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  Yarbrough, Karen A.
NameKaren A. Yarbrough
Address217 South Second Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153, United States
Born Unknown
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedRBH
Mar 06, 2017 04:37pm
InfoKaren 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.

Previously, Karen served as State Representative for the 7th District for 12 years, which included Chicago’s West-Side and western suburbs. As an Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives, her legislative themes were public health, public safety, and social justice. She has been a stalwart fighter to increase assistance for those incarcerated, and funding for programs that provide a “Second Chance.” In 2007, Karen successfully fought the tobacco lobby as the chief sponsor of “Smoke Free Illinois” and made Illinois the first Midwestern state to go “smoke-free.” She’s taken on powerful real estate interests in her pursuit of “source of income” legislation that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to those on subsidies. She sponsored “Quality of Life,” a bill using lottery money to fund groups that treat individuals with HIV-AIDS.

In 2011, Yarbrough, as chief House Sponsor helped make history by passing legislation to end the death penalty in Illinois. This legislation was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn making it the 16th state to do so, earning her recognition from the Pope and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Karen and her husband, Henderson, have a blended family of six and share twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.



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  11/06/2018 Cook County Clerk Won 99.07% (+98.15%)
  03/20/2018 Cook County Clerk - D Primary Won 99.33% (+98.71%)
  03/20/2018 IL Central Committeewoman Dist. 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/2016 Cook County Recorder of Deeds Won 98.58% (+97.16%)
  03/15/2016 Cook County Recorder of Deeds - D Primary Won 99.19% (+98.38%)
  03/18/2014 IL Central Committeewoman Dist. 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Cook County Recorder of Deeds Won 73.82% (+47.64%)
  03/20/2012 Cook County Recorder of Deeds - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/10/2011 IL State House Assistant Majority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2010 IL State House 007 Won 88.35% (+76.69%)
  02/02/2010 IL Central Committeewoman Dist. 7 Won 53.44% (+6.88%)
  11/04/2008 IL State House 007 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 IL State House 007 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/2004 IL State House 007 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 IL State House 007 Won 84.75% (+69.51%)
  11/07/2000 IL State House 007 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/21/2000 IL State House 007 - D Primary Won 45.33% (+2.36%)
  06/28/2022 IL Secretary of State - D Primary ???
  03/20/2018 IL Secretary of State - D Primary Lost 0.00% (-100.00%)
IL Secretary of State - D Primary - Jun 28, 2022 D Pat Dowell
DNC Party Chair - Feb 25, 2017 D Keith M. Ellison
IL State Senate 05 - D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Annazette Collins
Chicago Mayor - Feb 22, 2011 D Danny K. Davis
IL Lt. Governor - D Replacement Nominee - Mar 27, 2010 D Arthur L. Turner
IL US Senate - D Primary - Feb 02, 2010 D Cheryle Jackson