Sunday, August 19, 2018

Caesar's Wife Must Be Above Suspicion

date night
Joe Walsh took a big demotion.

Walsh, Lake County's most eligible Ex-Congressman, had been the frontrunner to replace eventual Ex-President Donald J Trump. For inexplicable reasons known to no one however, Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw as able to persuade Walsh to be a State Representative instead.

And by instead, your LakeCountyEye means instead of Ex-State Rep Nick Sauer:
Shaw said Walsh was picked from about 20 contenders to replace Sauer. The process was set off by allegations in the Politico report this month. Sauer resigned hours after it was published. An accuser said she and Sauer met on a dating app and began a long-distance relationship. She moved to Chicago in 2017, but they broke up in March 2018 after she found out he was seeing other women. She said she later discovered an Instagram account with nude photos of her and said Sauer had been using the photos in conversations with other men, the report said.
Helene Miller Walsh, wife of former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, replaces state rep accused of sharing ex's nude pics
Note to Ops: Do not be hasty to regard this as a totally unexpected career move. After all, Springfield (when in session) has been described as the "oldest established permanent floating frat party in Illinois".

Mrs Joe Walsh was unavailable for comment.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Future of the Electoral College


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Karen Glennemeier of the League of Women Voters of Wilmette will present a brief history of the Electoral College, a discussion of its impact on our democracy and a plan for change.
  • Sunday
    August 26 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, August 15, 2018

Q the Eye/08.15.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

Congressman Randall Hultgren
Dear Congressman Hultgren (if that's your real name),Ὥρος Hōros

Is the pope catachrestic?

Haha, campaigning for high office is a lot like catfishing with Instagram: Never ask a question you don't know the answer to.

So don't make a bonehead rookie error like the one made at a townhall meeting by Lake County's boreal Congressman, Randy Hultgren:
"Are you better off now than you were two to four years ago?" He asked.

"No," responded most of the crowd.

'Are you better off now?' Hultgren asks audience about tax cuts. 'No,' most say.
If this hadn't occurred in McHenry County your LakeCountyEye might be thinking that Hultgren was in danger of losing his Congressional seat.

Things are different in Lake County.  Here the Republican candidates leave nothing to chance when soliciting a voter's opinion.  For instance, they might ask the voters if they favor higher State property taxes.  In particular, if the voter favors a non-existent State property tax -- one fabricated out of thin air.  And worded for a ballot referendum that has no binding authority:
A divided Lake County Board voted Tuesday to put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if the General Assembly should amend Illinois' Constitution and ban a statewide property tax increase. The usefulness of the referendum was questioned by county board members from both sides of the political aisle.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
Ballot Referendum Question:Do you favor a statewide property tax increase?
Voters:"NOOO!" responded most of the voters.

That's how it's done, son.

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Stealth Tax

vote early and often
Lake County voters will get their opportunity to stick it to the man in November:
A divided Lake County Board voted Tuesday to put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if the General Assembly should amend Illinois' Constitution and ban a statewide property tax increase. The usefulness of the referendum was questioned by county board members from both sides of the political aisle. The General Assembly is not considering such a statewide tax increase, opponents of the proposal said.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
At the risk of being a party pooper, your LakeCountyEye has learned that these voters will be voting down a tax that does not exist.

At the risk of stating the obvious, didn't anyone on the Lake County Board know that in Illinois there is no such thing as a State Property Tax? If they did they are not talking. One County Board member did not respond to your LakeCountyEye's queries, citing that he was in drug rehab. Another could not respond because his Instagram account has been shut down.

One County Board member did tell the News-Sun ...
Michael Danforth, District 17, defended the measure saying, "This allows constituents a voice. Let's give them the opportunity to speak to Springfield. This also speaks to the taxing districts. People are paying enough taxes."
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
Another County Board member was all like Amen to That:
Judy Martini, District 5, said she has no problem with putting the referendum on the ballot. "I want to make it clear the County Board is not voting to support. We’re just putting it on the ballot. We are not taking a position on this. “Let the voters decide," she continued.
Lake County Board members spar over advisory property tax referendum
It goes with out saying that you take a big risk when you give the voters an opportunity to speak. Does anyone really know what the voter's decision will be?

Your LakeCountyEye knows. The voters of Lake County are going to vote for higher property taxes by a 20 to 1 margin. Take it to the bank!

Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future since Aug 7, 2018.

Monday, August 13, 2018

L'Etat, C'Est Moi

Outside of a Small Circle of Friends
The last time Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam emerged from his underground bunker, he got demoted to a State Rep.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
From the Big House to the State House
The Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source) ran a story with this headline:
Chicago businessman lauds state Rep. Peter Roskam for listening to constituents
Since all Lake County Gazette stories are generated by Russian twitterbots, inaccuracies such as these are widespread.

The misleading headline has subsequently been corrected:
Chicago businessman lauds state Roskam for listening to constituents but says business climate is worse
Roskam has not commented on his promotion from a State Representative up to a US State.

Constitutional scholars agree that if Illinois ever got divided into 4 separate States, one could be drawn solely for Peter Roskam. That way Roskam would have no excuse any more for not holding any townhall meetings.

A win-win for all parties by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Close the Books

A well informed electorate, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.
Now the GOP wants to gut your public library:
Townships are not the only public bodies in the crosshairs of Republican leaders scrutinizing their tax bills and looking for taxes to slash.
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
One Republican leader in particular is Dan McConchie, a State Senator:
The 26th District leader said he had heard an out-of-town visitor once describe an area library as something like the "Taj Mahal."
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
The science behind an informed electorate is beyond dispute: Ignorance is proportional to your likelihood to vote for rightwing candidates. And all of those rightwing candidates who fear knowledge are going to fear their public libraries.

Dan McConchie's Senate district covers McHenry and Lake Counties. It goes without saying that the McHenry County electorate is functionally illiterate anyways, and that libraries there pose no threat to their Republican candidates.

Lake County, however, is a different story:
McConchie pointed to the "very property-rich southern part" of Lake County, where "every year they take the max they can under the tax caps" and build "massive" facilities. "Sure," McConchie said, "they provide nice services to their folks, but I walk in there, and there's people that are just sitting there on the clock doing absolutely nothing."
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
Note to Ops: There is an election in three months. Get busy!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Red Alert!

Do you know how fast you were going?
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that no Lake County Republican candidate has withdrawn from the ballot today.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Folding Chair

Double Coupon Day
There is no truth to the rumor that Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor has not withdrawn his candidacy for County Board.

Amid widespread reports of financial mismanagement and misuse of public funds, it was inevitable that someone drop the dime on Lawlor:
In the months before Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor entered rehab for an undisclosed drug addiction, his county-issued "procurement card" was used to pay nearly $1,500 in hotel bills and almost $500 in ride-hailing charges through Lyft. Documents obtained by the Daily Herald dating back to 2016 show the Vernon Hills Republican frequently used the county card for personal purchases, which is not allowed under county policy.
Lawlor frequently used county card for personal expenses
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim is on the case:
Nerheim said that shortly after Lawlor's July 30 announcement that he would take a 30-day leave of absence to enter rehabilitation center for drug addiction, the state's attorney's office — along with Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and acting County Board Chairman Carol Calabresa — "became aware of suggestions that Mr. Lawlor may have been in some personal financial difficulty." "They made initial inquiries, and allegations surfaced that Mr. Lawlor may have been using his county credit card for personal purchases," Nerheim said in a statement.
Authorities probe credit card use of Lake County Board chairman currently in treatment for drug addiction
In Lake County, the dog days of summer are when the long knives come out.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Going Going Gone

When the going gets tough the tough get going.
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that former Lake County Board member Nick Sauer has withdrawn his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly:
Nearly a week after he resigned amidst a sex scandal, former state Rep. Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington formally withdrew Tuesday as the Republican nominee for the state House 51st District seat.
Sauer withdraws as state House candidate after scandal
Who knew?

Not readers of this blog:
One knowledgeable source says Sauer got stampeded into resigning and may not withdraw from the ballot.
A Sauer Note
Your LakeCountyEye never saw it coming -- and flat out missed this call.

To make up for it, your LakeCountyEye can predict with absolute certainty that there will be no other high-profile ballot withdrawals, at least not during this election cycle. Bet the house.

Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future with accuracy since Aug 7, 2018!

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Sauer Note

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN
Although it probably pains him to hear this, there is no truth to the rumor that the Lake County Sheriff is putting up wanted posters of Nick Sauer.

The Lake County State's Attorney, however, does have Sauer under investigation:
Lake County prosecutors have launched an investigation into accusations that former state Rep. Nick Sauer posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram.
Lake County prosecutors launch probe into accusations former state Rep. Nick Sauer showed nude photos of ex-girlfriend online
While Sauer has resigned from the Illinois General Assembly, his name remains on the November election ballot. One knowledgeable source says Sauer got stampeded into resigning and may not withdraw from the ballot: "I can see a lot of downside for Nick Sauer to withdraw but not a lot of upside. Suppose he stays on the ballot and leaves his fate to the voters. What is the worst that can happen? Sauer loses. But what if he wins? Sauer goes back to Springfield saying the voters exonerated him."

Note to Ops: In the court of public opinion the decision of the judges are final.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How Low Will They Go?

May I put you down for a yardsign?
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that you can fight your property tax.

Who knew?

The how-to details are even posted on the Lake County website:
Taxpayers who believe that their assessments are unjust may appeal their assessed value. Taxpayers in Lake County begin the appeal process with the County Board of Review.
What can taxpayers do if they believe their assessments are unfair?
Note to Ops: The Lake County website is TL;DR. Instead just find a house in your neighborhood that is bigger than yours and assessed below yours. Then complain to your assessor.

What can he do? Your assessor will be forced to lower your assessment. Provided of course one of your neighborhood homes is assessed well under yours.

A win-win then for everyone!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Double Trouble

Your LakeCoumtyEye heard a rumor that Ted Nugent has been invited to the next Lake County Republican Central Committee Meeting. This promises to be a night of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

Haha -- so which GOP elected official from Lake County has been found-out hiding under an ethical cloud today? It is getting hard for your LakeCoumtyEye to keep up.

If the Lake County GOP can be called an old boy network, then some of those old boys have been badboys. Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor and State Representative Nick Sauer may be poster boys for the old saying that power corrupts. By any measure this has been a bad week for these two career politicians.

Despite their career setbacks, Aaron Lawlor and Nick Sauer both landed on their feet, your LakeCoumtyEye has learned. The two have hooked up and are lifecasting their exploits on YouTube:

IL Route 53 Update
Note to Aaron Lawlor and Nick Sauer campaign Ops: The show is kind of slow -- don't quit your day jobs.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Gone Sauer

Does anyone know what Nick Sauer has been up to lately? Your LakeCountyEye has seen neither hide nor hair of Sauer -- Lake County's most eligible State Representative -- either in the press or anywhere else.

In lieu of uncovering the latest skinny on Nick Sauer, Operatives are asked to enjoy this classic Monty Python skit:

Nudge Nudge Monty Python
Eric Idle:Do you have any naked pictures of your wife?
Terry Jones:Certainly not!
Eric Idle:Do you want to buy some?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Straight Dope on Aaron Lawlor

a dirty job but someone has to do it
An actual unretouched headline from the News-Sun:
Lake County Board chairman announces he is getting treatment for drug addiction
Aaron Lawlor announced that he is taking a leave of absence from the Lake County Board. He's in drug rehab.

Lawlor, the County Board Chair who just got a nice fat raise, also owes money:
Lawlor was found to owe $4,770 to Capital One Bank USA in a small claims court tort case, according to Lake County Circuit Court records. The judgment ruling finding in favor of the bank was dated July 23 of this year and the status of the case is now listed as closed. He was also named in a residential foreclosure case with MB Financial, that is now closed, from January of this year.
Lake County Board chairman announces he is getting treatment for drug addiction
Who knew?

Well, readers of this blog knew:
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.
You Can't Spell Lawlor Without AWOL
And for anyone who didn't know, they did after they got a load of this:
So true it is, with great power comes great responsibility. And those responsibilities include sorting through discarded pharmaceuticals.
Raise? No Objections!
Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future if not since March 12, then certainly as of May 14!

Monday, July 30, 2018

High and Mighty

Has anyone lately seen Aaron Lawlor?  Not your LakeCountyEye. Lawlor's been harder to find than a needle in a haystack. The press hasn't said boo about Lake County's media savvy County Board Chairman either. He has certainly done a good job of covering his tracks.

Chalk it all up to summer recess. Operatives are asked to enjoy this Aaron Lawlor summer rerun:
In an effort to help address the serious and growing drug addiction problem in our communities, Lake County, SWALCO, and local law enforcement have partnered on a program that allows people to drop off controlled substances at local police departments. These drugs often include opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers. In this episode of Dirty Jobs, Chairman Aaron Lawlor participates in the delivery, sorting and disposal process.


Lake County's Dirty Jobs:
Pharmaceuticals Collection Program
Party Hardy!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Paper Peter

Does anyone know what Peter Roskam has been up to? Your LakeCountyEye hasn't taken a fresh look at Peter Roskam since well before the last election.

Did you know that Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, is a blackbelt master of origami? No one knows how to paper over the issues like Peter Roskam does!

In 2013, Roskam demonstrated for the IRS how to fold a sheet of paper into a Presidential tax return:

GOP Rep. Explodes At IRS Chief, Dramatically Crumples Redacted Report: ‘This Is Junk!
Roskam, the following year, shows Hillary Clinton how a blank piece of paper can be twisted into a national scandal:

A Republican lawmaker dramatically ripped up some paper during Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearing
The good news is Origami Master Roskam is back with some new wrinkles. Here Roskam proves that with just a few pieces of paper in hand, anyone can be made to look re-electable:

Rep. Roskam, challenger Casten face off in heated forum
Coming Up: With only a single sheet of paper Peter Roskam makes a duck out of a townhall meeting.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Flannery Row

The audience at the Sixth District Congressional Debate was promised a whine-fest but got served no sparkling cabernet. No, they were served up a 60 minute sustained hissyfit from Peter Roskam:
Peter Roskam:
So the notion that we are dismissive of a misrepresentation not once not twice but three times is just tweet it oh just just delete it and go away I think that fundamentally would mischaracterize the history of having representatives who are well regarded that reflect this constituency.

Audience:
Laughter


Rep. Roskam, challenger Casten face off in heated forum
With Peter Roskam being Lake County's vestigial Congressman, your LakeCountyEye is contractually obligated to watch and evaluate the whole debate:

Intermittent
Hair
Just OK
Hair
Awesome
Hair

Who won? The answer is obvious!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Skinny on Mark Curran

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An actual unretouched headline from the News-Sun:
Lake County Sheriff Curran under fire for comments to radio host Amy Jacobson: She has 'awesome skin'
The News-Sun is reporting that Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is being criticized ...
for sexually charged remarks he made on a radio show earlier this year.
Lake County Sheriff Curran under fire for comments to radio host Amy Jacobson: She has 'awesome skin'
Who knew?

Well, readers of this blog knew:
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?

Prisoner of Love?
Your LakeCountyEye: Predicting the future since May 29!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Farrago in Chicago

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum.
If political science is the sweet science, then a dogfight is a-brewin in Chicago.

Despite not being confused and disoriented, Peter Roskam agreed to participate in a debate this week. Sources say Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) chose to debate his opponent in Chicago, because Chicago is in Cook County, and his voters "never want to be anywhere near Cook County".

Democratic activists however will be there to protest:
Democrats are planning to protest at the sold-out debate between Peter and his opponent this Thursday evening in Chicago. They're planning on having over 100 people there. This is a perfect opportunity for us to show we are ready to fight.
GOP to bus in counter-protesters to Thursday’s debate, says Roskam "in the fight of his life"
In reaction, Roskam is busing in some muscle of his own:
We're also having a bus take supporters from the suburbs to downtown and back! We're meeting in Wheaton at 3:15 PM and plan on having everyone back by 7:15. If you'd like to take the bus, let us know and we'll send you more details! We can't let the Democrats' protest go unanswered, especially on such an important debate night!
GOP to bus in counter-protesters to Thursday’s debate, says Roskam "in the fight of his life"
The Democrats have a simple message, that Peter Roskam is in the pocket of his donors and out of touch with his District. So Roskam wants counter-protesters there to make sure no one gets to hear the Democratic narrative.

What could go wrong?

Operatives are advised to bring their cameras. And alert the media.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Joe Walsh for Ex-President

Which one doesn't belong?
Note to Ops: Anyone can grow up to be President. And as Donald Trump has proven, you can dispense with the grow-up part of the equation.

This fact has not been lost on shockjock and Ex Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh:
Joe Walsh, the former Illinois Republican congressman who endorsed arming toddlers recently, said Monday that he'd never support President Donald Trump after seeing Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called Trump a "traitor."
Joe Walsh: 'I Will Never Support Trump Again'
Despite being a diehard Trumpster, Joe Walsh broke ranks with his commander-in-chief, this week.

Is Walsh attempting to change the narrative about being punk'd by Sacha Baron Cohen on SHOWTIME? Nothing could be further from the truth. Joe Walsh, in fact, is running for President in 2020. Take it to the bank!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

An Easy Marksman

AK-47 through 12
Bad news for those who can't keep a babysitter. There will not be a children's table at the next Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner and Gun Raffle.

Ex-Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh had been promoting a program to arm preschoolers with guns, called Kinder-Guardians.  And gun-owners were hoping to bring their toddlers to the next Lake County GOP gun raffle -- where some lucky little shaver would take home a pea shooter or a cap pistol or a rocket propelled grenade launcher.

Your LakeCountyEye has recently learned, however, that it was all too good to be true:
Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh joined a growing list of conservative politicians blasting comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series "Who Is America?" after Walsh said he got duped into supporting a fake program in Israel providing firearms to 4-year-old children.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh explains how 'Who Is America?' star Sacha Baron Cohen duped him
The same Kinder-Guardian program that Joe Walsh had been seen promoting on YouTube now seems to be a flimflam.

Operatives who had enrolled their children in Kinder-Guardians are encouraged to contact Joe Walsh for a full refund.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Joe PWNED

Shockjock, and former Lake County Congressman, Joe Walsh may be down on his luck. Walsh is now doing PSAs for the NRA:

Who Is America?
Walsh delivers an on-camera endorsement for a program to put guns in the hands of pre-schoolers, called Kinder-Guardians.

Is kindergarten too early to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of mortars? Joe Walsh doesn't think so:
"The intensive three-week Kinder-Guardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars. In less than a month -— less than a month! -— a first-grader can become a first grenade-er."

"Happy shooting, kids."
It is unknown if Walsh has a personal financial stake with Kinder-Guardians.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Real China Challenge Updated


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
John L. Rogers, professor and legal counselor, will address China's aggressive acquisition of US technologies that impact this country’s military and economic strengths.
  • Sunday
    July 22 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)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Kick in the Pence

Fiddy Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence was in town yesterday to raise money for Peter Roskam. Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam, on the other hand, was AWOL:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is skipping Vice President Mike Pence's appearance Friday in Rosemont -- planning to be in Washington to take votes instead -- but Gov. Bruce Rauner will be at the event to introduce Pence, officials confirmed Thursday. Pence is expected to headline a fundraiser for Roskam and other Republicans in the area
Roskam, Hultgren to skip Pence event in Rosemont, but Rainer won't
Roskam had known about the Vice President's visit, officials confirmed.  Roskam could not attend however because he mistakenly believed the Vice President would be headlining a townhall.

Note to Peter Roskam campaign Ops: Waitstaff for the $25,000 fundraiser report an unclaimed sack of cash. Please hurry.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

25,000 Pence

QOTD:How many guns does someone take home from an Illinois GOP fundraiser for a $25,000 donation?
Answer:Ask Peter Roskam.
Legitimate businessman and US Vice President Mike Pence is in town to raise money for Peter Roskam:
On Friday, Pence is scheduled to return to the Midwest for an American First Policies tax event and a fundraiser in suburban Chicago. The vice president is advertised as the headliner for a fundraiser for Rep. Peter Roskam, whose district — carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 — is the number one Democratic target in Illinois. An invitation to the fundraiser asks for a $25,000-a-couple donation.
Pence launches Midwest damage control mission
Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, no doubt needs the liquid assets to pay for some pricey, nautical-themed Internet ads:
If you haven't seen these ads, you need to sign-up with YachtWorld.

Note to Ops on the lookout for wealthy donors:  Your LakeCountyEye has obtained an advance list of those potentates attending the Peter Roskam $25,000 fundraiser:

"May I put you down for $25,000?"
Even Mr Magoo could see that this is another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Lovey was unavailable for comment.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Easter in July

The first week of July is a national holiday in Lake County, where the voters take a day off from work and hunt for Easter Eggs.

Your 2018 Easter Egg contains Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor, who has logged cameo appearances in many YouTube videos.

Last year, Lawlor scored a cameo celebrity-chef walk-on in this Lake County sponsored cooking video:

The Bounty of Lake County
And who can forget Lawlor's spot-on cameo Homer-Simpson-imitation in this classic Lake County paid-for video:

Visit Lake County Illinois,
Best Day of My Life in Lake County,
Illinois. Tourism
Well, Mr Lawlor is at it again. Of late, Lawlor has been actively pushing back against the movement to elect the Lake County Assessor. Can you spot Aaron Lawlor's cameo appearance in this Lake County Assessor video:

Julie Simpson for Lake County - "Elect The Assessor"
LakeCountyEye Easter Egg Hunt winners receive a free assessment.

Friday, July 6, 2018

I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE BUT DIDN'T!

Didn't You?
Did you know that 90% of voters when given an opportunity to vote for their township assessor, chose to sit that election out? Even more worrisome, there is another election scheduled, 4 months from now, on November 6. Don't people know that voting only encourages them to keep running?

If you are like your LakeCountyEye there is nothing you hate more than being governmental-body shamed into voting at someone's stupid election. The good news is you don't have to. Not if you have a legitimate excuse not to vote. Not to mention ten:
10 Absolutely Appropriate Grounds for
Sitting Out the 2018 General Election
  1. Fell in the Antioch Sinkhole.

  2. I'm Princess Nudelman.

  3. 3 Words: West Nile Virus

  4. I Don't Speak English, Capisce?

  5. Willard is My Pollwatcher.

  6. The Canadian National Train was Double Parked on the Tracks.

  7. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran + Jeff Sessions = BFF
    ... Nuff Said!

  8. Totaled the Car on the Long Grove Covered Bridge.

  9. The 100-Year-Flood Ferry-Boat Shuttle-to-the-Poll Sank.

  10. The GOP Does Not Allow It.
Look for your LakeCountyEye trolling Lake County floodwaters near you.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Election Meddling

don't ask for permission
Suppose they gave an election and nobody came? If the question was solely up to the Lake County Board, you would never know.

A Bill sitting on the Governor's desk could give you, the voter, the responsibility to elect your Lake County Assessor. Currently, the County Assessor is appointed by the County Board Chair, Aaron Lawlor.

No surprise, Lawlor is none to pleased and wants the Bill, SB2544, vetoed:
Lawlor argued that the legislation was passed with political trickery by gutting a bill and inserting the proposal in it so it could be approved in the waning days of the legislative session.
Lake County Board committees back opposition to putting assessor's post on November ballot
Not to be outdone, two Lake County Board committees turned a blind eye to their own political trickery and passed their own resolutions:
Members of the Lake County Board ignored the taxpayers who support SB2544 and chose, instead, to pass a resolution opposing the bill that included baseless accusations and turned this taxpayer initiative into a political circus by recommending that the governor issue an amendatory veto on the bill.
LAKE COUNTY BOARD VOTES AGAINST CONSTITUENTS, TURNS TAXPAYER BACKED MEASURE INTO POLITICAL CIRCUS
One observer close to the ground said: "I haven't seen this many tricks since David Copperfield played Las Vegas."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, July 2, 2018

You Can't Spell Courage Without an Entourage

If you blinked you would have missed Peter Roskam.

Cryptoanalysts have verified that Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam was in Palatine on Saturday:

Palatine Hometown Fest parade draws a crowd, despite the heat
Roskam is in the picture, flanked on all sides by campaign volunteers. As far away as possible from the crowd.

Next Week:
Don't Touch Kanye
  • Never put your hands on the boss
The Dos And Don’ts Of Being Kanye West’s Bodyguard

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Research & Disease

If you went to a Families Belong Together Rally on Saturday hoping to see Peter Roskam, you were disappointed:
Arlington Heights, Elgin, other suburbs join national Families Belong Together rallies
He was with one constituent however, Dan Proft, host of Chicago's Morning Answer. Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, met the cigar-wielding Proft in his underground bunker and walk-in humidor:
Topic #1 of discussion was R&D, aka Research and Disease ...
Peter
Roskam:
"R & D on research and diseases, infrastructure spending, all of these sort of things are crowded out based on Medicare that is taking more and more and more."


[tl;dw]
ATC: Dan Proft & Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL6)
Note to Peter Roskam campaign Ops: Cough Cough

Friday, June 29, 2018

Q the Eye/06.29.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

My name is Jenn and I'm the Editor at Jen Reviews. I was doing research on ratatouille recipes and just finished reading your wonderful blog post: Q the Eye/07.02.09

In that article, I noticed that you cited a solid post that I've read in the past: Ratatouille

We just published a delicious ratatouille recipe complete with step-by-step pictures and detailed instructions. You can find it here: Rustic Ratatouille Recipe

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This Stock Will Go Through the Roof

Your hot stock buy today comes direct from Lake County vestigial Congressman, and market maker, Peter Roskam.

The Background:
Peter Roskam is bearish on Boeing (NYSE: BA).  For more than a year Peter Roskam has been ...
urging the president to block a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and Iran Air, "the terror-supporting transport-arm" of a network that is now facing steep sanctions from the Trump administration.
Republican Congressman Urges Trump to Block Boeing's Deal With Iran Air
The Fallout:
Unless you shorted your Boeing (NYSE: BA) you lost money:
The chief executive of the aerospace giant Boeing downplayed the fallout from the president's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear pact, saying on Wednesday that the company would abide by the Trump administration's decision to cancel Boeing's licenses to sell $20 billion of aircraft to Iran.
Boeing C.E.O. Downplays Loss of $20 Billion Contract With Iran
The Uptake:
Aerospace giant Boeing (NYSE: BA) faces fierce competition for government contracts from aerospace giant Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC).

The Bottomline:
Peter Roskam says: These are unmistakably strong buy signals for Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC).

Northrop Grumman Opens New Illinois Facility with Ribbon Cutting and Reception
Next Week:
Peter Roskam explains the Republican Tax Bill which Peter Roskam wrote. More tax dollars going into the pockets of corporations means more dollars going into the pockets of shareholders!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stealth Peter

Stealth this Shirt
Peter Roskam surfaced last week, only to find himself in the Eighth Congressional District.

Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, represents the Sixth Congressional District. He was in the Eighth Congressional District last week at the corporate offices of Northrop Grumman.

It should be no surprise that Roskam, who does not like to be seen in his home district, wisely chose to attend a corporate fête in a totally different Congressional District:
"I want to congratulate Northrop Grumman on opening a new facility in Arlington Heights that will employ many people in the Sixth District," said Congressman Peter Roskam.
Northrop Grumman opens new Illinois facility with ribbon cutting, reception
Northrop Grumman is an aerospace/defense contractor and manufactures the Stealth Bomber.

Roskam, impressed by the Stealth Bomber, was observed making inquiries. He wanted to know if Stealth technology could be harnessed for other purposes.  Say, for instance, a Stealth Congressional Townhall?

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. No one to see here, move along.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Telepath Townhall

An actual unretouched screencap spirited from the Daily Herald newssite:

Northrop Grumman Vice President Mary Petryszyn talks to U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam about the company's new offices in Arlington Heights during a ceremony Monday.
Northrop Grumman opens offices in Arlington Heights
Is the photo a really bad photoshop attempt to show two people talking? Nope. In reality, Peter Roskam was communicating with the Northrop Grumman executive, from a remote location, using ESP.

This is not the first time that Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, has used his psychic powers to communicate with constituents:
Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton says he's no fan of "circus" town hall meetings and prefers a more controlled setting for town-hall-style meetings by telepathy, which he will conduct on Monday night.
Roskam says he prefers doing town hall meetings over the psychic hotline
One spokesman said: "Anyone participating in the telepathy townhall will not be allowed to ask questions. Congressman Roskam already knows which questions will be asked."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised before future developments warrant.

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?"