Joe Tirio Sworn Into Office for Third Time

Six years ago, Woodstock’s Joe Tirio ran for Recorder of Deeds in a contested Republican Primary after long-time incumbent Phyllis Walters retired.

R\n 2016, Republican voters cast the ballots you can see above for Recorder of Deeds.
One of Joe Tirio’s web sites.

His successful campaign issue was a promise to abolish the Recorder as an elective position.

Tirio defeated

  • County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill and
  • Nunda Township Clerk Joni Smith, who was an employee of the Recorder’s Office who had been endorsed by Walters.

The Primary Election results were

  • Tirio – 38% of the vote,
  • Smith 34% and
  • Hill 27%.
“I won’t hire my wife” was a humorous second message.

In his campaign for Recorder, Tirio added humor by tweaking County Clerk Mary McClellan for hiring her husband by promising not to hire his wife Karen.

Not coincidentally, if abolished, the Recorder’s duties would be folded into the County Clerk’s office.

A referendum was held the next year asking voters whether they wanted to abolish the elected official of Recorder of Deeds.

As with every other referendum, but that of the Coroner, asking voters if they want fewer elected officials (think Pat Quinn’s Cut-Back Amendment that eliminated one-third of the membership of the Illinois House of Representatives and the advisory referendum to cut the number of County Board membersd from 24 to 18), the one to eliminate the Recorder passed.

With Tirio positioned to run against McClellan for County Clerk in 2018, McClellan, an attorney, decided to run for the much higher paying position of Circuit Court Judge, instead of re-election.

Tirio was challenged for the Republican nomination by Janice Dalton, Clerk for the City of McHenry.

Joint mailing for Mary McClellan and Janice Dalton.

Dalton was endorsed by McClellan.

Tirio beat her 13,360 to10390 (56.25% to 43.75%),

One of the Republican Primeay Election smear pieces from the Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund intended to soften Joe Tirio up for the fall campaign against Democratic Party County Clerk candidate Andrew Giorgi.

This result, despite a vicious smear campaign ostensively from a Political Action Committee called The Illinois Intengrity (sic) Fund, but was traced to Tirio critic Jack Franks, who was serving as McHenry County Board Chairman.

McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio’s County Fair fan.

Even though Tirio was hot running against McClellan for Clerk, he continued his memorable campaign message that he would not hire his wife.

Tirio beat his Democratic Party opponent Andrew Giorgi.

The vote was 54.6% to 45.4%.

The 2018 vote totals were 62,126 for Tirio to 51,742 for Giorgi.

Tirio declined to take salaries for the two offices which he now held.

Tirio sued numerous folks he thought connected to the smear pieces and eventually won.

The seemingly interminal hearings continued before Kane County Judge Kevin Busch, who most of the time overtly favored Franks in his rulings, until February 2021, but not until a trip to the Appeallate Court.

In 2021, after he had been defeated for re-election by Republlican Mike Buehler, Franks finally fessed up to his role in the smear postcards.

His statement reads:

Jack Franks

“I publically acknowledge my role in he publlication of Flyers in connection with the 2018 Republican primary election through my connection with the Illinois Integrity Fund.

“I acknowledge that any implication or assertion in the Flyers that Mr. Tirio

  • had a ‘secret taxpayer funded slush fund’,
  • committed theft,
  • used public funds for a personal ‘vacation’,
  • hired cronies or
  • was ‘crooked’ was false.

“I regret any reputational or professional harm the Flyers may have caused to Mr. Tirio.”

The letter was fowarded from McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio in an email entitled,

“The matter has been resolved and the parties have released their respective claims against each other.”

Financial arrangements were kept secret.

In 2022, Tirio ran unopposed in the Republican Primary.

In the General Election, he was challenged by McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady.

Mary Mahady outside of a Town Hall Meeting of three GOP State Senators at Crystal Lake’s City Hall.

Mahady actively used her pro-abortion connections, but to not enough avail in her campaign.

Tirio made no mailings of which I am aware and neither did Mahady (perhaps to Democrats, but not to this Republican).

I’m not a Facebook person, so maybe that’s where both campaigned.

Tirio did utilize the new electronic billboards and used signs re-cycled from his 2018 campaign.

The results were Tirio 53.8%, Mahady 46.2%, 61,927 to 53,220.

Republican Joe Tirio won the red precincts, Democrat Mary Mahady the blue ones.

This past week, Tirio was sworn in the for the second time as McHenry County Clerk bvy Judge David Gervais.


Joe Tirio Sworn Into Office for Third Time — 6 Comments

  1. Which political buffet will Joe be attending first as he isn’t one to miss a free meal.

  2. The arrogant Franks goes from your ‘I’m in charge’ Board Chairman, to an oopsie apologetic ‘I’m a widdle wetawded’.

    But hey, you elected him………..several times.

  3. TinaHill was a fat pig and one of Mark Justen’s little pot bellied sychophants.

    Tirio lived up to his word in cutting the superfluous Recorder and he didn’t take pension or salary from the job.


    He also took out the fat pig Hill who went around town in obscene spandex leotards. Yeah with an appalling camel toe.

    Tirio also electorally dispensed the disgusting crook Mary McClellan, aka Queen of McHenry Co.


    (Iron Mike Lesperance of Nunda Township was the King of McHenry Co. Nepotism, until he was displaced by James Condon of McHenry Township. Of course, the Emperor of McHenry Co. Nepotism was Bob Miller).

    And he just incinerated Mary MaHady, the shady LGBTQ pusher.

    Good work Joe.

    Now do something far more important: STOP THE STEAL.

  4. Tirio is usually one to fund a dinner so that others can eat for free.

  5. Frankly, I was bit put off by Tirio.

    Even a little mad.


    He campaigned on a promise he wouldn’t hire his wife.

    But, she’s very good, and I wished he HAD hired her!

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