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Recorder of Deeds  

 Term

First elected in 1996, Mary Ellen is the first woman in Lake County’s history to serve as Lake County Recorder.

Mission

To promptly record, preserve, and provide access to public records in the most accurate, efficient, responsible and professional manner.

Vision

To continue using advanced technology, yet keep the old-fashioned traditions of the office alive.  Each and every phone call is personally answered!

Guiding Philosophy

We are committed to providing all customers of the Recorder's Office with current and accurate information. Through dedicated personnel and emerging technology, we continue “Doing Good Deeds for You”

Goals and Objectives

Goals

  • Promptly record all instruments in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Expedite retrieval and reproduction of recorded documents and continually seek to enhance these methods.
  • Protect and preserve all public records in an understandable format.
  • Promote a professional work environment in which our customers and employees are valued and treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Provide trustworthy, supportive, and consistent leadership to office staff.
  • Provide staff with professional development opportunities.
  • Maintain a transparent and balance budget.

 Objectives

  • Continue to review our business practices to offer additional tools and products for the professional user, as well as the casual user of our office.

Memberships and Other Public Service

  • Recipient: Lakeland Publishers 1997 "Forefronts" Award for Public Service
  • State of Illinois Local Government Advisory Board
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • United Way Board of Directors
Contact Information

Mary Ellen Vanderventer
Lake County Recorder of Deeds
18 N County St - 6th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847.377.2575
Fax: 847.984.5860
Email: recorder@lakecountyil.gov

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm