White Warns of Driver Facility Closures

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - The Illinois Secretary of State says more than two dozen driver's license stations would close unless lawmakers extend a temporary tax increase.

Jesse White's comments are the latest from Democrats who are pushing to make the tax increase permanent before they expire in January. Gov. Pat Quinn backs the plan.

The income tax is set to fall from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1 unless lawmakers make the tax increase permanent.

The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports White's office would have to lay off about 200 workers, reducing his agency's budget by about 10 percent.

White didn't say which branches would close. He also said he'd scale back library funding and stop sending renewal notices for licenses and vehicle stickers.

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