Saturday, May 19, 2018

Young Guns

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

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

Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

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

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

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

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raise? No Objections!

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

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

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hired Guns?

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

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

There's No Business Like Tow Business

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

But that would be wrong.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Stop the Bus!

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tick Tick Tick

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

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Citizenship as Foundation of Rights


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Richard Sobel will discuss his book Citizenship as Foundation of Rights: Meaning for America. He will explore the relationships between citizens and governments.
  • Sunday
    May 6, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Unlisted Numbers?

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

Haha, true story.

No, really.  True story this time.

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

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

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

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

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

But that would be wrong.