Office of the Recorder
County Recorders are an integral part of
property ownership. The foundation of what was to become the
Recorder's office was laid in 1215 A.D. with the signing of the Magna
Carta which provided for state protection of land ownership. The
Kankakee County Recorder's office retain records dating back to the
founding of the county in 1853.
The United States Constitution provides
every individual the freedom and right to own property in their own
name. That freedom is protected in the Office of the Recorder by
permanently recording all original documents pertaining to property
ownership and real property transactions within Kankakee County. This
makes the County Recorder an integral part of property ownership.
Instruments filed with the Recorder’s office include deeds,
mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as
assorted federal, state and local liens. Other documents included are
veteran’s discharge papers, corporation papers, and instruments
pertaining to the Uniform Commercial Code. The Recorder’s office
is also responsible for the recordation and storage of subdivision
plats, land surveys and monument records.
Primary responsibility for the Kankakee
County Recorder has not changed. It is our responsibility to maintain
accurate and timely indexing and maintenance of documents reflecting
the chain of title to land within Kankakee County. Our records are
indexed and available to view by digital images on the computer from
1989 forward and prior to that on microfiche and microfilm. Please feel
free to visit our office and be assisted by our friendly staff.
A tour of our office is a chronological
history not only of Kankakee County property, but of technology
itself. The records held within our office will showcase the
latest and best means of record keeping within any given time in our
history. Records painstakingly stored within large leather bound
books filled with the flowing and often poetic language of our
forefather's forefathers. Books documenting the original
government tracts laid out throughout the county, military discharge
papers dating back to the early 1900's following a path through history
in both times of peace, as well as, conflict.
We are committed to the
protection and preservation of the records governing the ownership of
all land within our county. I look forward to continually
improving the Recorder's office to better serve your needs.
Our Mission Statement:
efficiency and integrity the Recorder and deputies will strive to
provide excellent customer service with the assurance that the records
and unique documents recorded here will be accessible and secured.