The Winnebago County Board Chairman is trying to decide if merging the County Clerk and Recorder offices is a good idea. Many counties in Illinois already combine the two. Others are moving in that direction. So what’s going on?
The office of County Clerk administers elections and vital records like birth certificates, marriage and business licenses. The County Recorder of Deeds administers a library of land records and real-estate transactions, including information needed for deed and title searches such as tax liens and mortgages.