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Yarbrough to be Honored with First Ever National Death Penalty Leadership Award

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In 2011, Recorder Karen Yarbrough (then State Representative), helped make history by guiding  Illinois’ death penalty abolition legislation from introduction into law. Her work has earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and recently, the first-ever Hugo Adam Bedau Visionary Leadership Award from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which will be presented […]

Property After Death – Free Vendor Fair and Seminar

The Recorder of Deeds latest public outreach campaign – Property After Death – has proven to be so popular that Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough has decided to make it even better by hosting an annual event around the issue of estate planning and avoiding probate court. She is seeking attorneys, vendors and service agencies […]

CCRD Releases Annual Report for 2015

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INSIDE: BIG WINS FOR 2015 CCRD now accepts deeds by electronic submission Independent & internal Shakman compliance monitor hired All employees trained on new Policy Manual CCRD tops 170 counties in Fraud Alert signups All important resources translated into Spanish & posted on website Staff worked to reduce FY16 budget by $1.2 million over FY […]

Local Realtor First in Illinois to Offer Fraud Alert Signup

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Thanks to a new state law authored by Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) Karen A. Yarbrough, Tracey B. Williams of A.R.E. Partners in Chicago became the first Realtor/Broker in Illinois to become an official registrar for CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert monitoring service. CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert is a software program that scans […]

CCRD History Display Now Open to Public, Neil Steinberg Visits

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On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, former Recorder of Deeds (and current Secretary of State) Jesse White, along with family members of past Recorders, joined Recorder Karen A. Yarbrough to unveil and dedicate a history installation that charts the history of CCRD alongside important events in Cook County, Chicago and the world. Prior to Wednesday’s event, […]

Calling All History Buffs! History of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Event

SPECIAL EVENT: WEDS, NOVEMBER 18 at 10:30 AM, ROOM 120 OF DOWNTOWN OFFICE; INCLUDES JESSE WHITE AND CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN Upon taking office, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough noticed that there were no pictures of past Recorders of Deeds in the office, and in fact, there was nothing in the office that […]

CCRD Legislative Update – New Legislation Moving in Springfield

In keeping with the Office’s Statement of Purpose – “Accuracy – Efficiency – Advocacy” – Recorder Karen Yarbrough is again pushing legislation in Springfield to improve the lives of the Cook County residents she serves. Many thanks to our sponsors – Senator Bill Cunningham, Senator Dan Kotowski, Representative Chris Welch, Representative Marcus Evans, and Representative […]