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)