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Lake CountyCandidate for Circuit Clerk

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Keith Brin

Lake County Circuit Court Clerk
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to Be Fiscally Responsible & Accountable
  • Further Modernize Our Office
  • Make Lake County Proud



Profession:Lake County Circuit Court Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Lake County — Elected position (2012–current)


Keith Brin has served as Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court since being elected in 2012. As Circuit Court Clerk, he has modernized the office, reduced spending, increased accountability to taxpayers, and ensured unmatched customer service.

Immediately after assuming office, Brin led a modernization effort of the Clerk’s office. He attracted national attention when he used technology to create around-the-clock access to the courts without a dime of taxpayer funds. This state-of-the-art real-time Electronic Filing System allows court documents to be filed and viewed remotely at any time of the day from any location.

A true fiscal conservative, Brin has distinguished himself as a model of fiscal responsibility, efficiency and improved government services. He has committed himself to being efficient with public funds, because he understands that is your money. Since taking office Brin has reduced the office operating budget by over 20 percent while simultaneously expanding and improving the services his office provides.

Brin also led an electronic transfer payment initiative in the county, expediting payments to every Lake County municipality and taxpayer. His office began electronically transferring collected funds, allowing for recipients to receive their payments immediately and preventing the waste of 4,500 pieces of paper per month by eliminating paper-check payments.

Brin attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters Degree in Public Health with a specialization in Health Policy and Management. After graduating with highest honors, he returned to Chicago. He received his JD from the Loyola University School of Law, receiving awards in multiple studies and serving as the President of the Health Law Society. He went on to practice law for large firms in Chicago, mostly defending employers and assisting small and medium sized entrepreneurial ventures. Discovering he had a knack for turning otherwise failing companies into profitable ones through legal, financial, and managerial overhauls, Keith took on management responsibilities with a number of businesses until he joined the Circuit Court Clerk’s office as Chief Deputy in 2009.

Brin is committed to service in the community and is especially dedicated to serving and thanking those who wear our country’s uniform. The grandchild of two Holocaust survivors, Keith was honored to have the opportunity to support Honor Flight-Chicago. He is proud to play a small part in supporting important civic and philanthropic organizations including the USO, Service Dog Connection, Make-A-Wish Illinois, Northern Illinois Food Bank and NICASA.

In 2014, he was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court’s E-Business Policy Advisory Board and to the North American Regional Board of the International Association for Court Administration. He served as Chairman of the Technology Committee for the Lake County Bar Association and as a member of the Highland Park Highwood Legal Aid Clinic Community Advisory Council. He was a board member of the Distinguished Giving Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society, Chair of the Mentorship Committee for the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Co-Chair of the Emory University Alumni Interviewing Program, and an Assistant Coach for the Loyola University Chicago School of Law National Mock Trial Team. He is the Vice Chair and a Committeeman for the Moraine Township Republicans, and worked as the Event and Political Director for the Lake County Young Republicans.


Keith is married to Courtney, a former elementary school teacher. They live in Highland Park with their three children, Sheridan, Hudson and Arden, and their dog Waffle.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran
  • Lake County Treasurer David Stolman
  • Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim

Elected Officials (4)

  • Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff
  • Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools Roycealee Wood
  • Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor
  • Lake County Finance Chairman and Forest Preserve Finance Chairman Mike Rummel

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Continue to Be Fiscally Responsible & Accountable

Since taking office, I have made it my mission to continue the Lake County tradition of fiscal responsibility. I understand that it is your money, and we must spend it responsibly and transparently. To that end, in just my first term in office we have reduced our office’s operating budget by over 20% while simultaneously expanding and improving the services we provide! In fact, not a single dime of your tax dollars is used for our operations, as we operate solely on user fees from the services we provide.

If honored to be re-elected to another term, I pledge to continue being a true fiscal conservative by seeking out ways to be even more efficient. I will remain accountable to the citizens of Lake County for every dollar and every decision.


Further Modernize Our Office

When I ran for office, my main campaign promise to voters was that I would modernize the office. I am proud to say that we have made great progress in this important effort. In fact, our office earned national attention when we used technology to create around-the-clock access to the courts without using a dime of taxpayer funds. This includes a state-of-the-art, real-time Electronic Filing System which allows court documents to be filed and viewed remotely at any time of the day from any location, free public access to court and case information, and more. In addition, I led an electronic transfer payment initiative in the county, expediting payments to every Lake County municipality and taxpayer and preventing the waste of 4,500 pieces of paper per month. We also revamped our website, winning the Interactive Media Awards “Outstanding Achievement Award” in the government category.

If entrusted with your vote again, I will continue to effectively utilize current technology to improve communications, further improve efficiency and security, and vastly improve services. I want to reach a point where we are completely paper-on-demand in and out of our courtrooms, which will improve efficiency and security while further reducing waste.


Make Lake County Proud

I and my team fully understand that we work for you. It is our responsibility to serve you to the best of our abilities. Furthermore, we have the added responsibility of representing and championing the county in which we live, work, play, and raise our families. We take these responsibilities seriously.


As the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors, I am grateful for the opportunities my family has found in our community. I recognize that it’s not enough to simply work in the office in which I was elected; I must also support the greater community in my efforts. I and my office are unyielding supporters of many charities and programs, in and outside the courthouse. Moving forward, we will continue to make Lake County proud, both in how our office operates as well as in our personal time as we seek to be worthy of your trust and support.

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