Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County's first African American and female Clerk, has a B.A. in Business Management from Chicago State University, an M.A. in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, and advanced leadership studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Karen has served on numerous boards, enhancing the quality of life for citizens and has received many prestigious awards highlighting her advocacy, community service and legislative work. Click here to view her entire biography.
Cook County Clerk Departments
The Cook County Clerk's office is the official record keeper for births, marriages, civil unions and deaths that occur in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
The Cook County Clerkʼs office is the chief election authority for more than 120 towns and villages in suburban Cook County.
The Cook County Clerk's office maintains delinquent tax records, tax maps & information regarding TIF districts.
The Cook County Clerk's Recordings Division accurately records, stores and maintains land records and other official documents.
The Cook County Clerk's Ethics Filings Division accepts and records documents detailing the financial activities of public officials, candidates, certain government officials and lobbyists.
The Clerk of the Board records the activity of the Cook County Board by preparing board agendas and post-meeting reports as well as maintaining County Board records.
The Clerk's Office is now offering the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card via mail.
To register by mail, the following is required to be completed:
Fill out and Submit, the Online Military and Veterans Discount Card Application.
Submit via mail:
Cook County Clerk's Office
Attn: Veterans Services
118 North Clark Street, Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602-1387
- One Color, head shot photo
- One of the following, proof of service
- VA ID
- CAC Card
- Retired Military ID
Also, if submitting a DD-214, enclose one copy of the following government issued ID’s:
- Valid Driver’s License
- State ID
- CAC Card
- VA ID
Once all required documents have been received, the Clerk's Office will process the information submitted and send you the Military and Veterans Discount Card, entitling you to discounts at over 200 merchants in Cook County.
What is the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program?
The Military and Veterans Discount Program is authorized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and jointly administered by the Cook County Clerk's Office and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. The purpose is to create a network of businesses across Cook County who offer military and veterans discounts and provide a County-issued ID card to identify eligible residents to those vendors. This public-private partnership is a small way to honor those who have served, by helping them keep more of their hard-earned money.
Who is eligible?
All active-duty military, national guard/reservists, and veterans with an honorable or general discharge. Identification will be checked prior to processing.
The fine print.
Cook County, the Clerk's Office, and the Department of Veterans Affairs offer no guarantees associated with the card to users. Acceptance of the card, and the discounts and incentives offered, are the sole discretion of the participating merchants. Further, issuance of the card is for the program only, and is not considered proof of military or veterans’ status.
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