Karen A. Yarbrough

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Main Office:

118 N. Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-5050
Fax: (312) 603-5063
Phone: (312) 603-5050
Website: www.ccrd.info

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