Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster gives her take on the interaction of Republicans on the McHenry County Board with Democratic Party Board Chairman Jack Franks after his strident criticism of Recorder of Deeds (and, more importantly, GOP County Clerk candidate) Joe Tirio at Thursday’s meeting:
The Disappearing Tape of the Last County Board Meeting
Church Lady says, “Isn’t that special?”
While listening to the audio of the McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole (COW) eeting Thursday (9/13/18)… just as the discussion peaked my greatest interest, bam!
An hour and 45 minutes (+/-) into the audio, it was gone.
Early indications suggested the audio would be up and available for the public that evening, but it wasn’t
Late 9/14/18… Nothing.
Before losing this audio, the discussion took a decidedly political turn.
Hopefully, the audio will be restored in its entirety for all voters in the county to hear! (Schuster wrote the day after the meeting.)
Finance Committee Chair Mike Skala mentioned that new information had become available to the Recorder and that his proposed budget would be updated to reflect that change.
Recorder Joe Tirio stated that it was determined that he could reduce the amount of an “Automation Fund Fee” and that as a result, his projected budget would change.
What was soon to become an issue was an “Automation Fund” balance.
This fund, a collection of filing fees, these current fees were set and approved by the McHenry County Board in 2008.
The fund is intended to be used to update all the necessary equipment, components and salaries of those employees in that division of the office.
Not to let a political opportunity escape her, Member Yensen jumped in with a personal tirade against Recorder Tirio.
At approximately (1:38 in the audio) Democrat Paula Yensen states that “buried in the treasurer’s report…” “…she sees the Recorder’s 2019 Automation Fund surplus at $2.5 mil rather than $2 mil…
Just one of the mailings from the Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund charging Joe Tirio with have a “secret slush fund.,” which, incidentally, was reported by the County Treasurer to the County Board every month.
During her comments, she blurted out reference to “his” “SLUSH FUND.”
Interesting how things just seem to slip out when you least expect it.
Obvious to anyone paying attention to the dirty campaign literature against Recorder Tirio during the 2018 Primary Election, “His (Tirio’s) private “SLUSH FUND” was the major claim by those anonymous (soon, hopefully, to be exposed) hit pieces during this campaign.
It was later learned that while the audio was dead… members in attendance at this meeting, upset with Chair Franks’ harassment of Recorder Tirio, perhaps all but Democrat Yensen, walked out of the meeting.
The walkout occurred following members Chuck Wheeler & Joe Gottemoller’s having called for point-of-order, attempting to rein in the attacks.
In turn, the chair ruled them to be out of order.
Could it be, as with what is happening, from the National level, where liberals have worked so hard to discredit, demean and find a way to impeach our President… they may have stepped on a land mine in their mind-numbing zeal to undermine anyone daring to defend America, just to obtain their goals?
Not to be outdone, it just may be that our local liberals are also getting caught up in their own campaign of dirty tricks and will soon be exposed for who and what they are.
McHenry County, and America, deserves better than this.