A MESSAGE FROM CLERK-ELECT YARBROUGH

I want to send a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the people of Cook County for electing me as your next County Clerk.

The Clerk’s Office, through its guardianship of our birth, death, marriage, election, and soon, our records of home ownership, tells the stories of our lives.

I never imagined that one day I’d be the first female, first African American, and possibly the first suburban resident, to serve as County Clerk. I am humbled that my story now intersects with so many other stories, and you have my firm commitment that your voices will always be heard.

I am looking forward to the transition effort ahead, and also leading the Clerk’s eventual assumption of the duties of the Recorder’s Office. Once this happens, I will oversee one of the largest repositories of personal and private records, a responsibility I do not take lightly.

I will continue to lead in the same way I always have, with a commitment to fiscal responsibility, increased efficiency, and modernization through technology.

Thank you to everyone who voted, knocked on doors, made phone calls, or otherwise offered me your advice and support.

I look forward to this next chapter in our story.

It's Time for Secure Elections

“We face unprecedented data and cybersecurity threats. My first act as Clerk will be an audit of the voting systems that protect the integrity of our elections.”

KAREN A. YARBROUGH

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In a recent survey, “…79 percent of the respondents said they were somewhat or very concerned that the country’s voting system might be vulnerable to computer hackers.”

NBC NEWS, 2/8/2018

Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds, is a full-time administrator, overseeing a $12 million budget and 140 employees – one of the largest Recorder’s office in the United States by volume. In that role, she has established herself as a national leader in the growing movement to change the office of county recorder from a place where property fraud happens, to a place where property fraud is confronted.

Karen has a B.A. in Business Management from Chicago State University, an M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and advanced leadership studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Karen has served on numerous boards, enhancing the quality of life for citizens and has received many prestigious awards highlighting her advocacy, community service and legislative work.

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PRIORITIES FOR A NEW OFFICE

OUR PLATFORM

The 2018 Election for Clerk is important

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Voters will decide who will lead the merger of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

As our current Recorder of Deeds, no one will advocate more strongly that the vital programs she created at the Recorder’s Office will continue in a combined office.
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KAREN YARBROUGH’S PRIORITIES:

* A focus on cybersecurity
* End Cook County participation in CROSSCHECK program
* Exploring a return to paper ballots
* Smart integration of Clerk & Recorder offices
* Exploration of distributed ledgers for paperless government
* A government identity system owned and controlled by the people