Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wither Winderweedle

See you in the funny pages.
Appearances to the contrary, Kash Jackson is not the name of a character in the new Stormy Daniels movie. No, Kash Jackson is is the name of Lake County favorite-son and candidate for Governor:
Kash Jackson of Antioch is running as the Libertarian candidate for governor in Illinois.
Father's rights fuel Antioch Libertarian's bid for governor
With a name like that, the walk-card almost writes itself!

How does one go about acquiring a sexy ballot-name like Kash Jackson? Not by accident, apparently, either of birth or any other way.  Kash Jackson ...
legally changed his name from Benjamin Winderweedle to Grayson Kash Jackson in 2017.
Father's rights fuel Antioch Libertarian's bid for governor
Note to Ops: While it is easy to legally change your name ...
The Porn Star Name Generator
You may want to think twice before signing the paperwork. A ballot-name like Winderweedle only comes along once in a generation. Could you resist casting your vote for the guy named Winderweedle? Your LakeCountyEye could not.

One political scientist however did tell your LakeCountyEye: "This might work out well for Kash Jackson. He doesn't need to recruit a suitable Lt Governor candidate to be his running-mate. He can run on the Jackson-Winderweedle ticket. Who would suspect anything?"

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Young Guns

Little Neddy, Grab Your Gun
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that the three teens taken into custody after firing a stolen gun in public were not the same three teens taken by Congressman Peter Roskam to a closed-door meeting on gun violence.

The one group of three pro-gun teens were stopped early this week by Woodstock police:
Three teens were taken into custody Sunday after one of them fired a stolen gun in Woodstock, authorities said.
Teens arrested in Woodstock after shots fired Sunday
While the the other group of three pro-gun teens were with Peter Roskam, two weeks ago, for a discussion with high school students about school shootings:
In addition to the six students from Glenbard North, South and West high schools, five of whom originally requested the meeting after the town hall, Roskam added three pro-gun rights students from Wheaton Academy to the closed meeting — something the town hall students said they did not expect.
In closed-door meeting, Roskam brings pro-gun rights teens to talk gun violence prevention with students
A careful inspection of publicly available reports does show that the first trio of pro-gun teens and the second trio of pro-gun teens are different trios of pro-gun teens.

Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

I was five and he was six we rode on horses made of sticks.
If you keep a loaded handgun in your car ... and if two boys break in and steal that handgun ... and sell the gun to another teen ... who fires the gun in a public square. Then you may be a redneck.

Haha, point in fact, you may be from McHenry County (where some 5,000 concealed carry permits have been issued).

According to the Daily Herald:
Three teens were taken into custody Sunday after one of them fired a stolen gun in Woodstock, authorities said. Two of the teens, ages 14 and 13, had broken into several vehicles over the weekend and found a handgun in one of the cars, which they sold to a 17-year-old for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.
Teens arrested in Woodstock after shots fired Sunday
One spokesman had a cautionary warning: "Anyone planning to randomly discharge a weapon in public, should at least take a class at a McHenry County target range. You're going to shoot yourself in the foot anyway, and will appreciate a trained professional nearby."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raise? No Objections!

What does $90,000 get you these days? Not a County Board Chairman. At least not in Lake County.

The Lake County board raised the salary of their Chairman from $90,000 to $100,000 last week:
Chairman Aaron Lawlor's county board seat is up for election in November. His base annual salary is $90,931 and rises to $100,931 with an auto allowance and liquor commissioner stipend.
Lake County Board members' pay frozen, but chairman gets a boost
Is one county board chairman worth $100,000? This Lake County Board Commissioner thinks so:
"It's a full-time, demanding position with a great deal of responsibility," board member Chuck Bartels said.
Lake County Board members' pay frozen, but chairman gets a boost
So true it is, with great power comes great responsibility. And those responsibilities include sorting through discarded pharmaceuticals:

Lake County's Dirty Jobs:
Pharmaceuticals Collection Program
Note to Ops: Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hired Guns?

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just keeping calm?
Rule #1 in politics: Never bring a knife to a gun fight. And if Peter Roskam is any indication, never bring a knife to a high school debate, either.

Haha, this week Peter Roskam met with high school students to discuss gun violence. But Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) failed to tell anyone that he would be bringing along some pro-gun students:
One month after declining to participate in a 6th Congressional district town hall on gun violence prevention organized by area high school students, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam met with a group of teens to discuss the topic in a closed-door session Saturday in Wheaton. In addition to the six students from Glenbard North, South and West high schools, five of whom originally requested the meeting after the town hall, Roskam added three pro-gun rights students from Wheaton Academy to the closed meeting — something the town hall students said they did not expect.
In closed-door meeting, Roskam brings pro-gun rights teens to talk gun violence prevention with students
Note to Ops: To date, Peter Roskam is the only Illinois politician known to take his gunsels to work with him.

Friday, May 11, 2018

There's No Business Like Tow Business

How many times has this happened to you? You want to make a generous campaign contribution to a law enforcement official, but you can't. All because that law enforcement official prefers to do business with your towing company.  And not with other towing companies.

If this is you, the Daily Herald is getting wise: In Island Lake, the Police Chief,
village board members only recently learned, has been dipping into the patronage playbook to quietly reward a former campaign contributor with an exclusive towing contract without giving the village board an opportunity to vote on it.
Editorial: Bad government again on display in Island Lake
The good news is that you can still make that fat campaign contribution to that law enforcement official, without any sourpuss watchdogs making a big stink:


Friends of Mark Curran • A-1 • 4/30/2018


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017

Note to Ops: Given all of these big donations from tow companies, one might conclude that Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is a terrible driver.

But that would be wrong.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Stop the Bus!

The future's comin', and there's no place to hide!
Question of the day: When the Tax Cut Bus rolls through a toll plaza, is it required by law to stop? One thing is certain, a national bus tour funded by the Job Creators Network will not be stopping anywhere near Peter Roskam's hometown:
Democrats that insist the Trump Administration's recent tax reforms are helping only the rich and powerful are ratcheting up pressure on Republican members of Congress that supported the measure. They effectively shut down the "Tax Cuts Work!" bus tour scheduled stop in DuPage County Sunday where Congressman Peter Roskam was scheduled to speak.
"TAX CUTS WORK!" HOLDS RALLY IN WAUCONDA, AFTER CANCELING IN WEST CHICAGO
Opposition groups had planned to protest the Tax Cut Bus when it stopped in Peter Roskam's Congressional District. Sensing danger, Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, quickly turned tail and ran.  His office issued a statement:
The Job Creator's Network made a decision to cancel Sunday's event due to security concerns and Congressman Roskam respects that decision.
"TAX CUTS WORK!" HOLDS RALLY IN WAUCONDA, AFTER CANCELING IN WEST CHICAGO
Note to Ops: To date, Peter Roskam is the only Illinois politician known to have thrown the campaign bus under the campaign bus.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tick Tick Tick

Don't let this happen to you!
The Lake County exploding oil train failed to explode. Again.

According to the Pioneer Press ...
A freight train derailment Wednesday afternoon near Mundelein forced delays on Metra's North Central line. The track where the derailment occurred is near Allanson Road and is owned by Canadian National, which rents track time to Metra and coordinates shared use.
Freight train derailment causes delays on Metra's North Central line near Mundelein
Records indicate that the Lake County exploding oil train failed to explode as recently as July 1st of last year:
Boom or Bust
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further detonations warrant.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Citizenship as Foundation of Rights


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Richard Sobel will discuss his book Citizenship as Foundation of Rights: Meaning for America. He will explore the relationships between citizens and governments.
  • Sunday
    May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Unlisted Numbers?

Did you hear the one about the McHenry County GOP committeeman who posted on his blog his bank account and routing numbers?  He wanted to generate some interest in his checking account.

Haha, true story.

No, really.  True story this time.

It is a marvel of the Internet: anyone can go online and buy just about anything with nothing more than their bank account numbers.  An ACH payment is made, electronically, transferring money from buyer to seller.

Note to Ops: guard your bank account numbers like your credit card numbers. Or you could end up like the McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Assoc -- and one day discover your bank account numbers posted on the McHenryCountyBlog.

Your LakeCountyEye has learned there is a cancelled check image from the McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Assoc on the McHenryCountyBlog. And the bank account numbers are plainly visible:
It is not for nothing that the McHenryCountyBlog is known for being the sunshine blog!

With numbers like those, any unscrupulous McHenryCountyBlog reader could go online and buy additional guns. Or his prescription opioids. Or Stormy Daniels videos. Or whatnot.

See for yourself. Your LakeCountyEye blurred the numbers on the check image above, but the actual unretouched picture can be seen here:
Xmas Gifts Listed on Algonquin Township Credit Card
This bears repeating: Anyone can fraudulently obtain goods and services on the Internet.

But that would be wrong.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Steal This Gun!

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
NRA members of Lake County have an old saying:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a stolen gun is a good guy with a stolen gun.
Haha, according to the News-Sun ...
A Mundelein man who made arrangements to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle from a Round Lake Park man in April, and then stole the weapon, was arrested Sunday night, authorities said. The weapon was recovered and the suspect faces multiple charges, according to reports.
Mundelein man arrested, charged with stealing AR-15
It is unknown if the stolen AR-15 was originally obtained at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shoot from the Hip

Only a good foot with a gun can stop a bad foot with a gun.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, McHenry County boasts the most self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the foot, per capita:
My Foot!
Your LakeCountyEye has learned however that Lake County might take a stab at that record this year:
A Barrington-area man accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday while handling a handgun his wife recently purchased, police said.
Lake County man accidentally shoots self in leg, police say
It is unknown if the firearm was purchased at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ghost Townships

Does everyone think that Townships should be eliminated?

According to the Lake County Gazette ...
Littleton, Lynnville and Quarry employ the most government workers per capita among townships in Lake County, according to 2017 Illinois State Comptroller financial reports.
Public employee tally: Top townships in Lake County

Lake County townships with the most public employees
Sharpeyed Operatives will note that anyone hoping to visit Littleton, Lynnville or Quarry Township, shouldn't bother asking for directions. That's because they don't exist. You can't get there from Lake County.

Does the Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source) favor the elimination of Townships in Illinois?  Just the opposite, it would seem!

Your LakeCountyEye declined to contact the Lake County Gazette for comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Reverend Michael Kirby, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, will give a presentation on Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life: A Progressive Approach.
  • Sunday
    April 29, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Long Arms of the Law

Are you good at word problems? This week's pop quiz will test your math skills:

Story:
You are invited to the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle. At a minimum, 24 guns are raffled off:
Twenty-four firearms were raffled off at the $75-per-person fundraising dinner, including at least two safes filled with guns.
Lake County GOP gun raffle draws about 100 protesters
It costs $1000 to sponsor a table at the gun raffle:



Lake County Republican Central Committee A-1 List
Question:
How many new firearms does your $1000 contribution put into general circulation?
Answer:
"We are living in very dangerous times, there's no question about it," Curran said Tuesday during a presentation hosted by the Womens Network Group of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce. "There will be another school shooting and it won't be far down the road. It's inevitable," he added.
Keeping safe in troubled times requires a plan, Lake County authorities say
Note to Ops: You can't sell them a cure if they don't have the disease.