One of the messages warns motorists' driver's licenses be revoked if people don't click on a link to a website. Messages also contain vague references to "problems with your information."
The texts ask for a person's Social Security number.
"My office is working with the Illinois attorney general's office to protect Illinoisans from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes," said secretary of state Jesse White in a press release. "In addition, we have notified the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI."
Visiting a website in the text message could place malware on the recipients' devices or trick them into disclosing sensitive personal information.
White cautioned that his office never requests personal information, like a Social Security number, via text message.
"Delete the text," said White. "Do not click on it and do not provide any of your personal information."
Aaron Dufelmeier, University of Illinois Extension Office director, said the amount of rain received would have been more beneficial had it been spread out over several weeks versus just a handful of days.
As the long holiday weekend wore on, Chicago police Sunday morning were investigating several shootings overnight, including multiple homicides, separate attacks that left teenagers wounded and a shooting in Gresham that left four men injured, two of them critically.
The possibility of the Bears leaving their iconic lakefront home for the Chicago suburbs has been picking up steam in recent weeks, after the team announced a bid to purchase Arlington International Racecourse.