Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Comic Con

Fanatic fans of The Family Circus, Hi & Lois, Mary Worth, Garfield can all rejoice. Your opportunity to dress up in public as your favorite comicbook superhero has arrived. Lake County's Comic Con is on -- and will go all weekend.

The News-Sun has the details ...
Count-I-Con
When: Aug. 26, 27, 28
Where: Lake County Fairgrounds Convention Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake
Tickets: $5-$7 daily; $10 for three-day pass; free for active military and kids 12 and younger

Count-I-Con adds '80s dance, zombie walk
Note to attendees: costumes are optional but you are advised to know your superheroes. Who wants to say hello to the Swamp Thing, only to be told later that you were chatting up the Man Thing? Not your LakeCountyEye!

For that reason, your LakeCountyEye has assembled a cheat sheet of Lake County's most popular costumed crime-fighters. There are only 10 -- all easy to memorize:
Lake County's 10 All-Time Greatest
Comic Book Characters

  1. Stimpson J Cat


  2. Bullwinkle J Moose


  3. Homer J Simpson


  4. Elmer J Fudd


  5. John J Fadoozle



  6. Wolf J Flywheel


  7. Cuthbert J Twillie


  8. Phineas J Whoopee


  9. Sheldon J Plankton


  10. Donald J Trump
Look for the notorious D J LakeCountyEye, mixing it up.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Assessing, the Damage

objection oriented programming Unhappy with your assessment? That's because it is the job of the Lake County Assessor to make an ass out of ess and ment.

Haha, those who disagree with their assessment customarily had 30 days to appeal -- by marching down to the election booth, and throwing their Assessor out of office. And voting-in, instead, an Assessor who will value homes at considerably less than the ones over in the next Township.

A lucrative sleight-of-hand like that, however, is going to have a short shelf-life. According to the Daily Herald
Cuba Township Assessor Rebecca Tonigan says her work to fairly set property values has been "undermined" by an appointed Lake County official. Tonigan and other township assessors are questioning why Lake County Chief Assessment Officer Martin Paulson's office kept them out of the most recent property valuation process. The township assessors contend the result without their input was across-the-board percentage increases set by Paulson's office that could lead to higher property taxes.
Lake County assessors clash over property value hikes
Note to Ops: Cuba Township is just across the border from McHenry County. Where homes are still valued the old fashioned way -- by their Township Assessors.

Just Sayin!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Process of Elimination

flush with success Proponents of clean government suffered a setback this week. Governor Rauner signed a Bill that could liquidate some sanitary districts in Lake County.

For details, see this legislator's press release:
The new law allows the Round Lake Sanitary District and Fox Lake Hills Sanitary District to enter into agreements with Lake County to undertake their assets and responsibilities and eventually dissolve.
New law to save Lake County taxpayers’ money
Note to Ops: Sometimes that campaign press release divulges too much information.

Just sayin!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Second Bananas

trump action Abraham Lincoln said famously at Gettysburg:
Government of the Second Amendment people, by the Second Amendment people, for the Second Amendment people, shall not perish from the earth.
And the Second Amendment people have spoken. Lake County ranks #4, with the most concealed carry licenses issued in Illinois. The News-Sun said ...
In Lake County, 8,403 people have active concealed carry license holders — a rate of 11.9 holders per 1,000 people, according to a Freedom of Information Act request by the News-Sun.
Lake County fourth in state in concealed carry licenses
Note to Ops: This works out to better than one chance in a hundred the next Lake County voter you meet has a hidden weapon.

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Agitprop the Presses

Does Lake County's #1 fake newspaper -- the Lake County Gazette -- publish a fake horoscope? The mind boggles.

Haha, as readers of this blog are truly aware ...
The Fake News
homeowners are receiving a political broadsheet from the Liberty Principles PAC, called the Lake County Gazette. Although the Lake County Gazette has all the looks of a real newspaper, it is unknown if anyone is being fooled by it. There is an old saying, however in Illinois politics:
If you are going to lie, at least be good at it.
So perhaps not surprisingly, the publishers of the Lake County Gazette asked to be recognized by the Illinois Press Association. The Illinois Press Association was not amused. They issued a statement that was reprinted in POLITICO:
Technology has significantly lowered the barrier for entry into publishing—for both print and digital, making it extremely difficult to distinguish between legitimate news and political propaganda. News and information shape the decisions we make every day and the importance of news literacy is becoming more and more important each day. People are continually inundated with messages from this growing number of platforms and it is often unclear as to the source or the integrity of the message or the platform.

The newspapers published under the banners of Chambana Sun, DuPage Policy Journal, East Central Reporter, Kankakee Times, Lake County Gazette, McHenry Times, Metro East Sun, North Cook News, Rock Island Today, Sangamon Sun, SW Illinois News, West Central Reporter, West Cook News, are not members of the Illinois Press Association, nor are they eligible for membership in the Association.

BUYING THE NEWS
Note to Ops at the Lake County Gazette: If you want to be a member of the Illinois Press Association, then just say you are a member of the Illinois Press Association. It's not like you're not the fake news, after all.
Take it from your LakeCountyEye, member in good standing of the Illinois Press Association.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Guilt by Association

There was a fly on the wall this week, at a GOP press conference in Schaumburg. And for the record, the fly was sent to the lab and tested for Zika.

Haha, also present was the Daily Herald -- which said that State Senate candidate Mike Amrozowicz was ...
Flanked by a large poster showing former President Richard Nixon and House Speaker Michael Madigan side by side ...
Suburban GOP lawmakers push for term limits, dismiss questions about unity


A telling pause?
Using the poster as a visual aid, Amrozowicz pointed out that Madigan was first elected in 1971. And in that same year -- 1971 -- Nixon had not been impeached.

Students of history will note that in 1971, Kim Jong-il had not been impeached, either.

Kim Jong-il

Mike Amrozowicz
Dear Reader: It has been decreed that you shall chuckle
at this hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Don't tell a Seoul.

Monday, August 1, 2016

If the Chicken Feeds it Ledes

What about Berwyn? Summer in Lake County is so hot, you could fry an egg on your patio furniture. Provided, of course, you have the necessary permits for the backyard chicken.

Haha, the Village of Wauconda may allow its homeowners to raise backyard chickens. The Daily Herald says ...
Prompted by residents' inquiries, Wauconda officials are investigating whether to allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.
Should backyard chickens be allowed in Wauconda?
Wauconda is not the first area town to debate the backyard chicken issue, according to these Daily Herald stories:
Bartlett weighing whether to allow backyard chickens

Elgin continuing backyard chicken program

Grayslake to allow backyard hens for eggs

No backyard chickens in Arlington Heights

Palatine man gets his chickens, but that's all for now

Round Lake taking further look at pet chicken request

Mundelein: No chickens, bees in backyards
Informed sources tell your LakeCountyEye that the Daily Herald has been nominated for a Pullet-zer Prize this year.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. No yolk.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Sting

It is summertime and the little six-legged bloodsuckers are swarming all over Lake County. Of course, your LakeCountyEye refers to the tax collector.

Haha, a big bite of your tax bill goes toward mosquito control. And some of you, according to the Daily Herald, are being double taxed:
While the pesky mosquito lacks size, it can pack a pretty significant wallop for suburban taxpayers, especially for some who are paying multiple agencies to battle the bugs.
Are you being double-taxed for mosquito control?
Spokespersons for the extermination industry were quick to defend the practice of using taxpayer dollars to eradicate mosquitoes on an industrial scale. One told your LakeCountyEye that while not quite as big as the "flying Buicks" in Florida, Lake County mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases not unlike the Spanish Flu, which killed 50 million in 1918.

Operatives who value their health & safety are advised to think twice before venturing out-of-doors. The photographic evidence does not lie:

Your LakeCountyEye pursued by a Culex Tarsalis Mosquito (West Nile Virus).



Your LakeCountyEye in the crosshairs of an Aedes Albopictus Mosquito (Zika Virus).



Nipping at the heels of your LakeCountyEye is an Anopheles Gambiae Mosquito (Malaria).



Off into the sunset goes your LakeCountyEye. In hot pursuit is an Aedes Aegypti Mosquito (Dengue Fever).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Donkey Dung

Perhaps conceding that elections should be about building bridges and not walls, the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist® drew a picture of Hillary Clinton atop the Golden Arches:

Social Insecurity
Sharpeyed operatives will observe, however, that the donkey standing next to Hillary is not wearing a diaper:
A Lake County spokesman for Donald Trump explained that the poop represents the mess that the Democrats created. And that Trump should be imagined standing below the donkey.  "Only Mr Trump can fix it."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Scat.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Cock and Bull Story

don't have a cow Local delegates to the GOP Convention might be surprised when they return to Lake County. The Bull Creek Trail Connector is now open, and links Libertyville Towwship with the Des Plaines River Trail:
Though only about three-quarters of a mile, a new trail dedicated Thursday morning in Libertyville Township is considered a critical link in an area known for an extensive trail system.
Short but crucial link in Lake County trail system complete
A Lake County spokesman for Donald Trump was quick to respond: "Mr Trump promises to build a wall. And Libertyville Township will pay for it."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Hit the road.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Conventional Warfare

Republican delegates hoping for an open convention may have to settle for an open-carry convention. The GOP is expected to nominate Donald Trump for President this week, when they convene in Cleveland Ohio -- an open-carry state. The Lake County delegate to the GOP convention spoke candidly to the Daily Herald ...
Trump delegate Bob Bednar of Mundelein, a 2014 primary candidate for Illinois House, said there's likely to be tension in the delegation because some members have actively and loudly pushed back against the primary winner. "I think there's going to be tension," Bednar said. "And I think there's going to be conflict."
Heading to Cleveland, Illinois GOP delegates not all unified
Your LakeCountyEye observes that Kevlar body armor is still available on the Internet:

Alibaba.com
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Suit up and show up.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Extremism is No Vice

The new Republican Party 2016 Platform condemns pornography. Presumably there will be no porn to be had by GOP Convention delegates, next week. Coincidentally, perhaps, most Illinois GOP party leaders and elected officials have declined to attend their convention. One contrarian -- who will be at the Cleveland convention -- is Randy Hultgren.

Lake County's boreal Congressman, Hultgren said ...
I met with Donald Trump when he visited the House and I was encouraged that he listened to what we had to say. I look forward to hearing more in Cleveland as our party convenes to select its nominee. Let me be clear: I will support the Republican nominee.
Hultgren to Attend Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Donald Trump, who is widely considered to be politically radioactive, is expected to reward Hultgren for his loyalty:

President Trump

Vice-President Hultgren
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Keep your hands to yourself.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

How Cheap Can Justice Be?

Q: How many doctors will be needed to perform Chuck Norris's autopsy?
A: Only one: Lake County Coroner Tom Rudd
Haha, but Rudd may not be the Lake County Coroner next year. Michael Donnenwirth is running against Rudd, in November, for the job of Coroner. And while Donnenwirth would not beat Rudd in a fair fight, he hopes to win the way they do in Illinois -- by getting Rudd thrown off the ballot on a technicality:
Attorney Burton Odelson, who filed the challenge, said once one declares themselves to a party the declaration lasts for the election cycle from March to November. Rudd said that because he withdrew as a democrat before the primary, the affiliation should not count.
Democratic candidate: Lake County Coroner can't run as independent
Donnenwirth's attorney, Burton Odelson, is senior partner at Odelson & Sterk, Ltd.:
For more than 40 years, our firm has been acknowledged as a leader in the development and practice of election law in Illinois. Our firm has served as special legal counsel to electoral boards, as well as counsel before the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court on matters ranging from local hearings to landmark cases.
Odelson & Sterk, Ltd.
Indeed, Odelson has been involved in some high-profile cases:
Bush v. Gore, 121 S. Ct. 525 (2000)
Mr. Odelson was retained by the Bush campaign to participate in an election challenge regarding an equal protection claim involving the measures used for the manual recount of the presidential election votes in Florida in 2000; briefs were filed and case was argued before canvassing boards in West Palm Beach and Broward Counties, ultimately being decided by the United States Supreme Court.

Our Cases – Odelson & Sterk
At present, Michael Donnenwirth does not have a campaign committee and has not filed campaign disclosure reports with the State of Illinois. The threshold for filing is $5000 -- raised or spent. In all likelihood, Donnenwirth has not raised a significant amount of money for his campaign.

Perhaps Odelson & Sterk, Ltd. works for free?

Odelson & Sterk, Ltd.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Fly on the Walsh

Does Joe Walsh look up toward Donald Trump and wonder ...
There but for the grace of God go I?
Former Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh, arguably, was Donald Trump before Donald Trump was cool. And to prove it, the banty-rooster Walsh has been Tweeting up a firestorm:
As the Dallas shootings that left five police officers dead unfolded overnight, conservative radio host and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh posted on Twitter "this is now war" in a tweet that sparked a firestorm across the country online.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh: "Watch out Obama"
One spokesman explained it this way: "How is the lunatic-fringe supposed to get any attention these days, when your candidate for President is the lunatic fringe?"

Haha, here's a picture of Joe Walsh at a fundraiser for some local trumbolone that your LakeCountyEye never heard of:

Mike Amrozowicz for State Senate
The end.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Trump Together With ...

Your LakeCountyEye has been commissioned to conduct a flash poll: Raise your hand if you have the grit, the determination, and the $1,495 to be Donald Trump's Vice President.

Haha, the Chicago Tribune noted that the question of ...
who would be Trump's running mate is also a question of who would take the job in light of many Republicans' ambivalence about his candidacy. Many establishment types in the party are skipping the GOP convention.
Trump's VP shortlist heavy with Washington insiders
And many of those convention no-shows will be from Illinois. Crain's broke the news, which appeared in the CapitolFax:
at the moment, not one member of Illinois' congressional delegation has said they'll be in Cleveland [except for Congressman Peter Roskam], according to both official and inside sources. Nor is Gov. Bruce Rauner, comptroller Leslie Munger or any statewide GOP official.
Roskam, Durkin among few planning to attend GOP convention
Peter Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, is expected to break ranks with his colleagues, and will be in Cleveland for the four-day convention.  This despite the fact that Roskam is more often seen overseas, in far-flung destinations like Taiwan, Myanmar and Israel.

Ops are advised to look for Roskam centerstage on the GOP convention floor.  Your LakeCountyEye has been told the foot-loose Roskam is a hands-on favorite:

President Trump

Vice-President Roskam
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Keep your hands visible at all times.