Let Voters Decide On Future Of The Recorder of Deeds Office

90 of the 102 counties in Illinois have merged the recorder of Deeds office with the county clerk’s office. Illinois largest county, Cook County, voted to eliminate the office in 2016.

Both clerk and recorder offices perform record-keeping functions, and the recorder’s office is not mandated by the state constitution.

If nothing else the county would save a salary upwards of $150,000 annually and benefits.

Please contact your DuPage County Board Member and let them know you want the following question on the March 2020 General Primary Ballot.

“Shall the Office of the DuPage County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all the duties and responsibilities of the Office of the DuPage County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by the Office of the DuPage County Clerk by December 2020.”



The Daily Herald reports the following:

A county board member wants to let voters decide this spring whether to eliminate the DuPage recorder’s office and merge its duties with the county clerk’s office.

Downers Grove Democrat Elizabeth Chaplin says she would like to see the question on the March primary election ballot so the consolidation could take effect in November 2020.

The time is right, she said, because longtime Recorder Fred Bucholz is planning to retire after four terms.

“It would be a perfect transition into the clerk’s office,” Chaplin said.

County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek oversaw one consolidation earlier this year when her office merged with the DuPage Election Commission.

You can read the full story here.

Liz Chaplin

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