Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How To Save Constitutional Democracy


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Drawing on the experiences of numerous countries that have seen democratic norms undermined by the rise of authoritarian populist movements, Professor and author Tom Ginsburg will discus how the United States is also vulnerable to these forces.
  • Sunday
    September 23 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Does BGLCC Stand for NSFW?

Look out Pornhub, the Chicago Tribune is breathing down your neck.

The Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce website was hijacked by a pornsite and the Chicago Tribune was on the story:
Rife with obscene content and, at one time, the face of President Donald Trump, a fake website that claimed to represent the Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce has been taken down weeks after officials discovered it.
Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Note to Ops: Don't you just hate when this happens to you? Your LakeCountyEye certainly does.

According to the Tribune:
the chamber managed to shut down the site 24 hours after filing a complaint on Sept. 14 with the hosting company
Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
What makes this a man-bites-dog story (and not merely a dog-bites-man story) are the hyperlinks that are posted on the Tribune's website. Here is an actual unredacted screen cap from the Chicago Tribune story:
The fake website is circled above.

Spoiler Alert: Contrary to what the Tribune story implies, the hyperlink is active. And there is a reason why the hyperlink has not been posted on this blog.

Nuff said!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream

If the dark web means anything, it has to be the Lake County Gazette. That's because stories there keep vanishing.

Last week Lake County's #1 fakenews source -- the Lake County Gazette -- posted a story critical of State Rep Helene Walsh. But don't bother reading it, the story was quickly killed:
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream
Not to worry. With the expert help of a 400lb hacker sitting on a bed, your LakeCountyEye has been able to resurrect the story:



And just to make sure the search engines can pick it up, here is the text of the story:
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream

In less than a month on the job, state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has served up plenty of campaign material to her Democratic opponent Mary Edly-Allen of Libertyville.

For the second time since Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP chairman and co-chair of the Illinois Republican Party, appointed her on August 18 to the 51st House seat vacated by Nick Sauer over charges of sexual misconduct, Walsh has scrambled to delete over-the-top, offensive statements from her Facebook page.

Just yesterday on the anniversary of 9/11, Walsh wrote about the dangers of socialism and globalism “bringing down our government and our duly elected officials in far more insidious ways” than the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

"They come in the form of a pretty young woman (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) or a very old man (Bernie Sanders) who has never worked a 9-5 job preaching a form of government that has been responsible for more human tragedy in all of recorded history,” she wrote. “Or an eloquent former president (Barack Obama) who could never utter the words 'radical Islam' but had no trouble apologizing for the USA at every world stage."

In August, she deleted other posts after the Democrats skewered her.

Nancy Shepherdson, the 6th District Democratic State Central Committeewoman and co-chair of the Illinois 6th District Democrats, said in an August 20 statement that Walsh deleted a July 3 Facebook post about illegal immigrants that stated: “Don't want to be separated from your kids…don't break our laws.”.

“Helene Walsh should be straight with the voters of the 51st District,” Shepherdson said. “If, for instance, she believes that children should be separated from parents who are applying for legal asylum, she shouldn't be afraid to say so.”

At the time of the appointment, Shaw told the Daily Herald that Walsh would not only represent constituents well in the 51st, but would be capable of "putting a campaign together virtually overnight."

He also said that her travels to many parts of Illinois will benefit the legislature.

"She really understands the different viewpoints of people from across the state," Shaw said.

Walsh is married to former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, an outspoken and controversial evening radio host on WIND AM-560 – he was suspended a few years ago for using the N-word on the air.

The Illinois 51st District stretches from western Mundelein in the north to Vernon Hills, Long Grove and Barrington in the south, with most of Libertyville in its center.

The election is November 6.
Note to Ops: The Internet is forever.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Culture of Tightfistedness

I has a HSA!
If the culture of corruption is a disease then Lake County GOP has it. That's because the Republican Lake County Board has slashed the health insurance on County employees:
The passage of a new health insurance plan by the Lake County Board this week drew warnings from the circuit court clerk and the union representing employees in that department to reconsider part of the plan or face an unfair labor practice charge.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
The sore spot is over Health Savings Accounts (HSA):
Under the new proposal, the county's contribution to the HSA would be reduced by $50 for single coverage and $100 for family coverage for the second year in a row.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
HSA (aka junk insurance) accounts are favored by the Republican Party:
HSAs can be a beneficial option for certain consumers, but those who are wealthy are more likely to benefit. Those without a substantial income are less likely to benefit from HSAs because they do not have the money to set aside for the account.
What are health savings accounts, or HSAs, and why do Republicans like them so much?
This may be why Barry Burton is happy with the County's HSA plan. Burton is the Lake County Administrator, and makes $247,090:
County Administrator Barry Burton said Friday that the HSA account policy started with large contributions by the county, but the payments have been been scaling it back so they are more in line with the industry standards. "We have had increased health insurance costs, but it is well below the national average," he said.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
Note to Ops: Barry Burton will be leaving for a higher-paying County Administrator job in Florida. So, if you work for Lake County and you can't afford your health insurance, you have no cause to complain. Just switch jobs to Lake County Administrator. It pays quite well.

Friday, September 14, 2018

What the Helene

The Russian Twitter Bots that post the fakenews stories on the Lake County Gazette have gone haywire. The Lake County Gazette posted an uncomplimentary story about their favorite-son State Rep, Helene Walsh:
In less than a month on the job, state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has served up plenty of campaign material to her Democratic opponent Mary Edly-Allen of Libertyville. For the second time since Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP chairman and co-chair of the Illinois Republican Party, appointed her on August 18 to the 51st House seat vacated by Nick Sauer over charges of sexual misconduct, Walsh has scrambled to delete over-the-top, offensive statements from her Facebook page.
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream
The Lake County Gazette -- Lake County's #1 fakenews source -- took Helene (née Joe) Walsh to task for posting some of her extreme rightwing-nutjob ideas on Facebook, for all to see. Only to later scrub those same extreme rightwing-nutjob messages off of Facebook, for no one to see.

But don't try to click the link above to the Lake County Gazette. This Lake County Gazette story that criticizes Helene Walsh for scrubbing her Facebook, has been -- wait for it -- scrubbed from the Lake County Gazette:
Operatives are asked to make up their own joke here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Culture of Obfuscation

Out, damned spot!
The Lake County Republican Party -- the party of identity politics -- has an identity crisis.

Is the Lake County GOP the culture of corruption?
A House of Cards
Or is the Lake County GOP the culture of obstruction?
The Culture of Obstruction
Or is the Lake County GOP the culture of ammunition?
The Culture of Ammunition
If you believe State Rep Helene Walsh, the Lake County GOP the culture of obfuscation:
You'll recall that state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) scrubbed her Facebook page of some pretty odd and extremist stuff shortly after she was appointed to the seat. Well, here's her Facebook page today ...
Apparently, Rep. Miller Walsh isn’t finished posting extreme stuff on Facebook
Rep. Miller Walsh has taken down her divisive post. The person who pointed me to the post in the first place says FB commenters were posting screen shots of their online contributions to her Democratic opponent.
Scrubbed
One informed source told your LakeCountyEye that Helene Walsh's Facebook has seen more scrubs than a Beverly Hills plastic surgery spa.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, September 10, 2018

They Stop to Conquer

An actual unretouched screen grab from WLS 890 AM:

Roskam accuses Casten of stopping to “the politics of ridicule”
After learning of Peter Roskam's accusations, one informed source told your LakeCountyEye: "Only an asshat would say something like that."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

International Literacy Day

if you can read this thank a teacher
Ordinarily in Lake County, September 8 is International Literacy Day. Except that State Senator Dan McConchie petitioned President Trump to withdraw from the treaty:
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
Libraries under attack in McHenry County political realm
Perhaps to compensate for cancelling International Literacy Day, McConchie announced that he will be hosting Coffee and Conversation events. Where? At a public library near you:
Sen. McConchie hosts Coffee and Conversation events
Haha, j/k. Dan McConchie has these events all scheduled at bars.

Note to Ops: If you read about the evils of drinking, give up reading.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Hole in the Wall

Legitimate businessman and US President Donald J Trump suffered a setback. Part of his Mexico border wall collapsed this week in Libertyville:
A retaining wall on Route 45 in Libertyville collapsed overnight, one day after the Lake County Sheriff's Department shut down the roadway in both directions.
Route 45 closed in Libertyville; railroad bridge retaining wall collapses
Libertyville State Rep Helene Walsh was quick to the scene with a first response:
If you come to America illegally, don't you dare attack us.
For the record, no terrorists entered US soil through the breach in the Libertyville wall.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Zornswoggled

How many names does he have?
Well on his way by now to the Governor's mansion, Lake County favorite son Kash Jackson -- née Benjamin Winderweedle -- picked up some earned media from the Chicago Tribune:
Why would a politician change his name from Benjamin Winderweedle to Kash Jackson? I'm hard pressed to come up with a better ballot name than Winderweedle.
Campaign curiosities: Why not 'Winderweedle'?
If your spider-sense is all tingly with deja-vu, that's because you remember this LakeCountyEye story:
A ballot-name like Winderweedle comes along once in a lifetime. Could you resist casting your vote for the guy named Winderweedle? Your LakeCountyEye could not.
Wither Winderweedle
That sounds a lot like your LakeCountyEye. Has the Chicago Tribune -- née Eric Zorn -- been datamining your LakeCountyEye for ideas?

There are some differences. The Chicago Tribune made this crack about Kash Jackson's name:
Kash Jackson sounds to me more like a mixed martial arts fighter than a public official.
Campaign curiosities: Why not 'Winderweedle'?
While your LakeCountyEye likened Kash Jackson's name to a role in a porn movie:
Appearances to the contrary, Kash Jackson is not the name of a character in the new Stormy Daniels movie. No, Kash Jackson is is the name of Lake County favorite-son and candidate for Governor.
Wither Winderweedle
Note to Ops: How many times has this happened to you? Your are watching porn. Someone walks into the room. You quickly click to the mixed martial arts channel.

Just Sayin!

Your LakeCountyEye: Ripped off by the Chicago Tribune since September 2018.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Culture of Ammunition

Why does the Lake County GOP need to own a trademark on the Culture of Corruption® -- when they can just steal it instead?

Haha, the Lake County Republican Party invites you to their annual family picnic:
An old-fashioned family picnic and all are welcome to attend!! Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, corn-on-the-cob, soft drinks, beer and wine will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert to share. Come out and join in the fun!!
September 9, 2018: Republican Assembly of Lake County Picnic
Your LakeCountyEye notes that there are no sex, drugs or misuse of public funds on offer at the Lake County GOP picnic. How much fun will that be?

One thing not mentioned in the promo for the Lake County GOP family picnic -- and not searchable on Google -- will be a raffle. For a Mossberg 590 Shockwave:
In case you didn't know, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is a military-style shotgun:
590® Shockwave


LEGENDARY MOSSBERG PUMP-ACTION RELIABILITY IN A COMPACT 14" BARRELED PACKAGE.
The Shockwave Raptor bird's head pistol grip is uniquely shaped to minimize felt recoil. Includes all the features that have made Mossberg pump-actions the choice for millions worldwide: ambidextrous safety, dual extractors, positive steel-to-steel lockup, twin action bars, and a smooth operating anti-jam elevator.

Mossberg 590® Shockwave
It is unknown if the Mossberg 590 Shockwave military-style shotgun being raffled off at the Lake County GOP family picnic will come with child-proof safety-locks.

Bring the kids anyways.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A House of Cards

By now the Lake County GOP has become your posterboy for the Culture of Corruption. And now after they have brought sex and drugs to the table, can the money be far behind?

Haha, your Lake County government has been on a spending spree:

An examination of a year's worth of statements from county-issued credit cards shows outlandish spending among some Lake County government employees, including a $2,000 steakhouse dinner. CBS 2 uncovered hundreds of county workers using tax dollars in an unchecked spending spree.
Lake County Employees Spent Thousands Of Taxpayer Dollars On Food And Fun
It was Lake County Administrator Barry Burton who approved all of these P-Card transactions. And it was Lake County Treasurer David Stolman who cut reimbursement checks for all of these P-Card expenses.

All of which invites the obvious question: What is a P-Card?

No one seems to know. If they did, one would think they would be returning your LakeCountyEye's calls.

Well, your LakeCountyEye has a hunch. 10 to be exact:
10 P-Words that the Lake County P-Card
Most Likely Stands For
  1. Paved-with-Gold-Card

  2. Purloin-Card

  3. Pay-an-Arm-and-a-Leg-Card

  4. Patronage-Hire-Card

  5. Pee-Down-Their-Backs-and-Say-it-is-Rain-Card

  6. Princess-Nudelman-is-Watching-Card

  7. Pennies-from-Heaven-Card

  8. Pmisspelled-Card

  9. Put-Yourself-in-the Shoes-of-Kim-Kardashian-Card

  10. Party Hardy
Look for your LakeCountyEye being carded near you.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Culture of Obstruction

blockheads
If resting on your laurels involves neither sex or drugs, the Lake County GOP is not content to rest on their laurels. Not content with simply being the Culture of Corruption ...
What the heck is going on in Lake County?
the Lake County Republican Party is shopping around a new street name:
The Culture of Obstruction
Yesterday, after posting a fakenews story about the Jacksonville shooting on FaceBook, the Lake County GOP then killed any chance that you will get to vote for your County Assessor in November:
Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an amendatory veto effectively killing legislation that would have let Lake County voters decide how their chief assessment officer is hired.
Rauner effectively kills bill targeting Lake County chief assessment officer
One official spokesman said: "By law the Governor can't veto the whole election. But he can scrub all of the candidates off your ballot."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. No one to vote for here. Stay home.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Walsh of Silence

Appearances to the contrary, Joe Walsh has not come out as transgender, changing his name to Helene Miller Walsh.

No, in fact Helene Miller Walsh is Ex-Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh's wife:
Of course you wouldn't know it, just from glancing at the tee-shirt, with the Walsh part of the name buried and rendered in small type:
Note to Ops: If you want to convincingly scrub a name, you're going to have to use a smaller font:
Helene
Miller

Walsh
That's how it's done, son.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Sunshine State is the Best Disinfectant

Party Animals
Word of the day is Aloha!

Barry Burton, the Lake County Administrator, is moving to Florida. Burton plans to become the County Administrator in Tampa.

If you don't know who the County Administrator is or what he does, few people do. This is the person hired by the Lake County Board to, among other things, sign off on their county credit card expenditures:
Burton, his staff and the county board face public criticism for how county board expense accounts and credit cards have been managed. That scrutiny was prompted by revelations of financial misuse by county board Chairman Aaron Lawlor. Burton, who was responsible for signing Lawlor's monthly expense invoices, and other officials have since said they intend to change procedures and improve oversight of card usage.
Lake County administrator offered job in Florida
Aaron Lawlor is under investigation by the Illinois State Police for his county credit card expenses.
Burton said the controversy in Lake County was not what prompted him to look at a new job. It was just a matter of the job coming available.
Lake County administrator headed to Florida's Gulf Coast
Florida may not have an extradition treaty with Illinois, but County Administrators down there are paid well:
The Tampa Bay Times listed the new job with a salary range of $212,000 to $275,000 annually.
Lake County administrator headed to Florida's Gulf Coast
Anyone making that kind of money is going to need a pool-boy.

Aaron Lawlor was unavailable for comment.