Monday, December 11, 2017

Despicable Pete

Legitimate businessman and U.S. President Donald J Trump wants payback. Trump aims to raise the taxes on those big urban states that did not vote for him -- like Illinois, New York, California.

One Golden State blogger noticed:
On December 4, 2017, Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Illinois, has been picked as one of the negotiators by Congressman Paul Ryan for the notorious "tax bill and jobs act", passed by the House and Senate recently, that screws the poor and middle class, by giving massive tax breaks to corporations and the filthy rich.
Despised Peter Roskam of Wheaton picked for notorious tax bill negotiations
Peter Roskam, it goes without saying, is one of those minions burning the midnight oil to ensure that Trump's tax bill becomes law before Christmas.

While Roskam is Lake County's vestigial Congressman, few people know that he is also a familiar face in California -- where he had a co-starring role in the Hollywood blockbuster Despicable Me:

Pete

RePete
For the love of Pete, not another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Note to Ops: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Let the Chips Fall Where they May

It goes without saying that politics is a lot like comedy. If you aren't getting any laughs, you can always work dirty.

This may explain the political cartoon this week inked by the Creepy Chicago Tribune Cartoonist™:

Rauner vs Ives

Or go apeshit?
Is that a shiteating grin on your face or is this is just another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™?
Note to Ops: Even though the Tribune Creepy Cartoonist™ must resort to bathroom humor, that is no thumbs up for you to go ahead and sling mud.

Now go scat!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Caesarian Delivery

Q: Cur transire ad Rubiconem pullum? A: Ut ad alterum latus.
The massive GOP JackPot Tax Cut is riding a business-class ticket straight to President Donald J Trump's desk. And among the Bill's authors, Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam is bullish on the uptick:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam said Monday the Republican-led House and Senate have "crossed the Rubicon" by passing separate overhauls of the tax code and predicted lawmakers soon would bridge gaps between the two versions.
Roskam: Republicans have 'crossed the Rubicon' with tax overhaul plans
Up and down Lake County, the big question is: "Who are the big winners?" The answer, of course, is: low income middle class wealthy taxpayers.

Haha, j/k. The big question actually is: "Huh -- what's a Rubicon?"

A $64,000 question, to be more precise. So your LakeCountyEye asked the top 1% of the top 1% and you would be surprised to hear what gives. All 10 of them:
Ten Timely Investment Vehicles
for Some of Those
Hard Earned Rubicons
Do Not Delay!
  1. Rubicon Yachts

  2. Rubicon Venture Capital

  3. Gurkha Black Ops Rubicon Cigars

  4. Rubicon Fund Management LLP

  5. Rubicon Estate Winery

  6. Rubicon International Services

  7. Rubicon Wealth Management, LLC

  8. Rubicon Minerals

  9. Rubicon Mortgage Fund, LLC

  10. Rubicon Republican Party
Look for your LakeCountyEye crossing that whatchamacallit near you.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Iran Nuclear Deal: Is War Back on the Table?


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Trita Parsi, founder and President of the National Iranian American Council, will speak on the current status of the Iran nuclear agreement reached in 2015 between that country and the US, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany.
  • Sunday
    December 10, 2017
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jill Wine-Banks Keynote Awards Dinner

The Watergate scandal resulted in 69 government officials being charged and 48 were found guilty. That was 45 years ago, back when we had a President who could say things like "When the president does it that means that it is not illegal."

This is a chance to see one of the Watergate Federal prosecutors.


Watergate Prosecutor and MSNBC Contributor
Jill Wine-Banks to Keynote
Local Democrats' Annual Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Party Pooper

That special time of the year -- those days and nights betwixt Thanksgiving and New Years -- is nigh upon thee. And your LakeCountyEye has a helpful checklist:
Seasonal Decorations
Holiday Gifts
File Your Nominating Petitions
Haha, the deadline to file for office in the 2018 election is December 4, next Monday. While there are many requirements to file, the most important is your Loyalty Oath:

Illinois Loyalty Oath
Sharpeyed operatives will note that you are being asked to swear that you are not a Communist:
... and furthermore, will note that an arguably Communist Party does not exist any more -- at least not outside the territorial boundaries of North Korea.

An embarrassing oversight, to be sure. To rectify the situation, your LakeCountyEye has compiled the names of suitable, alternative extremist political parties, against which Illinois candidates can swear their dis-allegiance. Ten by last count:
10 Political Parties More Appropriate
for the Illinois Loyalty Oath
  1. Guns and Dope Party

  2. United States Pirate Party

  3. Silly Party

  4. Very Silly Party

  5. STAG Party

  6. Surprise Party

  7. Objectivist Party

  8. Sovereign Citizens

  9. Oath Keepers

  10. Republican Party
Look for your LakeCountyEye crashing a party near you.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Turf War

No Foolin'?
Lake County may be the unlawful conviction capitol of Illinois. But if some township assessors get their way, Lake County could become the unlawful contravention capitol as well:
A lawsuit filed Thursday claims policies enacted by Lake County's appointed assessment supervisor are unfairly inflating property tax bills for thousands of residents. The suit filed by the Lake County Assessors Association and several residents argues Lake County Chief Assessment Officer Marty Paulson is ignoring annual revaluations by some township assessors and instead applying a blanket increase on all properties in a township. The suit also names the county as a defendant, since the county board hired Paulson.
Assessors claim Lake County is unfairly taxing thousands
One spokesman who knows a thing or two about township officials said: "If we win this suit then everyone will be able to afford a house in Lake County. And not just these $300-per-hour trial lawyers."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Water/Lead Testing Results: Round Lake High School

This is part of an e-mail sent to parents of Round Lake High School students last week.
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:32 PM
Subject: Water/Lead Testing Results: RLHS

Dear Round Lake High School Parents/Guardians:

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with results of recent water testing that was conducted at Round Lake High School on November 4, 2017. In January 2017, a bill that required Pre-K through 5th grade schools to test drinking water for lead was approved in the State of Illinois. Water is being tested at all schools within the District.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires corrective action for water samples that contain lead levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is administering the law and the requires direct parental notification for any water samples with lead levels above 5 parts per billion.
Testing was completed by DSH&SC. The complete report for RLHS can be located on the District website http://www.rlas-116.org/Content2/41274 .

Of the 296 samples taken at RLHS, 41 sample tested above the 5 parts per billion notification level. The list below details the location of each sample.

Location
First Draw
Second Draw

Location
First
Draw
Second Draw
Classroom L203
207 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom B305
5.38 ppb
8.39 ppb
Classroom L203
28.3 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom B301
6.63 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G301
26.3 ppb
3.48 ppb

Classroom C304
7.89 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G301
20.5 ppb
12.0 ppb

Classroom C304
6.17 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G301
13.8 ppb
3.15 ppb

Classroom C304
7.63 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G302
22.7 ppb
2.36 ppb

Classroom C304
7.61 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G303
6.83 ppb
4.72 ppb

Classroom C304
5.68 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G303
110 ppb
76.1 ppb

Classroom C303
7.64 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom G305
5.00 ppb
2.78 ppb

Classroom C303
5.65 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Greenhouse
9.74 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom C303
5.87 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom D301
6.47 ppb
5.57 ppb

Classroom C303
6.54 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B300
11.0 ppb
5.47 ppb

Classroom C302
6.14 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B300
7.33 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom C302
6.63 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B304
10.1 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom C302
5.62 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B310
5.89 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom C302
9.59 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B310
6.62 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom C302
7.10 ppb
<2.0 ppb
Classroom B307
5.40 ppb
<2.0 ppb

Classroom K223
5.28 ppb
3.48 ppb
Classroom B305
10.5 ppb
23.4 ppb



Upon receiving results, the identified areas were immediately taken out of commission. Remedies for these areas will include filtration systems and replacement of fountain and any necessary plumbing which may be causing the higher than acceptable levels of lead. These areas will be retested once remedies are complete. Follow up results will be communicated to you once available.


For additional information about lead testing, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
After seeing the effects of lead contamination in Flint Michigan, it is disturbing to know that this can also occur in Lake County.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stick to Your Gunsels

"zero emissions endless possibilities"
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that we're saying Merry Christmas again. So as a consequence, this year's holiday quiz will test your vocabulary.

The News-Sun wants to know ...
what word is best to characterize those who commit crimes, engage in criminal activity and terrorize neighborhoods and residents. "Hoodlums" used to be an all-around catch-all phrase cops once employed. "Perps" is another police-friendly phrase. "Gunsels" is quite dated.
Words can hurt, but then so can thugs and gunsels
  • Hoodlum
  • Perp
  • Gunsel
Now, your LakeCountyEye can tell you what a hoodlum is. And what a perp is. But -- huh -- what's a gunsel?
gunsel

Pronunciation
/ˈɡʌnsəl/

Etymology
From Yiddish גענדזל‏ (gendzl, "gosling")

Noun
  1. A young man kept for homosexual purposes; a catamite.
Wiktionary
Operatives are reminded, don't overdo it this Thanksgiving weekend. Go easy on the stuffing.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rub-a-Dub-Dub

Build the Wall!
Does anyone know who Denise Rotheimer is? Not your LakeCountyEye.

But the sources say Rotheimer is a candidate for State Rep in Grayslake. And it appears that three men are running against her:
A financial adviser from Grayslake is the fourth Republican to declare his candidacy in the 62nd District state House race.
Grayslake businessman to seek GOP nomination for 62nd House seat
Do you really need this many men to challenge someone in a Primary?
  1. Bob Bednar
  2. Ken Idstein
  3. Adam Solano
Your LakeCountyEye doesn't think so.

Now, your LakeCountyEye visits the job websites every couple hours. And while jobs are out there calling for three men, none are for ballot candidates.

Ten, for those who are counting:
10 Three-Man Jobs
  1. Stunt Double for the 3 Stooges

  2. Waukegan Casino 3-Card Monte Dealer

  3. Grease the Skids on a 4-Man Bobsled

  4. Correctly Spell Triumvirate

  5. McDonald's Triple Thick Shake Q/A Tester

  6. A Full Cast for Two and a Half Men (Plus an Understudy)

  7. Out-Rush the Chicago Bears

  8. Mayor of Third Lake

  9. Give the Three Finger Salute

  10. One to Hold the Light Bulb and Two to Turn the Ladder
Look for your LakeCountyEye touching the third rail of politics near you.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Three's a Crowd

give'm a run for their money
Rule #1 in politics:
You campaign in poetry. And you govern in prose.
Take for instance Hillary Clinton. In 2016 she campaigned in prose. And now today her book is available on Amazon for just $17.09 (hardcover):
What Happened
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Now that Ms Clinton has shown the glass ceiling can be broken, women everywhere are stepping up to the plate to run for office. Like for instance ...
Wauconda Trustee Linda Starkey announced Wednesday she'll run for the Lake County Board in 2018. Starkey, whose political resume includes two terms as North Barrington's mayor, is seeking the Republican nomination for the county's 17th District seat.
Wauconda trustee to run for Lake County Board
And no sooner was the ink dry, another woman announced a week later.
A third Republican candidate has entered the race for the Lake County Board's 17th District seat. North Barrington resident Eleanor Sweet McDonnell has announced she wants the job.
Third GOP candidate running for 17th District Lake County Board seat
Both ladies are challenging Michael Danforth, who in February was appointed to fill a vacancy in County Board District 17. This contest is widely considered an open seat.

Your LakeCountyEye did the math: At the current rate of one per week, Michael Danforth could end up with a dozen women candidates competing against him on the Primary ballot. Which means the voters in Danforth's district will have plenty of female candidates to choose from. A win-win-win for everyone.

Your LakeCountyEye doesn't know what Michael Danforth's secret is -- but he should bottle and sell it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Word to the Ives

The GOP has a new battle cry:
You can't have a Party without some women!
And it should be no surprise the Lake County GOP last month threw a fundraiser Celebrating Women Republican Leaders.

One of those leaders is surely Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives. Ives will be challenging Governor Bruce Rauner in the 2018 Primary. Ives is running on a platform of conservative values and keeping promises.

Operatives hoping to find Ives-for-Governor nominating petitions on the Lake County GOP website, however, had to wait. Rauner-for-Governor petitions are available there, but nothing for Jeanne Ives.

That is, until now:

Lake County Republican Petition Download
Sharpeyed Operatives will spy another Gubernatorial candidate on the Lake County GOP website, William J. Kelly:
Who is William J. Kelly? Your LakeCountyEye has no idea either. But one thing is for certain. If you're in a mood to stick it to the man, and you want to stand behind someone with conservative values who will keep their promises, then next March be sure to vote for William J. Kelly for Governor.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Trump Administration's Attack on Sanctuary Cities


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Sanctuary Cities are those that have their own policies on how to deal with undocumented immigrants in their communities. Edwin C. Yohnka, the Director of Communications and Public Policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, will outline the efforts of the Trump Administration to deny federal funds to municipalities designated as Sanctuary Cities.
  • Sunday
    November 19, 2017
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Proft Motive

At the risk of sounding redundant, McHenry County has its own fake news source, the McHenry Times. Like the Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source), the McHenry Times is one of many freeshopper tabloids published by conservative talk show host Dan Proft.

As if to flaunt their fake news bona fides, the McHenry Times incorrectly reported that Craig Wilcox is challenging Pam Althoff for State Senate.

None of this escaped the attention of the McHenryCountyBlog:

Take a look at this screen shot from McHenry Times, a publication financed by Dan Proft: Other than getting Wilcox' opponent wrong, the article gives favorable treatment to Wilcox.
Dan Proft’s McHenry Times Screws Up
Note to Dan Proft Ops: You're not even fooling the McHenryCountyBlog any more.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Taxed Out of House & Home

a real cutup
It should be no surprise that this week's surprise quiz is about the new GOP tax bill. The News-Sun observes that ...
Among the residents of Zion are 60 percent renters, 40 percent overtaxed homeowners and one tenant city officials have been struggling to evict for nearly 20 years.
Gamma radiation detectors: just one reminder of Zion's nuclear legacy
Now answer these questions:

By eliminating the property tax deduction, will the new GOP Cut Cut Cut Act drive these Zion homeowners out of their homes and into rented apartments? And who is that tenant they've been unable to evict for 20 years?  Is he the author of the Cut Cut Cut Act -- Lake County's vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam?

If you answered YES to any of these, give yourself an attaboy.

But the correct answer is still the Zion Nuclear Plant:
Those statistics can be attributed to the storage of spent nuclear rods on the property of the closed Zion Nuclear Power Station
Gamma radiation detectors: just one reminder of Zion's nuclear legacy
Note to Ops: As Zion goes, so goes the nation.