Princeton Man Announces Candidacy For Bureau County Treasurer

Last Updated on December 5th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

Joseph R. Birkey of Princeton has announced he will be a candidate on the Republican ballot for the office of Bureau County treasurer in the March 20, 2018, primary election.

Raised in Walnut, Birkey, a certified public accountant, has lived in Princeton since 1989.

Birkey graduated from Walnut High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University in 1984.

Since 1985, Birkey has worked in Princeton as a certified public accountant, preparing tax returns and providing accounting services and audits of local governments.

He owns Birkey & Noble, P.C., a professional accounting firm in Princeton.

Birkey is married to Lou Ann (Hopper) Birkey, and they have two children, Andrew, 22, and Jessica, 21.

He is president and Finance Committee member of the Princeton Public Schools Foundation, president of Berlin Mutual Insurance Co., and was a Princeton Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for six years.

He is a member of the Princeton Elks Lodge, the Princeton Moose Lodge and the Walnut Masonic Lodge. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton.

Birkey said he welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents and taxpayers of Bureau County as their treasurer and will work to improve accuracy, efficiency, customer service, and government transparency in the office.

He said he will work with the Bureau County Board to provide the statutorily required financial information on a timely basis and implement an investment policy of the county’s funds to obtain the highest allowable rate of return.

The “Committee to Elect Joseph Birkey” will have Nina Urbanowski as its chairperson.

“As former Bureau County treasurer, I am proud to endorse Joseph Birkey in his run for Bureau County
treasurer,” Urbanowski said.

“With Joe’s professional background and experience, he will bring the Bureau County Treasurer’s Office to a responsible level that is needed and that the Bureau County taxpayers deserve,” she said.

Voters who would like to contact Mr. Birkey with questions regarding his campaign may send an email to