Monday, October 24, 2016

Code Red

Candidate for Lake County State's Attorney, Michael Nerheim has got the blessing of some big guns ...
Note to Ops: Does anyone know Morse Code?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Smarter, Smaller, Bullisher

Operatives who want to visit are advised to turn off their URL autocorrect. Otherwise (if they are like your LakeCountyEye) they will end up at

Here is an actual unretouched screencap taken from the SALON homepage ...

If the photo looks familiar, that grin belongs to Lake County Board Chair, Aaron Lawlor ...
Lawlor's running mate appears to be Hillary Clinton:
Note to Ops: Early voting has already started. Don't forget to voice your opinion ...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Peter Out

framing the debate At the League of Women Voters debate this week, Peter Roskam did not say he would accept the election results in November.

Haha, j/k.

No, wait -- as a simple matter of fact, Peter Roskam did not say he would accept the election results at the League of Women Voters debate. That's because Roskam did not show up at the debate. Since 2006 ...
according to several League of Women Voters groups in Roskam's 6th Congressional District, he has not appeared at their forums for a debate, and he will not be attending this year's forum scheduled for Oct. 16.
Rep. Peter Roskam will again miss League of Women Voters candidate forum
Haha -- and speaking of the old brushoff, Roskam (Lake County's vestigial congressman) has been avoiding the media, as well ...
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, walked away from reporters on Monday who asked about the effect of Donald Trump on the Republican Party. "Oh heaven help me," Roskam said as he turned and left the College of DuPage in west suburban Glen Ellyn.
Roskam Walks Away After Facing Repeated Questions About Trump
Roskam is reluctant to publicly acknowledge his kamikaze candidate for President, Donald Trump. One spokesman said, "Congressman Roskam wants to talk about the issues the voters care about: Benghazi, Benghazi and Benghazi."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Ixnay on the Ipflopflay

When your LakeCountyEye asked the Magic 8-Ball ...
Is Peter Roskam a Flip-Flopper?
The Magic 8-Ball said ...
Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
Flip. Flop. Repeat.
Peter Roskam's mood-swings over GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump, have grown so frequent that the media has taken notice:
Just hours after saying U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam was planning to vote for Donald Trump, spokesman David Pasch on Tuesday rescinded the remark.
Roskam flip-flops on Trump; now undecided
Sharpeyed Operatives, however, tell your LakeCountyEye that the link above goes to a Daily Herald story with a different headline:
Just hours after saying U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam was planning to vote for Donald Trump, spokesman David Pasch on Tuesday rescinded the remark.
In one day, Roskam goes from planning to vote for Donald Trump to undecided
The same story now has a headline with the word Flip-Flop omitted.

As luck would have it, old Daily Herald stories are frequently preserved by the Internet Archive. And a quick check shows that as of October 11 the Daily Herald headline indeed had been:
Roskam flip-flops on Trump; now undecided

Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
Did the Roskam campaign use its influence to get the F-Word removed from this Daily Herald headline?

The Magic 8-Ball says ...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Flip. Flop. Repeat.

  1. A hairstyle in which the hair is dyed orange, grown long on one side of the head, and combed over the top of the head to cover a bald spot.

  2. Peter Roskam.

His constituents may think that Peter Roskam, Lake County's vestigial congressman, has flipped his lid. Roskam's on-the-record verbal gymnastics have everyone confused -- just where does Peter Roskam stand on his Party's Candidate for President, Donald Trump?

Only last week, Roskam was flipping out over the prospect of a President Trump ...
During a recent meeting with the Daily Herald editorial board, Roskam called the election a "binary choice." He said he views Donald Trump as a "wild card" who he was "choosing to vote for ... over the unworthy candidate."
Suburban Republicans in Congress weigh words on Trump carefully
But by Tuesday of this week, the Trump-reality-show is a big flop for Roskam ...
Just hours after saying U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam was planning to vote for Donald Trump, spokesman David Pasch on Tuesday rescinded the remark.
Roskam flip-flops on Trump; now undecided
On Wednesday, Peter Roskam LALALALA cannot hear the Trump flapdoodle LALALALA ...
Asked whether Roskam still intended to vote for Trump, Roskam spokesman Davis Pasch would not comment.
Roskam's flip-flop on Trump
As of Thursday ... well, haha, who the heck knows ...
In an interesting turn of events this past week, Rep. Peter Roskam publicly backed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, then claimed he was undecided about the race and ultimately returned to backing the divisive billionaire.
Rep. Roskam Flip-Flops, Then Flips Back to Backing Trump: Report
Flippin awesome!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Restorative Community Court: A New Approach to Juvenile Justice

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  • Sunday
    October 16, 2016
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Election Fright

boo Note to Operatives: Keep an eye peeled for a heavyset man with orange hair, thick makeup, and a baggy suit, stalking candidates in Lake County. Is Donald Trump in town? Nope -- Ops are advised to be on the lookout for creepy clowns:
On Wednesday, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran put out a statement saying his department will take proactive measures against individuals acting disorderly while wearing costumes or dressed as clowns, a new trend known as "creepy clown." "The Lake County Sheriff's Office will aggressively investigate anyone who dresses in a costume, wears a mask, disguises themselves, while making threats or acting disorderly toward others," Curran said.
Clown report that put school on lockdown was false
While these reports of creepy clowns have been hoaxes, countywide zombie sightings are a real concern. According to the News-Sun, the Route 53 Extension has become a "zombie highway" -- and is now haunted by sucker-punched public servants infected with the zombie virus. The zombie stampede was sparked by Lake County Chair Aaron Lawlor when he helter-skelter dropped his support for the road project in May. Evacuation plans are now being prepared ahead of the impending Route 53 zombie apocalypse, and ...
Lawlor made that necessary on May 16 by publicly changing his mind. He had been really for it. But then he was really against it. Zombies normally aren't so fickle.
Rutter: Highway 53 planning process goes all zombie
One important question remains unanswered. Who would win in a fair fight -- a zombie or a creepy clown? Operatives will know on November 8 -- both Donald Trump and Aaron Lawlor are on the Lake County ballot.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Whoopsie Drobinski?

What do you call it when you forget to do something important? A senior moment? A crime? Depends on what you forget.

I’ve discovered an interesting website recently that suggests that the line between forgetfulness and criminality may be brighter than some people think.
To quote the website, called,
"For approximately 18 months after his mother passed away, Rod Drobinski continued to collect her monthly pension check."
Rod Drobinski Sued for Pension Scam

Rod Drobinski is running for state representative in District 62 against incumbent Sam Yingling.

Aren’t State Representatives the ones in charge of the state’s pension funds?

Drobinski was sued in Federal Court by the Abbott Employees Retirement Plan and forced to return $19,004.55 of his mother’s pension that he kept for himself after his mother passed away in 2005.

Qualified to solve our state’s pension problems? I don’t think so.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

No Signature Required

Pop Quiz: Name one politician who said some things in the past that he shouldn't have, and surely regrets it now. The correct answer is Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim -- who in 2014, took credit for a major racketeering investigation against a street gang:
"This case signifies a commitment to our new approach at tackling gangs, guns and drugs," Nerheim said. "We will continue to aggressively seek out and prosecute those that bring drugs and violence into our community."
Cops: 21 alleged gang members, associates busted in 'Operation Shut Down the Hustle'
Well that was then but this is now. That year-long RICO case (where 21 people were charged) may be falling apart -- because Nerheim failed to properly issue search warrants:
Lake County Judge George Strickland ruled prosecutors cannot use the wiretap evidence in trials because paperwork seeking the wiretaps was not signed by Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim, as required by law. Nerheim said he didn't specifically sign each wiretap order, but he authorized the chief of his office's gang and narcotic unit in writing to obtain the wiretaps.
Wiretap ruling threatens case against reputed gang members
Whether this lack of due-diligence was the result of systemic incompetence or merely a random screwup, Michael Nerheim will be on the ballot in the November election. And voters can rest assured that there could very well be a simple explanation why Nerheim was unable to complete the necessary paperwork on a multi-agency investigation. Ten, by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning:
10 Plausible Excuses for Neglecting to Sign a Search Warrant
  1. Unable to get out of jury duty.

  2. The robo-signature machine is on the fritz.

  3. These warrants are clearly stamped:

  4. An attack of the yips.

  5. Never signs anything unless a lawyer is present.

  6. Spent way too much time on his 2016 absentee ballot ...

  7. Got pranked with disappearing ink.

  8. Claims a long-term carpal-tunnel disability ...

  9. ... from signing a truckload of wrongful prosecution judgment checks.

  10. Brain fart.
Look for your LakeCountyEye crossing the T's and dotting the I's near you.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Three Sheets to the Wind

There is someone in McHenry County with sticky fingers. According to the tireless trumpsters at the McHenryCountyBlog ...
Went out Monday to get the mail and discovered another Donald Trump for President sign missing. This is the third. I filed another Police Report.
Third Trump Sign Stolen
Note to Ops: If you've been commissioned to investigate this crime, eBay has a 3-pack of Trump signs on sale for only $37.50 ...
A steal!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

You Said "Johnson"

World's Greatest Newspaper
Q:Take away his unbelievably fabulous supermodel trophywife from Donald Trump and what do you have left?
A:Gary Johnson
Haha, Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson has been in the news lately. More specifically, in the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune (which had endorsed Donald Trump wannabee Bruce Rauner for Governor in 2014) blinked -- and declined to endorse Donald Trump for President. Then the Tribune blinked again and endorsed Gary Johnson.

The thinking in Tribune Tower, apparently, is that the enemy of your enemy is not Hillary Clinton. No, that person is a Libertarian candidate -- one who will not poll any better than another spoiler candidate, Ralph Nader, did in the 2000 Presidential Election.

The blogosphere was none too pleased:
LOL! Chicago Tribune tells its readers to vote for Gary Johnson

Trump drives the media nuts, literally: The Chicago Tribune’s delusional Gary Johnson endorsement is a symptom of a deeper illness

What the Hell Is the Chicago Tribune Thinking?
A Gary Johnson endorsement? Really?
On behalf of 400 lb bloggers, on beds throughout the blogosphere, your LakeCountyEye's subscription to the Tribune would have immediately been cancelled. Had there been one.

Sources tell your LakeCountyEye, however, that the Trump for President campaign reads this blog every day. So your LakeCountyEye thought up ten insulting names to call the Chicago Tribune.

Go nuts, Donald:
The 10 Absolute Classiest
Sarcastic Names for the Chicago Tribune
  1. Chicago Buffoon
  2. Chicago Poltroon
  3. Chicago Silver Spoon
  4. Chicago Looneytoon
  5. Chicago Hot Air Balloon
  6. Chicago Jejune
  7. Chicago Full Moon
  8. Chicago Picayune
  9. Chicago Hockey Goon
  10. Chicago Douche Platoon
Look for your LakeCountyEye spoon 'neath the moon in June near you.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shadow Congressman

Your LakeCountyEye has been up all night, generating fake Trump Tweets: But your LakeCountyEye only got the attention of the Daily Herald when Peter Roskam refused to participate in a League of Women Voters debate. Impersonating a League representative, your LakeCountyEye sent this Tweet to Roskam:
The Daily Herald printed this story the next day:
Could there be a debate between 6th District U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and his Democratic opponent for the first time in eight years? A coalition of suburban League of Women Voters groups is pushing hard for one.
Lester: Will Roskam debate for first time in 8 years?
Those who do not know what Peter Roskam looks like, and care to see him in the flesh, should reserve a seat at the Oct. 16 League of Women Voters debate in Glen Ellyn.

Haha, j/k. Lake County's vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam has not debated a Democratic opponent since 2008. This is what a Roskam spokesman told the Daily Herald:
"As you know, he is regularly available to his constituents on the telephone, at town halls, at meetings around the district, and at his local office," spokesman David Pasch wrote in an emailed statement.
Lester: Will Roskam debate for first time in 8 years?
Sources say that Peter Roskam will accept the League's invitation provided he is allowed to debate via speakerphone. The same source told your LakeCountyEye that Roskam looks a little like Charlie's Angels ...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Big Peter is Watching You

This is not a good week for GOP debate participants. Peter Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, told the League of Women Voters that he would not participate in their Oct 16 debate, in Glen Ellyn. A League representative responded to Roskam on Twitter:
#You Can Run But You Can't Hide!
Haha, j/k.

You Can Run But You Can't Hide however is the subliminal message of this Roskam campaign mailer:
Absolutely, your LakeCountyEye wishes to hit the red DECLINE button whenever contacted by a candidate. But when Peter Roskam calls he doesn't take No for an answer:

"Sorry I missed you on my telephone townhall.
I hope you can join next time.
True enough. Having had used up all the minutes on the flipphone, your LakeCountyEye did not respond to the Roskam telephone townhall. But it was nice of them to keep tabs, anyways. Doubtless a lot of time and expense goes into monitoring who answers the phone, and who does not.

Your LakeCountyEye asked a source at the Roskam campaign. This source denied that the NSA was providing them with warrantless telecom surveillance data. The same source, however, did confirm that Peter Roskam voted to maintain the Patriot Act in 2011, and extend the government's roving wiretap program:
Peter Roskam on Homeland Security
Note to Ops: Intelligence gathering is mostly a matter of connecting the dots.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Around this time of the year, the two most important words in the English Language are ...
Just ask any drinking game player.

The first presidential debate begins Monday, September 26, at 8pm CST. And the rules for debate drinking are simple:
  1. Select a Candidate.
  2. Wait for the candidate to voice a keyword or catchphrase.
  3. Take a drink!
Official debate drinking game rules are posted on the Illinois Republican Party website:

Make America Great Again
Bottoms up!

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Sign of the Apocalypse?

Only $1,495 Even though 16 out of every 1000 McHenry County residents carry concealed weapons, the County is in the jaws of a crime wave. According to the tireless tax fighters at the McHenryCountyBlog, their Donald Trump yardsigns are being stolen:
Yesterday, on my way back from church, I notice that my Donald Trump sign was missing.
Trump Sign Stolen
The second yard sign supporting Donald Trump for President has disappeared from in front of our home.
Message of the Day – Sign Gone
Finding a replacement sign is easier said than done. Trump badly trails in statewide polls, and his campaign is not expected to be sharing their yardsigns with Illinois any time soon.

According to the Illinois Republican Party ...


You can show your support for Mr. Trump and Governor Pence by purchasing a yard sign through the campaign by clicking here. The Illinois campaign has a limited number of yard signs as well. Please contact Mitchell Bence at The campaign will likely not be able to meet the extraordinary demand for yard signs. To ensure a sign is delivered to your neighborhood, you can purchase a sign by clicking here.
Make America Great Again
$20 gets you an Official Trump-Pence 2016 Yard Sign (Set of 2), from Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Note to Operatives: Your LakeCountyEye knows where there is a reliable supply of FREE Trump signs. But you have to go to McHenry County.