SPRINGFIELD -- Layoff notices are going out to 90 employees in Secretary of State Jesse White’s office because of cuts contained in the newly passed state budget.

SPRINGFIELD -- Layoff notices are going out to 90 employees in Secretary of State Jesse White’s office because of cuts contained in the newly passed state budget.

White spokesman David Druker said the layoff notices were mailed Thursday and Friday.  The layoffs will take effect July 1, the start of the state’s new budget year.

In addition to layoffs, the office will not fill 160 vacancies. About 3,700 people work in the secretary of state’s office.

Druker said the layoffs will affect people statewide and at all levels in the office.

“It’s across the board and throughout the state,” he said.  “We’re trying to keep (the effect on) field offices to a minimum.”

He could not say how many of the layoffs will be in the Springfield area.

Three driver services facilities also could be closed because of the cutbacks.  A decision hasn’t been made yet on that.  Offices that are close to others and have comparatively little business would be the targets.

Druker said the budget passed by lawmakers contains a 3 percent budget cut for White’s office. That is substantially less than the 9 percent goal Gov. Pat Quinn originally set for other statewide officeholders.

“It was a significant hit,” Druker said.

The office had a $398 million budget this year.  That will be cut by $8 million next year.

White has already instituted cost-savings measures, Druker said, including a hiring freeze that began in early spring and reduced travel.

Doug Finke can be reached at (217) 788-1527.