Yarbrough becomes first woman, African-American Cook County Clerk New Clerk begins term after Monday morning sweari…


Karen A. Yarbrough became the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Cook County Clerk following her swearing-in at the Daley Center Monday morning.

Karen Yarbrough

Yarbrough, who most recently served two terms as Cook County Recorder of Deeds, and previously was State Representative for the 7th District, was elected Cook County Clerk in the November 6 Gubernatorial Election. She was sworn in by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans at a Daley Center ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday.“I am looking forward to serving the people of Cook County, in my new role as Clerk of Cook County,” Yarbrough said.

She becomes the first-ever woman, as well as the first-ever African-American to serve as Cook County Clerk, in the 108-year history of the office. She is also the…

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