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118 N. Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-5050
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Karen A. Yarbrough

Recorder of Deeds

Departments

  • Cashiering
  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Legal
  • Title Express
  • Public Information & Services
  • Tract
  • Microfilm Reproduction & Library
  • Mail Services
  • UCC
  • Real Estate Indexing
  • Document Maintenance
  • Torrens
  • Technical Services
  • Support Services
  • Federal & State Tax Liens

Education

  • Chicago State University : B.A. in Business Management
  • Northeastern Illinois University: M.A. in Inner City Studies
  • Licensed real estate broker and insurance agent 

Professional Experiences

  • Six Terms – Illinois State Representative, 7th Legislative District
  • Assistant Majority Leader – Illinois House of Representatives - 2011
  • Sponsor – “Smoke Free Illinois” and “Quality of Life” bills, as well as Illinois End of Death Penalty legislation, signed into law.
  • Elected: Proviso Township Committeeman - 2006
  • Appointed:Cook County Democratic Party - Sargent at Arms - 2006
  • Elected:  State Central Committeewoman (7CD) - 2008
  • Appointed: 1st Vice-Chair - Democratic Party of Illinois - 2012  

Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinguished Leadership -- Northeastern Illinois University - 2012
  • Chicago State University - Outstanding Achievement - 2012
  • Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Award - 2011
  • Chicago State University - Scholarship & Responsibility 2011
  • Triton College - Access to Literacy - 2011
  • Jenner & Block- Northwestern Law - 2011
  • First Defense Legal Aid - Service & Leadership - 2011
  • Illinois Safe Schools “The Alliance” - Advocate of the Year - 2010
  • IL Academy of Family Physicians - President’s Award - 2007
  • Safer Foundation - Visionary Award - 2007
  • Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Achievement Award - 2007
  • Community Service Award - Rocks Coordinating Committee (for Quality of Life , Public Act 95-0674) 2006
  • Democratic Legislator of the Year ---Illinois State Crime Commission - 2006
  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government --Graduate of Senior Executives in State and Local Government - 2006
  • Leadership Award - Financial Planning Association - 2006
  • President's Award for Outstanding Contributions - NOBLE Women - 2005
  • Leadership and Commitment for Civil Rights and Freedom --- Progress Center for Independent Living - 2005
  • Legislative Lifesaver Award ---- American Heart Association - 2005
  • Henry Toll Fellowship Alumni - 2005
  • Catch Your Breath Legacy Award ---- American Lung Association - 2005
  • Best Legislative Voting Record --- IVI—IPO - 2004
  • Better Housing Leadership Award ---- Lawyers Committee for Better Housing - 2004
  • Legislative Service Award ----- The American Lung Association - 2003
  • Bowhay Institute for Legislator Leadership Development - 2003
  • Legislative Advocacy Award ----- Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence - 2002
  • Legislative Award ---- National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice - 2001
  • Civic Award -----Proviso Area NAACP - 1998
  • Uplift Human Service Award----Maywood United Way - 1998
  • Illinois Reaches Out Volunteer Recognition Award---Illinois Chamber of Commerce - 1998
  • The Unsung Heroine Award --- Cook County Board President John Stroger  - 1997