman Will Lindsay gear up for his run on the Republican ticket for Illinois secretary of state.

Lindsay said if elected, he hopes to bring the Department of Motor Vehicles into the 21st century, create a program that rewards good drivers and make it easier for people to renew their licenses. He also said he would like to see the secretary of state’s office play a bigger role as a business advocate.

“We just have to get the state back on track,” he said. “The secretary of state’s office is underutilized.”

He said providing online forms, such as those required for renewing a license, is one way to speed up processes at the Department of Motor Vehicles. He said if those forms are available, people can fill them out ahead of time and help people save some time.

He said it can be easier for small business owners to do their annual business services filings, such as a limited liability certification, which currently need to be filed each year. He said the state doesn’t send out a reminder for those filings, but charges late fees that continue to climb if they go unpaid. Lindsay said he’d rather require businesses to file every three years, instead.

Lindsay said he also would like to reinstate an old program that issued “good driving citations” to people with clean driving records. For example, if drivers get such a citation for five consecutive years, they could be exempt from paying for their registration.

In what he called “a celebration of our elderly,” Lindsay said he wants drivers ages 65 and older to no longer have to pay for DMV services, such as license or ID renewals.

Kevin Geary, who is a Sugar Grove trustee and treasurer for Lindsay’s campaign, said he’s not worried about Lindsay challenging current officeholder, Democrat Jesse White, who is running for his fifth term.

“… No one person should be running for office,” he said. “We created a slogan, ‘Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.’ ”

Supporter Ben Marcum of Bristol said he supports term limits and thinks White’s term should be up. He said he thinks Lindsay would be a good fit for the office.

“I really liked his enthusiasm for the job and about the job,” he said. “Jesse White has been there way too long.”

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