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BACKGROUND: On March 21, 2019, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Predictable Recording Fee Ordinance. This Ordinance is designed to make it easier for customers to calculate the price of recording a document with the Recorder of Deeds Office. Once this ordinance becomes effective, the fee for recording the vast majority of documents […]

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

karen yarbrough free property fraud alert cook county

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 […]

CCRD Releases Blockchain Pilot Final Report

In September of 2016, CCRD announced that it would participate in a Pilot Program to study how blockchain technology could be implemented into current law and practice in Illinois land records, as well as how the state could benefit from this technology. What is blockchain? Simply stated, a blockchain is a distributed database/ledger of chronological, […]