Sunday, January 21, 2018

An Attack of the Vaporware

Make America Grate Again
By latest estimates, Lake County has taken some $75,000,000 in early property tax prepayments. So is it too much to hope David Stolman would quickly recover $5,000,000 in spare change from the seat cushions in the Lake County Treasurer's office?

According to the News-Sun ...
Calling concerns over a $4.9 million electronic filing system that was never finished politically motivated, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor limited discussion Friday morning about a News-Sun article that reported on the failure of the system to be implemented.
Lake County Board chair claims 'political' motives behind e-filing contract complaints
Of course, $5,000,000 is a lot of money to spend on software. Even for software that works, and not just vaporware.

One spokesman however took your LakeCountyEye to task: "Is building an electronic filing system for a County the size of Lake County any less difficult than, say, rebuilding an electrical grid in Puerto Rico?"

In related news ...
President Trump on Sunday called people who are criticizing his administration's response to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria "politically motivated ingrates." "We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico."
Trump: Critics of Puerto Rico response are 'politically motivated ingrates'
Note to Ops: Get out your brooms, this may turn into a witch hunt.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An Old Ives Tale

Recent polls indicate that few voters recognize the name Jeanne Ives. And even fewer recognize the Fremont Township Republican Organization. Which probably explains this story:
The Fremont Township Republican Organization has moved to endorse state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in her bid to become governor.
Fremont Township GOP backing Ives' governor bid
For those who never heard of Jeanne Ives, your LakeCountyEye can help. Answer the question on this attack mailer targeting Jeanne Ives:

Q: What does Jeanne Ives have in common with the Leprechaun and the Easter Bunny?
If you said that any of these 3 are equally likely to beat Bruce Rauner in the Primary, give yourself a wrong wrong wrong.

The correct answer is Jeanne Ives, the Leprechaun and the Easter Bunny are all fabulous.

For more adjectives, visit the Lake County GOP:

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of
"A Celebration of Women Republican Leaders"
For those who never heard of the Fremont Township Republican Organization, you're on your own.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Q the Eye/01.12.18

Ὥρος Hōros
Dear LakeCountyEye,

On the Internet, can you say shithole?

John Barron
Dear @realDonaldTrump,

No.

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The European Union

The European Union is at crossroads. Will the EU survive the political, economic and social challenges posed by changing socio-political and economic landscape? Join writer/reporter Derek Monroe for an overview of this thought-provoking topic.

Lake Villa District Library
Meeting Room B
1001 E. Grand Ave
Lake Villa

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The European Union
Derek Monroe is a Lake County-based journalist that covered international politics and US Foreign Policy for variety of international and US media and his articles have been published in over 20 countries. He is also a recipient of 2018 Journalism Project Grant Award by Sverige Rikstag (Sweden Parliament) Foundation.

Monday, January 8, 2018

It's Not Rocket Science

An actual unretouched screencap from the science deniers at the McHenryCountyBlog:

Message of the Day – Global Warming
Government statistics indicate that everyone raised in McHenry County is homeschooled. Those souls are taught to believe that the Earth was created in 6 days, that Evolution is bunk, and that babies are delivered by the Stork. Is it any wonder that an insular population deficient in basic STEM education would find it difficult to grasp principal scientific concepts like climate change?

Well, sure.

Appearances to the contrary, science is not hard to understand. Science can be and is taught at every level, K thru 12. In fact Busy Brains will be hosting the acclaimed Science Road Show on Jan 28, in Lake Villa:

Busy Brains: Beat the Winter Blues
Note to McHenry County Ops: Don't miss this opportunity to see what the 21st Century is like!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

No Interest?

Win Ben Stein's Money
Now that Lake County has money to burn, is it that perfect time to bet it all on bitcoin?

According to the Daily Herald ...
Lake County homeowners have already paid at least $60 million of the property taxes due this year. But that money won't be distributed to the local taxing bodies for roughly five months. In the past, Lake County Treasurer David Stolman kept the interest accrued on prepaid taxes for the county. But the interest typically has been a few hundred dollars. This year, with the rush to take advantage of property tax deductions before new federal limits go into effect, the interest could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Who gets the interest from the property taxes you paid early?
Following the passage of the new GOP Tax Bill, a crush of taxpayers swamped the Lake County Treasurer's Office to pay their property tax bills before the start of 2018. And in the middle of what has to be the big financial story of the year, where is Lake County Treasurer David Stolman (Republican)? As far as your LakeCountyEye can tell, nowhere to be seen.

Along with the story above, two other print stories covered tax-cataclysm-2017 this week. Did David Stolman talk to any of these newspapers? Nope. In each instance a reporter had to make do with getting answers from some Treasury Office functionary.

Stolman, who is up for re-election in November, has been on the Lake County ballot in some capacity or other for 25 years. Now your LakeCountyEye has seen how elected officials sometimes can grow complacent.  They come to believe they are entitled to their elected office, take their voters for granted, and just phone it in.  But, Note to Ops: Your LakeCountyEye is duly impressed.  David Stolman is not even phoning it in.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Treasurer Hunt

Home of the Blarney Stone
Will the Lake County Treasurer please report to the County Building in Waukegan? There is $73,000,000 waiting to be counted.

Haha, according to the News-Sun ...
The Lake County Treasurer's Office has tallied about $73 million in property tax prepayments so far, up from $4.2 million that was prepaid last year, and the counting continues, an official said. The unprecedented interest was the result of property owners rushing to prepay their property taxes before the end of the year so they could take advantage of a federal tax deduction set to be rolled back.
Lake County puts early property tax payments at $73 million and climbing
Conspicuously absent from this news story is Lake County Treasurer David Stolman (Republican).  It wasn't Stolman, instead it was a factotum from the Treasurer's office who answered the Tribune's questions.  One fixture at the Lake County Building said: "Nobody's heard boo from Stolman, not since before taxpayers began stampeding the Treasurer's Office the day after Christmas."

If David Stolman is the ghost of Christmas past, then some Bob Cratchit had to spend his holiday at the Treasurer's Office, keeping an eye on that $73,000,000.  To put that in perspective, $73,000,000 would pay for about 7,300 tropical vacation trips to Cancun, Mexico.  Where the weather is sunny and warm.  And nothing like the weather in Waukegan.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

In Mexico What is the Word for AWOL?

treasurer hunt
Will Lake County Treasurer David Stolman (Republican) be saying Merry Christmas, now that Donald J Trump has declared that we can all say Merry Christmas again? One thing is certain, those who will not be saying Merry Christmas are the Treasurer's employees and staff. The Treasurer's Office ...
had been swamped with an unprecedented number of property owners seeking to prepay their property taxes so they can take advantage of a federal tax deduction set to be rolled back as part of the tax bill Congress approved earlier this month. Lines have been out the door with wait times of 45 to 60 minutes, and they've received more than 2,000 phone calls each day this week
Lake County continues accepting property tax prepayments in wake of tax code overhaul
The new GOP Tax Bill eliminates the property tax deduction on payments made after 2017; and all but guaranteed that the Lake County Treasurer's office would be working overtime and long holiday hours this week.

One person not inconvenienced by the new GOP Tax Bill was Lake County Treasurer David Stolman (Republican). Sources tell your LakeCountyEye that Stolman was nowhere to be seen this holiday week, despite his office being flooded by testy taxpayers.

Don't bother looking for Stolman's name in the story cited above. It was an executive assistant to the Lake County Treasurer who took the Tribune's call.

Where was the no-show Lake County Treasurer? If anybody knows, they're not telling your LakeCountyEye. It's as if the County Building in Waukegan was a David-Stolman-Free Zone.

Note to Ops: If you happen to see David Stolman, anywhere, be sure to wish him a Merry Christmas. Or a Feliz Navidad. Or a whatever.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tax Holidays

Nice Stache
The Lake County Census Bureau missed a bet. Everyone from Lake County was in Waukegan this week, to pay their 2018 property taxes in advance. According to the News-Sun ...
Long lines winding through the lobby of the Lake County courthouse are the result of property owners hoping to take advantage of a federal tax deduction set to be rolled back.
Due to unprecedented interest, Lake County opens up online property tax prepayments
The new GOP Tax Bill will eliminate the property tax deduction on payments made after 2017. This added up to those long lines at the County Building this week, into the Treasurer's office. How long were those lines? So long that people made a few extra bucks by renting out their homes to Airbnb while they waited. One homeowner told your LakeCountyEye: "I got plenty of red tape to trim the Christmas tree now!"

Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam, who sits on the House Ways & Means Committee, is a principal architect of the new Tax Bill. A spokesman issued a statement: "The law includes a provision where anyone who waits in line to pay their property tax before the Dec 29 deadline automatically casts an early vote against Peter Roskam in the 2018 election. So none of you people have to bother with voting against Congressman Roskam next November."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Make Christmas Great Again
Legitimate Businessman. President of the United States. And now Televangelist. Donald J Trump has tweeted that we're all saying Merry Christmas again.

And this means you, you losers at the U.N.:
Merry Christmas!
Amharic መልካም ገና
Arabic عيد ميلاد سعيد
Armenian Շնորհավոր Սուրբ Ծնունդ
Azerbaijani Milad bayramınız mübarək
Bengali মরিচ ক্রিসমাস
Bosnian sretan božić
Chichewa Khrisimasi yabwino
Chinese 圣诞快乐
Croatian sretan Božić
Gujarati મેરી નાતાલ
Hausa m Kirsimeti
Hindi क्रिसमस की बधाई
Hmong zoo siab Christmas
Igbo ezi ekeresimesi
Indonesian Selamat Natal
Kannada ಮೆರ್ರಿ ಕ್ರಿಸ್ಮಸ್
Kazakh рождество құтты болсын
Khmer រីករាយ​ថ្ងៃ​បុណ្យ​ណូអែល
Korean 메리 크리스마스
Kurdish Kirîstmas piroz be
Kyrgyz Рождество майрамы менен
Macedonian среќен Божиќ
Malagasy tratry ny krismasy
Malay Selamat Hari Natal
Malayalam സന്തോഷകരമായ ക്രിസ്മസ്
Maori koa Kirihimete
Marathi मेरी ख्रिसमस
Mongolian баярын зул сар
Burmese ပျော်ရွှင်သောခရစ္စမတ်ဖြစ်ပါစေ
Nepali क्रिसमस मनपर्छ
Pashto کرسمس مو مبارک
Persian کریسمس مبارک
Punjabi ਮੇਰੀ ਕਰਿਸਮਸ
Russian счастливого Рождества
Samoan manuia le kirisimasi
Serbian срећан Божић
Sesotho kereseme e monate
Shona kisimusi yakanaka
Sindhi ميري ڪرسمس
Sinhala සුබ නත්තලක්
Slovenian vesel božič
Somali christmas faraxsan
Spanish Feliz Navidad
Sundanese Wilujeng Natal
Swahili Krismasi ya furaha
Tajik мавлуди Исо муборак
Tamil கிறிஸ்துமஸ் வாழ்த்துக்கள்
Telugu క్రిస్మస్ శుభాకాంక్షలు
Thai สุขสันต์วันคริสต์มาส
Turkish mutlu Noeller
Ukrainian щасливого Різдва
Urdu میری کرسمس
Uzbek Rojdestvo bilan
Vietnamese Giáng sinh vui vẻ
Xhosa Ikrismesi emnandi
Yoruba ikini ọdun keresimesi
Zulu Jabulela Ukhisimusi
Note to Ops: Seasons Greetings!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fly Me to the Moon

Does the Creepy Tribune Cartoonist™ want a Rhinoceros for Christmas? He definitely likes to draw pictures of the endangered rhino -- for no apparent reason:

Launch of the Tax Bill
One thing is certain, last Sunday the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist™ was watching 60 Minutes:

Saving rhino with helicopters
An effort to conserve a species has rhinos flying high ... and upside down
Conservationists in Africa are airlifting Rhinoceroses to safe preserves, before the species is completely wiped out by poachers. More than a 1/4 of the planet falsely believes that rhinoceros horn has medicinal properties.

For the record: Rhinoceros horn does not cure erectile dysfunction.

Just sayin!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Humbug

Unless your name is Ebenezer Scrooge, it's that most wonderful time of the year. And your LakeCountyEye has compiled a helpful checklist:
Seasonal Decorations
Holiday Gifts
File an Objection to Your Opponent's Nominating Petition
Haha, the Lake County Election Board met this week to hear ballot objections. According to the Daily Herald:
A challenge to the nominating petitions of a Lake County Board candidate was upheld and another overruled Friday, and a candidate in a third county board race withdrew. The Lake County Election Commission completed two hearings Friday.
2 candidates gone after challenges in Lake County Board races
Sharpeyed operatives will recall that an Illinois statute created the Lake County Election Commission back in 2013. And a lawsuit filed by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor killed the Lake County Election Commission soon after.

Note to Ops: Like Marley's ghost, the Lake County Election Commission is back from the dead.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Net Neutrality We Hardly Knew Ye

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Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sente in the Clowns

In Lake County there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and the Lake County Gazette.

Haha, here is an actual unretouched screencap from Lake County's #1 fake news source, the Lake County Gazette:

Marko Sukovic is running in House District 59 against Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills). The district includes Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.
Sente opponent calls for further discussion on sanctuary state policy
Even though he is a State Rep candidate in District 59, nobody's ever heard of Marko Sukovic. But the big question remains: Who is Carol Sente?

There's nobody on the ballot for State Rep District 59 who goes by that name:

Illinois State Board of Elections
Note to Ops at the Lake County Gazette: When you outsource your News Division to Russian web bots, you get what you pay for.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Despicable Pete

Legitimate businessman and U.S. President Donald J Trump wants payback. Trump aims to raise 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.