Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fricassee Me in St Louis

The exploding oil train failed to explode in Lake County this week. It exploded near St Louis instead:
Thick, black smoke can be seen for miles and evacuations have been ordered after a train derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis.
Schools, homes evacuated after a train derails in Illinois suburb of St. Louis
One industry spokesman said engineers are working on the problem and you may expect to see the trains exploding again in Lake County at a later date.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Last in the Shuffle

A actual, unretouched screencap from the Lake County Gazette:

Sen. McConchie-sponsored law amending the State Treasurer Act goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020

Granted truth may be stranger than fiction, but that doesn't change the fact that the Lake County Gazette is your #1 source of fiction in Lake County.

With that in mind, how does any Republican State Senator ...
  1. Sponsor a Bill
  2. Get that Bill Passed
  3. See the Bill Signed into Law
  4. ... by a Democratic Governor?
Well, State Senator Dan McConchie proved it can be done. The trick is to do it in reverse order:
  1. Bill is Passed
  2. Bill is Signed into Law
  3. McConchie Sponsors the Bill

Bill Status of HB2237 :: 101st General Assembly
McConchie was added as a sponsor to HB2237 four days after it was signed into law!

That's how it is done, son.

In related news, State Senator Dan McConchie is predicting that ...
  • The Bears will lose their opening game.
  • Marijuana will be legal in Illinois by the end of the year.
  • Donald Trump will say something stupid.
Note to Ops: You heard it here first!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Surf War

What happens under Crystal Lake doesn't stay in Crystal Lake.

As readers of this blog are aware ...
The Law of Remunerative Returns
Some residents were none too pleased when the Crystal Lake Park District passed an ordinance restricting access to their lake.

The ordinance was passed despite part of Crystal Lake being situated within the boundaries of the Village of Lakewood.

The Village of Lakewood was none too pleased enough to send the Crystal Lake Park District a letter:

Re: Ordinance 11.41.1 amending Parks and Property Owned or Controlled by the Crystal Lake Park District
Not exactly a cease and desist letter, the Village of Lakewood sent a NIMBY letter:
Note to Ops: When you're in Crystal lake, ask for bottled water. Just Sayin!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

McSweeney to Flee the Sceney

The picture in the attic.
Your LakeCountyEye won't have David McSweeney to kick around any more. Lame Duck Lake County politician McSweeney says he will not seek another term:
David McSweeney is out as a state representative but not out of politics. The Barrington Hills Republican announced Thursday he won't run for re-election next year and instead will pivot to a statewide bid in 2022. "I'll serve out the rest of my term and very likely will run for secretary of state (in 2022) if Jesse White doesn't run," McSweeney said referring to the popular Democrat incumbent, "or U.S. Senate depending on the circumstances."
McSweeney sets sights on statewide office, won't seek re-election
Highly observant observers say McSweeney had only one option: to quit while he's ahead: "What would he do if he lost his seat in 2020? Run for US Senate Governor Secretary of State two years later on a record of not being able to get re-elected?"

As things stand, McSweeney can tell his voters with a straight face:
"I think I can add value to the state's major problems," McSweeney said.
State Rep. McSweeney plans to run for new office in 2022
So true it is. So true.

Note to downstate Ops: Look for David McSweeney at rubber chicken Lincoln Day dinner near you real soon.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Barrington the Beautiful

This installment of Barrington the Beautiful® features the village of North Barrington.

Incorporated in 1959, North Barrington is located completely within Lake County. As its name suggests, North Barrington is north of its more famous namesake, the village of Barrington. North Barrington has a total area of about 5 square miles and a population of about 3,000.

This concludes your installment of Barrington the Beautiful®.

Each and every week Barrington the Beautiful® will present an opportunity to feast your eyes upon one the beautiful Barringtons in the Lake County area:
  • Barrington
  • Barrington Hills
  • Lake Barrington
  • North Barrington
  • Port Barrington
  • South Barrington

Monday, August 26, 2019

This is Not a Test

After testing the waters for more than ten days ...
Joe Walsh: Trump Needs a Primary Challenge

Ex-GOP rep calls Trump an 'unfit con man,' says he's sorry for helping elect him

Walsh says he is 'strongly, strongly considering' challenging Trump in Republican primary

Why is Joe Walsh threatening to run against Trump in 2020?

'THIS WEEK' EXCLUSIVE: Joe Walsh announces Republican primary challenge against Trump
Ex-Lake County Congressman Joe Walsh declared there is no time for testing the waters, and that he is running for President of the United States. Of America:

Joe Walsh 2020: Be Brave
The last time banty rooster Joe Walsh appeared on this blog was 2009, where he was observed testing the waters in the Eighth Congressional District:

A Fresh Face in the 8th Congressional District
Note to Ops: 2009 must've been a dry run.

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Law of Remunerative Returns

Your Lake County Eye remembers the good old days when the air was safe to breathe and the only outfit to be stinkin' up the place was the Lake County Fielders.

Haha, the Fielders came to an end with owner Richard Ehrenreich suing the City of Zion and Mayor Lane Harrison for breach of contract:
Another odd connection in this case concerns a lawyer named Scott Puma. He is paid as Zion's city attorney. But he has also been hired to defend the city and the mayor in the lawsuit filed by Ehrenreich. And according to disclosures filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Puma is also treasurer for Mayor Harrison's campaign committee.
Abandoned Stadium Project Costs Taxpayers Millions
The Fielders may be gone but the attorney Scott Puma is not. Puma is legal counsel to the Crystal Lake Park District:

Crystal Lake Park District Board of Commissioners
Regular Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2019
Last month, the Crystal Lake Park District voted on an ordinance limiting access to the lake:
only members of the homeowners' associations who have lakefront property and residents who live on the 230-acre lake – with property that includes a portion of the lake bed owned by the park district – have permission to place piers, moorings, swim rafts and boat lifts into the lake.
Crystal Lake Park District approves new lakebed ordinance with 6-1 vote
The ordinance was approved in spite of the Park District's questionable legal authority to do so. At least according to some of the comments made at the board meeting:
  • Crystal Lake is a private lake, as Shoreline Property Owners Association of Crystal Lake has been asserting all along. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources definitively confirmed that Crystal Lake is not a public lake.

  • Crystal Lake Park District has no authority to control or regulate the use of the water. Crystal Lake Park District has acknowledged and admitted that, although the first draft of this ordinance contained provisions that tried to exert some control over the use of the water/lake.

  • The Crystal Lake Park District ordinance does not pertain to the lakebed to which it does not have title. So it cannot be enforced on the entire lake.

  • The shoreline property owners that own property up to the shoreline, even where the park district property owns the lakebed, still have riparian rights. The ordinance, while stating that it respects riparian rights of those people, is in direct contradiction to that statement by seeking to direct how the shoreline owners can use their water adjacent to their property. Crystal Lake Park District is not the governmental body to determine whether those property owners' use of the lake access to the lake is "reasonable."

  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is not sure you have this authority, questions whether you really understand what you are trying to accomplish and more importantly it is outside their jurisdiction to decide that issue.

  • Questionable enforcement powers.

  • Likely lead to litigation. Suggested the Crystal Lake Park District keep all emails and correspondence.
Crystal Lake Park District Board of Commissioners
Regular Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2019
If a suit is filed against the ordinance, Scott Puma presumably will be hired to defend the Crystal Lake Park District.

Note to Ops: Passing legislation is like getting a divorce. No one wins except the attorneys.

Monday, August 19, 2019

It was a Dark and Secluded Area

Snoop Dogg
Not to be outdone by the Lake County Gazette, your LakeCountyEye decided to take a stab at creative writing. Your LakeCountyEye can report that writing prize-winning prose is easier than it sounds, and there are plenty of prizes out there to be had:
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC) is a tongue-in-cheek contest, held annually and sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" – that is, deliberately bad.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Here is your LakeCountyEye's submission to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest:
On August 13, six defendants, most of whom have significant criminal histories, decided to come to Lake County with their sole intention to commit a series of residential and vehicle burglaries. In order to commit these crimes, they drove into the county in a stolen Lexus automobile, and armed themselves with a large 10-inch long hunting knife with a stainless-steel blade.

At 1:15 a.m. in the morning, they drove into a dark and secluded area on West Edwards Road, awakening a 75-year-old resident who saw headlights in the area of his driveway. When several people started to walk up his driveway towards a car parked near his home, the elderly resident armed himself with a gun and went outside. The elderly resident had a lawful Illinois Firearms Owner Identification card and was the lawful registered owner of the gun.

As the resident went outside of his own property, he saw multiple strangers approaching him. He ordered the strangers to get off his property and leave, but these strangers continued to advance on him. The resident saw that one of the strangers had something in his hand, and believing he was in danger of death or, at the very least, great bodily harm, he fired his gun several times to try and scare them away. One of the shots unfortunately struck one of the offenders, and the offenders all ran back to the stolen Lexus and drove away.

Lake County state's attorney statement on charges in Old Mill Creek shooting
According to the rules, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has ...
several subcategories, such as detective fiction, romance novels, Western novels, and purple prose.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
Which genre would you go with?
Detective Fiction
Romance Novel
Western Novel
Purple Prose
Operatives are asked to vote for one of the above!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Smoke and Minors

Destroy All Mosquitoes
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim filed a lawsuit against a company deemed hazardous to children and which he likened to "dope dealers on a street corner". Nerheim filed the suit against the mosquito extermination company, Clarke. The suit seeks punitive damages against Clarke for spraying Lake County with chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that causes brain damage in children.

The suit alleges that those who are exposed to the chemical chlorpyrifos ...
have no idea they are ingesting "huge amounts of a highly addictive chemical and carcinogens," Nerheim said.
Lake County suing Juul over "predatory" marketing to teens
The suit calls the practice of spraying the chemical chlorpyrifos from pickup trucks and ...
other efforts a "smokescreen."
Lake County state’s attorney sues e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, accusing it of 'creating a public health crisis'
The suit exposes industry marketing and branding strategies that distract the public from the dangers of the indiscriminate use of outdoor insecticide foggers:
"You look at this new product, Mr Fog"
Lake County state’s attorney sues e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, accusing it of 'creating a public health crisis'
Regarding the true peril posed by insects, the suit says Clarke ...
"succeeded in creating a public health crisis in order to line their pockets with cash," Nerheim said a news conference Tuesday afternoon
Lake County state’s attorney sues e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, accusing it of 'creating a public health crisis'
Does a lawsuit against an extermination company with financial ties to Lake County expose the motives of a lone-wolf State's Attorney with ants in his pants to go to court in a big way? You decide:
Nerheim said he decided to move ahead without area counties because he didn't want to wait any longer.
Lake County state’s attorney sues e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, accusing it of 'creating a public health crisis'
Haha, j/k.

Michael Nerheim is not suing Clarke. The suit has been filed against e-cigarette manufacturer, Juul Labs.

2020 is an election year. 'Nuff Said!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

My Last Brain Cell

Lake County will not have to wait for recreational marijuana to find out if it has brain damage:
In a move environmentalists denounced as yet another case of the Trump administration putting industry profits over public health, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it will not ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage in children.
'A Total Disgrace': Outrage as Trump EPA Says It Won't Ban Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children
As you read this, Lake County is breathing chlorpyrifos:
Clarke Mosquitomist™ Adulticide
Clarke uses the insecticide to kill mosquitoes:

Mosquitomist Two U.L.V.
One industry honcho advised your LakeCountyEye to move along, there is nothing to see here: "If chlorpyrifos was toxic then the drivers would all have brain damage and they would be driving their trucks into trees. You don't see that happening, do you?"
Lake County Sheriff's Office said 75 gallons of a pesticide spilled onto the ground in North Barrington Tuesday after a mosquito abatement company vehicle hauling the liquid crashed into a tree.
Truck Crash Causes Pesticide Spill In North Barrington
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Flipping Senate

A Woman's Place is in the House and Senate
Note to David McSweeney: Ex-Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is seeking the Republican nomination for US Senate:
"The consensus is I would be a Tier One candidate," he said, noting his suburban background could help Republicans in a region that is shifting Democratic.
Days after giving up on a recount for reelection, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran to seek GOP nomination for U.S. Senate
Additionally, the consensus is Curran will be elected the next GOP Senator from Illinois. And he will switch to the Democratic Party after two years.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

What's Your Poison?

The exploding Clarke mosquito truck failed to explode in Barrington this weekend. Instead, the village was exposed to a chlorine leak:
A "small" chlorine leak at a Barrington water treatment facility drew a large response over the weekend, with about 50 fire and police personnel from 24 agencies helping to find and fix the leak with no injuries to residents or fire personnel.
Barrington chlorine leak brings large hazardous materials response over weekend
Last month a Clarke mosquito truck hit a tree in North Barrington and dumped 75 gallons of insecticides. For the record, this insecticide spill failed to draw a large response, with about zero fire and police personnel from zero agencies helping to find and fix the leak.

ANVIL® 10+10 ULV

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, August 4, 2019


An actual, unretouched screencap from the Lake County Gazette, Lake County's #1 fakenews source:
Lake County District 3 Board member Dick Barr fears the doubling of the state's gas tax, making Illinois home to the second-highest overall gas tax burden in the country, is just the tip of the iceberg.
Wisconsin thanks Illinois' gas tax, legislators for its business, laments Lake County Board's Barr
The news stories you see on the Lake County Gazette are all sourced from a Russian Troll Factory. And it should be no surprise that the facts presented in this particular story all diverge, to some degree, from reality.

Fact Check #1
Illinois does not have the second-highest gas tax burden in the country. Illinois ranks 7th in the nation, behind Pennsylvania, Washington, California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Ohio:

Fuel taxes in the United States
Fact Check #2
Wisconsin is not thanking the Illinois gas tax for business. Wisconsin's diesel tax is nearly 10 cents higher than Illinois.  If you average the gas and diesel taxes, Wisconsin fuel taxes are higher than Illinois:

Fuel taxes in the United States
Fact Check #3
Who is Lake County District 3 Board member Dick Barr? No one knows. No one can think of anyone serving on the Lake County Board that goes by the name Dick Barr. Doubtless, this is the kind of made-up prank name that gets paged at an airport.
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


An actual, unretouched screencap from the Kane County Reporter which is totally different than the Lake County Gazette, Lake County's #1 fakenews source:
"The rapid increase just this year in those being hit or fatally killed is extremely concerning," said Sen. McConchie.
When asked for a comment, Dan McConchie said: "Could you repeat that again?"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when subsequent future developments warrant.