Computer problems temporarily shut down driver's license facilities

2014-06-19T13:30:00Z Computer problems temporarily shut down driver's license facilitiesKurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau

SPRINGFIELD — The main computer for the Illinois secretary of state's office stopped working for about three hours Thursday, bringing a halt to potentially thousands of transactions ranging from car license renewals to corporate filings.

Department spokesman Henry Haupt said a failed power generator caused the problem, sending technicians scrambling to get the sprawling agency back online.

The mainframe computer connects the Springfield headquarters with dozens of local driver's license facilities. Those facilities remained open, but workers could not perform any tasks that involved the computer.

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  1. not near 61761
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    not near 61761 - June 20, 2014 4:09 pm
    So, the guy there who's ALWAYS mad and yelling didn't get the day off?
  2. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 20, 2014 11:05 am
    Well if you're going to keep the story alive, Democrats should be wary. Actually, the IRS has been used as a political tool for decades. Nixon had an enemies list that was subject to IRS selective audits. There is room here for indictments but it won't take the president down.
  3. NormalNews
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    NormalNews - June 20, 2014 8:44 am
    Dream on ex - Obama is going down over this one. I will do my best to keep this giant news story alive the liberal media is conveniently ignoring. Lerner and Obama ARE CROOKS!
  4. justsayin
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    justsayin - June 20, 2014 7:18 am
    AND during this shutdown, the Bloomington DMV was beyond rude and unprofessional. Sorry for interrupting their 3 hours of free time. Guess we could have magically known that their system was unavailable. I wonder if they realize (or care) that this facility is very well known for their rudeness. They should be required to train at surrounding facilities and be reminded what customer service really means. Guess they have forgotten where the money comes from to pay their salaries.
  5. The other dave
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    The other dave - June 20, 2014 6:33 am
    This is government.
  6. exrepub
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    exrepub - June 20, 2014 6:30 am
    What new fantasy is that? Republicans or whatever they call themselves these days just amaze me!
  7. Interested
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    Interested - June 20, 2014 6:07 am
    Mainframes still sold, IBM has 90% of the market, mainly with their System z. Pretty efficient computing power for transactional data like the Sec of State would handle.
  8. Whatafoolbelieves
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    Whatafoolbelieves - June 20, 2014 4:29 am
    Maybe George Ryan was doing somebody a favor.
  9. Whatafoolbelieves
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    Whatafoolbelieves - June 20, 2014 4:06 am
    Where is the mainframe? In the dilapidated governor's mansion.
  10. DontCrossTheStreams
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    DontCrossTheStreams - June 19, 2014 5:27 pm
    Mainframe?! What is this 1980?
  11. NormalNews
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    NormalNews - June 19, 2014 2:26 pm
    Maybe the "lost" emails between the IRS to Obama clogged up the system?
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