Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Day After New Year's Eve

Reduce Reuse Recycle!Your LakeCountyEye woke this morning with the certain knowledge that if this is what all New Year's Days are to be like, then it is a good thing that the new year comes but once a year.

The new year is traditionally a time for reflection and for resolutions. Your LakeCountyEye resolves not to milk that stupid gag one more time where this blog's readers are all wished a happy new year in a bunch of different languages. Ja-Ja Ha Ha!

Speaking of the trite but true, most bloggers will take this opportunity to segue into some hackneyed look backward at the top stories from the previous 12 months. Your LakeCountyEye, it goes without saying, is no exception to the rule. There are many news items to choose from, too many in fact to shoehorn into a blog post. Luckily since this blog is about Lake County, your LakeCountyEye has the privilege to handpick only the best local stories to review. All ten of them:

The Ten Biggest Lake County Stories of 2011
  1. Rod Blagojevich is convicted. Irregularities in the handling of DNA evidence by Michael Waller's State's Attorney Office puts the conviction in legal jeopardy.
  2. Osama Bin Laden is killed by Navy Seals in his safe house near Abbott Labs Abbottabad.
  3. The Fielders Dodgers declare bankruptcy.
  4. The Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth is the epicenter of the Arab Spring. Democracy spreads throughout Lake County.
  5. Lake County's team, the Green Bay Packers, wins the Super Bowl.
  6. The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami permanently puts the Zion Nuclear Plant out of commission. Much of Lake County is without power after July 11.
  7. Charlie Sheen is fired from his TV show. Sheen then goes on a nationwide tour, opening as the headline act at Waukegan's Casino.
  8. Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at Westdeerfield Abbey.
  9. Steve Jobs dies. Jobs is best remembered in Lake County for the video poker app.
  10. Rick Santorum: The Miracle from Mundelein
    Defying any & all rational expectation, a graduate from Carmel HS wins the Iowa caucus.

Look for your LakeCountyEye, making up that 2012 Top 10 List.

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