Jesse White Graces Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade

Illinois Secretary of State stands by the Jesse White Tumbler van he drove to Crystal Lake's Independence Day Parade.

Illinois Secretary of State stands by the Jesse White Tumbler van he drove to Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade.

For the second time I can remember, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White drove the van for his Jesse White Tumblers at Crystal Lake’s 4th of July Parade.

One of the first Jesse White Tumblers to jump off the mini-trampoline.

One of the first Jesse White Tumblers to jump off the mini-trampoline.

When the Tumblers came down Dole Avenue toward the First United Methodist Church, I thought the crowd was just in for spectacular jumps.

A man held up the banner with the names of sponsors McDonald's and Coca-Cola.

A man held up the banner with the names of sponsors McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.

Then, a man brought out the banner for tumblers to vault over.

Jesse White holding up the banner his tumblers flew over.

Jesse White holding up the banner his tumblers flew over.

I figured out it was Jesse White himself.

Over the banner held by Jesse White and onto the mat the tumblers fle

Over the banner held by Jesse White and onto the mat the tumblers fle

The 82-year old former minor league baseball player is still obviously physically fit.

His charges were really demonstrating their stuff.

His charges were really demonstrating their stuff.

He founded the Tumblers organization in 1959.

Up and well over Jesse White's head the tumblers went.

Up and well over Jesse White’s head the tumblers went.

Jesse White

Jesse White

He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives two years after I first entered that body.

He served sixteen years.

After that in 1992 he was elected Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

He won re-election in 1996.

In 1998, he was elected Illinois Secretary of State.


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Jesse White Graces Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade — 14 Comments

  1. Jumpin’ Jesse – Another lifelong Democrat machine political hack from Cook County.

  2. Every time that I walk into the Secretary of State’s office, I feel like I’ve just entered some third world dictatorship.

    The guy has his picture and his name plastered everywhere.

  3. Just like his old friend Honest Abe to be a Negative Conductor!!

    Jesse does A lot for our younger generation, What have YOU done for us lately?

    Rater than being the problem, why don’t you be the solution?

  4. Thank You Jesse White for all that you’ve done and all that you are doing.

    You have my respect!

  5. LOL – they’re not part of the state budget.

    Good try though.

  6. He may be a Democrat but he has given these young kids a lot of opportunity and they are not on the streets.

    I give him credit.

  7. I cant blame him for the woes of the state.

    He is a veteran of this great nation who took kids off the tough streets and gave them purpose.

    Personally, I like the guy.

  8. Over all Jesse seems to be a good dude, but he isn’t perfect, as he was part of the patronage employment deal with IDOT.

    Kind of like our Sheriff, taking care of political pals.

  9. Jesse has created a model for keeping kids with limited opportunities out of trouble, teaches them discipline and accountability.

    They can’t be in trouble, use drugs or alcohol, need to stay in school- all good things.

    @ Billy BOb- you clearly forgot what it looked like under Jim Edgar.

    You people are hilarious in your revisionist history.

    Jesse is a good man- served our country well.

    The state is a mess, but he has cut the budget of the Secretary of state and increased efficiency.

    Give credit where it is due.

  10. Shame on Jesse ….. using’ little kids as political pawns and circus acrobats …. Where’s DCFS!

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