Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Q the Eye/08.15.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Congressman Randall Hultgren
Dear Congressman Hultgren (if that's your real name),Ὥρος Hōros

Is the pope catachrestic?

Haha, campaigning for high office is a lot like catfishing with Instagram: Never ask a question you don't know the answer to.

So don't make a bonehead rookie error like the one made at a townhall meeting by Lake County's boreal Congressman, Randy Hultgren:
"Are you better off now than you were two to four years ago?" He asked.

"No," responded most of the crowd.

'Are you better off now?' Hultgren asks audience about tax cuts. 'No,' most say.
If this hadn't occurred in McHenry County your LakeCountyEye might be thinking that Hultgren was in danger of losing his Congressional seat.

Things are different in Lake County.  Here the Republican candidates leave nothing to chance when soliciting a voter's opinion.  For instance, they might ask the voters if they favor higher State property taxes.  In particular, if the voter favors a non-existent State property tax -- one fabricated out of thin air.  And worded for a ballot referendum that has no binding authority:
A divided Lake County Board voted Tuesday to put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if the General Assembly should amend Illinois' Constitution and ban a statewide property tax increase. The usefulness of the referendum was questioned by county board members from both sides of the political aisle.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
Ballot Referendum Question:Do you favor a statewide property tax increase?
Voters:"NOOO!" responded most of the voters.

That's how it's done, son.

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just under investigation by the Special Counsel, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Stealth Tax

vote early and often
Lake County voters will get their opportunity to stick it to the man in November:
A divided Lake County Board voted Tuesday to put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if the General Assembly should amend Illinois' Constitution and ban a statewide property tax increase. The usefulness of the referendum was questioned by county board members from both sides of the political aisle. The General Assembly is not considering such a statewide tax increase, opponents of the proposal said.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
At the risk of being a party pooper, your LakeCountyEye has learned that these voters will be voting down a tax that does not exist.

At the risk of stating the obvious, didn't anyone on the Lake County Board know that in Illinois there is no such thing as a State Property Tax? If they did they are not talking. One County Board member did not respond to your LakeCountyEye's queries, citing that he was in drug rehab. Another could not respond because his Instagram account has been shut down.

One County Board member did tell the News-Sun ...
Michael Danforth, District 17, defended the measure saying, "This allows constituents a voice. Let's give them the opportunity to speak to Springfield. This also speaks to the taxing districts. People are paying enough taxes."
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
Another County Board member was all like Amen to That:
Judy Martini, District 5, said she has no problem with putting the referendum on the ballot. "I want to make it clear the County Board is not voting to support. We’re just putting it on the ballot. We are not taking a position on this. “Let the voters decide," she continued.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
It goes with out saying that you take a big risk when you give the voters an opportunity to speak. Does anyone really know what the voter's decision will be?

Your LakeCountyEye knows. The voters of Lake County are going to vote for higher property taxes by a 20 to 1 margin. Take it to the bank!

Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future since Aug 7, 2018.

Monday, August 13, 2018

L'Etat, C'Est Moi

Outside of a Small Circle of Friends
The last time Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam emerged from his underground bunker, he got demoted to a State Rep.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
From the Big House to the State House
The Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source) ran a story with this headline:
Chicago businessman lauds state Rep. Peter Roskam for listening to constituents
Since all Lake County Gazette stories are generated by Russian twitterbots, inaccuracies such as these are widespread.

The misleading headline has subsequently been corrected:
Chicago businessman lauds state Roskam for listening to constituents but says business climate is worse
Roskam has not commented on his promotion from a State Representative up to a US State.

Constitutional scholars agree that if Illinois ever got divided into 4 separate States, one could be drawn solely for Peter Roskam. That way Roskam would have no excuse any more for not holding any townhall meetings.

A win-win for all parties by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Close the Books

A well informed electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.
Now the GOP wants to gut your public library:
Townships are not the only public bodies in the crosshairs of Republican leaders scrutinizing their tax bills and looking for taxes to slash.
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
One Republican leader in particular is Dan McConchie, a State Senator:
The 26th District leader said he had heard an out-of-town visitor once describe an area library as something like the "Taj Mahal."
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
The science behind an informed electorate is beyond dispute: Ignorance is proportional to your likelihood to vote for rightwing candidates. And all of those rightwing candidates who fear knowledge are going to fear their public libraries.

Dan McConchie's Senate district covers McHenry and Lake Counties. It goes without saying that the McHenry County electorate is functionally illiterate anyways, and that libraries there pose no threat to their Republican candidates.

Lake County, however, is a different story:
McConchie pointed to the "very property-rich southern part" of Lake County, where "every year they take the max they can under the tax caps" and build "massive" facilities. "Sure," McConchie said, "they provide nice services to their folks, but I walk in there, and there's people that are just sitting there on the clock doing absolutely nothing."
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
Note to Ops: There is an election in three months. Get busy!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Red Alert!

Do you know how fast you were going?
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that no Lake County Republican candidate has withdrawn from the ballot today.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Folding Chair

Double Coupon Day
There is no truth to the rumor that Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor has not withdrawn his candidacy for County Board.

Amid widespread reports of financial mismanagement and misuse of public funds, it was inevitable that someone drop the dime on Lawlor:
In the months before Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor entered rehab for an undisclosed drug addiction, his county-issued "procurement card" was used to pay nearly $1,500 in hotel bills and almost $500 in ride-hailing charges through Lyft. Documents obtained by the Daily Herald dating back to 2016 show the Vernon Hills Republican frequently used the county card for personal purchases, which is not allowed under county policy.
Lawlor frequently used county card for personal expenses
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim is on the case:
Nerheim said that shortly after Lawlor's July 30 announcement that he would take a 30-day leave of absence to enter rehabilitation center for drug addiction, the state's attorney's office — along with Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and acting County Board Chairman Carol Calabresa — "became aware of suggestions that Mr. Lawlor may have been in some personal financial difficulty." "They made initial inquiries, and allegations surfaced that Mr. Lawlor may have been using his county credit card for personal purchases," Nerheim said in a statement.
Authorities probe credit card use of Lake County Board chairman currently in treatment for drug addiction
In Lake County, the dog days of summer are when the long knives come out.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Going Going Gone

When the going gets tough the tough get going.
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that former Lake County Board member Nick Sauer has withdrawn his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly:
Nearly a week after he resigned amidst a sex scandal, former state Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington formally withdrew Tuesday as the Republican nominee for the state House 51st District seat.
Sauer withdraws as state House candidate after scandal
Who knew?

Not readers of this blog:
One knowledgeable source says Sauer got stampeded into resigning and may not withdraw from the ballot.
A Sauer Note
Your LakeCountyEye never saw it coming -- and flat out missed this call.

To make up for it, your LakeCountyEye can predict with absolute certainty that there will be no other high-profile ballot withdrawals, at least not during this election cycle. Bet the house.

Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future with accuracy since Aug 7, 2018!

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Sauer Note

Although it probably pains him to hear this, there is no truth to the rumor that the Lake County Sheriff is putting up wanted posters of Nick Sauer.

The Lake County State's Attorney, however, does have Sauer under investigation:
Lake County prosecutors have launched an investigation into accusations that former state Rep. Nick Sauer posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram.
Lake County prosecutors launch probe into accusations former state Rep. Nick Sauer showed nude photos of ex-girlfriend online
While Sauer has resigned from the Illinois General Assembly, his name remains on the November election ballot. One knowledgeable source says Sauer got stampeded into resigning and may not withdraw from the ballot: "I can see a lot of downside for Nick Sauer to withdraw but not a lot of upside. Suppose he stays on the ballot and leaves his fate to the voters. What is the worst that can happen? Sauer loses. But what if he wins? Sauer goes back to Springfield saying the voters exonerated him."

Note to Ops: In the court of public opinion the decision of the judges are final.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How Low Will They Go?

May I put you down for a yardsign?
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that you can fight your property tax.

Who knew?

The how-to details are even posted on the Lake County website:
Taxpayers who believe that their assessments are unjust may appeal their assessed value. Taxpayers in Lake County begin the appeal process with the County Board of Review.
What can taxpayers do if they believe their assessments are unfair?
Note to Ops: The Lake County website is TL;DR. Instead just find a house in your neighborhood that is bigger than yours and assessed below yours. Then complain to your assessor.

What can he do? Your assessor will be forced to lower your assessment. Provided of course one of your neighborhood homes is assessed well under yours.

A win-win then for everyone!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Double Trouble

Your LakeCoumtyEye heard a rumor that Ted Nugent has been invited to the next Lake County Republican Central Committee Meeting. This promises to be a night of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

Haha -- so which GOP elected official from Lake County has been found-out hiding under an ethical cloud today? It is getting hard for your LakeCoumtyEye to keep up.

If the Lake County GOP can be called an old boy network, then some of those old boys have been badboys. Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor and State Representative Nick Sauer may be poster boys for the old saying that power corrupts. By any measure this has been a bad week for these two career politicians.

Despite their career setbacks, Aaron Lawlor and Nick Sauer both landed on their feet, your LakeCoumtyEye has learned. The two have hooked up and are lifecasting their exploits on YouTube:

IL Route 53 Update
Note to Aaron Lawlor and Nick Sauer campaign Ops: The show is kind of slow -- don't quit your day jobs.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gone Sauer

Does anyone know what Nick Sauer has been up to lately? Your LakeCountyEye has seen neither hide nor hair of Sauer -- Lake County's most eligible State Representative -- either in the press or anywhere else.

In lieu of uncovering the latest skinny on Nick Sauer, Operatives are asked to enjoy this classic Monty Python skit:

Nudge Nudge Monty Python
Eric Idle:Do you have any naked pictures of your wife?
Terry Jones:Certainly not!
Eric Idle:Do you want to buy some?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Straight Dope on Aaron Lawlor

a dirty job but someone has to do it
An actual unretouched headline from the News-Sun:
Lake County Board chairman announces he is getting treatment for drug addiction
Aaron Lawlor announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the Lake County Board. He's in drug rehab.

Lawlor, the County Board Chair who just got a nice fat raise, also owes money:
Lawlor was found to owe $4,770 to Capital One Bank USA in a small claims court tort case, according to Lake County Circuit Court records. The judgment ruling finding in favor of the bank was dated July 23 of this year and the status of the case is now listed as closed. He was also named in a residential foreclosure case with MB Financial, that is now closed, from January of this year.
Lake County Board chairman announces he is getting treatment for drug addiction
Who knew?

Well, readers of this blog knew:
Operatives were asked to find Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor in a video of the January 16, 2018 Board meeting. For the record, Lawlor was absent at roll call, and the the meeting was called to order by the Vice-Chair, some 20 minutes late.
You Can't Spell Lawlor Without AWOL
And for anyone who didn't know, they did after they got a load of this:
So true it is, with great power comes great responsibility. And those responsibilities include sorting through discarded pharmaceuticals.
Raise? No Objections!
Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future if not since March 12, then certainly as of May 14!

Monday, July 30, 2018

High and Mighty

Has anyone lately seen Aaron Lawlor?  Not your LakeCountyEye. Lawlor's been harder to find than a needle in a haystack. The press hasn't said boo about Lake County's media savvy County Board Chairman either. He has certainly done a good job of covering his tracks.

Chalk it all up to summer recess. Operatives are asked to enjoy this Aaron Lawlor summer rerun:
In an effort to help address the serious and growing drug addiction problem in our communities, Lake County, SWALCO, and local law enforcement have partnered on a program that allows people to drop off controlled substances at local police departments. These drugs often include opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers. In this episode of Dirty Jobs, Chairman Aaron Lawlor participates in the delivery, sorting and disposal process.

Lake County's Dirty Jobs:
Pharmaceuticals Collection Program
Party Hardy!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Paper Peter

Does anyone know what Peter Roskam has been up to? Your LakeCountyEye hasn't taken a fresh look at Peter Roskam since well before the last election.

Did you know that Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, is a blackbelt master of origami? No one knows how to paper over the issues like Peter Roskam does!

In 2013, Roskam demonstrated for the IRS how to fold a sheet of paper into a Presidential tax return:

GOP Rep. Explodes At IRS Chief, Dramatically Crumples Redacted Report: ‘This Is Junk!
Roskam, the following year, shows Hillary Clinton how a blank piece of paper can be twisted into a national scandal:

A Republican lawmaker dramatically ripped up some paper during Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearing
The good news is Origami Master Roskam is back with some new wrinkles. Here Roskam proves that with just a few pieces of paper in hand, anyone can be made to look re-electable:

Rep. Roskam, challenger Casten face off in heated forum
Coming Up: With only a single sheet of paper Peter Roskam makes a duck out of a townhall meeting.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Flannery Row

The audience at the Sixth District Congressional Debate was promised a whine-fest but got served no sparkling cabernet. No, they were served up a 60 minute sustained hissyfit from Peter Roskam:
Peter Roskam:
So the notion that we are dismissive of a misrepresentation not once not twice but three times is just tweet it oh just just delete it and go away I think that fundamentally would mischaracterize the history of having representatives who are well regarded that reflect this constituency.


Rep. Roskam, challenger Casten face off in heated forum
With Peter Roskam being Lake County's vestigial Congressman, your LakeCountyEye is contractually obligated to watch and evaluate the whole debate:

Just OK

Who won? The answer is obvious!