A year ago, McHenry County Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio was running against former McHenry City Clerk Janice Dalton.
Dalton didn’t have much of a campaign if one leaves out the smear pieces from Jack Franks’ allies calling themselves the Illinois Integrity Fund.
There was a joint piece with County Clerk Mary McClellan, then a candidate for Judge.
Besides the positive piece in which McClellan and Dalton were promoted, however, there was the following robo-call:
Hi. This is Janice Dalton.
I’m your Republican candidate for McHenry County Clerk.
I am the most qualified candidate, having served 16 years as the City of McHenry’s clerk, running an efficient, ethical, and transparent office.
My opponent, Joe Tirio, has been overcharging customers and using a secret taxpayer- financed slush fund to take trips and pad his payroll with patronage workers.
I will put an end to Tirio’s overcharging the taxpayers and stop his shady practice of covert patronage hires.
Please vote Janice Dalton for McHenry County Clerk.
Paid for and approved by me, Janice Dalton.
It does not take a lot of imagination to conclude that the author of the defamatory direct mail against Tirio had a hand in Dalton’s phone call.