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A (Temporary) Farewell from Karen Yarbrough

Dear Residents, Taxpayers, and Homeowners of Cook County, Today is a bittersweet day for me, as I submit my resignation as Recorder of Deeds, and take the Oath of Office as your next Cook County Clerk. I say goodbye to you all from this role, but only temporarily. As many of you know, the County […]

New Service! Paperless Record Certification with Blockchain

As her final innovation as Recorder of Deeds, Karen A. Yarbrough is announcing that the Cook County Recorder of Deeds will soon offer paperless Certified Digital Files, in addition to certified paper copies. This expansion of service, made possible with the help of Onyx Electronics, will allow customers to obtain a certified copy of an […]

CCRD Fights for Ability to Help Homeowners Invalidate Expired Mechanics Liens

Despite a last-minute attempt to derail the legislation by special interests who benefit from Illinois’ overly-complicated real estate laws, Cook County of Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough was successful in passing a bill to allow the Office to help homeowners clear up expired mechanic’s (contractors) liens at no cost to the homeowner. House Bill 5201, which […]

Recorder Yarbrough Asks ‘Home Title Lock’ to Stop Using CCRD in Advertisements

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Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is officially asking a company operating under the name “Home Title Lock” to cease and desist from using the name of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sell a fraud monitoring service that CCRD offers for free. In a recent Chicago television interview, a representative from […]

Resource Guide for Chicago Deeds (plus free forms!)

One of the number one questions the Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) office receives daily is, “How can I add or remove my spouse/child/partner/parent to my home’s deed?” For properties in suburban Cook County, the answer to that question is relatively simple, and usually only involves three things: 1. Some type of deed/conveyance instrument, […]

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 […]