Alexi Giannoulias returns as big player in Illinois politics, as he wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is one step closer to running another statewide office – after winning the democratic primary for secretary of state over Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and others.

Alexi Giannoulias thanked supporters who joined him at a Streeterville hotel and those who helped shape him.

After a primary that saw many of the state’s big-name democrats back Valencia, Giannoulias quickly set his sights on the republican nominee State Representative Dan Brady and his proposals.

“(Brady) has already proposed ending the Motor Voter Program, making it harder for those eligible to vote to register. One of his Republican colleagues in the general assembly has introduced legislation to cut back on your ability to cast your vote. Well, I have a simple message for them, ‘not on my watch,’” Giannoulias said.

Giannoulias pledged to bring in ethics reforms and make the secretary of state’s office more efficient with digital licenses and other changes.

“Whether it’s through our Skip the Line Program, chatbots on the business services site, or digital licenses and I.D.s, I will make it easier than ever to interact with and receive services from the Illinois secretary of state,” Giannoulias said.

Giannoulias said Jesse White called to congratulate him and said he would work with the nominee to make sure the office stays in democratic hands in November.

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