Though there’s still no full budget for the current fiscal year, the Secretary of State’s office continues to spend -- sparingly.
Before the end of 2015, lawmakers passed a bill containing $10 million for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. Deputy Press Secretary Henry Haupt says some of that money was used to pay rent and utilities for drivers service facilities and vendors who maintain the office’s cyber security operations. Outside of the highly publicized suspension of mailing out license plate renewal notices, Haupt says the office is taking other belt-tightening steps to save money during the impasse.
Meanwhile Haupt says the security company Garda resumed services last month to pick up and deliver cash from drivers services facilities after having ended a previous agreement earlier this year because of lack of payment.