One side of a flyer circulating in the western suburbs boasts that Cook County recorder of deeds Eugene "Gene" Moore has brought major improvements to the office, which is responsible for documenting property transactions. Moore, the flyer says, has expanded Internet access to public records, installed an electronic recording system, and succeeded at "providing MOORE service with less employees."
On the other side the flyer invites us all to a lingerie fashion show.
The show, promoted by Click Click Productions and presented by "The Man in Black with Mary Shorter," will take place at Mariella's banquet hall in Maywood on Saturday, December 29, from 8 PM to 2 AM.
Moore, recorder since 1999, has taken a few knocks lately. Just Tuesday the Trib cited his office as an example of wasteful, out-of-touch county government. Many Cook County voters are oblivious to the post altogether. Certainly few are anxiously wondering whether Moore will ward off challenger Ed Smith in the February 5 primary. Some might even say it's time Moore drummed up a little good publicity.
A spokesman for Moore says the recorder's campaign didn't have anything to do with the flyer and isn't involved with the fashion show. "It's not the type of event he would associate himself with," said Askia Abdullah. "I just know that's not something Mr. Moore would support."
The man who answered one of the phone numbers on the flyer had a different story. Moore, he said, had underwritten the costs of getting 5,000 copies of the flyer made in exchange for putting his picture and message on one side of it. "We do this event every month," he said. "If you want to pay for the flyers, we'll put your stuff on it."
He identified himself as Click Click. "I've got another name," he said. "But Click Click is all you're going to get."
Mary Shorter, a fashion designer who's the event's other presenter, had yet another explanation. "Gene Moore is a relative of mine, and I said, 'I'm doing a party,' and I said, 'OK, we'll do a little campaigning for him,'" she said. "Gene Moore has nothing to do with our party. He's a cousin of mine, and we just want to get his name out there."Moore has told Shorter he can't make the event because he'll be out of town, she said. "But I just want to show everyone that he's up for reelection."