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
  • $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:

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
How many new firearms does your $1000 contribution put into general circulation?
"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 ...

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 ...

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
  • $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


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

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
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

Now let's play musical chairs ...

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

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

And voila, here's Lawlor ...

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

The Chicago Tribune has your Top 10 excuses for being late for work!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Where's Lawlor?

Tonight's round of Where's Lawlor™ was filmed in Waukegan at the January 16, 2018 meeting of the Lake County Board.

Operatives should be familiar with the rules. You are challenged to find Lake County Board Chairman, Aaron Lawlor:

January 16, 2018 Lake County Board 01-16-2018 - Lake County, IL
Here are this week's clues:
County Clerk: Frank?
Frank: Here

County Clerk: Hart?
Hart: Here

County Clerk: Hewitt?
Hewitt: Here

County Clerk: Lawlor?
Lake County Illinois Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Contestants are asked to send their answers to this blog c/o Missing Persons Dept.

Note to Ops: Did your LakeCountyEye mention that Aaron Lawlor is the current Chairman of the Lake County Board?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies

The Lake County Sheriff Department is seeking certification from a national industry accreditation body, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. The accreditation process requires feedback from the public and employees at the Sheriff Department:
The sheriff's office noted that, as a part of the assessment, employees of the office and the public are invited to offer comments on March 12 at 5 p.m at the Libertyville Civic Center at 135 West Church St. in Libetyville. If you can't make the March 12 meeting, you can call the assessment team at 847-377-4167 on Monday, March 12 between 1 and 3 p.m.
Lake County Sheriff To Be Assessed: You Can Help
Public comments on the sheriff's office's compliance with CALEA standards will be accepted. Share your thoughts.
While this is likely a pro forma exercise, this is still an opportunity to have your voice heard in light of the recent conduct of the Lake County Sheriff Department.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

You're Doing It Wrong

This week's yardsign malfunction was spotted near Mundelein:
There is an old saying in Lake County: Never bother trying to bribe a yardsign with a pint of whiskey. Yardsigns don't vote.

Is this what a yardsign is supposed to look like when seen through beer goggles? Your LakeCountyEye certainly could not read it. Like the guy planted at the end of the bar, this yardsign isn't making a whole lot of sense.

You have to zoom in on it:
Note to Ops: Getting someone to vote for your candidate is hard.  Getting him to write-in your candidate's name on a ballot is an order of magnitude harder:
Which means the voter has to correctly spell your candidate's name. Don't make a demanding task worse than need be. For example, filing your write-in candidate to the ballot under his full name:
Just Sayin!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Opioid Epidemic and Steps to Stop It

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Three Lake County Officials – State's Attorney Michael Nerheim, Board of Health Executive Director Mark Pfister and Sheriff Mark Curran – will present a panel discussion on various aspects of the opioid crises and offer measures to stop it.
  • Sunday
    March 11, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Gun No-Show

Note to Ops: If you are organizing the Second Annual Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle you better hurry up. The Village of Deerfield wants to ban your assault weapons:
An assault weapon ban was previously discussed in Deerfield in 2013 when the Village Board of Trustees decided to regulate the storage and transportation of the firearms. Now, the village is preparing to make that category of weapons illegal.
Deerfield to consider village ban on assault weapons
The Lake County GOP was giving away those same assault weapons, last year, for a $2000 donation:

Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle
These assault weapons are already banned in Highland Park. If they are banned in Deerfield this raises a question: How many Lake County Republicans will be willing to spend $2000 for an assault weapon that they could not legally keep in their homes?

Fortunately there is a simple solution to every complex problem:
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Hit the road.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Black Cats

Official Trailer
News Alert! A black panther has been sighted in Wauconda:
Many Black Panther fans are just realizing that there is an actual village in Illinois called Wauconda -- and they're having a little fun. Wakanda is the fictional African nation from the Blockbuster movie, "Black Panther."
Wauconda, IL is not Wakanda, but ‘Black Panther’ fans are pretending it is
This comes on the heels of a cougar report earlier this year in DuPage County:
Reports of a cougar spotted in a DuPage County forest preserve has triggered an investigation by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Reports of cougar sighting in DuPage forest preserve prompts investigation
DNR officials urge residents to keep calm, as sightings have not been confirmed. But to please report any suspicious activity immediately.

The last verified sighting was at the Republican National Convention in 2016.  According to FoxNews ...
Members of the controversial "black power" group the New Black Panther Party plan to pack legal heat when they hold rallies in Cleveland in conjunction with next week's Republican convention if the law allows, the group's chairman said.
New Black Panther Party plans to bring guns to GOP convention, if law allows
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Q the Eye/02.21.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

They give away the razors so they can sell you the blades.  Then why don't they give away guns to sell you the bullets?

Good Guy Seeks Good Gun
Dear Uh Huh,Ὥρος Hōros

How many times has this happened to you? You're at a gun show. A good looking AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle catches your eye. But when you pull out your wallet you come up short.

Too many? That's because those good looking AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles don't come cheap. They were moving at $2000 a pop at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle, last year:

Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle
To put that in perspective, $2000 is about the average donation the NRA gives the average Illinois Republican Congressman:

Gun-rights groups giving to Illinois Republicans in Congress
So take it from Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam: If you really want that assault weapon that you can't afford, just follow these 3 easy steps:
  1. Become a Republican Congressman
  2. Receive Big Donations from the NRA
  3. Go Shopping
A no-brainer!

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 ...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lake County GOP Gun Raffle

Your LakeCountyEye is under the weather with the 1918 flu.

Please enjoy this encore presentation from last year!

Lake County GOP Gun Raffle

Save the date! The Lake County GOP invites you to their 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle on Oct 13, 2107.

The story first broke in the News-Sun:
The "Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle" in northwest suburban Kildeer features an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle for those who pay $2,000 to sponsor the event, raffles for a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 mm handgun, and other gun-related packages.
Suburban Chicago Republicans moving ahead with gun giveaway fundraiser 2 weeks after Las Vegas massacre
Operatives seeking the biggest bang for their buck are advised to take a look at this AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle:

Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle
This little beaut goes for only $2000 and the money goes to a worthy cause: the Lake County Republican Party. Who else will be working arm-in-arm with the NRA to protect your Second Amendment Rights? Who else will fight to make sure that anyone can purchase any firearm they want, any time, any place?

Anyone other than the Lake County GOP?

Your LakeCountyEye doesn't think so!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Role of Government in a Functioning Democracy

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Cook County Clerk, David Orr will present, The Role of Government in a Functioning Democracy. Mr. Orr serves as the chief election authority in the third largest election jurisdiction in the country. He led the fight to implement the motor voter law in Illinois. Mr. Orr also introduced Early Voting legislation and Automatic Voter Registration.
  • Sunday
    February 25, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ask Denise

Would it be OK to put a sign in your yard?
This week's question for Denise comes from the Lake County Gazette, aka Lake County's #1 Fake News Source:
Blair Garber, whom Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed to the Illinois Lottery Control Board, resigned last month after disparaging remarks on social media about East St. Louis. Even more damaging, the words were apparently enshrined in a tweet. Reports allege that Garber was responding to a tweet by musician Charlie Daniels criticizing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) reaction to President Donald Trump's comments on nations like Haiti. Garber reportedly piled onto the musician's tweet, calling East St. Louis "the s***-hole of the universe" and thereby disparaging Durbin's hometown.
Lottery chairman's resignation the appropriate response, Rotheimer says
What does Denise think? Denise says:
"The use of profanity in (Garber's) comment shows a lack of professionalism rather an inability to articulate his thoughts and opinions with dignity," Rotheimer said.
Lottery chairman's resignation the appropriate response, Rotheimer says
Care to know what is on Denise's mind? Send your questions to Denise c/o the LakeCountyEye.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

You Get What You Pay For?

Your LakeCountyEye's shovel is broke. Which means your LakeCountyEye is not digging this Lake County slo-mo snow-mageddom, not one lick.

Note to Ops: You are a blogger and you are marooned. What do you do? Why, you do what the McHenryCountyBlog does. You look up the salaries of County employees:

Better Government Association Payroll Database
Of the eight highest paid employees on the Lake County payroll, seven are with Health Services. Four of these are psychiatrists.

The exception is the County Administrator:
There is an old joke among the psychiatric profession: "Talk is not cheap."

Just Sayin!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In Russia the Radio Listens to You

cool calm and colluded
Question of the Day: If Peter Roskam expects a s***load of extra money will appear in his paycheck because of the GOP Tax Bill authored by him, then why is he meeting with the Russians?

Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, is visiting the US:
Kobakhidze is also meeting with Elisabeth Millard, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Member of Congress Paul Ryan, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Peter Roskam.
Georgian Parliament Chairperson on US Visit
Note to Ops: Law enforcement does not need a search warrant to spy on foreign nationals. So be sure to schedule that meeting with that Russian agent somewhere where the authorities cannot eavesdrop. Like a Manhattan laundromat, for instance.

One spokesman however is having none of it: "Vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam is a personal injury attorney. And every ambulance chaser knows, firsthand, the importance of having good collusion insurance."

Friday, February 2, 2018

A Wynn-Lose Proposition

Hit Me
So this Operative is walking down the Las Vegas strip. And he runs into Peter Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman. Roskam recognizes the Operative and asks him for a campaign donation. The Operative says he'd like to make a donation but he asks: "How do I know you won't use my money to give back other campaign donations from former GOP finance chair and casino mogul Steve Wynn?" Roskam says: "Oh I already got gamblin' money."

Haha, true story. But that hasn't stopped the spoilsport Democrats from demanding that Roskam return all his Steve-Wynn dirty-money anyways:
Two candidates vying to go up against Congressman Peter Roskam in this fall's general election are calling for him to return any contributions he reportedly received from former RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn. Wynn, the owner of a chain of hotels in Las Vegas, stepped down from the finance chair position after allegations of sexual misconduct were levied against him.
Candidates Call on Rep. Roskam to Return Reported Campaign Donations From Steve Wynn
Spoiler alert, Roskam unloaded those dollars like they were Russian Rubles parked in a Manhattan laundromat:
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton said Tuesday he will be donating a $1,465 contribution Wynn made to his campaign in 2006.
Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts expected to take RNC finance job
At the same time, another spokesman said: "We're just hours away from our deadline! Will you help us meet our fundraising goal? If just one more person steps up, we’ll close the $1,465 gap in a matter of minutes!"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Same Old Song and Dance

Were you one of the 20,000 home owners who waited in line (in sub-zero Waukegan) to pay your property taxes early -- so to avoid the penalty imposed by the new GOP Tax Bill? If you were, you probably didn't see Peter Roskam standing ahead of you. And he wrote the Bill!

Haha, your LakeCountyEye checked the vestigial Lake County Congressman's schedule to see where Peter Roskam was:

Team Roskam’s weekly rundown for Illinois’ 6th District
Roskam apparently was at a ribbon cutting / grand opening for Crea Ballroom Dance in Lake Zurich:

Team Roskam’s weekly rundown for Illinois’ 6th District
That was a neat trick, considering that the Grand Opening at the Crea Ballroom Dance Studio is scheduled for Feb 2, which is next Friday:

When asked if there are any other events that Peter Roskam would not be attending, a spokesman said: "The Congressman will not be attending any scheduled townhalls. Was that supposed to be a trick question?"

Sunday, January 28, 2018

From Russia with Love?

If this was the Lake County Treasurer Telethon, the band would be playing What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love about now.

The News-Sun recently reported that Lake County counted some $73,000,000 in property tax pre-payments, last year:
Lake County puts early property tax payments at $73 million and climbing
But now Lake County Treasurer David Stolman (Republican) has posted revised numbers:

Record Number Prepay Property Taxes In Lake Co.
The Lake County Treasurer's Office is now finalizing all prepayments of 2017 real estate taxes and will be mailing receipts soon.
Going from an initial estimate of $73 million up to $250 million is quite a hike, even by County Government standards.

Your LakeCountyEye looked for some explanation of this dramatic actuarial discrepancy on (Republican) David Stolman's Facebook page:

David Stolman - Главная | Facebook

David Stolman - Главная | Facebook
In related news, US President Donald J Trump (Republican) says there has been no collusion with Russia:
Donald Trump can’t stop claiming there hasn’t been any collusion with Russia. On Thursday, during an impromptu interview with The New York Times at Trump’s golf club in West Palm Beach, the president set social media on fire after he insisted 16 different times that there had been “no collusion” discovered between his administration and Russia.
Trump Insisted 16 Times That There's Been 'No Collusion' with Russia
Cue the balalaikas.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

But Who's Counting?

Fabulous GOP candidate for Governor, Jeanne Ives stumped in McHenry County this week:

Jeanne Ives Event Draws Large Audience
Note to Ops: When planning that next event, you are going to need an accurate advance estimate of how many people will attend.  Then book a room with a max capacity of no more than 1/2 that number. You never want your candidate photographed in a half-empty room.

Note to Ops, Part II:  If that fails, publish your actual turnout size in binary numbers.

Republican Governor Candidate Jeanne Ives spoke to approximately 200 residents at the McHenry VFW.
Cue the crickets.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

An Attack of the Vaporware

Make America Grate Again
By latest estimates, Lake County has taken some $75,000,000 in early property tax prepayments. So is it too much to hope David Stolman would quickly recover $5,000,000 in spare change from the seat cushions in the Lake County Treasurer's office?

According to the News-Sun ...
Calling concerns over a $4.9 million electronic filing system that was never finished politically motivated, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor limited discussion Friday morning about a News-Sun article that reported on the failure of the system to be implemented.
Lake County Board chair claims 'political' motives behind e-filing contract complaints
Of course, $5,000,000 is a lot of money to spend on software. Even for software that works, and not just vaporware.

One spokesman however took your LakeCountyEye to task: "Is building an electronic filing system for a County the size of Lake County any less difficult than, say, rebuilding an electrical grid in Puerto Rico?"

In related news ...
President Trump on Sunday called people who are criticizing his administration's response to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria "politically motivated ingrates." "We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico."
Trump: Critics of Puerto Rico response are 'politically motivated ingrates'
Note to Ops: Get out your brooms, this may turn into a witch hunt.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An Old Ives Tale

Recent polls indicate that few voters recognize the name Jeanne Ives. And even fewer recognize the Fremont Township Republican Organization. Which probably explains this story:
The Fremont Township Republican Organization has moved to endorse state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in her bid to become governor.
Fremont Township GOP backing Ives' governor bid
For those who never heard of Jeanne Ives, your LakeCountyEye can help. Answer the question on this attack mailer targeting Jeanne Ives:

Q: What does Jeanne Ives have in common with the Leprechaun and the Easter Bunny?
If you said that any of these 3 are equally likely to beat Bruce Rauner in the Primary, give yourself a wrong wrong wrong.

The correct answer is Jeanne Ives, the Leprechaun and the Easter Bunny are all fabulous.

For more adjectives, visit the Lake County GOP:

Lake County Republican Federation Pleased with Success of
"A Celebration of Women Republican Leaders"
For those who never heard of the Fremont Township Republican Organization, you're on your own.