Monday, June 18, 2018

Talking to a Brick Wall

The last time anyone saw Peter Roskam, he was podcasting from his bio-secure underground bunker:

Bunker Mentality
At the same time and 500 feet up, at ground level, Parkland survivors rallied in Naperville for sensible gun control ...
On Saturday, the group held a town hall in Naperville, where Republican congressman Peter Roskam has been a consistent supporter of gun rights and has received donations from the NRA.
Parkland students aim to shakeup ‘detached politicians’ aligned with NRA
Peter Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, was unavailable for comment. Embedded informants say Roskam had been quickly hustled to a new underground secure supermax location:

Join me in calling on the administration to revisit their decision to impose tariffs that will hurt manufacturers
Note to Peter Roskam campaign Ops: Reclaimed brick is timeless. Worth every penny!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Gun Violence, Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice System

Tuesday, June 19, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is hosting a free presentation, "Gun Violence, Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice System." The event will take place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Vernon Township Community Services Building, 2900 North Main Street, Buffalo Grove.

This presentation will be conducted by Professor Mark Heyrman, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and one of the leading experts in the field of mental health and the law. Two hours of free professional responsibility CLE credit will be available for attorneys.

Not only does the subject matter mean a lot to so many people, it also impacts lives every day in ways seen and unseen. This will be a timely, meaningful, and in-depth discussion.

Admission is free.

For more information or to RSVP, go to www.tenthdems.org, or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Disappointing the Lake County Assessor

The Lake County Assessor wars may go nuclear. A Bill waiting to be signed on the Governor's desk could allow Lake County voters to elect their County Assessor. The Lake County Assessor is currently an appointed position.

The Bill has wide bi-partisan support. One exception is Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor. As Chair, Lawlor has the sole authority to appoint the Lake County Assessor and stands to lose that authority if the Bill becomes law.

Aaron Lawlor may not think that Lake County voters can be trusted to choose their County Assessor:
Lawlor said Friday that he feels voters should be "very concerned about this bill," adding that "this is not the type of office you elect someone who you'd like to have a beer with," because you want someone who is qualified.
Push is on for Rauner to sign bill allowing referendum for electing Lake County assessor
For the record, Aaron Lawlor holds an elected office, and wants to be re-elected in November:

Visit Lake County Illinois,
Best Day of My Life in Lake County,
Illinois. Tourism
May Mr Lawlor put you down for a yardsign?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bunker Mentality

Note to Ops: Those hoping to meet Peter Roskam in person, may have to wait until after the November election, or later still.

Your LakeCountyEye has obtained fresh video of Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam delivering a podcast from deep within his bomb-proof bunker:

Peter Roskam -- More great news on tax cuts!
The audio of the podcast has been heavily encrypted. Certified lip readers have confirmed however that Roskam is assuring his voters that they will never be asked to sit through a Peter Roskam townhall -- not as long as Peter Roskam remains safe, deep in his undisclosed underground location.

Coming Up: Drilling begins soon on the Elon Musk Deep Tunnel to O'Hare. Experts warn that a collision with Tesla Tunnel equipment and the Peter Roskam underground bunker is "immanent".

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blame Canada

pas de train de pétrole qui explose
The Lake County exploding oil-train once again failed to explode yesterday.

In Barrington this time,
residents and commuters experienced a "perfect storm" during last night's rush hour as a Canadian National train stalled on the tracks for more than 30 minutes due to mechanical issues, blocking all four Village crossings in the 5:00 p.m. rush hour timeframe. Traffic was unable to move in any direction, causing backups throughout town and into our surrounding communities.
"PERFECT STORM" LAST NIGHT WITH CN TRAIN BLOCKAGE
The stoppage occurred on the heels of tariffs and other trade barriers imposed on Canada by legitimate businessman and US President Donald J Trump. One knowledgeable Canadian said: "This was no coincidence. If our trains cannot get back to Canadian soil we have to park them somewhere. Capisce?"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, June 11, 2018

In God We Trust -- All Others Vote for Kash

Kash Jackson knows you can run for Governor despite lacking even the money to pay child support:
Libertarian governor candidate found in contempt of court
You do it by leveraging your insolvency into free media, courtesy cable TV:
Of course, unless your name is Donald J Trump, being the butt of humor on Comedy Central is not a strategy for electoral success.

He may be Lake County's favorite-son candidate for Governor, but a ballot-name like Kash Jackson isn't going to jack someone up to the top of the electoral totem-pole. JoeBlows named Kash Jackson come a dime a dozen. Just ask anyone who has seen as many porn movies as your LakeCountyEye has.

Note to Ops: What a Kash Jackson needs is a good middle name. Like for instance, Kash Action Jackson. Here are 10 to get things going:
Ten Middle Names
to Print on Kash Jackson Yardsigns
  1. Is King

  2. For Gold

  3. Out

  4. And Concealed Carry

  5. Flo

  6. Eddie

  7. Onthebarrelhead

  8. Only (No Credit No Checks)

  9. 4 Klunkers

  10. Amstutz
Look out for your LakeCountyEye. Danger is your LakeCountyEye's middle name.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Taking Liberties

... and bears Oh My!
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that the Libertarian candidate for Governor whose sole source of income is a generous government pension is not Cal Skinner. For the record, Skinner -- the brains behind the McHenryCountyBlog -- does enjoy a generous government pension. However the last time Skinner was the Libertarian candidate for Governor was in 2002.

The 2018 Libertarian candidate for Governor whose sole source of income is a generous government pension is, in point of fact, Kash Jackson:
He said he is unemployed and living exclusively on disability and pension payments from serving 20 years in the Navy. He's admitted in court he takes home about $4,500 a month from those benefits.
Libertarian governor candidate found in contempt of court
For those unfamiliar with the term, a libertarian is defined as a person who believes in individual liberty. And being free from government.

Note to Ops: It's good to be the Libertarian.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

From the Big House to the State House

QOTD #1: How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg?
A #1: Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

QOTD #2: How many State Reps are there in Illinois if you call Peter Roskam a State Rep?
A #2: Haha, this one is not so easy is it?

This week, the Chicago City Wire called Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam a State Rep:
Chicago businessman lauds state Rep. Peter Roskam for listening to constituents
In their defense, the Chicago City Wire is no doubt held to the same exacting journalistic standards as its sister publication, the Lake County Gazette -- aka Lake County's #1 fake news source.

One insider explained things this way: "They use Russian news bots to generate all of their stories. The facial recognition algorithm probably mixed up Roskam with [State Rep] Nick Sauer."

Peter Roskam?

Peter Roskam?
If this looks to you like a another hilarious
LakeCountyEye Double Vision™
you need your eyes examined!
Note to Peter Roskam campaign Ops: Be thankful your boss doesn't look like Stormy Daniels.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Whistle Stopped?

mums the word
Lake County celebrity whistle blower Denise Rotheimer did not blow the whistle today.

Rotheimer is witness to allegations of harassment aired publicly against some high profile elected officials.  She has also been a guest on Morning Answer with Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson. This is the same Morning Answer radio talk-show where Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said:
Um, Amy, um, I, um, not really met. She's six feet tall, got awesome skin, she's really nice looking lady. That's not bad waking up to, Dan?
Lake Co Sheriff Mark Curran joins Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson to talk community safety & life at the jail
For the record, your LakeCountyEye does not know what it is like waking up to Amy Jacobson. But your LakeCountyEye digresses.

To date, Denise Rotheimer -- who knows Amy Jacobson -- has not accused Sheriff Curran of harassment. If and when and why not remain a mystery.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Well Accuse Me

He's So Fine
Lake County whistle blower Denise Rotheimer blew another whistle this week:
Big news! The allegation that is coming out on Thursday is a game changer. When his name is mentioned ... time is up. I am so grateful for the courage that she has to go public.
Ives to attend tomorrow’s press conference about “leading lawmaker” who is “longtime abuser”
The allegation was harassment.  Rotheimer did not name names, but her finger-pointer subsequently ...
appeared on conservative activist Dan Proft's Chicago radio show the Thursday morning before her press conference.
Miller: Are Loncar claims a lot of smoke?
At the press conference, the finger-pointer said the finger-pointee ...
put his hand on her lower back and asked her if she knew "how lucky" her husband was to have a wife like her.
She says Lang ‘harassed’ her — he dismisses her as disgruntled pot profiteer
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention however that the person accused of harassment was not Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran ... even though Curran had said this on Dan Proft's Chicago radio show:
Um, Amy, um, I, um, not really met. She's six feet tall, got awesome skin, she's really nice looking lady. That's not bad waking up to, Dan?
Lake Co Sheriff Mark Curran joins Dan Proft & Amy Jacobson to talk community safety & life at the jail
Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Prisoner of Love?

In case you missed it, Chicago's Morning Answer broadcast live from the Lake County jail:

Lake Co Sheriff Mark Curran joins Dan & Amy
to talk community safety & life at the jail
Dan Proft: Good morning we're Dan & Amy coming to you live from Lake County jail this morning. So in addition to my normal security detail, we have law enforcement from Lake County around.
Amy Jacobson: Yeah I'm feeling very safe this morning. It's great.
Dan Proft: And we're pleased to be joined now by our friend Mark Curran who is the Lake County Sheriff. Mark thanks for joining us and hosting us.
Sheriff
Mark Curran:
Awesome to have y'all here. Um, Amy, um, I, um, not really met. She's six feet tall, got awesome skin, she's really nice looking lady. That's not bad waking up to, Dan?
Dan Proft: Now, uh ... now you have to compliment me.
Amy Jacobson: Yeah what are some of his ...
Sheriff
Mark Curran:
Dan is one of the brightest individuals in this industry if not right at the very tops.
Note to Law Enforcement from Lake County Ops: Could someone please ask the Sheriff to get a room?

And thank you for playing Get a Room! Your LakeCountyEye Get a Room!™ competition is open to anyone 18 or older, of minimal self awareness, and just a hunka hunka burnin love. Decision of the judges are final.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Low on Kash

Dough!
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that the right-wing personal-responsibility candidate from Lake County who is being sued for child support is not ex-Congressman Joe Walsh. No, this Lake County right-wing personal-responsibility absentee-father is gubernatorial candidate Kash Jackson:
A Lake County judge ordered a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate from Antioch to pay his ex-wife more than $10,000 in past medical and education expenses for his children. Before Thursday's decision, Grayson "Kash" Jackson told Judge Joseph Salvi he isn't making the money to cover the $12,559 in arrearages awarded to his ex-wife for day care, medical, education and extra curricular activities expenses.
Judge orders Libertarian candidate for governor to pay ex-wife over $10,000 in support
To be sure, $12,559 is small potatoes when compared to the over $117,000 that Joe Walsh owed back in his salad days. Logic however dictates that Lake County voters get no more than one favorite-son deadbeat-dad to vote for, per election. And Kash Jackson will be on the ballot in November. While shock-jock Joe Walsh will be (everything else being equal) only on the radio.

Note to Ops: Walsh settled his child-support claim after he was elected to Congress, which draws a salary of $174,000:
Joe Walsh Settles Child Support Dispute With Ex-Wife
When Lake County favorite-son Kash Jackson is elected Governor of Illinois he will draw a salary of $177,412. Will it hurt to give just once, this November?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wither Winderweedle

See you in the funny pages.
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:
Kash Jackson of Antioch is running as the Libertarian candidate for governor in Illinois.
Father's rights fuel Antioch Libertarian's bid for governor
With a name like that, the walk-card almost writes itself!

How does one go about acquiring a sexy ballot-name like Kash Jackson? Not by accident, apparently, either of birth or any other way.  Kash Jackson ...
legally changed his name from Benjamin Winderweedle to Grayson Kash Jackson in 2017.
Father's rights fuel Antioch Libertarian's bid for governor
Note to Ops: While it is easy to legally change your name ...
The Porn Star Name Generator
You may want to think twice before signing the paperwork. 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.

One political scientist however did tell your LakeCountyEye: "This might work out well for Kash Jackson. He doesn't need to recruit a suitable Lt Governor candidate to be his running-mate. He can run on the Jackson-Winderweedle ticket. Who would suspect anything?"

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Young Guns

Little Neddy, Grab Your Gun
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that the three teens taken into custody after firing a stolen gun in public were not the same three teens taken by Congressman Peter Roskam to a closed-door meeting on gun violence.

The one group of three pro-gun teens were stopped early this week by Woodstock police:
Three teens were taken into custody Sunday after one of them fired a stolen gun in Woodstock, authorities said.
Teens arrested in Woodstock after shots fired Sunday
While the the other group of three pro-gun teens were with Peter Roskam, two weeks ago, for a discussion with high school students about school shootings:
In addition to the six students from Glenbard North, South and West high schools, five of whom originally requested the meeting after the town hall, Roskam added three pro-gun rights students from Wheaton Academy to the closed meeting — something the town hall students said they did not expect.
In closed-door meeting, Roskam brings pro-gun rights teens to talk gun violence prevention with students
A careful inspection of publicly available reports does show that the first trio of pro-gun teens and the second trio of pro-gun teens are different trios of pro-gun teens.

Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

I was five and he was six we rode on horses made of sticks.
If you keep a loaded handgun in your car ... and if two boys break in and steal that handgun ... and sell the gun to another teen ... who fires the gun in a public square. Then you may be a redneck.

Haha, point in fact, you may be from McHenry County (where some 5,000 concealed carry permits have been issued).

According to the Daily Herald:
Three teens were taken into custody Sunday after one of them fired a stolen gun in Woodstock, authorities said. Two of the teens, ages 14 and 13, had broken into several vehicles over the weekend and found a handgun in one of the cars, which they sold to a 17-year-old for an undisclosed amount of money, according to a news release from the Woodstock Police Department.
Teens arrested in Woodstock after shots fired Sunday
One spokesman had a cautionary warning: "Anyone planning to randomly discharge a weapon in public, should at least take a class at a McHenry County target range. You're going to shoot yourself in the foot anyway, and will appreciate a trained professional nearby."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raise? No Objections!

What does $90,000 get you these days? Not a County Board Chairman. At least not in Lake County.

The Lake County board raised the salary of their Chairman from $90,000 to $100,000 last week:
Chairman Aaron Lawlor's county board seat is up for election in November. His base annual salary is $90,931 and rises to $100,931 with an auto allowance and liquor commissioner stipend.
Lake County Board members' pay frozen, but chairman gets a boost
Is one county board chairman worth $100,000? This Lake County Board Commissioner thinks so:
"It's a full-time, demanding position with a great deal of responsibility," board member Chuck Bartels said.
Lake County Board members' pay frozen, but chairman gets a boost
So true it is, with great power comes great responsibility. And those responsibilities include sorting through discarded pharmaceuticals:

Lake County's Dirty Jobs:
Pharmaceuticals Collection Program
Note to Ops: Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hired Guns?

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just keeping calm?
Rule #1 in politics: Never bring a knife to a gun fight. And if Peter Roskam is any indication, never bring a knife to a high school debate, either.

Haha, this week Peter Roskam met with high school students to discuss gun violence. But Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) failed to tell anyone that he would be bringing along some pro-gun students:
One month after declining to participate in a 6th Congressional district town hall on gun violence prevention organized by area high school students, Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam met with a group of teens to discuss the topic in a closed-door session Saturday in Wheaton. In addition to the six students from Glenbard North, South and West high schools, five of whom originally requested the meeting after the town hall, Roskam added three pro-gun rights students from Wheaton Academy to the closed meeting — something the town hall students said they did not expect.
In closed-door meeting, Roskam brings pro-gun rights teens to talk gun violence prevention with students
Note to Ops: To date, Peter Roskam is the only Illinois politician known to take his gunsels to work with him.

Friday, May 11, 2018

There's No Business Like Tow Business

How many times has this happened to you? You want to make a generous campaign contribution to a law enforcement official, but you can't. All because that law enforcement official prefers to do business with your towing company.  And not with other towing companies.

If this is you, the Daily Herald is getting wise: In Island Lake, the Police Chief,
village board members only recently learned, has been dipping into the patronage playbook to quietly reward a former campaign contributor with an exclusive towing contract without giving the village board an opportunity to vote on it.
Editorial: Bad government again on display in Island Lake
The good news is that you can still make that fat campaign contribution to that law enforcement official, without any sourpuss watchdogs making a big stink:


Friends of Mark Curran • A-1 • 4/30/2018


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017


Friends of Mark Curran • D-2 • 7/17/2017

Note to Ops: Given all of these big donations from tow companies, one might conclude that Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is a terrible driver.

But that would be wrong.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Stop the Bus!

The future's comin', and there's no place to hide!
Question of the day: When the Tax Cut Bus rolls through a toll plaza, is it required by law to stop? One thing is certain, a national bus tour funded by the Job Creators Network will not be stopping anywhere near Peter Roskam's hometown:
Democrats that insist the Trump Administration's recent tax reforms are helping only the rich and powerful are ratcheting up pressure on Republican members of Congress that supported the measure. They effectively shut down the "Tax Cuts Work!" bus tour scheduled stop in DuPage County Sunday where Congressman Peter Roskam was scheduled to speak.
"TAX CUTS WORK!" HOLDS RALLY IN WAUCONDA, AFTER CANCELING IN WEST CHICAGO
Opposition groups had planned to protest the Tax Cut Bus when it stopped in Peter Roskam's Congressional District. Sensing danger, Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, quickly turned tail and ran.  His office issued a statement:
The Job Creator's Network made a decision to cancel Sunday's event due to security concerns and Congressman Roskam respects that decision.
"TAX CUTS WORK!" HOLDS RALLY IN WAUCONDA, AFTER CANCELING IN WEST CHICAGO
Note to Ops: To date, Peter Roskam is the only Illinois politician known to have thrown the campaign bus under the campaign bus.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tick Tick Tick

Don't let this happen to you!
The Lake County exploding oil train failed to explode. Again.

According to the Pioneer Press ...
A freight train derailment Wednesday afternoon near Mundelein forced delays on Metra's North Central line. The track where the derailment occurred is near Allanson Road and is owned by Canadian National, which rents track time to Metra and coordinates shared use.
Freight train derailment causes delays on Metra's North Central line near Mundelein
Records indicate that the Lake County exploding oil train failed to explode as recently as July 1st of last year:
Boom or Bust
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further detonations warrant.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Citizenship as Foundation of Rights


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Richard Sobel will discuss his book Citizenship as Foundation of Rights: Meaning for America. He will explore the relationships between citizens and governments.
  • Sunday
    May 6, 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)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Unlisted Numbers?

Did you hear the one about the McHenry County GOP committeeman who posted on his blog his bank account and routing numbers?  He wanted to generate some interest in his checking account.

Haha, true story.

No, really.  True story this time.

It is a marvel of the Internet: anyone can go online and buy just about anything with nothing more than their bank account numbers.  An ACH payment is made, electronically, transferring money from buyer to seller.

Note to Ops: guard your bank account numbers like your credit card numbers. Or you could end up like the McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Assoc -- and one day discover your bank account numbers posted on the McHenryCountyBlog.

Your LakeCountyEye has learned there is a cancelled check image from the McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Assoc on the McHenryCountyBlog. And the bank account numbers are plainly visible:
It is not for nothing that the McHenryCountyBlog is known for being the sunshine blog!

With numbers like those, any unscrupulous McHenryCountyBlog reader could go online and buy additional guns. Or his prescription opioids. Or Stormy Daniels videos. Or whatnot.

See for yourself. Your LakeCountyEye blurred the numbers on the check image above, but the actual unretouched picture can be seen here:
Xmas Gifts Listed on Algonquin Township Credit Card
This bears repeating: Anyone can fraudulently obtain goods and services on the Internet.

But that would be wrong.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Steal This Gun!

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
NRA members of Lake County have an old saying:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a stolen gun is a good guy with a stolen gun.
Haha, according to the News-Sun ...
A Mundelein man who made arrangements to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle from a Round Lake Park man in April, and then stole the weapon, was arrested Sunday night, authorities said. The weapon was recovered and the suspect faces multiple charges, according to reports.
Mundelein man arrested, charged with stealing AR-15
It is unknown if the stolen AR-15 was originally obtained at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shoot from the Hip

Only a good foot with a gun can stop a bad foot with a gun.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, McHenry County boasts the most self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the foot, per capita:
My Foot!
Your LakeCountyEye has learned however that Lake County might take a stab at that record this year:
A Barrington-area man accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday while handling a handgun his wife recently purchased, police said.
Lake County man accidentally shoots self in leg, police say
It is unknown if the firearm was purchased at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ghost Townships

Does everyone think that Townships should be eliminated?

According to the Lake County Gazette ...
Littleton, Lynnville and Quarry employ the most government workers per capita among townships in Lake County, according to 2017 Illinois State Comptroller financial reports.
Public employee tally: Top townships in Lake County

Lake County townships with the most public employees
Sharpeyed Operatives will note that anyone hoping to visit Littleton, Lynnville or Quarry Township, shouldn't bother asking for directions. That's because they don't exist. You can't get there from Lake County.

Does the Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source) favor the elimination of Townships in Illinois?  Just the opposite, it would seem!

Your LakeCountyEye declined to contact the Lake County Gazette for comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Reverend Michael Kirby, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, will give a presentation on Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life: A Progressive Approach.
  • Sunday
    April 29, 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)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Long Arms of the Law

Are you good at word problems? This week's pop quiz will test your math skills:

Story:
You are invited to the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle. At a minimum, 24 guns are raffled off:
Twenty-four firearms were raffled off at the $75-per-person fundraising dinner, including at least two safes filled with guns.
Lake County GOP gun raffle draws about 100 protesters
It costs $1000 to sponsor a table at the gun raffle:



Lake County Republican Central Committee A-1 List
Question:
How many new firearms does your $1000 contribution put into general circulation?
Answer:
"We are living in very dangerous times, there's no question about it," Curran said Tuesday during a presentation hosted by the Womens Network Group of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce. "There will be another school shooting and it won't be far down the road. It's inevitable," he added.
Keeping safe in troubled times requires a plan, Lake County authorities say
Note to Ops: You can't sell them a cure if they don't have the disease.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Q the Eye/04.15.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Your linking mechanism is not picking up McHenry County Blog's latest articles.

Cal Skinner
Dear Sunshine Blogger,Ὥρος Hōros

Not a problem.

[h/t: McHenry County Blog's latest articles]

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Q the Eye/04.14.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Does McHenry County get credit for the illustration used in this story?
Down But Not Out
If so, when and where?

Cal Skinner
Dear Sunshine Blogger,Ὥρος Hōros

Here ... Now ...

Down But Not Out
[h/t: McHenryCountyBlog]

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Speaker Out

Drop the Hammer
One worst-kept secret in Washington DC is that Peter Roskam wants to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Just last week when one constituent took a phone call, the voice on the other line invited him to join a Peter Roskam telephone-townhall.  Upon which, this constituent asked: "Can I put you on speaker?"  The voice on the other line replied: "The proper form of address is Mr Speaker."

Haha, this week Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) came a step closer to realizing his dream.  Paul Ryan, the real Speaker of the House, is quitting.

And already the most powerful GOP members of Congress are jockeying for position in the sweepstakes to replace Ryan. Newsmax ranks Roskam seventh out of a shortlist of eight:
There's a short list of possible Speaker of the House replacements for Rep. Paul Ryan who announced on Wednesday he's not running for re-election.
4 Top Speaker of the House Prospects to Replace Ryan
Note to Ops: Do not expect to see Congressman Roskam anywhere anytime soon. Your LakeCountyEye has learned that Roskam will be in Washington, attending to the people's business. He is measuring the drapes in the Speaker's office. Through the November election.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Dead Giveaway

Q:Do Republicans look different than everyone else?
A:Yes. If he is a Republican then that is a gun in his pocket.

Haha, Prof Kevin Smith at the University of Nebraska has gathered empirical proof that Republicans and Democrats look different. Democrats reveal more emotion on their faces than do Republicans:

participants watched silent videos of unidentified congressional representatives giving speeches. The videos were stripped of obvious body movements and facial expressions. Participants were then asked to rate the speakers on emotional expressivity and political ideology. Results displayed emotional expressivity correlates not only with perceived ideology but actual ideology as well. "We deliberately picked video without overt emotional cues," Smith said. "But sure enough, people could pick out who the liberal one was and who the conservative one was."
UNL study finds liberals show more emotion than conservatives
Of course, it is hardly a surprise that some Congressmen would be sporting a deadpan expression more than others:
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Move along, nothing to see here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bullets or Ballots

Trump Voter
Criminals, they say, always return to the scene of the crime. Then why is the Lake County Republican Party returning to the site of their 2017 Gun Raffle?

As readers of this blog will recall, the Lake County GOP held a fundraiser in Kildeer last October, where high-capacity firearms were given away as raffle prizes:
Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle
The proceeds all went to a worthy cause: the Lake County Republican Party.

Well, six months later, to the day, the Lake County GOP will be back -- same town, same venue. They will be reassembling this time however not only to shoot off their mouths but to elect a new Chairman:
The Lake County Republican Party is slated to hold its official county GOP convention on April 18 at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer.
Lake County GOP to select party leaders at upcoming county convention
This new Chairman will be selected by a vote of his GOP precinct committeemen. It is unknown if he will also win an AR 15 assault weapon.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Principal Peter

Your LakeCountyEye has a winner.

The 2018 election may be months away, but pundits are predicting a Democratic takeover of the US House of Representatives:
Democrats hope to ride a wave of liberal enthusiasm and anti-Trump sentiment to a House majority in the midterm elections in November.
To Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats.25 Are in Clinton Territory.
Anywhere from 21 to 41 GOP Congressmen are predicted to lose their seats to a Democrat in November.

If that weren't enough bad news, this ring of woeful Republicans lack a recognizable media-ready stand-in to represent them as a group. That is, until now.

It's official, Peter Roskam is the poster boy for the 2018 mid-term Congressional realignment. According to the Washington Post:

Control of the U.S. House will be decided in America's next political battleground of aboveground pools, bike trails, and oversized Tudor and Victorian houses full of working professionals like Karrie Sullivan, a Republican voter who cast her primary ballot last week for a Democrat. In a suburb outside of Chicago, Sullivan is determined to replace her congressman, six-term Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R), whom she has supported in the past. His sin, she said, was his affiliation with President Trump.
Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP’s grip on House
These days, when the media casts an eye on the incoming blue tsunami, the media casts an eye on Peter Roskam.

Like for instance, the Daily Herald ...

Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP grip on House
Or the Chicago Tribune ...

Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP control of the U.S. House
Peter Roskam, who is Lake County's vestigial Congressman, is invited to c'mon down and claim his prize: Free executive coaching services and a K-Street business directory.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Can Europe be Saved from Populism and the Distrust of Liberal Democracy?


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Michael Zantovsky, who has served as the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Great Britain, will speak on the question "Is the civil society dead? Can Europe be saved from populism and the distrust of liberal democracy?"
  • Sunday
    April 8, 2018
    2:30 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Rhymes with Baloney

Note to Ops: Do you believe everything you see on the Internet? Peter Roskam thinks you can.

Last December, alarmed homeowners waited in freezing-cold lines to pay their property taxes ahead of a deadline set by Peter Roskam's tax bill. If that was you, you may get that deduction after all. That is, provided you can believe Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam:
Illinois homeowners who prepaid this year's property taxes at the end of 2017 can deduct that payment from their itemized income tax returns. That's according to a letter from the U.S. Treasury Department to Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, who was seeking clarification of an IRS advisory warning taxpayers prepayments might not be deductible.
It's official: If you prepaid your property taxes, you can deduct them from your taxes
Your LakeCountyEye obtained a copy of that Treasury Department letter. And if you are thinking about spending that tax deduction, and if your name is Kowalski, then not so fast there, Kowalski:
Dear Representative Roskam:

Thank you for your letter regarding the December advisory relating to property taxes (IR-2017-210). As your letter notes, IR-2017-210 addresses payments made by taxpayers in 2017 for 2018 property taxes. As a general matter, taxpayers are permitted to deduct 2017 property taxes that were both paid and imposed in 2017.

Drew Maloney
Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
Who is Drew Maloney? Your LakeCountyEye looked him up ...
The next time private equity giant Blackstone Group wants a special legislative loophole, they can call on their old friend Drew Maloney, who now works as a liaison between the Treasury Department and Congress. Before becoming the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Legislative Affairs, Maloney spent more than a decade as a lobbyist for companies that could be impacted by the financial, trade, and tax policy issues that the Treasury works on. From 2005 to 2012, Maloney was CEO of Oglivy Government Relations, one of the highest-grossing and most powerful lobbying shops in Washington. His clients at Oglivy included major financial firms like Blackstone Group, CIT Group, and Visa. Since 2012, Maloney has served as the top lobbyist for Hess Corporation, a multinational oil and gas company that has lobbied the Treasury Department on foreign policy issues involving Libya and Russia sanctions.
Meet the lobbyists Trump has appointed to run the government
Can you trust the words of any oil and gas lobbyist working for the Trump administration? Peter Roskam thinks you can. In the words of Drew Maloney: "As a general matter, absolutely!"

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Skunkworks

Pepe Le Who?
Note to Ops: Red light cameras are among the least of your worries when you have to be on the lookout for landmines.

Haha, law enforcement in Lake County is invested big in armored vehicles:
Sixteen law enforcement agencies in Illinois asked the federal government for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle -- the armored vehicles that protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan from improvised explosive device blasts. Seven others requested different kinds of armored vehicles, some that weigh 6 tons and stand 10 feet high.
Should cops worry about roadside bombs? Towns get military surplus
One modest bedroom community, Round Lake Park, spent nearly 2/3 million dollars for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle:
Police AgencyItem NameQuantityUnit Cost
ROUND LAKE PARK POLICE DEPTMINE RESISTANT VEHICLE1$658,000.00

List of military equipment to Illinois police agencies
Transport vehicles such as these are designed to withstand the percussive forces of an IED. It is unknown however how well they fare against a stink bomb. This month Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko encountered an enemy from an unexpected quarter:
For the past two weeks, he and his officers have had to contend with a band of particularly foul foes: skunks that have made a home under their police station. Filenko calls it a "Skunkapalooza." "You walk in the station and ... well, you know what that smells like, especially in a contained area," he said.
Skunks fought the Round Lake Park law, and no one won
This story has a happy ending. The Round Lake Park Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle was never deployed:
Finally, on Wednesday, an officer bravely went under the station and found the source of the stink -- a dead skunk, which was promptly removed.
Skunks fought the Round Lake Park law, and no one won
One observer (from a safe distance) observed: "Save some of those defense-budget dollars for a hazmat outfit or two."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Down But Not Out

four scores and seven years ago
Can you help Nick Provenzano? No fault of his own, Provenzano lost his job last week:
A staff member in U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren's district office has been fired after a police report surfaced saying the aide was found shirtless inside a car with a teenage boy last October. Dominic "Nick" Provenzano, who's long been active in the Republican Party in McHenry County and served on the County Board, was terminated Monday as deputy district director, a Hultgren spokesman confirmed.
Congressional aide fired after teen says they had sexual encounter in car after meeting on Grindr
Provenzano has been a mainstay with the McHenry County GOP for at least 10 years. This former congressional aide has no doubt a political CV as long as your arm. Your LakeCountyEye cannot provide a resume. But interested parties should see the McHenryCountyBlog, where there are no fewer than 254 posts tagged Nick Provenzano:
Nick Provenzano Archives - McHenry County Blog
To put that another way, the McHenryCountyBlog has zero posts tagged Consensual Sex:
Sorry, no such page.
Note to Ops: Don't be coy.  Let's see some of that McHenryCountyBlog sort of love!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Open Position

Randy Hultgren, Lake County's boreal Congressman, severed his right-hand man:
Nick Provenzano, a former McHenry County Board member and an employee of U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, was fired Monday after he was caught by police in a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy, according to reports.
Reports: Hultgren fires aide Provenzano after sexual encounter with teen boy
This comes on the heels of the March 20 election this week -- which, like every Primary election, produced many more losers than winners.

Note to Ops: If you are looking for a job, and if you are good with your right hand, this is an outstanding opportunity. Do not hesitate to send a resume to Congressman Hultgren:

Jobs | Congressman Randy Hultgren
It is not known if a glossy photo is required.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pro Associations

When they go low we go high.
Note to Ops: When you think of odd jobs do you think of Nick Provenzano? A go-to guy within the McHenry County GOP, a Party buttress, even, Provenzano (some may recall) chaired Joe Walsh's campaign in 2010:
Walsh's campaign manager since April, Nick Provenzano is a former McHenry County Board member who served as secretary of the McHenry County Republican Party and has worked on more than 25 campaigns, including former 8th District Congressional Republican candidate David McSweeney's.
The resurrection of Joe Walsh's campaign
Most recently, Provenzano served as succedaneum for Congressman Randy Hultgren.  Until now, that is:
On Oct. 21, a pair of McHenry police officers rolled down a dead-end McHenry street and found an SUV with its headlights turned off, according to a police report. Inside, they found a shirtless man and a 17-year-old boy. The man in the driver's seat was Provenzano, according to the report. They had met on Grindr, a popular gay dating app, the 17-year-old told police.
Day after firing, Nick Provenzano elected precinct committeeman in Nunda Township
This week, Randy Hultgren sacked Nick Provenzano. One observer was fit to be tied, saying the discharge was premature: "This amounts to naked hypocrisy, to can someone for observing a core principle of the Republican Party -- trickle down economics!"

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fakenews Is As Fakenews Does

The LakeCountyGazette may be Lake County's #1 source of fake news.  But it is seeing some stubborn competition from the McHenryCountyBlog.

This is an actual unretouched screenlift from the McHenryCountyBlog:
Today we look at a District 2 County Board candidate promotion sign. It promotes both candidates running against Carolyn Schofield and Josh Howell.

Note that the Mike Madigan-contorlled Illinois Democratic Party paid for the signs.

Signs of a Fall District 2 County Board Campaign
A superficial glance at the yardsign photo reveals that these are not McHenry County Board candidates -- moreover the sign was not paid for by the Mike Madigan-contorlled Illinois Democratic Party:
Point of fact, these are candidates for the Illinois Democratic State Central Committee.  More specifically, they are candidates for the 14th Democratic State Central Committee District -- which covers much of Northern Lake County. The 2nd McHenry County Board District, on the other hand, is almost certainly somewhere in McHenry County.

There are no two ways about it: the Illinois Democratic State Central Committee District 14 and the McHenry County Board District 2 are totally different districts. Totally.

Except, of course, in the fake news.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Route 66 was Already Taken?

You've tried the rest, now tri the best.
Note to Ops: If the media reports things you don't like, simply rebrand the media as the fake news. So it makes sense that if you have an expensive highway project that nobody likes, simply rebrand the highway project:
A study to determine the feasibility of extending Route 53 into Lake County has been rebranded to reflect a broader range of possibilities to ease traffic congestion. Instead of focusing solely on Route 53 and associated work to improve Route 120 in central Lake County, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority says the Tri-County Access Project will consider a range of alternatives to move traffic in Lake, McHenry and northern Cook counties.
Route 53 extension study rebranded as a 'Tri-County' project: Lake, McHenry, Cook
Now, the Illinois Toll Authority is spending $25 million to keep the Route 53 Extension alive. Apparently however little if none of that money went into rebranding the toxic highway project:
Tri-County Access Project
What's a Tri-County? Your guess is as good as your LakeCountyEye's.

To be sure, any decision to rebrand needs to be executed properly. Every dollar spent is twice as many saved. That's because when it comes to branding a venture, a million things can go wrong. Ten, in the case of the Route 53 Extension:
Ten Rejected Brands for
the Route 53 Extension
  1. Tollway to Heaven

  2. Route 53 Distention

  3. Tri-Ckle-Down Access Project

  4. Trump Tow & Wrecking

  5. The Amstutz

  6. Recreational Pothole Dispensary

  7. The Tollroad Paved with Gold

  8. New Coke

  9. The Route 53 Blockchain Extension

  10. Wide Enough to Drive a Truck Through!
Look for your LakeCountyEye somewhere in the Tri-County area near you.

Monday, March 12, 2018

You Can't Spell Lawlor Without AWOL

Your LakeCountyEye has a winner. Operatives were asked to find Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor in a video of the January 16, 2018 Board meeting.

For the record, Lawlor was absent at roll call, and the the meeting was called to order by the Vice-Chair, some 20 minutes late:

Lake County Illinois Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS
So your LakeCountyEye was frankly surprised that anyone was able to find Chairman Aaron Lawlor at this particular meeting. Lawlor, in fact, appears about half-way through! Just follow the timeline:

One County Board Commissioner is startled by someone ...

January 16, 2018 Lake County Board 01-16-2018 - Lake County, IL
Agenda Item 26: 17-1378 Resolution
06:20


Now let's play musical chairs ...

January 16, 2018 Lake County Board 01-16-2018 - Lake County, IL
Agenda Item 26: 17-1378 Resolution
09:19


The Vice-Chair bids a hasty retreat ...

January 16, 2018 Lake County Board 01-16-2018 - Lake County, IL
Agenda Item 26: 17-1378 Resolution
09:30


And voila, here's Lawlor ...

January 16, 2018 Lake County Board 01-16-2018 - Lake County, IL
Agenda Item 26: 17-1378 Resolution
09:45

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