Monday, January 21, 2019

January 23rd is Lake County Poverty Awareness Day

The Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF) and its “START SOMETHING campaign” is proud to celebrate the first year since its declaration of Lake County Poverty Awareness Day and the impact it has had driving positive change throughout the region.

Sandy Hart, new Chair of the Lake County Board Board shares her proclamation declaring January 23, 2019, as "Lake County Poverty Awareness Day".

Many municipalities declared their own Poverty Awareness Day. Here are examples of what has been accomplished as a result of the 2018 Poverty Awareness Day:
  • The Alliance for Human Services, a coalition of over 30 health and human service organizations across Lake County, has committed to providing hands-on professional development opportunities for its members and other community stakeholders to further understand the issues of suburban poverty and how we can work together to collaboratively address them.
  • LCCF has begun to see positive progress through its collaborative efforts to increase access to affordable, nutritious food throughout Lake County. The food insecurity rate continues to decline. More Lake County residents have greater access to fresh produce. And a focused effort has been made to target Lake County communities that have high food insecurity rates. These areas include northwest, northeast and southeast Lake County.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meet the New Bill

Government redundancy.
Global Warming notwithstanding, David McSweeney was given a snow job. Last week, ex-abominable Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill sponsored by McSweeney -- one that could dismantle some Lake County Townships.

But while Governor Rauner needs to be spoken of in the past tense, David McSweeney continues to be the sole remaining Lake County GOP lawmaker in Springfield. McSweeney has promised to resuscitate the bill:
State Rep. David McSweeney pledged Monday to reintroduce a plan to make it easier for McHenry County voters to abolish local townships after it was vetoed by outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner. The plan also would have required townships in Lake and McHenry counties to dissolve road districts that maintain less than 15 miles.
McSweeney vows to continue push for suburban consolidation plan despite veto
Surprisingly, local Township office holders were cool and collected. One unnamed official, speaking on condition of not being named, said: "We simply won't plow the roads. Is that snow I see? It looks like nobody will be going to Springfield any time soon. Not before the Spring thaw."

Furloughed government climate scientists were unavailable for comment.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Runaround Agenda

43-Yard Field Goal Challenge
Who knew? As things turn out, it is easier to shut down the Federal government than to shut down Township government. DMW Governor Bruce Rauner proved he is no Donald Trump by vetoing a bill that could have eliminated some Lake County townships.

Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, David McSweeney, who sponsored the bill, was fit to be tied:
State Rep. David McSweeney, the Barrington Hills Republican who carried the bill through the Illinois House, said Rauner's veto represents an appropriate end cap to his final days in office. "Gov. Rauner leaves office as a liar, a hypocrite, a phony, the worst governor in the history of the State of Illinois," McSweeney said. "This just shows what a phony he really is."
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes McHenry County township consolidation bill
Attempts to reach McSweeney, to find out how he really feels, failed.

Speaking on conditions of anonymity, however, one anonymous source told your LakeCountyEye: "What's not to understand? We get no blowback from the TOI or any elected Township officials. And at the same time we get to go home and tell our constituents that we voted to eliminate the Townships. It's a win-win for everyone!"

Note to Ops: So much winning.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Q the Eye/01.10.19

Dear LakeCountyEye,

If this is an Instagram world then call me the Insta-Clam. What is the secret to successful Internet dating?

Lake County GOP Precinct Committeeman
Dear Dinosaur,Ὥρος Hōros

Your LakeCountyEye polled some chatroom correspondents, and this is what they look for in an online date:
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Respectful and Sensitive
  • Independent
  • Empathetic
  • Physically Affectionate
  • Funny
But there is one thing over and above everything else that special member of the opposite sex is looking for in a mate: They want to see an 8x10 glossy photo.

Now, your LakeCountyEye suspects that you're an individual who can win an ugly sweater contest without wearing a sweater. So do what the professionals do when dating online -- pass along a photo of your LakeCountyEye:

Your LakeCountyEye (circa 1969)
Note to Ops: Always be sure to choose the photo of someone who isn't going to sue. Just Sayin!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day Of Service Community Expo

Tenth Dems Organizing Day Of Service Community Expo To Bring Together Local Organizations And Community Members

Over 35 Not-For-Profit Groups To Have Opportunity To Discuss Their Organizations, Recruit Volunteers, And Work On Service Projects
Vernon Hills, IL — Ahead of their inauguration as Illinois’ next governor and lieutenant governor, JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton have urged all of us in Illinois to give back to our communities. As a response to this call for a Day of Service, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is organizing a Day of Service Community Expo on Saturday, January 12th. It will be from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Admission is free. The Community Expo will be a family-friendly event. Refreshments will be served.
The Community Expo will bring together local organizations and community members. At least 35 not-for-profits will have tables to showcase what they do, hand out flyers, recruit volunteers, and encourage attendees to take part in real-time service projects or sign up for future projects. This will be a great opportunity for community outreach and promoting volunteerism.
Tenth Dems believes politics should be about more than just elections–it’s about working together to improve our neighborhoods, state, country, and world. While Tenth Dems strives to do that year-round, the group will certainly put that into action on this Day of Service. January 12th has the potential to make a difference in the lives of thousands of neighbors. It will be a meaningful day at a critically important time for our state.
Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels of government within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.
For questions about the Day of Service Community Expo, including your own group’s participation, email

Saturday, January 5, 2019

War Clouds on the Horizon

War is Hell.
Chief Illiniwek has cause for concern. That's because this week the Lake County GOP took Elizabeth Warren's scalp:
The leader of the Lake County Republican Party central committee dismissed concerns about a meme posted on the group's Facebook page that mocked U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage. The image features puffs of smoke rising into the sky. The text reads, "Actual photo of Elizabeth Warren announcing her candidacy for president of the United States."
Lake County GOP leader dismisses concerns about meme targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Scouts report the Lake County Republicans are circling the wagons and loading their guns. Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.


It turns out those weren't smoke signals, after all. It was only the Lake County Republican ethylene oxide toxic cloud.

Note to Ops: It's a joke.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bad Paper

... but the signatures are real.
It's unanimous. Everyone in Lake County has made the same resolution for the new year: To do their ballot nominating petitions right in 2019:
At least 16 candidates for elected offices in Lake County could be knocked off April 2019 ballots because of challenges to their paperwork.
16 Lake County candidates facing petition challenges
Why are these candidates getting their walking papers? To find out, your LakeCountyEye asked Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Follicle Professor of Legal Hairsplitting at the College of Lake County.

"Ya, scientists have discovered that there are more ways to get bounced off an Illinois ballot," said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi "than getting your County P-Card bounced in downtown Chicago."

That would be quite a number, by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning.

"State law is very specific about how to submit your nominating papers." continued Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "For instance, your candidacy will be in jeopardy if your paperwork does not contain the requisite $100 dollar bill."

What happens if the papers are not all in order?

"That used to be a capital offense." deadpanned Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "But ever since the death penalty was abolished in Illinois, you now only get thrown off of the ballot."

Almost the same thing, opined your LakeCountyEye.

"Candidates will do anything to stay on the ballot." continued Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "I recall one candidate who did not have enough signatures. So he made a copy of every page and submitted those as well. When asked why he had duplicate signatures, the candidate said it was all perfectly legal -- those were people who were going to vote for him twice. True story."

Your LakeCountyEye believed it.

"Lawyers for Donald Trump," added Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi "challenged Hillary Clinton's nominating papers in 2016."

Your LakeCountyEye did not know that.

"Trump insisted there was no collation."

Your LakeCountyEye had heard enough. Did Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"Tell your Operatives that it is much easier, anyways, to run as a write-in. You only have to remember how to spell your name."

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cook the Books

You're overdue.
Knowledge may be power. And the Republican Party in Lake County may be out of power. But it does not follow that the Lake County GOP is no sharper than a rubber donut.

No, but it does go a long way toward explaining why the Lake County GOP has mounted a coordinated effort to dumb down the electorate -- ensuring a constituency that will be easy prey to the politics of fear and greed.

The game plan is simple: erect barriers between the voters and sources of knowledge. One strategy, to replace public education in Lake County with a system of vouchers and home-schooling, failed. Plan-B for the GOP, it now seems, is to undermine Lake County's libraries.

Benjamin Franklin established the first public library in 1731: "The doors of wisdom are never shut." On the other hand, Dan McConchie, Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, walked through the doors of a Lake County library and perceived a pork-barrel:
"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
And David McSweeney, Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, thinks your public library is a cash-cow:
"require voter approval for any major capital expenditure, even if they're using tax reserves," McSweeney said.
Suburban libraries hoard money, avoid getting voters' approval to build
Note to Ops: If you can read this then your public library was established for people like you.

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Dear Samuel Brooklyn (if that's your real name), Ὥρος Hōros

Your LakeCountyEye wishes you and Operatives all throughout the non-English-speaking world a Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Comeback Kid

Is there any better way to conduct a rehabilitation tour than to rehash over one's rehab? Your LakeCountyEye thinks not.

Ex-Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor is back, and TEDx has him:

The addict next door | Aaron Lawlor | TEDxVernonAreaLibrary
Your LakeCountyEye hasn't watched the video, so will seek the opinion of someone who should have -- but hasn't either:
Mark Shaw, chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee and co-chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said he hadn't seen the video, but was "disappointed" by Lawlor's view of the party when parts of Lawlor's statements were read to him. Shaw called Lawlor's statements a "deflection" from taking personal responsibility and said the county party had always supported Lawlor, even after he came out as gay in 2017. "I don't know why he'd feel like he was alone," Shaw said. "The suburbs tend to be more inclusive than some of the rural areas. And, my God, he was chairman of our board. If we felt he wasn't welcome in our party, how did he rise to that position?"
Lawlor re-emerges after rehab stint and quitting politics
Note to Ops: Back in the day, a Democrat who wanted to get elected in Lake County had to run as a Republican. Those days are now officially over.

Just sayin!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Devil May Care

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the house, it turns out that the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist® has an evil twin.

The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist Evil Twin® thinks that health care is a privilege only for those who can afford it:

Medicare for all
Note to Ops: The ethylene oxide and the asbestos is free. What more do you want?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Down for the Recount

Q:How many people does it take to recount an election?
A:Who's counting?
Haha, Lake County is recounting:
Discovery recounts move forward in Lake County sheriff and Barrington-area statehouse races
The discovery recount ...
will include precincts selected from almost every township. Townships like Ela, Cuba, Libertyville, Antioch and Benton had six to 11 precincts for review, while Waukegan will have 21.
Discovery recounts move forward in Lake County sheriff and Barrington-area statehouse races
Does that mean that they don't know how to count heads in some townships? Nope. That's where the votes are:
Note to Ops: When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton said "That's where the money is."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Internet Challenge!

You must use ink.
The voters have spoken, the 2018 election is over and certified. But, haha, not so fast, there. The voters have been asked already to speak again. Voters will have to step up -- and challenge their 2019 election candidates nomination petitions:
Two Waukegan aldermanic candidates booted from ballot
Voters have a civic responsibility to get their candidates thrown off the ballot. If not, the 2019 election will be held as scheduled. When the voters will then need to evade their civic responsibility to vote.

Note to Ops: Carbon paper is a dead giveaway that those petition signatures are fake.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Mark your calendars: Today, the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist® officially ran out of ideas:

Nancy Pelosi...again
Sure, that whole gals & gargoyles look was hep ... maybe back in 1979:
Did Jabba make you laugh so hard your sides Hutt? Haha it's another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Next Week: The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist reveals the identity of Nancy Pelosi & Michael Madigan's love-child!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ethylene Alley

If thick smog is choking your air, blame the Route 53 Extension. That's because the IL Toll Authority has money to burn:
The Illinois Tollway is going ahead with a $25 million environmental study of a plan to extend state Route 53, even though the project is no longer designated a local priority. Last month, the region's planning agency knocked the controversial, long-debated proposal to extend Route 53 from Cook County into Lake County off its priority list. This means it is no longer eligible for federal funds.
Route 53 study goes forward, despite project's demotion
Any environmental study should note that the Route 53 Extension is to be paved right under the toxic ethylene oxide cloud in Gurnee:
Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee reported to another office at the EPA that during 2014 it released 6,412 pounds of ethylene oxide — more than either Sterigenics or Medline did during the same period.
2 Lake County polluters emit same cancer-causing gas as Sterigenics, but authorities haven't warned the public
... where it may be prudent to dig an underground tunnel through Gurnee for that leg of the Route 53 Extension.
Note to Toll Authority Ops: That ought to wrap up that environmental study of yours. Please send the $25,000,000 to