karen yarbrough recorder of deeds cook county

Karen A. Yarbrough (third from left in above photo), Cook County Recorder of Deeds, recently received the “Women of Distinction” Award for Public Policy from NOBEL-Women, the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.

The award was based on her efforts in the Illinois General Assembly to use public policy to change lives for the better. In her 12 years in the state legislature, Yarbrough passed legislation to crack down on predatory home lending, ban indoor smoking in public buildings including bars and restaurants, abolish the death penalty, and hold the biggest foreclosing banks responsible for their vacant homes.

“NOBEL-Women is a group that I’m proud to support, and I’m humbled by their support of my work on behalf of the people of Illinois,” Yarbrough said.

The group’s official press release is below:


For Immediate Release

October 7, 2013

Contact: Waikinya Clanton, 202.507.6246 –  info@nobel-women.org

Washington, DC— The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women would like to congratulate its inaugural Women of Distinction awards recipients. The Women of Distinction awards seek to honor African American women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect public interest and promote public policy. NOBEL-Women would like to congratulate the following honorees:

Community Activism

  • Captain Jaspen Boothe, Final Salute, Inc.

Government Relations & Affairs

  • LeTonia Armstrong, AbbVie
  • Julia Johnson, NetCommunications, LLC
  • Terri Lee, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Tanya Lombard, AT&T
  • Debra Speed, Verizon

Public Policy

  • Hon. Arthenia Joyner, Florida State Senate
  • Hon. Helen Miller, Iowa State Assembly
  • Hon. Karen Yarbrough, Cook County, IL Recorder of Deeds

NOBEL-Women is a non-profit, non-partisan national organization originally established in 1985 to increase and promote the presence of black women in government. NOBEL-Women is composed primarily of current and former black women legislators, in addition to a number of appointed officials. In recent years, NOBEL-Women have expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address the countless issues affecting the lives of women; despite race, class or orientation.

For more information on NOBEL-Women please visit www.nobel-women.org.