Erase the Recorder

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

Early Voting Locations

Joe Tirio - Monday, October 24, 2016

Early voting at locations other than the Administration building begins today. Click the link below for a list of the locations:


Cook County Considers Merging Recorder and Clerk's Offices.

Joe Tirio - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cook County's finance board will meet today to discuss whether the people of that county will have an option on the November ballot to merge the Recorder and Clerk's office. While they have some stronger language to describe their Recorder's office, the core sentiment is the same, we must seize any opportunity to reduce government size and cost.


From the Chicago Tribune:

"If approved by voters, the recorder's office would be phased out by the end of 2020 for annual savings to taxpayers of about $800,000.

That's not big money to county politicians. But every gesture toward saving rather than taxing helps people who pay thousands in property and sales taxes to a government designed for the 1800s."


Tax Day Protest Leaves A Mark

Joe Tirio - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monday, I joined many fellow McHenry County citizens in a protest about our taxes. A friend, Dan Aylward paid his entirely in dollar bills. I am proud to be among such great people that they would take their time to come out and show that they are not afraid to get involved.


I am saddened that we needed to.


Read more at the Northwest Herald.


Chicago Tribune Endorses Tirio for Recorder

Joe Tirio - Thursday, March 03, 2016

Today, the Chicago Tribune released it's endorsements for Kane and McHenry counties. Among the endorsements was Joe Tirio for the office of Recorder. The Editors say, "...three candidates are vying for her job in the Republican primary. Only one, Joe Tirio of Woodstock, pledges to eliminate the office before the end of his term."


Link to full story:


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


Early Voting Begins

Joe Tirio - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Early voting begins February 29th. You can vote at the Clerk's office or at any of the locations at the link below.


Remember, not voting has the same effect as giving someone else your vote. Voting is your right. Use it, and use it wisely.

Pro-Life Victory Committee Endorses Joe Tirio for McHenry County Recorder

Joe Tirio - Thursday, February 25, 2016


I am pleased to announce the endorsement from McHenry County's Pro-Life Victory Committee. This organization stands at the forefront of preservation of the lives of the unborn. I am deply appreciative of their recognition and support.


I find myself in wonderful company. Please visit the link below to view the others who share this endorsement:

PRESS RELEASE: Tax Accountability Group Endorses Joe Tirio for McHenry County Recorder

Joe Tirio - Monday, February 01, 2016


Tax Accountability Group Endorses Joe Tirio for McHenry County Recorder


WOODSTOCK, IL - “I am humbled and appreciative to be supported by such a prestigious organization.”, said Joe Tirio, candidate for McHenry County Recorder. “Thoughtless spending, nepotism and other corruption are at the core of Illinois’ financial failures. It will take bold, creative leadership to bring this County and State to their deserved place of prominence. I look forward to doing my part to make that happen.”


“The 2016 election cycle is a critical time to elect citizens at all levels of government who pledge to stand with taxpayers against uncontrolled spending and crippling tax policies,” said Jim Tobin, president of Tax Accountability and Taxpayers United of America. “Tax Accountability is pleased to endorse Joe Tirio for McHenry County Recorder in the March 15, 2016 Illinois primary. Mr. Tirio has pledged to support economic freedom by working to decrease the overall tax burden of Illinois taxpayers. To that end, Mr. Tirio is focused on consolidating the functions of the County Clerk and Recorder’s offices by the end of his first term, simultaneously reducing government and saving tax dollars. Mr. Tirio has expressed an exceptional desire to fight taxes and support economic growth in Illinois, so I urge voters to support Mr. Tirio’s candidacy and help elect a true tax fighter to the office of McHenry County Recorder.”


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.


About Tax Accountability and Taxpayers United of America

Tax Accountability is the political action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

TUA is the largest taxpayer protection organization in Illinois with over 33,000 members and supporters. TUA was founded in 1976 and since that time we have helped Illinois citizens save over $200 billion in taxes.


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


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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