Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lakemoor by Accident than by Design

As readers of this blog are dimly aware ...
Motto Industry
Motto Manufacturing
no one loves a contest ginned up to generate some free publicity for a Lake County municipality more than your LakeCountyEye. Not uncoincidentally, the Village of Lakemoor has announced a Village Logo & Motto Design Contest, along with a $500 prize:
The Village of Lakemoor is sponsoring a contest to create a new Town logo and motto. The selected designs will be used to promote a new community image, assist in the recruitment of new businesses and development, and used on the Town's letterhead, business cards, maps, etc.
Lakemoor New Logo Design/Motto Contest
If you are an operative who doesn't know what or where the Village of Lakemoor is, you are not alone. Forced to look it up, your LakeCountyEye has learned that Lakemoor is tucked away between Johnsburg, the ancestral home of Congressman Joe Walsh; and Island Lake, the village of friendly people. And according to their Wikipedia entry ...
Lakemoor is also home to a vast number of Mosquitos that proliferate in the wetland habitat.
Lakemoor, Illinois
Armed with these facts, your LakeCountyEye cracked open a fresh pack of Sharpies and drew up a new village logo for Lakemoor:
The logo has been thoroughly eyeballed by a double-blind focus group, where to a man the reaction has been: What the heck is that supposed to be?

Note to operatives: while amateurs may explain their work -- real artists don't. Your LakeCountyEye doesn't know heck that is supposed to be. Your LakeCountyEye does know the logo looks bitchin cool.

They better legalize video gaming there real quick, because your LakeCountyEye will be in Lakemoor soon to claim that $500!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sign "O" the Times

Lake County Congressman, and banty rooster, Joe Walsh has a new yardsign:
Your LakeCountyEye -- always with the eye peeled for political yardsigns -- says there is much to like about Walsh's sign. Clean font, bold name in capital letters, primary colors, all make for the effective mass marketing tool.

What immediately catches the eye, however, is the occult-like symbol at the top of the sign:
Anyone stuck waiting at a red-light camera who happens to notice will have to be thinking: What the heck is up with that thing?

Well your LakeCountyEye has learned what the heck is up.

Operatives of a certain age may recall 1980s American Idol Prince. Hoping to kick-start his fading career, the long-in-the-tooth rock'n'roll musician changed his stage name to
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
and adopted a recherché symbol to serve as his logo:
Close enough to pass for another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Well, your LakeCountyEye has it on the highest authority that Team Walsh Inc. is looking forward to their post-election prospects, with an eye toward retooling their brand. The blood-red recherché symbol is Walsh's new logo. Walsh himself is henceforward to be referred to as The Former Congressman Known As Joe Walsh.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Taylor Park?

The election is a scant 10 days away. The one thing foremost on every operative's mind is how to prevent their yardsigns from being stolen. Not being the expert on the matter, your LakeCountyEye is not sure whether or not to be flattered when asked this question. One thing is certain, never plant a yardsign on Lake County Forest Preserve land. The Forest Preserve District will unceremoniously remove that sign of yours faster than the yellow on a red light camera.

Your LakeCountyEye can cite from memory the applicable Forest Preserve ordinance:

D. Regulation of Personal Conduct.
No person shall commit any of the following acts on District Property:

(xviii) display, distribute, post or fix any placard or sign, except that a group of people who are picnicking or who have a Permit that allows camping or the use of certain District Property to the exclusion of others may display signs to identify their location, or direct others to it, providing such signs are temporary and are removed by the permittee at the termination of the activity and provided that such signs are no larger than 18" x 24" and are not attached to any tree or shrub or any District Structure;

Lake County Forest Preserve District
Ordinance Governing the General Use of District Property
Someone perhaps ignorant of this ordinance may be County Board candidate Craig Taylor. Taylor yardsigns have been recently spotted on Forest District property, at the gate of Cuba Marsh in Barrington:

It should be noted that Craig Taylor is not only a candidate for the County Board but is also the sitting District 19 County Board Commissioner. This means that Taylor is also a Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner.

If Taylor is unaware of the Forest Preserve District sign ordinance, he may have a short memory. That's because as a Lake County Forest Preserve Commissioner, Taylor approved the ordinance when he voted to approve the Forest Preserve's Revised General Use Ordinance in 2011.

Your LakeCountyEye is fairly certain there are no provisions written into the Forest Preserve statute that make exceptions for a sitting County Board member. Of course there may be an unwritten code of primogeniture, some sort of Lake County Napoleonic Code that bestows upon sitting County Board Commissioners special rights and privileges. Nothing is for granted in Lake County. In any event, your LakeCountyEye said it before and will say it again: It is good to sit on the Lake County Board.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Early Voting:
Now Better Late than Never

i'm in your computer suppressing your votesEarly voting in Illinois began late this year, last Monday, on October 22. The pandemic of voter fraud, your LakeCountyEye has been told, is what forced the Illinois Legislature to curtail the early voting period down to an abrupt two-week window. In fact the Legislature is now studying a proposal to reduce the early voting period down to zero days, on the theory that the only 100% reliable way to eliminate voter fraud is to abolish elections in Illinois.

In expanding the number of days that the polls are open to Lake County voters, early voting has had the unintended consequence of disrupting efforts to suppress the vote here. Not surprisingly, Lake County Clerk, Willard Helander is a vocal critic of early voting. Helander is best known for crossing state lines to help the GOP suppress the vote in a Wisconsin election last June.

Laws like early voting legislation intend to make it easier for voters to cast an election ballot, and Helander aired her concerns about these laws in a letter to the News-Sun:
In 2008, just 18,366 voted by mail. To date, nearly 17,000 ballots have been requested. We expect to approach 30,000 over the next three weeks. Each request involves computer entries, signature verification, more computer entries, ballot mailing, signature verification again and another computer entry — thanks to the Legislature requiring a four-part process. With early voting compressed into two weeks, demand for our office support to 20 sites around the county will intensify. We are effectively conducting three different elections at the same time with hardworking 23 staff to handle all the duties and we do that well.
Clerk responds
As your LakeCountyEye reads her letter, Helander is sending an unambiguous signal to the Legislators down in Springfield. They can go ahead and liberalize the voting laws as much as they desire. That doesn't mean that their County Clerks are going to be competent to carry them out. So operatives take note: there is more than one way to suppress a vote.

Here is a complete list of early voting sites in Lake County, and their hours of operation:
Monday through Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Antioch Township Office
1625 Deep Lake Rd.
Lake Villa
NOTE: Serves Antioch Township voters.

Avon Township Office
433 E. Washington St.
Round Lake Park
NOTE: Serves Avon Township voters.

Benton Township Office
40020 N. Green Bay Rd.
Beach Park
NOTE: Serves Benton Township voters.

Cuba Township Office
28000 W. Cuba Rd.
NOTE: Serves Cuba Township voters.

Ela Township Office
1155 E. Route 22
Lake Zurich
NOTE: Serves Ela Township voters.

Fremont Public Library
1170 N. Midlothian Rd.
NOTE: Serves Fremont Township voters.

Grant Township Office
26725 W. Molidor Rd.
NOTE: Serves Grant Township voters.

Gurnee Village Hall
325 N. O’Plaine Rd.
NOTE: Serves Warren Township voters.

Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex
18 N. County St.
NOTE: Serves Waukegan Township voters
with the exception of township voters
in the City of North Chicago.

Lake County Central Permit Facility
500 W. Winchester Rd.
NOTE: Serves Libertyville Township voters
with the exception of township voters
in the City of Lake Forest.

Lake County North Shore Health Center
1840 Green Bay Rd.
Highland Park
NOTE: Serves voters in the City of Highland Park
and Moraine Township
with the exception of Moraine Township voters
in The City of Lake Forest.

Lake Forest City Hall
220 E. Deerpath Rd.
Lake Forest
NOTE: Serves voters in The City of Lake Forest,
the Village of Lake Bluff,
and unincorporated Shields Township.

Lake Villa Township Office
37908 N. Fairfield Rd.
Lake Villa
NOTE: Serves Lake Villa Township voters.

North Chicago City Hall
1850 Lewis Ave.
North Chicago
NOTE: Serves City of North Chicago voters
with the exception of voters in Libertyville Township.

Vernon Township Office
3050 N. Main St.
Buffalo Grove
NOTE: Serves Vernon Township voters
with the exception of township voters
in The City of Lake Forest.

Wadsworth Village Hall
14155 W. Wadsworth Rd.
NOTE: Serves Newport Township voters.

Wauconda Township Office
Community Hall
505 W. Bonner Rd.
NOTE: Serves Wauconda Township voters.

Waukegan Park District Field House
800 N. Baldwin Ave.
NOTE: Serves Waukegan Township voters
with the exception of township voters
in the City of North Chicago.

West Deerfield Township Office
601 Deerfield Rd.
NOTE: Serves West Deerfield Township voters
with the exception of township voters
in the Cities of Lake Forest or Highland Park.

Zion City Hall
2828 Sheridan Rd.
NOTE: Serves Zion Township voters.
If you haven't already, you have only until November 3 to perpetrate your voter frauds.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Caption Contest!

Some readers may recognize in the photo, Lake County State's Attorney candidate, Mike Nerheim, on the left.
But faithful readers of this blog ...
Q the Eye/10.25.12
will recognize Clyde McLemore in the picture, on the right, w/arm draped around Nerheim.

For operatives unfamiliar, McLemore is a local entrepreneur and a precinct committeeman. The Sun-Times published a story about McLemore back in 2009:
A Zion man was robbed at gunpoint late Saturday at a motel. Clyde J. McLemore, 49, of Zion was not injured during the robbery at the RV Motel, 98901 Sheridan Road, said Pleasant Prairie Police Sgt. Scott Durkee. McLemore told police he sells "bootleg" shoes and picked up a woman in Zion. She was trying to work out a deal with him for two pairs of shoes, and they ended up at the RV Motel, Durkee said. Once inside the motel room, two men entered the room with pistols and ordered McLemore to undress. They bound his hands with a belt and took his wallet, necklace, $410 and three pairs of the shoes
Zion man robbed at Pleasant Prairie motel
Since Democratic precinct committeeman Clyde McLemore supports Republican candidate Mike Nerheim, your LakeCountyEye would be a sorry excuse of a smartalecky blogger to pass up a chance like this one for a Caption Contest!
Keep it clean. Remember your manners. If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Keep a civil tongue in your head. Banned for life is seven lifetimes in dog years. Your LakeCountyEye means it.
One lucky Caption Contest! winner will take home a genuine pair of high quality imitation LeBron 8 shoes. Get busy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Q the Eye/10.25.12

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Who leaks all the stories on this blog?

Sent via BlackBerry
Property of Sheriff's Cyber-Crime Special Undercover Unit
Dear Jay Edgar,

Ὥρος HōrosHate to disappoint, but the answer is nobody. Like every political blog in the tri-county area, every story posted here by your LakeCountyEye is made up -- as in totally made up.

Haha, here's how the pros do it: Look for the Mad Libs App on your iPhone and download a story template. You're now ready to build a no-holds-barred exemplar of journalistic awesome:
A Zion man was robbed at gunpoint 
late Saturday at a motel.
_________________, 49, of Zion 
was not injured during the robbery 
at the _____________________________, 
said Pleasant Prairie Police Sgt. Scott Durkee.  
________ told police he sells "bootleg" _____
  NAME                                  OBJECT
and picked up a woman in Zion.
A good story rides on how you fill in the blanks. Your LakeCountyEye prefers the names of precinct committeemen. Along with working a precinct, expect few if any Lake County committeemen ever to be seen reading a Lake County political blog. For this story your LakeCountyEye chose at random one committeeman: Clyde J. McLemore

The story template calls for a place; your LakeCountyEye will insert: RV Motel, 98901 Sheridan Road

(For the record, this blog accepts product placements. If you want to see your product or business appearing discretely on this blog, contact your LakeCountyEye for a rate card.)

Finally, no story is ever complete without a leitmotif or macguffin, if you will. Every story has to be about something. This story will be about, oh what the heck: shoes

Now get busy and voilà ...
A Zion man was robbed at gunpoint late Saturday at a motel. Clyde J. McLemore, 49, of Zion was not injured during the robbery at the RV Motel, 98901 Sheridan Road, said Pleasant Prairie Police Sgt. Scott Durkee. McLemore told police he sells "bootleg" shoes and picked up a woman in Zion.
You are now the author of a Pulitzer quality story, ready-made for any Internet blog that will publish it.

Operatives harboring questions of ethics and journalistic integrity may rest assured. It's a open secret that Google's servers jumped the shark a few years ago, and now store every possible English sentence made up of every permutation of every word in the English language. So anything posted on the Internet using your LakeCountyEye's Mad-Lib story method is guaranteed to also come up independently in a Google search.

Don't take your LakeCountyEye's word on it. See for yourself -- search for the story just built here:
According to Google this particular story actually occurred in 2009 and was reported in the News-Sun:
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. - A Zion man was robbed at gunpoint late Saturday at a motel. Clyde J. McLemore, 49, of Zion was not injured during the robbery at the RV Motel, 98901 Sheridan Road, said Pleasant Prairie Police Sgt. Scott Durkee. McLemore told police he sells "bootleg" shoes and picked up a woman in Zion. She was trying to work out a deal with him for two pairs of shoes, and they ended up at the RV Motel, Durkee said. Once inside the motel room, two men entered the room with pistols and ordered McLemore to undress. They bound his hands with a belt and took his wallet, necklace, $410 and three pairs of the shoes

Zion man robbed at Pleasant Prairie motel
Of the many benefits of your LakeCountyEye's Mad-Lib story method, this one is clear: it is mathematically impossible to get the story wrong!

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 ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Creepy Tribune Cartoonist
Stands by His Ladies Man

The annual cost of a home-delivered Chicago Tribune now exceeds a car payment, but your LakeCountyEye still keeps an eye peeled for the Tribune's Creepy Cartoonist. If his latest cartoon is any indication, spring must be in the air for the Creepy Tribune Cartoonist or something:

GOP: For The Ladies
The two creepy guys in the drawing, Akin and Mour-dock, presumably represent GOP candidates who hope to ride the current tsunami of anti-women sentiment straight into the US Senate. But who is the third, dorky, guy in the picture, bearing a box of chocolates FOR the LADIES? Your LakeCountyEye suspects one high-profile Congressman who represents an affluent portion of Lake County.

Just about every Illinois GOP Congressman has been riding this same anti-woman wave, voting for Bills that negatively impact upon a women's health, reproductive freedom, retirement. But only one of these Congressmen has been ardently courting these same ladies for their vote with campaign mailers and robo-calls full of election day promises and other sweet nothings:
The Ladies Man Cometh
The third guy, without any doubt, is a spot-on dead ringer for 6th District Congressman -- and ladies man -- Peter Roskam:
Not Again!? Not another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Note to operatives: If anyone tells you Peter Roskam is in need of a good wingman, think again. The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist has Roskam's back!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Blink of the Eye:03.25.12

The big election is a scant two weeks away. While your LakeCountyEye is preoccupied with stealing collocating yardsigns, please enjoy this encore presentation of a post from earlier this year:

Sunday, March 25, 2012
We're Number #67!

Most blogs are content to publish an occasional Internet Top Ten List. These skimpy unidecimal lists, however, pale by comparison against THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER's annual Top 67 Top Ten List:
THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER today released its second Illinois blog survey since 2009 in which it ranks 67 independent or "mom and pop" Illinois-based blogs that cover Illinois politics and local government news, and we found once again that the Chicagoist headed up the top 10 list.
New Survey: The Top 10 Independent Political and News Blogs in Illinois
Operatives are directed to scroll to the bottom of the list, reproduced here. Pay no attention to Team America's 10th or McHenery County Blog [sic] or any of those other blogs. Keep scrolling all the way until you get to the bottom of THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER political blog list.
  1. Chicagoist: 9,554
  2. Gapers Block: 31,074
  3. Windy Citizen: 52,817
  4. Chicago Progressive Talk: 82,267
  5. Illinois Review: 99,9387
  6. The Illinois Observer: 117,789
  7. Capitol Fax: 118,745
  8. Progress Illinois: 128,165
  9. Beachwood Reporter: 142,124
  10. Marathon Pundit: 149,827
  11. The Chicago Phoenix, 157,519
  12. The Expired Meter, 174,686
  13. McHenery County Blog, 195,789
  14. Center Square Journal, 209,732
  15. Illinois StateHouse News, 226,701
  16. Publius Forum, 238,467
  17. Evanston Now, 249,304
  18. Peoria Pundit, 265,288
  19. Roscoe View Journal, 297,945
  20. Bean Soup Times, 298,465
  21. Chicago Daily Observer, 325,252
  22. Illinois Policy Institute Blog, 369,186
  23. Welles Park Bulldog, 465,635
  24. Catalyst Chicago, 466,491
  25. Better Government Association Blog, 466,491
  26. Civic Federation Blog, 565,004
  27. Sloopin Chicago's South Loop, 587,175
  28. Chicago Talks, 598,501
  29. Community Media Workshop Blog, 631,349
  30. OpenlineBlog, 645,726
  31. Fred Klonsky, 727,246
  32. First Electronic Newspaper, 740,259
  33. Southwest Observer, 1,141,010*
  34. Chicago News Bench, 2,065,730*
  35. Metropolitan Planning Council, 2,671,137*
  36. Illinois Issues, 3,195,513*
  37. Edgeville Buzz, 3,16,315*
  38. Live Here Oak Park, 3,724,700*
  39. The Sixth Ward Chicago, 4,598,735*
  40. Respublica.typepad.com, 4,681,096*
  41. Grand Old Partisan, 5,047,428*
  42. Area Chicago, 5,054,293*
  43. Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, 5,501,779*
  44. Tenth Congressional District Democrats, 5,693,695*
  45. Chicago Argus, 5,817,926*
  46. IADDA Blog, 5,906,493*
  47. TASC Blog, 5,977,847*
  48. Backyard Conservative, 6,148,868*
  49. A-Ville Daily, 6,415,169*
  50. Team America's 10th, 7,313,059*
  51. Bill Baar’s West Side, 7,979,023*
  52. Hyde Park Progress, 8,208,673*
  53. Archpundit, 8,935,012*
  54. 600 Words Esther Cepeda, 9,340,765*
  55. Prairie State Blue, 9,874,483*
  56. Sierra Club Illinois, 10,163,002*
  57. SallyDuros.com, 10,269,091*
  58. Rogers Park in 1000 Words, 10,467,406*
  59. Chicago Radio and Media, 13,191,324*
  60. The Daily Whale Chicago, 13,430,229*
  61. Latino Policy Forum, 16,138,227*
  62. Progressive Advocacy, 20,206,745*
  63. The Decatur Navigator, 20,958,663*
  64. Quincy Pundit, 22,612,489*
  65. Russ Stewart, 23,072,761*
  66. Laura Washington, 23,549,183*
  67. Lake County Eye, 24,132,409*
Hawkeyed operatives will spy with their eagle eyes, your LakeCountyEye!

Coming in dead last and at number 67, your LakeCountyEye sends many thanks to THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER. If they hadn't expanded their annual Top Ten List into a Top 67 List, your LakeCountyEye would never have come in dead last. Or at number 67.

And no, those other, big numbers by the blogs don't represent unique pageviews or even that blog's annual monetization return. Sadly no. Those numbers represent each blog's Alexa score. This is how the list is ranked and goes a long way to explaining why your LakeCountyEye is number 67. And dead last.

Well it's a well known fact that those other blogs -- like McHenery County Blog [sic] and Team America's 10th -- juice up their Alexa scores by driving traffic to their sites with promises of pictures of Internet Kittehs and wardrobe malfunctions, made to confused AOL subscribers.

Absolutely those other blogs are going to surpass your LakeCountyEye in quantity. But your LakeCountyEye promises to make it up in quality. Expect nothing less than all the important local political news as soon as it breaks, and sometimes even before, here.

That would be a tall order for a blog like the McHenery County Blog [sic] -- which couldn't be expected to post a story like THE iLLINOIS OBSERVER Top Ten Political Blogs until a good 6 months from now -- look for it maybe sometime next October:
McHenry County Listed 13th in Illinois Political Blog Ranking
And as for Team America's 10th, expect it to be gone by next October and replaced by a largely unreadable blog, penned by one of the trainees:
Common Sense in Illinois' 10th
All of which goes to show that sustaining a quality political blog in Illinois is a damn sight harder than it looks!

Posted by Barney Baxter at 11:00 PM 121 comments

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Doctor Is In

Lake County's beleaguered Congressman, Joe Walsh, may not be a doctor but he plays one on YouTube:

Joe Walsh on the "life of the mother"
Here Walsh is caught on camera claiming that abortion is never medically necessary to save a life. While the claim may stand on rock solid GOP science, it may not be a glide-path to re-election. Walsh no doubt belatedly realized this and hastily called a do-over press conference:
The day after his comment that abortion is never necessary to save the life of a mother because of "modern technology and science" set off a firestorm of criticism, Rep. Joe Walsh took it back. Sort of.
Walsh walks back abortion comments – a bit
For any candidate that has to hastily call a press conference to clarify their stand on abortion, 18 days before an election, your LakeCountyEye recommends polishing up the resume and preparing to find a new line of work.

Walsh, your LakeCountyEye has learned, has that base covered and is already peddling a demo video to the cable channels called ...
Ask Doctor Joe!
The show features Walsh in a townhall format, taking Q&A from an audience. Each episode is structured to present ten timely medical tips and suggestions for better health and well being. Your LakeCountyEye has obtained a bootleg clip of the first installment of Ask Doctor Joe!:

Ten Health and Medical Facts from Congressman Joe Walsh
  1. Aspirin is an effective contraceptive, when held between the knees.

  2. For purposes of medicinal bloodletting, a leech is still preferred over a scalpel.

  3. If you make a face ...

    ... it can freeze that way.

  4. Nothing says healthy eating like a fresh sackful of mcnuggets from a Mundelein free range chicken ranch.

  5. Hiccups can be cured ...

    ... by startling the hiccupper.

  6. Poison Ivy come creeping around?
    Your gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion.

  7. If you neglect to mail your child support payment, but insist that you sent it, this is one sign that you may have Romnesia.

  8. Three words: Trepanning. Trepanning. Trepanning.

  9. There is no cure for the Seven Year Itch, but it can be controlled with medication for people who have frequent outbreaks.

  10. Obamacare does not cover Megalomania.

Look for your LakeCountyEye at a free clinic near you.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Upward Trends

Early voting begins late this year in Illinois, on October 22. So if you haven't yet, you can start your voting this Monday, bright and early. In Illinois, Pres. Obama and Gov. Romney are running neck and neck, the polls say the presidential contest here is tighter than a Lake County slot machine video gaming workstation.

Ordinarily your LakeCountyEye can estimate who is really up and who is down by counting yardsigns. But as readers of this blog are erroneously aware ...
Q the Eye/10.17.12
every Obama and Romney sign has been stolen and are being u-hauled out of Lake County to places like Iowa and Ohio -- where the polls are tighter than the Lake County slot machines.

Of course it takes more than a stolen yardsign to pull the rug out from under your LakeCountyEye -- who can report unequivocally that Lake County may be trending in a direction favorable to one presidential candidate. The trend is based on leading indicators observed this year by your LakeCountyEye.

One indicator is the ethics complaint filed this month against, among others, a sitting Lake County Board Commissioner ...
"WoosterWater Scam, Inc."
This is part of a more than decades-long dispute over what sorts of access restriction a real estate developer can impose on the residents of Wooster Lake.

Other trending indicators include a rerouting of Route 45 that was instigated by a former (and presently unconvicted) Lake County Board Chairwoman ...
Millburn Bypass News
In its current trajectory, Route 45 is to be rerouted through a heavily populated Lindenhurst residential neighborhood. The route is designed to bypass nearby farmland that is expected someday to be developed into valuable real estate parcels.

Finally, earlier this year, one retiring County Board Commissioner was instrumental in turning the vacant DiMucci property along Route 12 in Lake Zurich ...
2012 09 06 Dimucci ZBA Part01
... into a mega-shopping-plaza that no-one asked for and nobody wants.

The trendline is obvious because the trends all trend in one direction:
  1. It is good to be rich
  2. It is good to own land.
  3. And failing either (a) or (b), it is good sit on the Lake County Board.
Based on this trendline, your LakeCountyEye predicts a big Lake County win for Mitt Romney.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Q the Eye/10.17.12

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Where do I go to pick up my Romney yardsign?

I Need to Get My Mitts on a Romney Sign
Dear Declared Mittless,

Ὥρος HōrosThose Romney for President signs are scarcer than hen's teeth at a Mundelein free-range chicken ranch. Since Romney will lose by a landslide in Illinois, neither his nor Obama's campaign can be expected to budget limited resources for free yardsigns in Lake County.

The situation is totally different in a battleground state. Romney's plastic, slip-on signs are so thick on the ground in nearby Ohio, that environmentally conscious voters there have taken to dual-purposing them as trash can liners. One Buckeye State operative told your LakeCountyEye it is a good thing that yardsigns don't vote -- otherwise they would be in dire need of some good voter suppression laws in Ohio.

Here, back at home, a black-market Romney sign will cost you anywhere from $15 to $50, depending on size and condition. You may want to consider a trip to Iowa -- another battleground state -- followed by a return trip with a sign transplanted from an unprotected yard.

As readers of this blog are feloniously aware ...
Minus Signs
some Republican operatives are augmenting their already generous campaign salaries by dealing in stolen yardsigns. One GOP op in McHenry County was even seen ...
Romney Sign Thief Doesn’t Smile for the Camera
stealing a sign from the yard of the very same person he sold it to. Apparently the transaction repeated itself six times before he was finally caught red-handed!

If you are lucky enough to have in your possession a Romney for President sign, guard it with your life. Your LakeCountyEye certainly hopes you have that valuable campaign/2012 collector's item out of reach from temptation and under lock and key -- inside your bank's vault or safely hidden at some other secure location. At least until after the election.

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 ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Monday, October 15, 2012

Minus Signs

The election is in three weeks, which means the silly season is in full swing. If you value your yardsign, your LakeCountyEye cautions, now is the time to hide it in a safe place where no one can find it. Because they are disappearing fast.

Particularly Romney yardsigns. Mitt Romney may have no chance of winning in Illinois, but that doesn't mean operatives aren't on the prowl and looking to steal your Romney-for-President yardsign. At least that's what the tireless tax fighters over at the McHenryCountyBlog seem to believe:
A fellow in McHenry is the one from whose front yard a Romney sign has been stolen six times. He got disturbed enough to wait with a camera. As the thief was pulling the sign out of the grass, he got the photo you see below:

Romney Sign Thief Doesn’t Smile for the Camera
So, what are the chances that an unnamed homeowner would get a blurry daytime photo of some unidentified ne'er-do-well, filching their Romney sign right out of their frontyard? And -- for a bonus -- perfectly framed through the picture window and looking straight at the camera?

Well, by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning, you'd be surprised how often it happens. The Romney-for-President yardsign that had been on prominent display at the LakeCountyEye compound was stolen just this afternoon. As proof, a photo of the culprit was snapped through your LakeCountyEye's picture window:

Haha you've just been fooled twice by another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
If that's not the same unidentified ne'er-do-well fingered by the McHenryCountyBlog, it could be his brother. In fact it may even be the same Romney sign.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Grace Period Registration Under Fire

Say Goodnight GracieYour LakeCountyEye doesn't know what Grace Period Registration is, but it must be something. That's because a lot of effort went into suppressing it in Lake County. And then unsuppressing it. According to the News-Sun ...
A decision by Lake County Clerk Willard Helander to move grace period voter registration for the Nov. 6 presidential election from Waukegan to Libertyville was apparently modified Wednesday after a call from the Lake County News-Sun. The NAACP Lake County Branch and local Democratic leaders accused Helander, a Republican, of attempting to suppress the vote by forcing later registrants who live along the county's shoreline to travel to the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, in Libertyville.
Clerk changes vote registration travel edict
Given that no one knows where or even what it is, the Lake County Central Permit Facility would seem to be the perfect boneyard for squelching the vote. (Your LakeCountyEye speaks from experience, after a number of unsuccessful expeditions to the vehicle impound there.)

As the case may be, the showdown at the Lake County Central Permit Facility was perhaps a bridge too far. Willard Helander blinked, and Grace Period Registration will continue at the County Clerk's office -- where between now and the election, the County Clerk is bound by statute to register any and all qualified citizens who may happen to wander in from off the street:
Lake County Building
18 N County St
Monday -- Friday
8:30am -- 5:00pm
But every story deserves a happy ending. Your LakeCountyEye has compiled ten much better locations for offloading the County Clerk's Grace Period Registration duties:

Ten Acceptable Places in Lake County
for Conducting Grace Period Registrations
  1. At Racine Wisconsin Polling Locations

  2. On the Route 53 Extension Tollway Oasis

  3. Blarney Island

  4. At the Fort Sheridan 19th Hole Bar & Grill

  5. In Port Barrington:
    Come for the Grace Period Registration
    Stay for the Video Gambling!

  6. On the DiMucci Property

  7. In the Cuneo Mansion:

    The Official Residence of the Lake County Clerk

  8. At the Land & Lakes Landfill

  9. Graceland Cemetery:
    Where Grace Period Registration is Done Chicago Style

  10. In the Lake County Jail

Look for your LakeCountyEye gracing you with your LakeCountyEye's presence.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Endorse Case Scenario

Fightin' Joe Walsh, is fightin' mad. As readers of this blog are unpleasantly aware ...
A Nill of Endorsement
The big newspapers all declined to endorse Walsh. The Eighth District Congressman is so fightin' mad over the snub that he fired off a press release to let them know that they can dis-endorse him all they want, he don't care:
I'm not at all surprised by the decisions of the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald to endorse Tammy Duckworth. Ms. Duckworth has always been the preferred candidate of the elite Chicago liberal media. The day I care what the Chicago media thinks about me or this race will be the same day that I leave the political arena.
Walsh calls Tribune, Daily Herald "irrelevant"
Your LakeCountyEye has found that when in a state similar to this one, it is often helpful to double down on the meds. Just sayin!

Now if your LakeCountyEye had a dollar for every candidate who failed to pick up some expected newspaper endorsement, your LakeCountyEye would have at least another couple thousand dollars. Newspapers are all in the business to make a profit. And it's no secret that every newspaper keeps their bottom-line interests foremost in mind, when deciding who and who not to endorse. So the next time that newspaper fails to come through with that crucial endorsement, remember -- it's nothing personal, just business.

To prove your LakeCountyEye isn't just making this stuff up, here is the actual, closely held secret decision tree that most newspapers follow when doling out their political endorsements:

Is the candidate very likely to win?

Does the candidate
(or their dad's/spouse's business)
buy ads on your newspaper

Do you have the cell # of the candidate?

Is the candidate the incumbent?

Is the candidate a Republican?

Is the candidate a Tea Party Loyalist?

Does the candidate clean up well
in a $90 suit

Thanks for Playing!

Decry the sorry state of the commonweal and instruct your readers to move along, there is nothing else to see.
We have a winner!

Gin up two or three plausible rationalizations for your decision and endorse that candidate!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Nill of Endorsement

Grandpa JohnOctober will always be that time of the year to be wary of the all the little ghosts and ghoulies and goblins and newspaper candidate endorsements. Lake County's newspaper of record, the News-Sun, famously stopped doing election endorsements:
What we will not do is endorse candidates. We have come to doubt the value of candidate endorsements by this newspaper or any newspaper, especially in a day when a multitude of information sources allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before.
Editorial: Why we will no longer endorse in elections
But just when you thought it was safe again to go out and get a newspaper, the Daily Herald -- Lake County's newspaper of record -- has drawn a line in the sand:
There are a number of media critics who question the value and the seeming audacity of newspaper endorsements. We understand the argument. But we respectfully disagree with it. We believe that endorsements are part of our obligation to the community and to the role of the press in the democratic process.
Editorial: A word about our political endorsements
And to show they mean business, the Herald led off by dis-endorsing Eighth District Congressman Joe Walsh:
Endorsement: Duckworth over Walsh in 8th Congressional District
Walsh is Lake County's only marquee candidate. Your LakeCountyEye would be surprised if anyone at all showed up at the polls just to cast a ballot for a Congressman with a name like Hultgren or Dold or Roskam. But Lake County voters are expected to jam the polls on election day, just for the opportunity to cast a ballot against Walsh -- or for him as the case may be. All of this is despite the fact that Walsh's district, geographically, is nowhere near Lake County.

So your LakeCountyEye thinks the old gray Herald has done Lake County a disservice by dropping the dime on Walsh. It is no secret that your LakeCountyEye secretly wishes that Joe Walsh makes like Freddie Kreuger and never goes away.

Your LakeCountyEye heartily endorses Joe Walsh. For something.

Friday, October 5, 2012

If 6 Was 9

snookeredNot for nothing is the Daily Herald the Newspaper of Record in Lake County. Every election, like clockwork, Herald -- the Old Gray Lady -- summons the candidates over for an interview. The candidate meets with the Herald and says some junk. And the Herald then turns the junk into a story. For instance ...
Citizenship as a birthright should not be extended to children born in the United States whose parents entered the country illegally, says Republican Timothy Wolfe, who is challenging incumbent Jan Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District race. Wolfe's comments came Thursday as he met with representatives of the Daily Herald editorial board.
Schakowsky, Wolfe starkly differ on immigration
Here is a challenger who wants to expunge the citizenship clause from the US Constitution -- either with an unconstitutional law or a constitutional Constitutional Amendment. And the Herald takes the opportunity to get the 9th District incumbent into a box -- she is asked to either stand up for the Constitution or withhold citizenship from anchor babies.

Your LakeCountyEye suspects that anchor babies were not the only topic of these interviews. But it is the topic the Herald chose to lead with. Haha, if nothing else, the voters have a clear choice in the 9th Congressional District.

This is the lead from an interview with 6th Congressional District candidates:
An advisory committee studying the Route 53 extension recommended the conversion to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, which has not decided yet if it will undertake the project. Although Democrat Leslie Coolidge and Republican Congressman Peter Roskam are far apart on many issues, both balk at the concept of turning an existing highway into a tollway.
6th District hopefuls both balk about toll proposal
Your LakeCountyEye suspects that tollways were not the only topic of these interviews -- but the big story coming out of the 6th Congressional District is both candidates don't care much for tollways. There may be a frost warning tonight -- but all your LakeCountyEye can hear coming out of the 6th District is the sound of crickets.

The American Conservative Union gives Peter Roskam a lifetime ranking of 93.6 out of 100. One would think the voters had a clear choice, as well, in the 6th Congressional District. Unless of course you get your news from the Daily Herald. Haha, if there is a frost on election day expect the voters in the Sixth District to stay home -- because meh why bother?