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'A trailblazer who broke limitations': Prepare dinner County Clerk Karen Yarbrough dies

Prepare dinner County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, who was lately hospitalized for a severe medical situation, has died. She was 73.

Yarbrough handed away Sunday afternoon, in accordance with Sally Daly, deputy clerk of communications for the clerk’s workplace.

Prepare dinner County Clerk Karen Yarbrough died Sunday, after being hospitalized lately with an undisclosed medical situation. She was 73.
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She had been hospitalized and was present process remedy for a medical situation Daly described final week as being severe with out disclosing particulars.

The Maywood Democrat was the primary Black individual and first lady to function Prepare dinner County clerk. She served in elected workplace for greater than twenty years, together with because the Prepare dinner County recorder of deeds and as a state consultant.

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs mentioned Yarbrough was a “towering determine” within the Democratic Occasion.

“Clerk Yarbrough was a trailblazer who broke limitations, together with serving as the primary feminine and the primary African American Prepare dinner County clerk,” Frerichs mentioned in an announcement on X. “My ideas are together with her household throughout this troublesome time, and I grieve the lack of a devoted public servant.”

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