Two sleepy offices in Cook County are entering uncharted waters. Karen Yarbrough, who as recorder of deeds has been under anti-patronage Shakman oversight her entire term, is the new clerk — where David Orr, considered by many to be one of the godfathers of Chicago’s good government push in the 1980s, could hire and fire employees as he pleased, free of a federal court appointed monitor.

Local government reform fixture Michael Shakman answers questions from reporters. [A.D. Quig/The Daily Line]

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