Friday, December 2, 2022

It's All About the Cheddar

On, Wisconsin. On, Wisconsin. Plunge right through that line.
The Lake County election has been certified, and the numbers are clear: more people have crashed into the Long Grove bridge than voted for the Republican Party:
In Lake County, Democrats won every competitive countywide race and secured 14 of the 19 county board seats up for election.
In the suburban counties, the blue wave spread further
What up with that GOP -- the Party that once owned Lake County's political terrain? A few Party officials blame Darren Bailey. They say the voters were not ready for some farmer riding in on his turnip truck from McHenry Clay County.

But the Republican Party produced some high-quality candidates who lost as well. Like Congressional Candidate Kash Jackson Max Rice -- he reaped a mere 28% of the vote, which is not significantly better than the rounding error. And Supreme Court candidate Mark Curran who, despite being Lake County favorite son Mark Curran, couldn't top 39% in Lake County.

If anyone is to blame that would be Lake County moneybags Richard Uihlein. Whilst being from Lake County and whilst riding in on the moneybags truck, Uihlein chose to send his campaign donations elsewhere:
The Uihleins live in Illinois and have focused much of their giving in Wisconsin.
Inside the Billionaire-Backed 'Hub for Election Denial'
One knowledgeable political scientist offered a theory to explain it all: "It's nothing personal. Only business."

Sunday, November 27, 2022

MFs

Keep your government hands off my public school.
They're making a list, checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.

Would that "they" perhaps be Santa and his eight tiny reindeer? Nope, your LakeCountyEye refers to Moms For Liberty.

Moms For Liberty -- aka MFL -- is a "grassroots" movement that happens to be a 501(c)(4) headquartered in Florida and funded by dark money. Their mission is to get control of your school board.

MFL will parachute into your community, then hijack the school board meetings by airing grievances about ...
  • critical race theory
  • vaccine and mask mandates
  • study topics that include gender, race, identity, sex, discrimination
  • a science-based curricula
Then they will recruit and run candidates for your school board. And before you know it you will be looking at your property tax bill and wondering what happened to that world-class school that you moved into your community for.

Note to Ops: You better watch out.  They're coming to town.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

stuffing ... the ballot box
It's the last week of November, and everyone knows that means one thing: Tis the Season

The 2023 Election Season is nigh upon the land, this being the first week to file your nominating petitions. The Season runs through December, when you can file your objections to the candidates; and all the way to the end of the year, til when the ballot is certified.

This is a tradition with roots that reach back to the Pilgrims. Your municipal elections are a unique expression of local democracy in its purest form.

Note to Ops: Most of these contests are non-partisan, so please try to be civil. This ain't Thanksgiving dinner!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Thanksgiving in November

It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that there will be a Thanksgiving holiday on November 24, from Nov 24 to Nov 25, and all day.

See for yourself.  An actual unretouched screencap from Lake County's #1 fakenews source, the Lake County Gazette:
This breaking news came from a press release. Does that mean it is true? One media watchdog observed: "If the Lake County Gazette says your mother loves you, check it out."

Note to Ops: Consider going to school or work next Thursday. Better to be safe than sorry.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Loss Leader

Entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie's tenure may be coming to an end:
Sen. John Curran has rounded up more than enough votes to depose current Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie.
Veterans Day updates: McCombie, Curran likely in; Butler out; SAFE-T Act talks continue
It goes without saying that the job of the Senate Minority Leader is to funnel Springfield dollars back into his home district. For roads and bridges, for instance.  And if Dan McConchie is bounced from the Senate leadership how is Long Grove going to pay for all the repairs to the covered bridge?

On the other hand, as things stand, Lake County only gets back 53 cents for every dollar sent to Springfield:
One Lake County GOP spokesman said: "Vote for us. We are the Party of limited government."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Get off the dime.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Rig is Up

rosebud
If God weren't irony deficient, then lame duck Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor would have lost the election because the Clerk's office miscounted her votes. But no, the sad truth is that most Lake County GOP candidates lost because ... wait for it ... the election was rigged.

HaHa, Dan McConchie says the election system is rigged:
the Democrats' rigged system, which created some of the most gerrymandered districts we've ever seen
Senate GOP Leader McConchie decries "rigged system"
One of those "gerrymandered" districts is Dan McConchie's own Senate District 26. It goes without saying that a district packed full of Republicans, as District 26 supposedly is, is designed to be an easy win for any Republican candidate. And it would be an easy win especially for an entrenched incumbent like Dan McConchie, wouldn't it?

But no, out of some 85,000 votes cast, McConchie currently has a slim 2% lead. His opponent, a stay-at-home mom, is not conceding until all of the mail-in ballots are counted.

A Lake County GOP spokesman said: "Fraud at the post office!"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Totaled

“Sorry, we’re not ready yet.”
An actual unretouched headline from an actual Lake County news outlet:
Lake County's new $1.65 million vote-counting system to debut Tuesday night
A new voting system and equipment will go on-line in Lake County on November 8, just in time for the big election.

What could possibly go wrong?

HaHa, trick question.

A Lake County GOP spokesman said: "There is nothing to worry about. We are confident Robin O'Connor will give 110% toward counting the votes."

Note to Ops: The election is next Tuesday and you are encouraged to vote. You'll never know for certain when the next opportunity will occur.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Home Bodies

nudge nudge wink wink say no more
Ladies, are you a stay-at-home mom? If so, the Lake County GOP wants you -- to stay at home.

That would seem to be the attitude expressed by Michael Danforth, a GOP member of the Lake County Board. Speaking of his election opponent, Danforth says she ...
"admitted she's basically a stay-at-home mom, and she doesn't have anything better to do than go knock on doors, I guess."
Danforth faces challenge from Timm for District 17 Lake County Board seat
Danforth, if anyone, should know. Michael Danforth has a license to import firearms, and with all those foreign weapons in circulation, all you moms would be well-advised to stay at home.

But don't take just Michael Danforth's word on it. Lake County GOP entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie is a former Washington DC anti-abortion lobbyist. And if the anti-abortion lobby had it's way, all women would be staying at home. Where they wouldn't be able to get abortions.

One Lake County GOP spokesman said: "Of course you gals are allowed out of the house on election day. Vote for the GOP, we're the Party of family values!"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Tragic Bullet

mug shot
This week's McHenry County man to shoot himself in the foot failed to shoot himself in the foot. In fact he was a Pakistani man. And he shot someone else in the foot:
A gunman opened fire Thursday at a campaign truck carrying Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, wounding him slightly in the leg
Officials: Pakistan's ex-PM Imran Khan wounded in gun attack
Coincidentally if you need ammunition from India or Pakistan or wherever, then contact Michael Danforth. Danforth has an ATF license to import firearms and told the News-Sun that ...
I work for clients that say, I need to get ammunition from India, or Pakistan, or wherever it may be coming from, legally and lawfully through the ATF.
Danforth faces challenge from Timm for District 17 Lake County Board seat
It is unknown how many, if any, of Michael Danforth's clients have shot themselves in the foot.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Scrutiny on the Bounty

Bond, Bail Bond
Question of the Day: What do Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dan McConchie have in common?

Answer: If you said a mullet and some cool shades you would be incorrect. The correct answer is both men oppose the SAFE-T Act.

HaHa, the SAFE-T Act will eliminate cash bail in Illinois. And Lake County entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie is not amused:
McConchie, the Republican leader in the state senate, said the legislation makes Illinois less safe. "It ties the hands of judges who are working to try to keep us safe" and keep the most dangerous people in jail, the Hawthorn Woods resident said.
SAFE-T Act coverage roundup
It goes without saying that some of those most dangerous people are women who have abortions, along with their doctors -- they would be sent to jail if the anti-abortion lobby has its way.

A little known fact, Dan McConchie is a former anti-abortion lobbyist who drew a salary from the Washington DC anti-abortion lobby Americans United for Life.

One Lake County GOP spokesman said: "We need Dan McConchie to repeal the SAFE-T Act now. We can't have all these ladies being released from prison and free to have more abortions."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, October 31, 2022

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

As it so happens, the two scariest days of 2022 are a week apart: Halloween and the Mid-Term General Election.

Also coincidentally, the prize for the scariest costume goes to Dan McConchie, a former anti-abortion lobbyist. He drew a salary from a national organization that wants to see abortion criminalized, and women who obtain abortions and their doctors go to jail.

Dan McConchie, this year, posed as a Moderate Republican:
Now that's scary!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Random Numbers

Actual unretouched screencaps from an actual unretouched GOP lit-drop in Lake County:

Your LakeCountyEye checked and 80, 83 and 93 are not the Powerball jackpot winning numbers.

No, it would seen that this Republican Precinct Committeeman and/or Committeeperson has got three precinct numbers: 80, 83 and 91! What up with that?

Perhaps Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor was overcome by another "technical glitch" when handing out precinct numbers? Or is this merely the sort of disinformation like what you see in the Lake County Gazette, and coming out of Russian troll farms?

One Lake County Republican spokesman had this to say about the matter: "Look at those inflation numbers.  Vote for us."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Mail Fraud

Please Mister Postman, look and see, is there a letter, a letter for me?
Despite being the Lake County Clerk, Robin O'Connor is advised to not expect a vote-by-mail ballot from Liz Uihlein. And despite having joined the Republican Party, O'Connor is advised to not expect a campaign donation in the mail from Liz Uihlein, either.

Mrs Lake County moneybags, Liz Uihlein, does not like how Robin O'Connor is running the 2022 election:
per our local County Clerk's notice, the voter must request to be removed from the Vote by Mail program, unless the clerk receives confirmation the voter registered to vote in another county. There is no indication that if a voter moves out of state and fails to provide notice, the address on file will stop receiving a ballot. Lastly, missing from our local County Clerk's notice, there is no indication of automatic removal for deceased voters. How and when would a deceased voter be removed from receiving automatic ballots?
Liz Uihlein returns to writing letters to legislators
Strong words indeed.  Are they accusations of willful malfeasance or merely of systemic incompetence? One Lake County Republican spokesman said: "We are on record saying that the 2022 election will be remembered as one of the most rigged elections of all time."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Shorts Circuit Court

The Illinois Constitution says anyone can run to be a Supreme Court Justice, no experience necessary. Which makes the job perfect for Mark Curran.

HaHa, Lake County favorite son Mark Curran wants to be your Supreme Court Justice -- in spite of his medieval views concerning women's rights:
Abortion rights at the forefront of Supreme Court race
Lake County Republicans say they would prefer to focus on issues other than a woman's reproductive health. They make a good point:

Mark Curran - Tea Party Rally Libertyville
Clearly, the real issue is, if elected to the Supreme Court, what would Mark Curran wear under the black robes?
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Ain't that a kick in the pants.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Because That's Where the Money Is

Note to Ops: Do you keep a specialized container for your pecans and cashews? If so you are in luck. That is because Lake County moneybags Dick Uihlein is giving away his money to the nut cases:
Lake Forest megadonors Dick Uihlein and his wife Liz have directly contributed more than $6.4 million this election cycle to help pack Congress with Republicans who either cast doubt on the legitimacy of the last presidential election or voted against certifying the results
Dollars to doubters? Megadonor Uihlein kicks in millions to help elect Republicans who question election results
Can that be why Robin O'Connor joined the Republican Party?
Two current Lake County elected officials are hopeful voters won't mind them switching parties next month. Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor -- elected in 2018 as a Democrat -- is seeking her next term as a Republican.
Lake County clerk, superintendent switch parties for election
The County Clerk is the person who counts the votes and a donation from Dick Uihlein ain't peanuts!
Note to Ops: Counting votes is like counting dollars. It's more fun if they're yours.