Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Comical Sense Party

There is gridlock in Barrington Hills. Streets are jammed, bumper to bumper, with gapers who read on this blog ...
In the Eye of the Beholder
about the awesome outdoor home light displays free of charge every night in the bucolic suburb. The buzzkills in Barrington Hills city hall wanted to flip the switch on the fun with an ordinance to clamp restrictions on the eyeblinding outdoor displays. But the homeowners, H.A.L.O. -- Homeowners Against Lighting Ordinances -- fought back and won.

Your LakeCountyEye sees no need to remind operatives that you have to fight for your right to party. Nodoubt with that in mind, H.A.L.O. organized into a political party -- the Common Sense Party -- aiming their sights at Barrington Hills city hall.

Note to operatives, your LakeCountyEye looks back with nostalgia to the days when a political party could be given a name like the Sensible Party or the Silly Party to great comedic effect. Nowadays when being apprised of a new political party with a name like the Common Sense Party or the Moderate Party, it is never with implied mirth. Sigh.

With that in mind your LakeCountyEye has mashed together ten names that the H.A.L.O. should consider calling their new political party:

Ten Better Names for the New H.A.L.O. Political Party
  1. Lit Up Party

  2. Camera-Reddy Kilowatt Party

  3. H.A.L.O.tosis Party

  4. Charge of the Light Brigade Party

  5. Dim Bulb Party

  6. Twi-Light Zone Party

  7. Red Light Camera Party
    Ed Note: Dan Duffy's new political party.
    Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

  8. How Many Outdoor Display Architects Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb in Barrington Hills Party

  9. Indiscreteness and Light Party

  10. Barrington Hillbillies Party

And be sure to vote for your LakeCountyEye in the upcoming election: check your ballot for the Cocktail Party

In the Eye of the Beholder

Operatives passing thru Barrington Hills after dark would be wrong to think they had been teleported to downtown-Tokyo-Disney. In fact they would be passing through the freefire zone of an internecine struggle among Barrington Hills natives -- a contest to see who has the brightest frontyard home display in town. Warned that they were perilously close to bringing down the ComEd powergrid, the village of Barrington Hills found it necessary to intervene with an ordinance placing restrictions on the the amount lumens emitted by the outdoor lighting.

The ordinance succeeded, however, only in uniting the warring homeowners against the new common enemy in cityhall. And now the high-voltage bulbs from H.A.L.O. -- Homeowners Against Lighting Ordinances -- are feeling their oats. The pressure group of homeowners successfully fought off the restrictive ordinance to make them dial down their outdoor lighting displays. As explained in the Daily Herald ...
Opponents of the ordinance from the village's new Common Sense Party and its preceding group — Homeowners Against Lighting Ordinances — agreed the law has been watered down since it first was proposed. But it's the principle of having any regulation at all that they're against, Common Sense Party member and village trustee candidate Dede Wamberg said.
H.A.L.O. members regard Barrington Hills ...
as a place where residents paid a premium to be free of regulation and left alone.
Barrington Hills approves lighting law for new homes only
In a related story, there have been a surge of local incidents where lasers are being shined at airliners. It is unknown whether the planes were flying over Barrington Hills at the time. The Daily Herald reports one proposed remedy ...
Republican state Rep. Dave Winters wants the legislature to create state criminal charges that can be used against people who shoot laser pointers at pilots. Winters, who is also a pilot from Shirland, near Rockford, said there is not enough protection against an offense that could temporarily blind pilots and cause devastation.
State lawmakers push to criminalize pointing lasers at planes
Your LakeCountyEye fully expects to see H.A.L.O. fight this laser ordinance as well.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Goog Synthesizer:
Now with OppoComplete

Operatives familiar with this blog got some free schooling ...
Goog Synthesizer: The AutoRepeat
in the art of using Google's autocomplete feature, the oppo-research tool of choice. Yesterday your LakeCountyEye demonstrated how the Google autocompleter can be mined for valuable intelligence on everything from Illinois's congressional representatives to (he-he) forbidden love. Today your LakeCountyEye, never knowing when there is too much of a good thing, continues with some more of the same ...

Who is Adam Kinzinger? Beats the heck out of your LakeCountyEye. Informed sources inform your LakeCountyEye that Kinzinger is some Congressman from out there, out in Illinois somewhere. Were it not for the Google autocompleter, Kinzinger would be a complete unknown ...
Adam Kinzinger Gay

Take it on your LakeCountyEye's word, it is impossible to underestimate the value of top-notch oppo.
Another Illinois Congressman from out somewhere beyond the Route 53 extension, Aaron Schock, will be more familiar to frequent readers of this blog ...
Belt Out the Blues
But even your LakeCountyEye can't hold a candle to Google when it comes to digging for those skeletons in the closet ...
Aaron Schock Shirtless

Schock, no doubt, has the opposition scared shirtless.
Closer to home, Aaron Lawlor is a Lake County Commissioner; although your LakeCountyEye understands Lawlor hopes to rise to the airy ranks of the Congressional delegation. Which may explain these oppo results from Google ...
Aaron Lawlor Gay

Your LakeCountyEye suspects Lawlor indeed has the right stuff for the job!
The mack daddy of this Congressional delegation is of course Mark Kirk. Naturally in the hands of Google's autocomplete ...
Mark Kirk Gay
Mark Kirk Lies

You know what they say: there are lies; there are damned lies; and then there are gay lies.
Breaking News! Your LakeCountyEye defrocked ...
LakeCountyEye Shiftless

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Goog Synthesizer: The AutoRepeat

Looking ahead to a another cold January weekend, your LakeCountyEye sees nothing marked on the calendar -- for instance Sunday, 2pm to 5pm, CST, nada. Which means there is plenty of free time ahead to play the Internet's newest craze. Operatives who read about it first on this blog ...
Goog Synthesizer
will know your LakeCountyEye has been spelunking its autocompleter to mine Google's closely held secrets:

Not a closely held secret, Cal Skinner is the brainchild behind the McHenryCountyBlog. But for Google's autocompleter he is half of a dynamic duo ...
Cal Skinner Jack Franks

Jack Franks, of course, is a State Rep from somewhere out there in McHenry County. All of which which proves politics makes for strange bedfellows. The attention, by the way, is not reciprocated. Googling Jack Franks shows not a trace of Cal Skinner. All of which proves Eric Clapton's lament Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?
Speaking of bedfellows, it's too bad for Joe Walsh that global warming is a myth perpetrated by the liberal media. He could've used some of that hot air to fill his inflatable mattress. Walsh plans to sleep in his congressional office, but what the Google searchers want to know is ...
Joe Walsh Foreclosure

With the dozen or so past foreclosure judgements and evictions on his permanent record, it's small wonder that Walsh will be sleeping at the office. The DC landlords are all demanding a year's rent in advance!
If Joe Walsh hadn't gone to Congress, then everyone would be talking about Robert Dold going to Congress. And if Google is right, what they would be talking about the new Tenth District Congressman would be ...
Bob Dold Jewish

Does that trip to Israel count?
See your message on Google! Contact your LakeCountyEye for a quote ...
LakeCountyEye Your Ad Here

Friday, January 21, 2011

Creepy Tribune Cartoonist Wants to Know:
Hu's in Jail?

The Chicago Tribune's creepy cartoonist imagines a dinner conversation between Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chicago's Mayor Daley:
Hu: In glorious motherland we send counter-revolutionary Packers to detention camp.
Daley: That's a great suggestion President Hu ... but I'm pretty sure we can't jail the Packers.

Chicago Tribune, 01/21/2011
Ha ha, sure we can. Someone in the White House declares the Packers enemy combatants. And off they go to Guantanamo. Perfectly legal.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Billion Here a Billion There

The Lake County News-Sun apparently receives letters to the editor, and publishes some of them. Your LakeCountyEye never reads them, except the letters printed on-line. And even then your LakeCountyEye never actually reads anything much beyond the URL.

Lately it seems the letter writing masses are writing all their letters about the Illinois Income Tax increase. It is now estimated that the new law will increase the Illinois Income Tax by a billion percent:
Sources tell your LakeCountyEye the actual figure will be something closer to fiddy kabillion percent ...
We Finally Got a Piece of the Pie

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whitewash Joe Walsh

The Daily Herald, predictably, endorsed Melissa Bean in 2008. Predictable, because of an immutable law discovered by the Political Science Dept at Robert Morris University: the probability that a local candidate wins their election will be in direct proportion to the probability they are endorsed by the Daily Herald. So when everyone (with the exception of the idiotsavants at the McHenryCountyBlog) predicted a nobrainer win for Bean, the Daily Herald unsurprisingly presented Bean with a nobrainer endorsement.

Operatives are advised to sell their shares in KFC because this is the year of everyone eating crow. Including the Daily Herald, now that Joe Walsh is the congressman representing Illinois's eighth.

A newspaper, by the nature of its business, needs access to newsmakers. Not surprisingly the Daily Herald has written a meaculpa editorial to Walsh, as if to say ... forget about all those mean things we wrote about you, Joe -- we love you now, big guy:
Is he being too ideally ambitious in his goals? Probably. Will the newness wear off and reality set it? A good chance of that. Is his viewpoint still too doctrinaire? Certainly. But for now, in this short first few days, Rep. Walsh has impressed. He has been, in this short first few days, a refreshingly different politician. We only ask, Rep. Walsh, that you keep impressing.
Mr. Walsh goes to Washington
To their credit the Daily Herald tried not to be transparently obvious. But, c'mon, everyone knows what the stakes are. Well maybe not everyone.

The corporatesuits at TeamAmerica10th contributed to the blogosphere a deadpan comic reading of the Herald editorial to rival a Steven Wright:
It seems the DH has noticed what we here at Team America also noticed some weeks before the election, and then afterwards -- and we too (having sat through a number of Walsh stump speeches that made us roll our eyes a bit and look for the hook) were early critics, but came around. This bodes well for Walsh's ability to connect with his voters and win over even editorial boards with his fresh approach... and we will wait and see how he continues to conduct himself now as a sitting Congressman. We, like the DH, have high hopes, and will continue to be solidly in Walsh's corner, assuming he continues to measure up. Keep up the good work, Joe.
Daily Herald Jumps on Joe Walsh Bandwagon in IL-8
Pace Ross Perot, that giant sucking sound you hear is not all our jobs going out of the country.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Goog Synthesizer: Part Toog

Is Lake County in the slippery-ice grip of the winter doldrums? There was not a sausage to do this past weekend -- particularly Sunday, noon to 3 -- so your LakeCountyEye passed the hours playing the latest Internet craze since online poker, Google autocomplete. Operatives learned on this blog ...
Goog Synthesizer
how Google's autocomplete feature can be mined to reveal what Google secretly knows about everyone and anyone that you are searching for. For instance ...

It's no secret that liberal, pro-choice State Rep Mark Beaubien represents enclaves of pro-choice liberalism like McHenry County, Island Lake, Cuba Township and more. But did you know that through the Google eyes, he is ...
Mark Beaubien BFKN

Operatives no doubt are thinking, wassa BFKN? Your LakeCountyEye has no idea. Mark Beaubien remains an utter mystery.
County Commissioner Brent Paxton has Zion, Winthrop Harbor, the county upper right corner. Google's autocompleter never fails to surprise however with ...
Brent Paxton Lemons

One would surmise he is a used-car dealer. Not so. According to his bio, Brent Paxton is a chiropractor. Which is totally different.
Linda Pedersen is the county commissioner representing Antioch and the upper left corner of the county. Google's autocomplete reveals what their users want to know ...
Linda Pedersen Tattoo

It is unclear whether the search engine is being used to find a tattoo design likeness of Linda Pedersen. Or to find Linda Pedersen's body-art. That being a bridge too far, your LakeCountyEye prefers not to know.
Now follow your LakeCountyEye every day on the Google autocompleter ...
LakeCountyEye Non Sequitur

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Goog Synthesizer

Cyber-savvy LakeCountyEye operatives are familiar with Google's autocomplete feature:
How autocomplete works
As you type, Google's algorithm predicts and displays search queries based on other users' search activities. These searches are algorithmically determined based on a number of purely objective factors (including popularity of search terms) without human intervention. All of the predicted queries shown have been typed previously by other Google users.
Features: Autocomplete
It's not a surprise that Gizmodo has mined the annoying autocomplete for purposes of cyber-hilarity. For instance, type in Illinois and Google will suggest ...
Illinois Lottery
Google Autocomplete Redefines U.S. Map
Your LakeCountyEye is never above stealing someone else's clever idea to claim as one's own. Particularly a clever idea that requires not much more in the way of wattage than a stolen borrowed Internet connection.

Lake County has a new State Senator, Suzi Schmidt. Google's autocomplete feature recommends ...
Suzi Schmidt Political Cartoon

Intrigued, your LakeCountyEye went searching for said political cartoon. Not recalling ever seeing a cartoon about Suzi Schmidt, your LakeCountyEye was not surprised when unable to find one. Those previous Google users may have intended political cartoon as an adjective
The former new Lake County State Senator, Dan Duffy, gets autocompleted in an unexpected way ...
Dan Duffy Hungry Man

Your LakeCountyEye can commiserate. Who hasn't starved to death waiting for a red light to change? Especially when that Taco Bell waits just around the corner.
Mark Curran, Lake County's yet to be former Sheriff, may run but cannot hide from the Google autocompleter. Google actually breaks news, with information regarding ...
Mark Curran Chef Arrested

Your LakeCountyEye hears that chef got into hot water for serving party turnovers. No doubt this was a swift ride to the lockup. If hungry Dan Duffy is ever caught running a red light, some hot stir-fry awaits at the County jail.
NEW! Now search for your LakeCountyEye on Google ...
LakeCountyEye Cash For Gold

Friday, January 14, 2011

Creepy Tribune Cartoonist Asks ...
Who Would Win in a Fight:
Abe Lincoln or the Grim Reaper?

The Chicago Tribune creepy cartoonist is back, with more trademark corn on the macabre. This time the creepy cartoonist has Illinois's death penalty in his crosshairs:

Chicago Tribune, 01/10/2011
One would expect a hairtrigger 2nd Amendment proponent like the creepy cartoonist to favor a death penalty. Not so, apparently. Your LakeCountyEye speculates that the creepy cartoonist takes his moral instruction from the Vatican. This may also explain all the Hieronymus-Bosch imagery in his drawings. This drawing in particular depicts a Lincolnesque figure banishing the death penalty from Illinois. However the actual law abolishing the death penalty is not a Republican or even a bi-partisan bill. The bill now sitting on the Governor's desk is mostly the work of the Democrats. The Chicago Tribune creepy cartoonist will point his finger at the Springfield Democrats when they pass legislation he doesn't like. But when the Democrats pass a law that he favors, the creepy cartoonist praises the people of Illinois. Consistency must be the hobgoblin of little minds?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We Finally Got a Piece of the Pie

The gangstas at the McHenryCountyBlog ask you to join James Brown, and his soul-brothers, to celebrate raising the Illinois Income Tax fiddy kabillion percent:

Posted for the benefit of those
favoring higher income taxes.

I Feel Good
James Brown is the Godfather of Soul.

Henley Way Shape or Form

Editorial cartoonists all employ the standard trope of pinning a label on their targets. No caricaturist can expect his or her work to be universally recognizable; multiplying that constraint by about a factor of 5 yields the Lake County Journal's DIY cartoonist:

2010 Election Review
For those keeping score at home, the images represent, from l. to r. -- Mark Kirk, Joe Walsh, Robert Dold, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Seals. Although your LakeCountyEye isn't all that sure that Joe Walsh wasn't mislabeled:
DIY Cartoonist
Don HenleyJoe Walsh
The label may say WALSH but your LakeCountyEye's Lyin' Eyes see someone else. Operatives are asked to decide for themselves who the Lake County Journal's DIY cartoonist intended to represent. Don Henley or Joe Walsh? It goes without saying that quality control is the first thing to suffer in an economic recession.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kick a Guy When He's Down

In these days of CGI cartooning it's nice to know there are still some practitioners of the hoary art of pen-to-paper. One such DIY cartoonist is in the employ of the Lake County Journal. (Although employ in the sense of implied remuneration may be a euphemism in this case.) Not surprisingly, the Lake County Journal's DIY cartoonist is as mean-spirited as the editorial agenda of the Lake County Journal's publisher:

2010 Election Review
Yes, that is Dan Seals on the far right.

In the oft-repeated-seldom-equalled words of Jim Acosta ...
Boy that's kinda cold.

Monday, January 10, 2011

2 + 2 = 75?

The Illinois Income Tax may be going up. How much? According to the Lake County Federation of Teachers ...
The governor and legislative leaders are discussing proposals to increase the state income tax by approximately 2 percent.
Support Revenue for Education and Public Services
Now, Ayn Rand toting ideologues would rather see government by, for & of the people perish from the earth before seeing a tax levied. So not surprisingly the tax-hawks at the McHenryCountyBlog are all over this like pink on a pig:
Here's the email from the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Note the false characterization of the proposed income tax hike as "approximately 2 percent."
Math-Impaired Teachers Union Supports 75% Income Tax Hike
It's obvious that "approximately 2 percent" refers to the proposed increase of the 3% income tax to 5.25% ...
5.25% - 3% ≈ 2%
The exact difference is 2.25% -- which the McHenryCountyBlog prefers to characterize as 75% of the base 3% ...
75% * 3 = 2.25
Of course no one is dumb enough to think:
2% * 3 = 2.25
But this doesn't deter the McHenryCountyBlog from pretending that they think the IFT cannot add 2 + 2 (and by implication that we should be home-schooling our children).

Well perhaps your LakeCountyEye spoke too soon. It is unclear that the McHenryCountyBlog is not dumb enough to think the IFT is dumb enough to think:
2.25 / 3 = 2%
So your LakeCountyEye will pretend to think that the McHenryCountyBlog really believes the IFT cannot add 2 + 2.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Did He Say What I Think He Said??????

This is the only taxing entity in Lake County that is reducing it's tax levy and it is the second time in two years AvonTownship has done do.  

Also if you listen, Sam Yingling points out that Illinois has too many taxing bodies  Could it be he is advocating for the elimination of his own job?  You decide for yourself!

Pettifog the Petition

With the Bears now bound for the Super Bowl, Lake County has little in the way of diversion between now and super-game-day -- Sunday February 6. So naturally everybody's attention is now diverted to petition challenges. Candidates throughout the county have been scrambling to get their opponents tossed off the ballot before the 2011 consolidated election, scheduled for April 5.

Just this week, Joe "Sledge of Allegiance" Ptak hammered his opponent down the memory hole and off the ballot. The Daily Herald has details of the preemptive strike ...
Island Lake village board candidate bumped from ballot
Incumbent candidates for trustee in East Dundee fared better, emerging from their petition challenges unscratched. Petition challenges are argued before an electoral board -- one comprised of elected officials sitting on the same governmental body that the candidate is running for -- so 'nuff said! LakeCountyEye operatives are encouraged to read for themselves between the lines of the Daily Herald account ...
All six E. Dundee candidates still in the race
Operatives tasked with both passing petitions and challenging petitions are advised to know the law and pay attention to detail. Here are the 10 most common mistakes made by noobs when submitting a nominating petition:

Ten Things to Look for When Challenging a Petition in Lake County

1) Petition is notarized with Lake County Fair hand stamp.

2) Petition has a column for credit card numbers.

3) Petitions must be bound with a staple. The petition is not valid if the $100 bill is attached with a paperclip.

4) Look for obvious fake names like: Dick Hertz or Ben Dover or Louis G Atsaves

5) Petitions printed on back of unused Lake County Courthouse restaurant placemats.

6) Washington DC is not a valid Lake County address. Unless the signer is named Rahm.

7) Nominating Petition was not phrased in the form of a question.

8) Every petition passer listed is named Princess Nudelman.

9) Petition has a coupon for nine free holes at Fort Sheridan.

10) The petition submitted is a petition for bankruptcy.

Look for your LakeCountyEye at the checkout line, toting that year's supply of black (or blue) ballpoint pens.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dialogues in Democracy

Sundays at 1

Dialogues in Democracy

Lake County Forest Preserve District’s
Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home
25200 N St. Mary’s Rd.
Libertyville, IL

Tickets: $15 each or $35 for the series
To Reserve:

Phone: 847-816-7433

Outstanding speakers followed by an opportunity for conversation over coffee in the surroundings that inspired "The Man from Libertyville"

Sun., Jan. 16, 1 pm
– The Supreme Court and the Future of U.S. Democracy

Geoffrey Stone,
University of Chicago Law School professor and an editor of the Supreme Court Review will speak on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

      Stone is author of
      • Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism
      • Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark
      • War and Liberty: An American Dilemma.

Sun., Feb. 13, 1 pm
– State of the State in a Time of Crisis, a panel discussion

  • Kathy Ryg,
    President of Voices for Illinois Children
  • John Bouman,
    President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law
  • Kristi Long,
    Present and CEO of the United Way of Lake County

These leaders of not-for-profit organization will discussion public policy partnerships and how to engage, promote, and evaluate policy decision making for the survival of all our Illinois’ citizens during difficult economic times.

Sun., March 13, 1 pm
– Cultural & Environmental Preservation in China

Gerald Adelmann,
President and CEO of Openlands and participant in a joint American/Chinese inventory of the rich diversity of China's rural Yunnan province, will discuss and show photos of cultural and environmental preservation in one of the world’s most ecologically and ethnically diverse regions of the world. Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois.

Send your free or not-for-profit Lake County events to

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"What we don't want to do in this country is ever get to the point where individuals can get sick, can have an illness, and then purchase insurance."

Joe Walsh hasn't been sworn in as 8th District Congressman yet, but he is already working the TV cameras like a 20-term incumbent. Walsh's famous fake-puppy-dog charm was in full force today, when he was interviewed on CNN by Jim Acosta. In it, Walsh can be seen in full teaparty talking point mode, protecting the downtrodden health insurance companies from being burdened with all those sick people. Except he goes a leetle too close to the Republican bone at the end. Even Acosta has trouble keeping a straight face.

Zip forward to about 5:24 where Walsh stumbles and forgets his memorized talking points.
Joe Walsh: What we don't want to do in this country is ever get to the point where individuals can get sick, can have an illness, and then purchase insurance.

Jim Acosta: Boy that's kinda cold
Walsh hasn't even been sworn in as congressman yet and he is already embarrassing everyone. Joe, FoxNews is there for a reason. Use it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Q the Eye/01.01.11

Dear LakeCountyEye,

I'm on the ballot and running for village trustee. I want to win but I don't want to have to campaign. Can you help?

Political Ptak
Dear Faux Joe,

There are two ways to get elected to public office in Illinois. The first way is to work hard, knock on doors and talk to voters, attend public events and meet civic and political leaders, master the issues that are of vital concern to both the voters and governing bodies, and be a tireless advocate for the policies that will best address these issues while serving the voters in a fair and equitable way.

The second way is to file a petition challenge and get your opponent thrown off the ballot.

You strike your LakeCountyEye as a #2 type of candidate. And you've come to the right place for advice!

There are more loopholes for challenging a nominating petition in Illinois than there will be potholes on the Route 53 extension. You may have already read about some recent clever petition challenges on this blog ...
Extraordinary Petition
Your opponent can be knocked off the ballot on the basis of a petition staple, or for owing money to the board they wish to represent, or to anything in between.

But the go-to guy for a petition challenge is LakeCountyEye operative manque, Joe Ptak. Ptak, some may recall, attained national notoriety for being the guy who demanded a Pledge of Allegiance at the Bean/Walsh debate in Grayslake last October:
The Alleged Allegiance
Ptak has not been shy about why he expects to hear a loyalty oath recited by his fellow citizens; and he has a loyal lockstep following, that includes the McHenryCountyBlog:
There are ignorant people in this land who do not have the slightest idea, nor understand, what it means to be an AMERICAN. Our Liberty, Freedom of Speech and the Press are never guaranteed and we must always fight to maintain them.
Man Who Asked League of Women Voters’ Moderator the Pledge of Allegiance Question Comments
Ptak is now cashing in his political capital, no doubt with hopes of parlaying it into a political career. Now running for Island Lake trustee, Ptak has personally filed a petition challenge against his opponent, Marcy Night. As Ptak personally told the Daily Herald,
"We want to capture all three seats and take control of the board, which is presently dominated Mayor (Debbie) Herrmann and her three allies," Ptak said. "I was raised in Chicago and we don't want our vote split."
Lake candidates face petitions challenges
So when it comes to getting elected to local office, one could do worse than to emulate joltin' Joe Ptak: With liberty and justice for all!

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ...