Babette Holder Youngberg: Candidate profile
Office sought: DuPage County Recorder
Family: Husband - Tim, Two daughters - Summer and Skylar
Occupation: Social Media/Communications for Public Figures
Civic involvement: Project H.O.O.D. Board in Chicago ffkr New Beginnings Church, Milton Township Republican Committeeman since 2008, Frederick Douglass Foundation IL
Elected offices held: Republican Precinct Committeeman, Milton Township
Incumbent? If yes, when were first elected: No
Questions and Answers
1. Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?
I am running for the office of Recorder of Deeds because the current Republican Recorder is retiring after 24 years of service, creating an opportunity for an open seat to be filled. My focus will be on fiscal restraint and security issues related to mortgage fraud and identity theft.
2. If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?
I am the Republican candidate seeking election for the Recorder of Deeds as the current Recorder is retiring after 24 years of service and has personally endorsed me and my qualifications for the position. Competent service and fiscal restraint will be my top priorities for accountability to the taxpayers.
3. Describe your position regarding the allocation of resources in the recorder of deeds' office. Are personnel allocated as they should be? Are there capital expense or other budgetary items that the office must address, and, if so, how do you propose to address them?
The Recorder's office operates on funds from taxpayers and the revenue generated from user fees. Some of the revenue generated by user fees is impacted by the real estate market performance, and that will be taken into consideration as well. With the implementation of advanced technology for recording and personnel efficiency, the Recorder's office is able to operate with sound fiscal practices.
4. Name one concrete program you'll create or personnel move you'll make to improve efficiency in the office or make it more successful. Explain how it will be funded and how you will overcome any obstacles to initiating it.
Recorder's office and ensure there is a balance between demand for services to be rendered, and work flow efficiencies
5. Describe your position on transparency in the office and the ease of access to records by the public. If you believe improvements are needed, what are they and how would you go about achieving them?
From my perspective the Recorder's office has a very easy to navigate website with detailed instructions for users on how to access public records as well as contact information for each department in the office for further assistance. Documents from as far back as 1961 to the present can be searched for and viewed online by any user. Any improvements to consider would be in technological advances for efficiency in recording as well as document imagery with careful consideration of avoiding incurring a budgetary increase.