Basil retires after 34 years at Mendota Driver Services Facility

A retirement celebration for Linda Basil, second from left, was held at the Mendota Driver Services office on April 25. Co-workers congratulating Basil on her 34 years of service are, left to right, Crystal Delong; Basil; Shelli Billhorn, Basil’s daughter, who works at the Princeton facility; Marcy Faber and Jami Bauer. (Reporter photo by Bonnie Morris)

MENDOTA - After a career during which she gave approximately 8,000 road tests, Linda Basil, an employee at the Secretary of State Driver Facility in Mendota, was honored at a retirement party on April 25.

Basil, who has been employed at the Driver Facility for 34-years, began working there in 1983. At the time, Jim Edgar was Secretary of State and computers were just beginning to enter the workplace. Basil said computers were definitely the biggest change she saw during her tenure. Other changes she recalled included the method they used to take photographs for driver’s licenses and an increase in the number of services provided by their office.

Now that she is retiring, Basil said she looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren over the summer. She also plans to travel, do some projects at home and have fun with her family and friends.

While she looks forward to her retirement, Basil said it’s somewhat bittersweet. “I’ll definitely miss the people,” she admitted.

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