The BGA and FOX 32 reveal that newly elected Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough hires a family friend with a felony conviction for a top government job. The employee ends up resigning amid the inquiry, and Yarbrough pledges background checks of workers.
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FELON LEAVES COUNTY JOB
by BGA, Illinois Answers Project
February 16, 2017