Illinois Secretary of State signs statement of support for guard, reserve

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Maj. Gen. William Enyart (from left), The Adjutant General of Illinois, retired Brig. Gen. John Sheedy and Illinois ESGR member David Kennedy look on as Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, signs a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve May 12. Illinois ESGR photo by Lt. Col. Tim Franklin.

Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, signed an ESGR Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve May 12 joining thousands of employers across Illinois and the country that publicly acknowledge and support the continuing contributions of Guardsmen and Reservists to the defense of our nation.

“I would like to thank Secretary White for signing this Statement of Support on behalf of ESGR and the men and women who work for the Secretary of State and also serve Illinois and our nation in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Michael Ayers, Illinois ESGR Field Committee Chair. “With the continuing demands placed on Guardsmen and Reservists, supportive employers like Secretary White are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness National Guard and Reserve.”

“Secretary White joins thousands of employers who have stepped-up to publicly demonstrate their support of our men and women in uniform,” added Ayers. “Our Guardsmen and Reservists would not be able to continue to serve in uniform, if not for the continuing support of employers like the Illinois Secretary of State.”

White is also signing Statements of Support to be displayed at all 138 driver services facilities his office oversees


Ayers also presented White with the ESGR Above and Beyond Award for his longtime support beyond that required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). White is a strong supporter of Secretary of State employees that serve their country as members of the U.S. military.

“As a former paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve, I fully appreciate and understand the importance of service to country,” said White. “I am proud of the fact that since I took office, 54 Secretary of State employees have been granted leave to serve their country in various forms of active duty.”