The Real Illinois Integrity Fund

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In 2016, you elected me to the office of Recorder. I ran on a platform to:

 - Eliminate nepotism and patronage in the office
 - Refuse the municipal pension
 - Reduce costs
 - And, ultimately, eliminate my job altogether

I have delivered on all these promises and more!

In 2018, as I ran in the Primary election for Clerk, a group or individual named "Illinois Integrity Fund" published hateful, lie-filled mailers  and other communications against me with the intent to:

 - Harm my reputation
 - Cause chaos in the Republican party
 - Cause the voters to vote for my opponent under false pretenses, in what amounts to stealing votes

In an act, almost as unprecedented as the smear campaign launched against me, I have decided to fight back!

My Lawyer, Phil Prossnitz and I have already begun taking action. We've engaged a Private Investigator and initiated court action to uncover the person(s) responsible for lying to the good people of McHenry County.

What is this GoFundMe campaign about?
Uncovering these people and bringing them to justice will not be easy and there will be expenses associated with this pursuit.

My primary intentions for the funds will be to:
 - Pay legal fees
 - Pay for experts, private investigators and other expenses related to the action.
 - Establish a reward fund to create an incentive for someone to come forward with information that leads to the unmasking of the perpetrator(s)
 - Cover the cost of communication to help restore my good reputation and spread the word about this campaign and the legal battle.

If we do nothing, we're saying it's ok for our elected officials and aspiring elected officials to win elections at any cost; even if that means lying to the same people they profess to want to serve.

With your help, we can raise the bar on political campaigns in our community, and help drive corruption out of our government.

If you can't donate, please consider sharing this on social media.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 - More information about me 

Recent Newspaper articles on the issue:
 - Tirio wants to unmask group that sent mailers 
 - Dark money mailers fund McHenry County attack ads 
 - Printer tied to McHenry County attack ads did business with Jack Franks, Michael Madigan

Paid for by Citizens to elect Joe Tirio, 720 S Eastwood Dr, #153, Woodstock, IL 60098
A copy of our report with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website (
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From the Northwest Herald:

This isn't about free speech, this is about defamation. I was accused of criminal activity, plain and simple. Some will argue that political free speech should not qualify for protection against defamation. They will say that politics is rough and tumble and I guess we shouldn't expect political candidates and committees to speak honestly. Am I the only one who thinks this is completely absurd?

This is another example where we, as a society, have failed to hold politicians accountable. Our reward for that inactivity is political "speech" like this. The injury is not just to me and my reputation. Anyone who was affected by this dreck suffered as well. If it changed their vote, their vote was effectively stolen from them. Is this where you want to live?

Me neither.

That's why I'm fighting this. There is considerable risk involved, but if we don't fight this assault on good people trying to improve government, what will become of our community? Who will run for an office if they risk, not only losing the race, but wrongly losing their reputation as well? How will we ever fix all that is broken if we allow this to go unchecked?

As a candidate for Clerk and your current (and last) Recorder, I am working hard for you. I've passed on the pension (as promised), worked to eliminate the Recorder role (and got it done, as promised), reduced costs (as promised), all while driving the best team in government through some amazing, transformative changes unlike anything this office has seen in the last four decades.

If this is what you like to see in your elected officials and if you think that defamation in political "speech" is not forgivable, I ask that you support the fund that is helping to pay for the legal defense by visiting our GoFundMe page. Even if you only give a dollar, you are sending a message that you expect more from your politicians, not less. Thanks for reading.
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INTERESTING UPDATE: Yesterday (5/23), we had our first day in court. Just a reminder, this first part of our journey is simply to ask some questions of two parties that we believe may have knowledge of “The Illinois Integrity Fund” (IIF).

Now, if they didn’t know anything about the IIF, wouldn’t it be simple enough to have just said that and be done? That’s obviously not what happened. Instead, we were met by a representative from a downtown Chicago law firm that appears to specialize in such cases. There’s no way of knowing for sure how much the lawyers cost, but I think we’re safe to say they likely aren’t cheap.

Some questions come to mind…

Why would someone choose to hire one probably pricey firm to represent both, plausibly unrelated parties in this action?

Why would an imposter organization spend likely over $100,000 to try to harm my reputation in the primary and lie to voters to try to alter the outcome of an election?

If I was such a bad guy, wouldn’t they want to claim responsibility for “taking me down”?

With your help, we may yet get the answers to these questions. If those questions don’t get answered, we can expect that this kind of campaigning will become the norm. The “say or do anything to win” strategy will rule and you will never be able to believe anything a candidate says during a campaign.

It’s up to us. I am willing to be the tip of the spear, but we need your help. If you can donate, that’s great, because before this is done, this will get expensive.

My commitment to you is this; if you contribute to this campaign, and in the end there is a monetary reward, after all the bills and taxes are paid, I will pay you back before I pay myself. This isn’t about the money. This really is about fair elections and truth in campaigning.

Thank you for your support and wish us luck! The next court date is August 23 at 1:30 PM.
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The issue of "Dark Money" isn't just local. Here's a link to a story about a suit in Federal court.

Let's make elections great again!

Editorial: A lawsuit may shed some light on secret campaign donations
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