Sunday, March 26, 2017

Repeal Replace Repeat

bucket list
If Peter Roskam's re-election campaign was on life support, it just got a shot in the arm from ObamaCare. And not a minute too soon, because if ObamaCare had been repealed then Peter Roskam's Congressional career would be flatlining.

Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, represents a district that Clinton won by a 10 point margin. And, in what could only be described as a near-death-experience, Peter Roskam this week came perilously close to casting an up or down vote to repeal ObamaCare. Had he voted to repeal ObamaCare, Roskam risked losing his job when his constituents lost their health insurance. But vote against repealing ObamaCare and Roskam risked losing his job to a Tea-Party challenger in the Primary.

As luck would have it, Roskam had to risk neither this week -- because TrumpCare was DOA. And for now and the foreseeable future, Peter Roskam is ObamaCare-free -- a medical miracle!

Roskam was feeling his oats well enough this weekend to tell the North Cook News ...
Six-time Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam said he would have voted in favor of the president's proposed health care bill but it was pulled from consideration before it could proceed to a full House vote on Friday.
Illinois' Roskam felt rug pulled out on health care bill
If the North Cook News looks familiar, it is published by the same outfit that publishes the Lake County Gazette -- Lake County's #1 source of pro-GOP fake news.

Just what he spin-doctor ordered!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Downtown Townhall

Whoever said that Peter Roskam is allergic to townhall meetings may be using the wrong inhaler. Your LakeCountyEye has received an invitation to a townhall from Peter Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman):

An Evening wth Speaker Paul D. Ryan
One spokesman said: "The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Illinois GOP delegation have been invited. This townhall is temporarily on-hold while Peter Roskam and these men pursue their historic vote to repeal ObamaCare!"
Spokesman #2 said: "Tickets range from $1000 to $50,000 -- which we think should work well within the budget of every Sixth Congressional District constituent!"
Spokesman #3 said: "The townhall will be held at an undisclosed location. If you get lost, just look for a throng of demonstrators protesting in front of the Chicago Club @ 81 East Van Buren St in downtown Chicago!"
Spokesman #4 said: "No health insurance?  No worries.  A full staff of trained cardiologists will be on premises -- along with the necessary resuscitation equipment.  So be sure to come hungry!"

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Updated: Protest the ACA Vote

Your activism is making a difference!

Paul Ryan has postponed his Thursday fundraiser in Chicago.
Ryan will be in Washington on Thursday to Repeal the ACA.

Send Peter Roskam a Message!

Protest Against the Vote to Repeal the ACA
Thursday March 23
4:30 pm
Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren

Protest the Paul Ryan Fundraiser in Chicago
Friday March 24
4:30 pm
Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren

March against Paul Ryan and Peter Roskam who want to repeal the ACA. It's going to be important to draw attention to Roskam and the ACA on both days, so bring signs about Roskam and the NEW cruel Republican replacement proposal.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Protest the ACA Vote

The US House Will Vote to Repeal the ACA on Thursday ...

... Send Peter Roskam a Message!

Protest Peter Roskam in Barrington
Tuesday March 21
5:30 pm -- 6:30 pm
Roskam District Office
200 S. Hough St.
Sponsored by Indivisible Resist the 6th and NWSOFA, this protest will be covered by the news media. So please show up in force.
For more information, go to this Facebook page:

Protest Against Peter Roskam and Paul Ryan in Chicago
Thursday March 23
4:30 pm
Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren
There is a massive protest planned outside Paul Ryan's Republican fundraiser in Chicago Thursday. It's going to be important to draw attention to Roskam and the ACA during this, so bring signs about Roskam and the NEW cruel Republican replacement proposal.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Funny Money

It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that there will be an election on April 4, a Tuesday. And as if that don't beat all, there is an election every year in Illinois -- not just in the years divisible by four. Who knew? Certainly not your LakeCountyEye!

To be sure, your ballot will be top heavy with candidates for park board and township trustee and other stupid stuff. But while that is enough to stop everyone from voting, it is never enough to stop everyone from running.

In Mundelein the candidates are waging a flame war. According to the Pioneer Press, Mundelein Trustee candidate Dawn Abernathy went to Facebook and put one candidate for Mayor on notice:
"We have to work together to counter the $14,000 in Korean money you have funding your race. We are pooling our money together."
Mundelein trustee draws heat for 'Korean money' comment on Facebook
If you are all like ... What is Korean Money? ... you are not alone. Your LakeCountyEye looked it up on Google:
Early voting begins tomorrow, March 20, on Monday. Note to Ops: Don't forget to tip your election judge.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Gun Laws and Community Violence

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council against Handgun Violence, will discuss current Illinois gun laws and citizen actions to decrease gun violence. ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the United States working to keep communities safe from deadly gun violence. Colleen Daley has 20 years of experience in political strategy, public policy, legislative affairs, media relations and resource management.
  • Sunday
    March 26, 2017
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hell on Wheels

the devil came here and it smells of sulfur
Yesterday, the exploding freight train that rolls through Lake Forest failed to explode. According to the Daily Herald ...
Lake Forest-area residents might have dodged a bullet Wednesday after a freight train carrying sulfur derailed but did not spill. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the situation that started shortly after 3 a.m. when 11 rail cars went off the rails and piled up alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
Freight train carrying hazardous sulfur derails in Lake Forest; no leaks found
Contrary to widespread belief, the toxic freight was not high-fructose corn syrup. The toxic substance in question was actually molten sulphur.

Lake County's corporeal State Representative, David McSweeney, was unavailable for comment.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

No Taxation With Our Carbonation

While it took 3 days to clean up a spill on Route 14 in Barrington, contrary to widespread belief the toxic substance was not high-fructose corn syrup. According to the Daily Herald the toxic substance in question was actually methylene diphenyl diisocyanate:
The misidentification of the substance spilled during a crash on Northwest Highway in Barrington caused valuable time to be lost in cleanup efforts that led to nearly three days of lane closures, authorities said Friday.
Misidentification of chemical spill caused cleanup delay, authorities say
David McSweeney represents that stretch of Barrington and, perhaps not coincidentally, has sponsored an Illinois House resolution condemning taxes on soda drinks:
McSweeney, Lake County's corporeal State Representative, is out front on an effort to sweet-talk the State Legislature into torpedoing any proposed tax on sugary beverages.
One spokesman said: "These beverage taxes represent a sweetheart deal for the fat-cats in Springfield. We should be trimming fat off of the budget instead."
Another spokesman said: "Any tax on soda is a whale of a mistake that will fail like a lead balloon."
One spokesman spoke from the Capitol rotunda: "Fat chance we'll see a beverage tax, now. Not after we finish'em off."

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Lame Duck?

Peter Roskam was once asked how he was different than a street mime. He wouldn't say.

Haha, Representative Peter Roskam had to go all the way downtown this week to not talk to his constituents and reporters. According to CBS 2 Chicago ...
For weeks, constituents of Congressman Peter Roskam — one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress – have accused him of ducking their questions. As CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley explains, Roskam is now ducking reporters' questions as well.
Rep. Roskam Avoids Angry Constituents At Chicago Appearance
Channel 2 posted their video of Roskam ducking the press ...

Rep. Roskam Avoids Protesters,
Won't Talk With Reporters After Event
Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) was downtown to speak at the City Club of Chicago. Working from a prepared outline, Peter Roskam demonstrated the science behind ducking reporter's and other annoying questions:

"Talk to the Hand."

Fair or fowl, you've waddled through another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Duck soup was served.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

There's an App for That

HTTP Error 503 -- Service UnavailableWhoever said ...
There are No Do-Overs in Life
never appealed his property taxes.

Haha, does anyone in Lake County know what the true assessed value of their home really should be? It would appear not, because everyone is appealing their assessment. And by everyone, your LakeCountyEye means everyone enough to overwhelm the system. According to the Daily Herald ...
The Lake County Board of Review is seeking additional members to assist with property tax assessment appeal hearings from July through November. Appointees are paid $250 per full day. Eligible applicants must have experience and training in property appraisal and taxes, and pass an Illinois Department of Revenue exam to be given at 9 a.m. April 12, at the Kane County Government Center, 719 Batavia Ave. Geneva. Visit for review materials. Seating is limited.
Lake County seeks help with tax appeals
Note to Ops: $250 a day is nothing to sneeze at. At full-time rates that works out to sixty-five grand a year. Of course they don't make it easy to get on board -- you need to go to Geneva (Illinois) and pass an assessor's exam.

One spokesman, however, offered some helpful tips to applicants: "If you don't have transportation to Geneva, there is always Uber. And if you don't think you will pass, you can always ask your driver to take the exam for you. Also, if that driver passes, he can sit on the review board for you -- and you can turn that extra free-time into extra cash by driving for Uber!"

A win-win for everyone by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spin Out

Does anyone remember Aaron Lawlor? It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that Lawlor -- the celebrity Chairman of the Lake County Board -- has not been in news, anywhere, for a couple of months. So this would be a good time to post part two of a conversation ...
Referendee and Referendum
... with Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Historian of Lake County Chairmanships at the College of Lake County.

"Did you hear that Aaron Lawlor is gay?" said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "You could've bowled me over with a butter nut squash."

The news was a complete surprise to your LakeCountyEye. The News-Sun got the scoop when they asked Lawlor to clarify some public remarks made at a diversity conference:
After the event, Lawlor, 34, said in a phone interview that he "meant to share with the audience that I'm gay."
Lake County Board chairman reveals he's gay at tolerance event
"Smart politics." nodded Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Politicians know that Lake County voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by an incredible 58 to 37 margin. Especially Republican politicians. If they hope to get re-elected in 2018 they need to put as much distance as possible between themselves and the head of their Party, Donald Trump -- who is red meat radioactive. A GOP candidate could start by telling the press he is gay -- even if he is not!"

Your LakeCountyEye strongly suspects Lawlor is.

"Lawlor is a special case." confided Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Suppose Lawlor decided to run for higher office. Like Lieutenant Governor. Or even State Senate. What do you think his Republican Primary opponents would all be whispering?"

That Lawlor is gay?

Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi smiled. "And what do you think his Republican Primary opponents will not be whispering -- now?"

That Lawlor is gay?

"Smart politics." chuckled Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi.

Then what was up with the public histrionics? Lawlor's announcement was delivered like he was trying to sneak it in through the back door. A cringe inducing moment, to say the least. Your LakeCountyEye played the video on a Grindr app:

Aaron Lawlor Speaks at "A Welcoming and Inclusive Community - Summit of Leaders"
"Ya," grimaced Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "it looks more like he's being prepped for a colonoscopy there."

And your LakeCountyEye couldn't help but notice Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim seated behind the podium.

"Nerheim never batted an eyelash." observed Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "To be fair, no one ever listens to these speeches. Nerheim might have been doing math problems in his head. Like how many wrongful prosecution judgments can the County absorb, without going belly up."

Embrace the crazy. Did Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"You can break some news. Tell your operatives that Princess Nudelman is gay."

Sunday, February 26, 2017

If it's Saturday this must be Tbilisi

Note to Ops: A secret is only as good as the government that protects it.

As readers of this blog are aware ...
Out of Sight Out of Mind
Representative Peter Roskam is on an overseas junket spy mission -- whereabouts top-secret and unknown.

Your LakeCountyEye can now report that Roskam has been seen in Georgia -- and not Georgia aka the Peach State. Vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam is in Georgia, aka საქართველო.

Russian hackers have sent your LakeCountyEye the exclusive smoking-gun video:

US Congressmen:
"We have great admiration for the progress being made in Georgia"
Being overseas, Roskam here is shown answering questions from his constituents during an impromptu telephone town-hall. Since the phones don't work in Tbilisi, however, the meeting devolved into a bunch of apparatchiks giving speeches at a podium.

Roskam can be seen standing, in the Brooks Brothers grey suit.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Out of Sight Out of Mind

DESERT has only one S .... and it is a verb.
I met a man at a free town-hall,
Who was not Peter Roskam at all.
I asked him whether if he knew,
Neither was I Peter Roskam, too.

Haha, anyone hoping to see Congressman Peter Roskam any time soon has their work cut out for them. According to the Patch ...
Congressman Peter Roskam is on a House Democracy Partnership trip abroad this week while some of his constituents were hoping to meet with him.
Rep. Peter Roskam On Trip Promoting Democracy Abroad While Constituents Seek Meetings At Home
Roskam's trip is under press embargo; the whereabouts of the vestigial Lake County Congressman are top-secret:
The delegation is traveling with the military and their security protocols do not allow for the for public disclosure of their travel plans until they have returned.
Rep. Peter Roskam On Trip Promoting Democracy Abroad While Constituents Seek Meetings At Home
Roskam is traveling as the Chair of the House Democracy Partnership:
The mission of the House Democracy Partnership is to promote responsive, effective government and strengthen democratic institutions by assisting legislatures in emerging democracies. Central to our work is peer-to-peer cooperation to build technical expertise in partner legislatures that will enhance accountability, transparency, legislative independence, access to information, and government oversight.
Mission : House Democracy Partnership
One high ranking spokesman said: "The purpose of the trip is to expose overseas governments to our democratic ideals. For instance, Congressman Roskam has been schooling foreign legislators on the art of avoiding the voters. As the case may be, by scheduling for yourself plenty of overseas junkets."

Note to Ops: Button those lips!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Where's Colombo?

Note to Peter Roskam campaign operatives: If it's Tuesday this must be Ceylon.

Voters hoping to get in touch with their Representative in Congress, Peter Roskam, need to search no longer. Roskam, the vestigial Lake County Congressman, is on a tour of Capitol cities -- next stop Colombo.

But before you purchase that Greyhound bus ticket, the Colombo in question is not the Capitol of the Buckeye state. No, this Colombo is the Capitol of Sri Lanka. Which is quite different indeed.

According to the ColomboPage, a Sri Lankan (English-language) news site:
A bipartisan delegation from the United States House of Representatives visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat. The delegation to Sri Lanka as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) is led by HDP Chairman, Congressman Peter Roskam (Republican-Illinois)
Representatives of US Congress laud Sri Lanka's transformative process
Roskam's overseas outing included a stop in Kosovo earlier this week, where he met the Prime Minister and other officials.  One spokesman for the Congressman said: "Peter Roskam wants to talk to all of his constituents. Just send your name, your formal title, and country where you are currently head of state. We'll do the rest."

Here Peter Roskam is seen chatting with one voter, (Sri Lanka) President Maithripala Sirisena:
Roskam is seated on the left.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Way Down in Kosovo

Aruba, Jamaica, oooh I wanna take ya.If most bullying happens during recess.  And if Congress is in recess all this week. Then will Congressman Peter Roskam use this recess to take up the bully pulpit at a townhall meeting with his constituents?

Haha, most Representatives take advantage of these recesses to return to their Districts and talk to their voters. But it should be no surprise that vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam will not be like most Representatives. Unless his District is on the Balkan Peninsula. And his voters speak Serbian. According to the Daily Herald ...
A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives is visiting Kosovo to reiterate the strong support for the nation. In its two-day visit, the delegation led by Republican Peter Roskam will meet Kosovo's prime minister, Assembly (parliament) speaker, lawmakers and civil society.
US Congress delegation in Kosovo to show bipartisan support
A spokesman said that if any of his constituents would like to talk to Peter Roskam, the Congressman will be at the Priština Starbucks, Thursday, 3:00 to 3:15 pm. (Roskam will be wearing the American flag lapel-pin.)

Members of the press are not invited.