David Orr Testifies before Presidential Commission

  Cook County Clerk David Orr on Friday spoke out in favor of weekend voting, data-driven planning of election resources, and online, Election Day, and automatic voter registration before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.   “Registration errors and omissions slow lines,” Orr said. “A modern registration process should produce better …

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Recent interview w/ THE CANVASS

David Orr has been the Cook County (IL) clerk since 1990.  As a former professor of history and politics, he knew back then that “few places cried out more for reform than Cook County.” He’s been on the case ever since.  Orr spoke with The Canvass on September 3, 2013 –   Q: With your …

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Cook County Clerk David Orr Applauds Senate Passage of Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act

Cook County Clerk David Orr Hopes To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Soon!   As a long-time advocate of marriage equality, Clerk Orr applauds the Illinois Senate’s passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. “It is a good day for love,” said Clerk Orr, who was recently honored by the Chicago Gay and Lesbian …

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Lobbyists paid $2.4 million in 2012 to influence Cook County officials

Lobbyists paid $2.4 million in 2012 to influence Cook County officials  Tobacco lobby prominent in 2012   Lobbyists were paid nearly $2.4 million in 2012 as they attempted to influence Cook County officials on issues including the county’s new land bank, driver’s licenses for immigrants, and the landfill moratorium, according to reports submitted to Clerk …

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Civil Union Wallet-Sized Certificates

We are always trying to innovate at my office and here’s the latest new item. These smaller marriage and civil union certificates are proof in your pocket — particularly helpful for gay couples or couples with different last names. $15 for a set of two wallet-sized certificates. Same sex couples can now carry around proof …

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Gay Marriage Long Overdue in Illinois

ORR: Gay marriage long overdue in Illinois   As the clerk in Illinois’ most populous county, I urge all legislators to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act sponsored by Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans. This measure will provide all committed couples with the same legalprotections under Illinois law – a step that is …

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Strengthening the Right to Vote

Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee convened to address the state of the right to vote after the 2012 election. Here are my thoughts for the committee. Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will convene to address the state of the right to vote after the 2012 election. Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in …

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New Delinquent Property Tax Search for Cook County

Clerk Orr introduces new delinquent property tax search. Instant info on back taxes from 1991-2010. Huge help not only for taxpayers, but for mortgage servicers, attorneys, realtors, insurance adjusters, title companies and more.   Clerk Orr introduces new delinquent property tax search 222,000 PINs in database; $912 million in delinquent taxes   Clerk David Orr …

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