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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, […]

Local Realtor First in Illinois to Offer Fraud Alert Signup

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Thanks to a new state law authored by Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) Karen A. Yarbrough, Tracey B. Williams of A.R.E. Partners in Chicago became the first Realtor/Broker in Illinois to become an official registrar for CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert monitoring service. CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert is a software program that scans […]

CCRD History Display Now Open to Public, Neil Steinberg Visits

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On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, former Recorder of Deeds (and current Secretary of State) Jesse White, along with family members of past Recorders, joined Recorder Karen A. Yarbrough to unveil and dedicate a history installation that charts the history of CCRD alongside important events in Cook County, Chicago and the world. Prior to Wednesday’s event, […]

Calling All History Buffs! History of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Event

SPECIAL EVENT: WEDS, NOVEMBER 18 at 10:30 AM, ROOM 120 OF DOWNTOWN OFFICE; INCLUDES JESSE WHITE AND CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN Upon taking office, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough noticed that there were no pictures of past Recorders of Deeds in the office, and in fact, there was nothing in the office that […]

CCRD Legislative Update – New Legislation Moving in Springfield

In keeping with the Office’s Statement of Purpose – “Accuracy – Efficiency – Advocacy” – Recorder Karen Yarbrough is again pushing legislation in Springfield to improve the lives of the Cook County residents she serves. Many thanks to our sponsors – Senator Bill Cunningham, Senator Dan Kotowski, Representative Chris Welch, Representative Marcus Evans, and Representative […]

CCRD Expands Satellite Office Services to Include Certified Copies and Veterans Discount Card

Customers of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds’ four satellite offices (located in the courthouses of Markham, Bridgeview, Skokie and Rolling Meadows) will soon have an additional service – the ability to purchase certified copies of recorded documents back to 1985. Additionally, veterans who safeguard their DD-214 discharge records at a CCRD Satellite Office will […]

Cook County Set to Launch Military and Veterans Discount Program

(CHICAGO) – Cook County’s new Military and Veterans Discount Program is officially launching Wednesday, November 12, and will provide veterans and active duty military with a free money-saving Discount Card and access to a diverse network of over 120 businesses that are committed to providing these discounts. Active-duty personnel, veterans, and guard members and reservists […]

NBC: CCRD Helping County “Hammer” Tax Cheats

When scofflaws claim property tax exemptions illegally, law-abiding taxpayers pay more to make up the difference. That’s why Recorder Karen A. Yarbrough and Assessor Joe Berrios are teaming up to put some teeth into an effort to get them to pay what they owe. Before this partnership, scofflaws would face only a misdemeanor and a […]