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.

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