Jesse White urges Illinoisans to be organ donors

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is encouraging people to register to be organ and tissue donors.

White is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Chicago with families of people who have donated their organs, as well as some recipients.

White says they'll unveil a new commercial that will spotlight some of the "heroes" who have registered to be donors.

The Chicago Democrat says his office is teaming up with Illinois community colleges on the "Be a Hero" public awareness campaign. Students will get the chance to create their own campaigns and earn community service hours by promoting the donor registry.

White says more than 5.5 million people in Illinois have put their names on the registry. But he says about 300 people die each year waiting for a donor.

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