Tirio Rebuts Hit Piece, e.g., “I haven’t hired four cronies (I haven’t even hired four regular people!)”

Under the article showing the hit piece a previously unknown Political Action Committee (“Illinois Integrity Fund”) has sent out, McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio, who is currently Recorder of Deeds, left the following comment:

For the record:

– I don’t have a slush fund.

Joe Tirio photoshopped.

– I haven’t hired four cronies (I haven’t even hired four regular people!)

– While I haven’t had a vacation in New Mexico, I did attend a conference there. I did everything I could think of to save costs related to the trip, including taking such a cheap flight that I was in airplanes and in airports for about 13 hours.

– I don’t own a mask, but if I did, I’d have a sweet mask like that Riddler one in the picture. #AdamWestIsTheRealBatman


Tirio Rebuts Hit Piece, e.g., “I haven’t hired four cronies (I haven’t even hired four regular people!)” — 15 Comments

  1. Thanks, Joe, I know switching planes and airport lay-overs s u c k !

    Another example of going above and beyond.

  2. Great comment Joe.

    You should throw it back by using that picture in your mailers.

  3. I didn’t see a rebuttal for the size of those hands in that picture!

  4. ‘LimaBeans’ OMG you’re too funny!

    Judging by the size of those hands I’d say Franks posed for that pic just before having them photoshop Tirio’s face over it! LMAO

  5. I’ve also had horrendous experiences on airports. Please write me in for office on election day. Stay tuned…tic, toc, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  6. Hey Joe,

    Clear to explain why your automation fund isn’t a slush fund?

    It’s the worst kept secret you don’t decrease fees and use the millions as you please.

  7. Joe,

    Is that your anonymous handle?


    Very original.

    Topically relevant to how you consider yourself.

  8. I hope Tirio will file a defamation suit against the distributors of knowingly false accusations impugning his character.

  9. @Spotlight:

    Every County Recorder has an Automation Fund and other County offices have similar special funds as well.

    It is instantiated in the Counties code to defray the costs of creating and maintaining an electronic document storage system.

    Regarding the office’s fees, We have just reviewed bids for a firm to do a fee study.

    The State’s Attorney’s office is writing the contract and we expect to implement the new fees resulting from that study by January 1, 2019 (assuming the County Board agrees with our recommendations).

    At this point, I can only guess what the study will tell us.

    What I can tell you is that we have dramatically reduced the cost of our recording technology over the past year.

    When I was sworn in, the office operated its own server room with UPS, storage network, tape backup, servers, flame arresting equipment, it’s own HVAC, etc.

    Obviously very expensive, and a potential target for cybercriminals.

    As of December, we are out of the server room business.

    We purchased a new storage network installed in the County server farm and now use virtual shares of the County’s server resources.

    We probably could have spent a ridiculous pile of money maintaining the server room, installing new servers and a UPS, etc.

    By not doing that we’ve saved a lot of money and now the servers are being run by our professional County IT team.

    So, its not a slush fund, far from secret, and it’s being used EXACTLY as it should be.

    “Outwhittheold” is not my pseudonym.

    @nob: The conference was put on by the “Property Records Industry Association”.

    I don’t recall the cost.

    Much less than you would likely guess.

    My primary intent was to make contact with some of the other recording software vendors to see if the one selected by my predecessor was the best choice for our county.

    I believe they were.

    This is also one of the few ways we get to learn about statutory/procedural/technological changes in the industry and share information with colleagues.

    @Susan: What the Eck. You never know.

    @the rest of you: Thanks for your support!

  10. Joe Tirio: I don’t have a slushfund!

    Also Joe Tirio: As chairman of McHenry County GOPAC, I just sent out a mailer encouraging people to vote for me and four other candidates.

    Also, also Joe Tirio: I couldn’t be bothered to update my D-1 for my slushfund to state that it supports those four candidates and the ballot issue.

  11. Joe just got my vote! The tribune endorsement said it. He’s a man of his word. Kept his promises and in politics that’s rare.

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