Thursday, October 18, 2018

Willard Writes

never bring cupid's arrow to a gunfight
Willard ❤❤❤ Peter.

Lake County Clerk In Perpetua Willard Helander sent a valentine to Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam:
Roskam is the real deal and is working for you.

Willard Helander

Letter: Supporting Peter Roskam
Note to Ops: Sweetest Day is this Saturday. Show that special bae of yours just how you feel in a carefully crafted op-ed submitted to the local paper.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Time of Trump


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Attorney and activist Richard M. Goldwasser will speak on the subject of Advocating in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Time of Trump.He is currently the chair of J Street Chicago which works to promote a two-state solution to the conflict.
  • Sunday
    October 21 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, October 13, 2018

Haunted House District Six

There is no truth to the rumor that Peter Roskam will not attend a townhall meeting because he's spooked by his constituents.  No, there will be no townhall meetings with vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam because he will be guiding tours of Sixth House District Haunted Houses instead.

Here Roskam scares the bejeebers out of his voters, while Beetlejuice lurks over his shoulder:

Trump looms large as Rep. Peter Roskam fights for his political life against Sean Casten
Note to Ops: It's showtime!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Signs of Intruders

Unlike the Chicago Cubs, Peter Roskam has a ready-made excuse for when he chokes. Someone is stealing his signs.

Haha, vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam issued this press release, with a dire warning:
This past week, at a Roskam supporter's home in Wheaton, a young man in a hoody was spotted in her front yard with both hands on the Roskam for Congress yard sign.
Congressional updates: Underwood raises $2+ million; Casten up by 5; Londrigan down by 1
Homeowners who are trained to respond to the sound of a dog whistle are reported to have witnessed this:
This past week, at a Roskam supporter's home in Wheaton, a young black man from the hood was spotted in her front yard with bare hands on Roskam.
Your LakeCountyEye medevaced the Roskam press release to Fermilab (conveniently located in the Sixth Congressional District) for analysis:
Note to Ops in the 6th Congressional District: Lock your doors.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Extreme Helene

a helene website
Lake County favorite son Helene Walsh finally has a website. And by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning, a hella good one:
Extreme Helene Walsh
Card carrying NRA member Helene (née Joe) Walsh can usually be counted on to shoot from the hip. And his her new website does not disappoint:
Helene Walsh shared a post.

But let's spend our time and resources teaching our kids about anal and oral sex and how to pray to Allah and wear a hijab.

WHAT A DISGRACE ... WAKE UP AMERICA
Note to Ops: Get over to Extreme Helene Walsh and like it on your Twitter and Facebook and Snapchat and Pinterest and Yelp today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

What's Black & White and White All Over?

How are the white people of Lake County doing? For the answer, look no farther than Lake County's #1 fakenews source, the Lake County Gazette:


Lake County Gazette


Lake County Gazette / Page 2
The Lake County Gazette is the only Lake County media outlet that obtains its news content solely from Russian Twitter Bots.

Note to Ops: Your LakeCountyEye has ascertained that that Russian Twitter Bot joke is not a joke.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

There's No Fool Like a Fossil Fool

Peter Roskam emerged this week from his climate-controlled underground bunker to take credit for having defeated global warming:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican in a tight race with Democratic challenger Sean Casten, took credit for the EPA's commitment to conduct more testing for ethylene oxide in part of the area he represents in Congress. Casten has criticized Roskam for having a 7 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters on public health and environment legislation, and for supporting Republican-authored bills that would strip the EPA of authority to address health risks from ethylene oxide and other toxic chemicals.
After weeks of public outrage about Sterigenics, Trump EPA to test air in surrounding neighborhoods
Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, subsequently saw the shadow of a townhall, and quickly retreated back to his underground cleanroom facility. Where fossil fuel industry lobbyists are asked to send their checks:

Fossil Fool Peter Roskam
The Groundhog was unavailable for comment.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Stick to Your Gunx

CONCEAL CARRY must be something like concealed carry, because whatever it is, Helene Walsh is all for it.

An actual unretouched screencap from State Rep Helene (née Joe) Walsh's website:


GUN RIGHTS / CONCEAL CARRY
I am a proud member of the NRA and have my conceal carry license. I truly believe in the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment as well as the practicality of having law abiding citizens who are trained to handle firearms. I believe conceal carry was long overdue because our old gunx laws restricted the rights of well-trained citizens, particularly veterans, from possessing firearms while criminals seemed to publicly carry with impunity. I believe conceal carry has made Illinois safer, not less safe, and provides greater ability for law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property.

GUN RIGHTS / CONCEAL CARRY
If you are someone who has seen Walsh's website, to be sure stranger things have happened. And if you are at all like your LakeCountyEye, you would have one question:
What's a GUNX?

According to the urban dictionary:
GUNX
a crew that consists of girrl punx, rude girls, zipper girls, psychobettys & drunx
GUNX
It is not known which crew Representative Walsh caucuses with:
  • girrl punx
  • rude girls
  • zipper girls
  • psychobettys
  • drunx
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Make a Clean Breast of It

In preparation for Halloween, the Chicago Tribune has been channelling Helene Walsh. They scrubbed their website.

As readers of this blog are aware,
Does BGLCC Stand for NSFW?
the Tribune ran a story about a pornographic website that had been spoofing the Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Trib story contained a hotlink to the website in question. And by hotlink, your LakeCountyEye means an active hyperlink to a XXX hardcore pornsite.

Now having, erm, blown the whistle, your LakeCountyEye observes that the hyperlink to the pornsite has been disabled in the Chicago Tribune story:

Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Note to Ops: Are there any other pornsite links remaining on the Internet? Just askin!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How To Save Constitutional Democracy


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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Does BGLCC Stand for NSFW?

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

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

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

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

Nuff said!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Culture of Tightfistedness

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

What the Helene

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

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Culture of Obfuscation

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

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

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, September 10, 2018

They Stop to Conquer

An actual unretouched screen grab from WLS 890 AM:

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

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

International Literacy Day

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

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Hole in the Wall

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

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Zornswoggled

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

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

Just Sayin!

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Culture of Ammunition

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

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

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


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

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

Bring the kids anyways.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A House of Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. Purloin-Card

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

  4. Patronage-Hire-Card

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

  6. Princess-Nudelman-is-Watching-Card

  7. Pennies-from-Heaven-Card

  8. Pmisspelled-Card

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

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Culture of Obstruction

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

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

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Walsh of Silence

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

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

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

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Sunshine State is the Best Disinfectant

Party Animals
Word of the day is Aloha!

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

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

Aaron Lawlor was unavailable for comment.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Will He Get the Chair?

... without paying any penalties!
There is no truth to the rumor that the Illinois State Police are distributing milk cartons with Aaron Lawlor's picture.

Haha, in fact the ...
Illinois State Police are investigating Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor's misuse of public funds and other aspects of his professional and political finances, authorities revealed Tuesday. That includes looking into the bank accounts for Lawlor's political campaign, which state officials say has broken the law by not filing any reports in nearly two years.
State police investigating Lake County Board chairman's finances
One official-sounding spokesman said that Aaron Lawlor is the target of a witchhunt -- and that the former GOP Lake County Board Chairman is weighing a generous offer to join the Trump administration.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. No collusion here, move along.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Helene of Trojans

Today's pop quiz puts your knowledge of testes to the test:
Men's Sperm Counts Are Dropping, and Scientists Don't Know Why
Helene Walsh knows why:
Too many women on birth control who no longer emit pheromones which would normally elicit sperm in men. It's elemental my dear Watson ... birds and bees.

Helene Walsh was selected from more than 20 other candidates to be Lake County's new District 51 State Rep. While Walsh's grasp of reproductive biology may not explain many things, it would explain why she was handed Nick Sauer's legislative seat:
Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of conservative radio host and former GOP U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, has been picked to fill the state House vacancy of a former Republican lawmaker who stepped down after being accused of sending an ex-girlfriend's nude photos to other men online.
Helene Miller Walsh, wife of former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, replaces state rep accused of sharing ex's nude pics

Monday, August 20, 2018

Helene Culpa

It has been brought to your LakeCountyEye's attention that Ex-Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh has not been appointed to Ex-State Rep Nick Sauer's legislative seat:
Caesar's Wife Must Be Above Suspicion
It was Walsh's wife who got the appointment. And not banty rooster Joe Walsh himself, which would have been totally different. Totally.

In contrast to her husband who makes a good living at being a rightwing nutjob, Helene Miller Walsh says ...
she wants to help the black community. Miller Walsh is a five-year advisory board member at Project H.O.O.D., an inner city nonprofit organization started by Pastor Corey Brooks in 2012 to help people become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. "We all want the same thing, ultimately," said Miller Walsh, a lifelong Chicago-area resident. "We all want to be able to live our lives with a lot less government interference. And we are responsible for ourselves. We're no different up here in Mundelein than they are on the South Side (of Chicago)."
Ex-congressman's wife appointed to seat of legislator who resigned amid sex scandal
To make amends for the error, your LakeCountyEye can share some of Helene Walsh's bipartisan Tweets:


To say that it's "racist" to call Haiti a shithole is like saying it's "racist" to say Chicago has a violence problem. Haiti is a shithole and it's run by blacks. The violence in Chicago is all black on black. Those aren't racist statements. They're just facts.

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 was 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.

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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.