State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), is reminding residents who have paper documents with sensitive information that they want to have destroyed properly should take advantage of the free shred event scheduled for this Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the district office parking lot located at 3307 Broadway Street in Mt. Vernon.

“I want to thank AT&T for their generous contribution to underwrite the costs of bringing one of these shred trucks to our community,” commented Rep. Bryant. “This is a good opportunity for people to both protect their sensitive information from identity thieves and help the environment by recycling paper,” Bryant added.

The free event is open to residents—not companies—and there is a limit of two bags per person. Material will be accepted until the shred truck at the event reaches capacity. Residents are asked to remove all paper clips, staples and other bindings from their documents prior to bringing them to the event for shredding. Cardboard boxes cannot be left at the event.

For more information, contact Rep. Bryant at 618-242-8115 or at her on-line office at

Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers. To offset the cost of the mailings, White is drafting legislation allowing his office to offer advertising space on the mailings. In addition, White is urging the public to sign-up for email notices to further reduce mailing costs.

The Secretary of State’s office discontinued mailing reminders in October 2015 due to the lack of funding as a direct result of the state budget impasse. The stop-gap budget recently passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor allows White’s office to reinstate the notices.

Vehicle owners can sign up for email notifications by visiting the Secretary of State website, To register for the program, vehicle owners will need their assigned registration ID and PIN, which can be found on their current vehicle registration card. If that information is not available, they can call the Secretary of State public inquiry division at 800-252-8980 to obtain the Registration ID and PIN.

The one-time registration process will allow vehicle owners to receive a series of three email notices per vehicle each year highlighting the upcoming vehicle expiration date.