Erase the Recorder

Early Voting and Polling Place Changes

Joe Tirio - Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dear fellow voters of McHenry County,


You may be aware that your polling place has changed and that many polling places have been consolidated. The fact that polling places have changed may lead to lower turn out, and the consolidation may very well lead to congestion and longer waits at the polls.


It is these factors that cause me to encourage you to vote early. This isn't something that I have suggested in the past, but considering the complications above, I'm concerned that if more don't vote early, they won't vote at all.


The following links were valid at the time of this writing, but the Clerk's website ( is the ultimate reference, You can also reach the office at 815-334-4242.

Early Voting Locations:

Change in election day voting locations:


Sample Ballot Generator and Polling Place Locator:


Remember! You will have the option during this primary election to combine the office of Recorder and Clerk. I am encouraging you to vote YES for this measure. This will save the taxpayers of the county the salary, benefits and pension of one elected official FOREVER! If you've been following my political career, you are likely very familiar with this already.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call or write. You can reach me at (815) 261-4595 or


Kindest Regards,



Joe Tirio

Candidate for McHenry County Clerk.


2017 Mid-Year Update

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

To the people of McHenry County,


I campaigned for the office of Recorder on a couple key premises and one, very unusual promise. I promised to work toward eliminating my role of Recorder by the end of my first term. In just over 6 months in the role, with the help of Chairman Franks, Clerk McClellan, the State's Attorney's office and the County Board we got the referendum on the Spring 2018 Primary ballot. At that point, he decision will ultimately be in your hands and I trust that you will continue what we've started and vote to eliminate the role.


I also promised to run an honorable office, one you could and should be proud of... an operationally excellent office with a focus on quality and productivity. We have made tremendous progress toward that goal. You can read about all this and more in the mid-year update linked below.



2017 Mid-Year Update


I thank you for your support and welcome your feedback.


Kindest Regards,



Joseph J. Tirio

McHenry County Recorder

The Plan

Joe Tirio - Monday, February 29, 2016

Some say it can't be done, others say it shouldn't be done. Answers to those points as well as why I am the right person to do it are included in the document below.


"The Plan" includes background on me, why I am running and a high-level view of my plan and platform. It also includes a comparison of myself and my opponents as well as the "interesting" places they get their campaign funds.


You also get a look at documents I requested via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that gives insight into the composition and compensation of those in the office. I've constructed an organizational chart from that data to provide a visual representation of the office as it stood in September of 2015.


The Plan: Tirio Background, Plan and Supporting Documents


As always, I welcome your comments. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts at



Contact information:

(815) 261-4595

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A copy of our report with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website (

Copyright 2015, Joe Tirio