Sunday, February 19, 2017

The 2017 Doomsday Clock: Why the Time Matters

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Rachel Bronson, Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will discuss how issues of nuclear arms, energy, and climate change impact the stability and future of countries around the globe. She will make her presentation, The 2017 Doomsday Clock: Why the Time Matters. The Doomsday Clock, first introduced by the Bulletin 70 years ago, is an iconic graphic that warns the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.
  • Sunday
    February 26, 2017
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    No Charge for Students

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Referendee and Referendum

yes we can Historians cite a couple of facts about this well-known saying ...
The two things you don't want to watch being made are laws and sausages.
They will tell you that the sausages in question are links. And if anyone had ever said it, he was not Aaron Lawlor. That's because the Lake County Board passed a law (sponsored by Board Chair Lawlor), to change a law currently working its way through Springfield that would change how the Lake County Board Chairman is selected:
Lawlor's proposed amendment could ask voters in 2018 if they want to change how the chairman is chosen, as well as if the board should shrink and redraw boundaries using a nonpartisan system.
Lake County Board supports plan to ask voters if they want to pick chairman
Confused? Rather than try to work it out with a pencil, your LakeCountyEye looked up Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Enigmatology Professor at the College of Lake County.

"Ya, Aaron Lawlor is as mad as an old wet hen." chuckled Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "They want to pass a bill in Springfield that will force Lawlor to campaign if he wants to be the Lake County Chair any more."

Your LakeCountyEye did not follow. Then why does Lawlor want a ballot referendum that will ask the voters if they want to elect their County Chair?

"Are you familiar with the Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi three stages of Local Realpolitik?"
Stage 1: Your idea is crazy.
Stage 2: OK your idea may not be crazy, but it will be more trouble than it's worth.
Stage 3: Great idea! Glad I thought of it.
"When the unthinkable becomes a political reality" continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "the way out is to claim it was your idea all along. Lawlor's referendum is a message to the voters that when they get to vote for their County Board Chair, be sure to vote for the person who made that possible: Aaron Lawlor"

Then why is Lawlor also asking for a second referendum, to reduce the County Board from 21 to 17 members?

"To cut back on budget expenses?" deadpanned Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi.

Your LakeCountyEye was all like: Haha, you're too funny.

"Haha. Haha." snorted Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "I cracked myself up with that one. Board member salaries aren't even a decimal point out of the total County budget. But voters don't know that. They just love to vote for these free-lunch referendums. Look at how many of them voted for the Route 53 Referendum in 2009."

But what is the payoff behind reducing the Board to 17 members?

"If you reduce the size of the Board" sighed Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "you increase your chances to get re-elected."

How so?

"What every incumbent fears" confided Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "is someone unknown to you, walking your district, knocking on every door, talking to your voters, stealing your election. But if you make your district big enough, then you make it impossible for that opponent to talk to all your voters. And you never have to worry about ever campaigning again."

Your LakeCountyEye was chagrinned. Then why not reduce the County Board to 15 or maybe even 11 districts?"

"Don't tell anyone" whispered Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "but there is a plan in the works to reduce the County Board to one district."

Too much crazy. Did Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"Tell your operatives that if they like the idea of President-for-Life Donald Trump, then they will love County-Board-Chairman-for-Life Aaron Lawlor!"

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Plugged Nick

Donald Trump may have been on more covers of Time than everyone else in the world -- combined. But Nick Sauer has been on more covers of the Barrington Country Magazine:

Mr. Sauer
Goes to Springfield
Haha. (Lake County incipient State Representative) Nick Sauer's cover photo caught the eye of the CapitolFaxBlog last week, who quickly responded with (what else?) a ...
Caption contest!
The CapitolFaxBlog attracts some of the highest rankin' prankers in the Land'o'Lancoln. And, long story short, your LakeCountyEye found ten captions that were at the very least good-enough:
The 10 Funniest Nick Sauer Caption Contest! Comments
  1. Dyno Sauer!

  2. Hint: Springfield is located in a prominent Midwestern state.

  3. Q: Is that Aaron Schock?

  4. A: Mr Schock will be available for a cover-shoot in February of 2037.

  5. Tuxedo Courtesy the Men's Wearhouse
    We Have the Right Look for You

  6. Not Shown: Big Boy™ pants (black)

  7. Nick has the intestinal fortitude not to vote for Speaker Madigan.

  8. Fantastic website, great post, I will link to this at Fast Internet Dating Online

  9. Can't Spell Metrosexual Without ME

  10. Q: Is that Aaron Lawlor?
Look for your LakeCountyEye saying cheese near you.

Friday, February 10, 2017

All Over Hell and Half of Georgia

The joke around Washington DC is that Peter Roskam would even decline to attend his own funeral.

Haha. Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, has now declined an offer to attend a gathering of voters hosted by the LWV:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, has declined an invitation by seven League of Women Voters groups to be part of a constituents meeting Feb. 23.
U.S. Rep. Roskam declines invitation to be part of Feb. 23 constituents meeting; congressman agrees to meet with League of Women Voters, media not permitted
Constituents who want to see Roskam are advised instead to pack a suitcase. That is because the far-flung Congressman plans to be in Georgia. And not the Georgia of the Georgia Bulldogs:
Nope, Peter Roskam will be in the Georgia of Eduard Shevardnadze:
Your LakeCountyEye can report exclusively that Peter Roskam is meeting Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze this week, in Washington. And will be travelling to Georgia later this month.

According to Civil Georgia, a Georgian (English-language) news site:
Congressman Peter Roskam (Rep.), who announced his Georgia visit at the end of February, stated that the sides talked on the "strong relationship" between Georgia and the United States. "We look at this as a very important relationship, we have a great deal of admiration for Georgia, the Georgian people and the struggles that they are up against and how they are living out a free and democratic way, which is a great example for the rest of the world," Roskam said.
Foreign Minister Announces U.S. Visit
It is not known if Tbilisi hosts a chapter of the League of Women Voters. Or if they will invite Roskam to a meeting of his constituents.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sneaky Pete

Q:Where is the least dangerous place in the world to be?
A:Between Peter Roskam and a smartphone camera.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
Behind Closed Doors
Vestigial Lake County Congressman, Peter Roskam, spoke at a closed-door constituent meeting in Palatine this weekend. And while some 400 constituents were denied entry, the inevitable protest broke out outside:
And just as inevitably, when the meeting was over Peter Roskam snuck out the back alley.

Your LakeCountyEye has the exclusive video:

Peter Roskam Runs From Constituents
Note to Ops: If you are tasked with driving the Peter Roskam getaway vehicle, do not play Back Door Man on the sound system:
When everybody's tryin' to sleep,
I'm somewhere making my midnight creep.
Yes in the morning, when the rooster crow,
Something tell me, I got to go.

Back Door Man

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Behind Closed Doors

Far flung Congressman Peter Roskam should be advised not to travel to McHenry County. He could get arrested there by the McHenryCountyBlog.

Roskam (the vestigial Lake County Congressman) was spotted this weekend at a closed-door public meeting in Palatine. Voters not permitted to be in the same room with Roskam assembled outside to protest:
More than 300 people describing themselves as concerned citizens of the 6th District of Illinois demonstrated outside the Palatine Township Republican Organization office early Saturday morning while U.S. Rep. Peter J. Roskam spoke at a meeting inside. The meeting, originally advertised as "free and open to the public," was changed to a "members only" gathering on Feb. 1.
Protesters gather outside GOP meeting attended by Roskam
Over in McHenry County, it is a criminal offense to attend a private meeting. At least according to the McHenryCountyBlog:
Dems Plot in Private in Lincoln Room
Dems Announce Secret Meeting Choices for Office
Dorr Township GOP Leader Tees Off on Democrats' Secrecy
Note to McHenry County Ops: If Peter Roskam does not show up at that meeting he scheduled with you, check your Sheriff's Department, first. He may be in the hoosegow.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Run Run Run Run Runway

As I walk along, I wonder, uh, what went wrong. If Peter Roskam is the groundhog, then we should expect six more weeks of winter. That's because team-Roskam emerged from their district office this week, saw a member of the press, and ran back inside.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
Roskam's office abruptly killed a constituent meeting on Tuesday, rather than face a reporter who was present:
"They brought a reporter with them and so that was not part of the understanding," Roskam said Thursday.
Rep. Roskam's office cancels ACA meeting when reporter shows up
The constituents were denied entry into Roskam's district office at the DuPage County Airport in West Chicago. When asked why the vestigial Lake County Congressman maintained a district office in a hard-to-access location like a County Airport, a spokesman for Peter Roskam said: "You never know when you need to make a fast get-away."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


quackery Note to Ops: While the #1 Rule in a courtroom is ...
Never ask a question which you do not know the answer.
The #1 Rule in politics is ...
Never let a voter ask a question which you do not know the answer.
Vestigial Lake County Congressman, Peter Roskam learned this rule the hard way. Roskam's office snubbed a group of constituents yesterday, rather than attend a meeting that was scheduled to discuss Obamacare:
A group of 16 constituents that arranged to meet with staff members at the West Chicago district office of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) Wednesday about their concerns with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act were abruptly told they would have to reschedule after staff realized a member of the press was present.
Rep. Roskam's office cancels ACA meeting when reporter shows up
The constituents included a cancer survivor and other at-risk patients. They arranged the meeting at Cong. Roskam's office to evaluate the impact a repeal of Obamacare would have on ordinary people's lives.
"I am flabbergasted that Peter Roskam and his staff would turn us away," the constituent said. "They didn't have the courtesy to listen to us. We are a peaceful group."
Rep. Roskam's office cancels ACA meeting when reporter shows up
An official spokesman issued a statement to explain why Peter Roskam did not meet with his constituents to discuss Obamacare: "Congressman Roskam called in sick today."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump Canards

duck à l'orange
Q:What special code name has the Secret Service reserved for President Trump?
HINT: Think of your favorite cartoon character.
A:Donald! Duck!

Haha, like a Baby Huey incarnate, Donald J Trump smashed his way through his first week in the Oval Office, breaking all records. Among the collateral damage from President Trump's rampage was Lake County Vestigial Congressman, Peter Roskam:
Environmental advocates protested at U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office Monday, speaking out about fears that the Trump administration will reverse progress made to protect the globe from climate change. About 200 people crowded into a conference room down the hall from Roskam's office at DuPage Airport in West Chicago holding placards that read "Follow the science" and "Climate Action Now." The protest was timed to occur during Trump's first 100 hours as president.
Environmental activists protest in suburbs to send message to Trump
A Sierra Club member told the Chicago Tribune that ...
"Roskam is not exactly a climate change proponent. He has a bad record when it comes to this environmental issue."
Environmental activists protest in suburbs to send message to Trump
The Congressman's office issued a swift statement: "Peter Roskam has taken meaningful action already to combat global warming. He introduced legislation that would stop production of 80 commercial jets at Boeing. That adds up to 80 fewer fossil fuel burning airliners in the skies today!"

Still unanswered is why Cong. Roskam maintains his constituent office in a County Airport. Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Take a Run for Your Money

rainbow coalition Note to those Ops vowing to make good on a promise to renounce their citizenship and move north of the border. It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that Wisconsin is not a foreign country. Who knew?

For those who will ride out the next four years in the USA, there is, however, hope. The Penultimate President of the United States, Barack Obama, has a parting message for you:
If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.
Sweet: Obama's goodbye — 'Yes we can. Yes we did.'
Will everyone who heard President Obama's call to action, please step forward? Because David McSweeney has a message for you as well:
Not so fast, there, Kaputnik!
Haha, McSweeney, Lake County's puffed-up State Representative, wants to make it harder for you to run for office -- not easier:
State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, introduced another House bill this week that would prohibit new legislators elected or appointed after Nov. 6, 2018, from participating in the retirement system.
Lawmaker, officeholder pensions may fade away
Independent authorities agree. Combine Governor Bruce Rauner's attempt to stop payment of legislator salaries with McSweeney's bill to eliminate legislative pensions, then the only people left who could run for State office would be millionaires and billionaires. Like Bruce Rauner and David McSweeney.

A spokesman for former President Obama acknowledged the problem: "Absolutely. And we encourage everyone to grab a clipboard, get some signatures, run for office, and win the lottery!"

Note to Ops: You can't win if you don't play.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Go Fly a Kite

Perhaps laboring under a misapprehension that Hillary Clinton is the new President, Congressman Peter Roskam wants to send Chicago jobs overseas. Roskam hopes to kill a deal between Boeing and the government of Iran. According to Crain's ...
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam has resumed his efforts to shoot down Boeing's deal to sell billions of dollars of passenger aircraft to Iran.
Roskam revives effort to block Boeing's Iran deal
And according to CNN ...
Iran Air took delivery last week of the first of 100 jets it has ordered from Airbus (EADSF). The first of 80 aircraft from Boeing (BA) are scheduled to arrive in 2018. The badly needed jets will reconstitute Iran's decrepit commercial aircraft fleet, which has been languishing under decades of Western sanctions. Peter Roskam, a Republican member of the House, introduced a bill on Friday to initiate an investigation by the Trump administration's Director of National Intelligence into Iran Air and the nation's other airlines. If Iran Air or any other airline were to be found to support the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps or foreign terrorist organizations, the airline would be added to the U.S. sanctions list and be prevented from receiving new aircraft or U.S.-made parts. That would effectively freeze the sale of jets from Boeing to Iran.
Congressman renews push that could kill Iran jet deals
Roskam, Lake County's vestigial congressman, is no stranger to travel abroad. Here's a photo from a recent Roskam visit to Europe and the Middle-East ...

Roskam Leads Chicago Delegation to Poland, Israel
Note to Peter Roskam Congressional-Travel Ops: If you kill the Boeing deal, your boss can always fly on a French-built Airbus.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Human Trafficking Here and Elsewhere

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as "modern day slavery (that) involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex." It is considered to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, behind drugs and arms trafficking, and is estimated to be a $32 billion industry. A panel of experts will discuss the scope of the problem and ways to address the issues and work towards solutions.
  • Sunday
    Jaunary 22, 2017
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    No Charge for Students

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shouldn't Happen to a Dog

2nd amendment remedy On the Internet, no one knows you're dodging the voters. Haha, according to the Daily Herald ...
The Mundelein village board on Monday voted to formally ask state lawmakers to amend the Illinois Animal Welfare Act and prohibit the inhumane treatment of dogs in commercial breeding facilities. The move comes less than two months after the board approved new rules for pet stores -- rules that weren't as strict as those sought by animal welfare activists and some trustees. Instead of forbidding the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders, the board in November decided Mundelein pet stores must obtain special village licenses and publicly display breeding information about the dogs and cats they sell.
Mundelein asks state to prohibit cruelty to dogs by commercial breeders
As readers of this blog are doggedly aware ...
A Shaggy Dog Story
... the Village of Mundelein had failed, last year, to pass an ordinance banning the sale of puppy-mill dogs.

The Mundelein Village board however was able to pass, this week, the buck back to Springfield. One source told your LakeCountyEye: "Let the State outlaw those dogs. Mundelein needs all the sales tax revenue it can get."

It is unknown if the the Mundelein village board also voted to formally ask state lawmakers to raise the Illinois DUI ceiling "up a couple notches".

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Just the Facts, Mr Roskam

Note to Ops: It doesn't matter how much fake news you put into circulation, you can never keep up. Haha, a good fake news story is a mix of assorted facts blended with some handpicked fiction.

For instance, everyone knows that Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam had a run-in with the House Office of Congressional Ethics. So it is not enough to report simply that ...
The office, which was formed in 2008, had initiated a probe in recent years into whether Roskam had improperly accepted a trip to Taiwan for his wife, Elizabeth, as a gift in 2011.
Lester: Roskam won't say where he stood on ethics vote
You also need to ice the story with ...
The case was later dropped, and Roskam has denied any improper behavior.
Lester: Roskam won't say where he stood on ethics vote
Roskam may have denied any wrongdoing, but the case had not been dropped by Office of Congressional Ethics. In fact, the OCE found there was substantial reason to believe that Roskam violated Federal law, and referred the case to the House Ethics Committee:
95. The government of Taiwan could not have paid for Representative Roskam's travel expenses under MECEA because Representative Roskam's spouse traveled with him on the trip to Taiwan. The Chinese Culture University could not have paid for Representative Roskam's travel expenses as a private sponsor of the trip because the University did not organize or conduct Representative Roskam's trip to Taiwan.

96. The Board therefore finds that there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Roskam accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation of federal law and House rules.


97. The OCE Board recommends that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation, as there is substantial reason to believe that Representative Roskam accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation of federal law and House rules.
Report on Rep. Peter Roskam

Report on Rep. Peter Roskam
Of course it is much easier just to say that Roskam's case was later dropped, than to explain that the case was sent to the House Ethics Committee for further review.

Which is why just about everyone is doing it these days. Fake news is much easier to produce than the real thing!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ethical Questions

playing to the papersPeter Roskam, is in an ethical bind. The Daily Herald found out that Roskam is one of the Republican Congressmen who want to jettison the House Office of Congressional Ethics.

Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, had at least one run-in with the watchdog agency:
The office, which was formed in 2008, had initiated a probe in recent years into whether Roskam had improperly accepted a trip to Taiwan for his wife, Elizabeth, as a gift in 2011.
Lester: Roskam won't say where he stood on ethics vote
No surprise but, Peter Roskam is now playing them close to the vest:
Alex Warshawsky of Palatine says he was "insistent" in seeking an answer from U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office on where the congressman stood on declawing the House Office of Congressional Ethics, but aides would not tell him how Roskam voted. "Some pretended they didn't know what I was talking about. Others flat out didn't answer my questions," said Warshawsky, a constituent of Roskam's 6th Congressional District. I had a similar experience trying to get an answer in several conversations with Roskam staffers after Politico reported Roskam spoke to the Republican caucus in favoring of weakening the office.
Lester: Roskam won't say where he stood on ethics vote
One staffer advised your LakeCountyEye: "Don't waste your time trying to contact Mr Roskam. He's in ... uh ... Taiwan."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Nothing to see here.