Press Release


December 5, 2019

WAUKEGAN, IL — Earlier today, after nearly four decades in county government, Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer publicly announced her support for Lake County Republican Recorder of Deeds Candidate Emilia Czyszczon’s initiative to consolidate the Lake County Recorder of Deeds’ office into the Lake County Clerk’s office. Vanderventer made her comments in support of consolidation at a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Lake County Board.

Czyszczon commented that, “over the last four months I have been gathering petition signatures from families throughout Lake County who believe we need to place a binding referendum on the ballot next year to consolidate these two offices. As a result, I am very pleased to see that, after nearly four decades of taxpayer funded salaries, Mary Ellen has decided to join my efforts to consolidate these offices to help reduce the property tax burden on Lake County residents.”

In order to place a binding referendum question on the ballot, voters in Lake County must submit over 25,000 petition signatures to the Lake County Clerk. Any resident of Lake County can help circulate consolidation petitions by downloading them from the Lake County Republican website at

Czyszczon noted that “given Mary Ellen’s recent support for my initiative, I am going to personally drop off petition sheets at her office so she has an ample opportunity to put her words into actions and help me reach our signature goal. I trust that Mary Ellen will work to secure half the petition signatures needed to place this consolidation question on the ballot.”