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.


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


NORTHWEST HERALD: "McHenry County recorder candidate wants to abolish the office"

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Local Newspaper the Northwest Herald covers my run and effort to Erase the Recorder

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG: Joe Tirio, Candidate for Recorder, Says Abolish the Office

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Intrepid reporter, Cal Skinner reports on my run for office:

FIRST ELECTRIC NEWSPAPER: McHenry County Candidate Vows To "Erase" Recorder's Office

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

First Electric Newspaper covers my run for recorder and intent to "Erase the Recorder"


Note in the last paragraph that neither the incumbent, nor either of my opponents returned his calls for comment.

PRESS RELEASE: Candidate for County Recorder, Joe Tirio says he will “Erase the Recorder” when elected.

Joe Tirio - Monday, December 14, 2015




Monday, December 14, 2015



Candidate for County Recorder, Joe Tirio says he will “Erase the Recorder” when elected.


WOODSTOCK, IL - Citing an opportunity to further save money for the taxpayers of McHenry county, Recorder Candidate Joe Tirio has promised to pursue the abolition of his role and consolidation of his office into the County Clerk’s office when elected. “The State Constitution provides for the creation of the Recorder’s office, but there are also legal means to eliminate the office as well. I intend to pursue those means once elected.”, Tirio said. “If things go as planned, I hope to have the process completed by the end of my first term.”, Joe continued.



This announcement follows his earlier campaign promise to eliminate nepotism and similar practices from offices when elected. Joe will target reduced operating costs, improved service and will implement policies for ethical hiring and management. “Nepotism and patronage hiring and employment are an insult to the taxpayers of McHenry County. I promise that I will never hire a relative and commit to only hiring the most qualified person for the job, regardless of their political connections. I challenge my opponents to make the same promise.”



To further illustrate his conviction to eliminate nepotism and patronage, Joe launched his campaign website with the domain name “”.



About Joe Tirio

Born in Chicago and raised primarily in the western suburbs, Joe lives with his Wife, Karen in Woodstock where he has lived for 12 of the 15 years he has Lived in McHenry County. He and his wife own Monarch Senior Care, located in Woodstock just off the city’s historic square. Joe is also the co-founder of Voters In Action (, a citizen activist group focused on increasing public involvement in government with an eye toward reducing taxes and corruption and increasing transparency.




Please direct press inquiries to:

Joe Tirio

  1. 261-4595



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 (

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