Kane County Fails to Report Thousands of DUI Convictions

According to an official at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, the Kane County Clerk’s Office failed to electronically report approximately 5,600 DUI cases from 2002 to 2008. Former Kane County circuit clerk Deborah Seyller allegedly blamed a software problem. However, the maker of the software stated that Kane County failed to pay to update, maintain or repair its system in years. The Secretary of State became aware of the problem in September, when they recieved a number of old convictions from 2007 and 2008. The Kane County Clerk’s office has been catching up in batches of 100 by hand and reportedly has reduced the backlog to 2002 and 2003.

The failure to report these convictions prevented thousands of driver’s license revocations from taking place until recently. Many of these individuals have received or will soon receive notices of revocation. A driver convicted of DUI in 2002 may still hold a valid license and face revocation a decade later. They are then required to have an administrative hearing before the Secretary of State in order to regain driving privileges or a restricted driving permit (RDP).

Thousands of DUI records from Kane County under review, www.kcchronical.com, June 21, 2013

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