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McHenry CountyCandidate for Recorder

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Joe Tirio

Business owner, Monarch Senior Care
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to merge the Recorder's functions and staff back into the Clerk's office and eliminate the role of Recorder.
  • Optimize the office of Recorder
  • Eliminate nepotism and patronage.



Profession:Business owner, Monarch Senior Care
Owner, Monarch Senior Care (2009–current)
Commissioner, McHenry County Senior Services Grant Commission — Appointed position (2014–current)
Client Manager, Aon Hewitt (2010–2013)
Director, HR Center, Abbott Labs (2006–2008)
Resource Manager, Hewitt Associates (2001–2006)
Senior Manager/Technical Director, SBC (1986–2001)

Community Activities

Founder, Voters In Action (2013–current)



I’ve been married to Karen for over 12 years and I’ve been a resident of Woodstock for over a decade. I was born in Chicago, and spent most of my youth in the western suburbs. My Mother, Brother and Sister still live in Downers Grove.

When I was 9, my family moved to Big Sandy Tennessee, population 600. We raised hogs and cattle and had a couple horses, and it was there that I learned to appreciate life in rural America. Its also a big part of why I chose to live in McHenry County.

I still love to see the fields of corn and the cattle, but also appreciate living in a metropolitan suburb. I came back to the Chicagoland area when I was about 14 and have lived in this area ever since. McHenry County may not be the home of my ancestors but it is my home of choice. While I have lived many places, none have felt like home the way this area does.

In terms of politics and policy, broadly, I would call myself a constitutional conservative.

I co-founded and currently lead "Voters In Action". A citizen activism group focused on increasing public awareness of issues, and making it easier for the public to take action. We focus our attentions primarily on issues related to taxes and transparency, and have had some significant wins in these regards. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Northwest Herald

Organizations (3)

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Tax Accountability (Taxpayers United of America)
  • McHenry County's Pro-Life Victory Committee

Individuals (1)

  • Congressman Joe Walsh

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Constitutional conservative with a focus on transparency, accountability and finance

Position Papers

Tirio Background, Plan and Supporting Documents

The document includes my background, why I am running, my plan for consolidating the offices and some comparisons between me and my opponents. I have also included documents that show current (as of Sept 2015) department roster, payroll for 2014 and 2015. There are also records of where my opponents received their campaign funding.

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