Friday, May 31, 2013

Comments from the Public Hearing on the Millburn Bypass

On March 21, 2013 a public hearing on the Millburn Bypass was held at Millburn West (Millburn Middle School) in Lindenhurst. At the meeting public comments were requested. One LakeCountyEye reader told us that those public comments have been obtained through a Freedom on Information Act (FIOA) request:

... of the 69% that are against the proposed Western Bypass, 94% are in favor of the Eastern Bypass. What will it take to get IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) to start following it's own guidelines?
Public Hearing Comments
The complete results of the survey plus the public comment document are now available at the Eastern Bypass Group website:
Eastern Bypass Group
Move 45 East!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A No Confidence Vote

back in the dayLake County has not been this outraged since Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That was back in the day when Washington did not like the way that some States went about conducting their elections.  Entire swaths of the electorate had been disenfranchised, and the Federal Government deemed it necessary to send in the Feds to school their local election boards on the right way to hold an election.

Well, in Lake County it's back to the future as another voting rights bill, now working its way through Springfield, will create an independent election board here.  Lake County's Republicans are deservedly outraged -- just like their Southern Democrat counterparts were some 50 years ago.

County Clerk Willard Helander, who currently oversees elections in Lake County, told the Daily Herald ...
"It's a power grab to take over election authority in Lake County"
State moves to take election oversight from Lake County clerk
State Representative JoAnn Osmond, who currently oversees nothing even tangentially connected with elections in Lake County, nevertheless told the Daily Herald that the legislation was ...
Elections legislation spawns Lake County political battle
Even State Senator Dan Duffy, whose dependable margin of electoral victory is the McHenry County portion of his district, told the Daily Herald ...
"Lake County and the leaders are adamantly opposed to this"
Elections legislation spawns Lake County political battle
Preparations are already underway in anticipation of this new voting rights bill becoming Illinois law. According to anonymous misinformed sources, county officials are engaged in high-level negotiations with representatives from Wisconsin, as outraged voters brace themselves for Lake County's inevitable secession from the State of Illinois. One source, giddy with excitement, told your LakeCountyEye that when it comes to voter suppression "they take no prisoners up there in Wisconsin."

Monday, May 27, 2013

Please Do Not Pray for Rain

not before hell freezes overHaha, it is safe to come out of your storm shelters. As readers of this blog are erroneously aware ...
Gone With The Wind
this blog erroneously reported that the Lake County Emergency Management Agency website had been blown into Lake Michigan by a random monster tornado. Nothing can be further from the truth. While the website in question ...
Alert Lake County : Thunderstorm/Tornado
may still not be responding to anyone, your LakeCountyEye has been assured the cause is not weather related -- it was apparently taken down by Syrian Hackers.  That critical County emergency response website is expected to be up and running again within a month or two. In the meantime, your LakeCountyEye was told, operatives should pray that nothing bad happens.

An unrepentant skeptic, your LakeCountyEye decided to consult an expert for a second opinion. In this case the expert is Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Professor of Intercessory Meteorology at the College of Lake County.

Your LakeCountyEye wanted to know if it was true that the weather can be affected by prayer or good behavior. Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi chuckled,"Absolutely there is a connection between bad moral choices and weather events. It may be an idea that the blowhard bloggers are quick to mock, but people everywhere believe in it, and have done so for millennia.  The Bible is teeming with stories where God reciprocates bad behavior with bad weather. Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah's Flood, the Exodus from Egypt, to name a few. What we observe today are just these old stories retooled for the modern age."

Your LakeCountyEye was a tad confused: "If the recent surge in extreme weather is Divine retribution, who is doing the retributing?"

Casting a stage sigh like he was being forced to deal with some untutored boob, Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi said "Have you heard of Climate Change?  Although you may be calling it Global Warming."

Somewhat taken aback, your LakeCountyEye was all like: "Um, OK, the climate is changing because Global Warming is displeased with mankind. So, what are people doing to make Global Warming angry?"

Looking at your LakeCountyEye now as if he were looking at some poor soul off their rocker, Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi said "What they are doing is denying Global Warming.  That is the one thing that can push even the most genial deity over the edge -- deny that they exist."

Like a lightning bolt in the night, suddenly everything was clear.  Your LakeCountyEye asked if  Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi had some parting wisdom for the operatives.

"If you have any trips planned to McHenry County, cancel them."

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Gone With The Wind

There are few things Lake County looks forward to more than a 3-day weekend. And with this 3-day weekend past nigh, Lake County has three uninterrupted days to lose sleep over where & when the the next random monster tornado strikes.  Haha, at least that's what your LakeCountyEye has made plans for, this weekend.  So you don't have to.

You may not know it but Lake County has its own local version of FEMA: the Lake County Emergency Management Agency (EMA):
Lake County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
If you wonder why the agency's acronym is not LCEMA instead, you are not alone.  Your LakeCountyEye suspects a protracted and costly trademark battle may have transpired at some time in the past:

Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency
At any rate, LCEMA has a website with the up-to-the-minute emergency info and weather conditions that everyone needs -- Alert Lake County -- and, if you're anything like your LakeCountyEye, that's the website you check at least 5 -- 10 -- 15 -- 100 times every day:

Alert Lake County
Your Emergency Preparededness Resource
No emergency preparededness resource should come without instructions on how to respond to an emergency, and Alert Lake County does not disappoint. The website has a smörgåsbord of emergencies to choose from:
It is advisable to resist the immediate temptation to click on Bioterrorism or Dirty Bomb. While these nodoubt are emergencies of some vital importance, it is more often than not a good idea to prioritize your armageddons -- and first review, instead, your best emergency response to a tornado.

So your LakeCountyEye asks operatives to go immediately to LCEMA's Alert Lake County website, before it's too late, and click the Thunderstorm/Tornado hyperlink ...

... which will redirect you to this webpage:

Alert Lake County : Thunderstorm/Tornado

Hopefully random monster tornadoes travel west to east. And that this one is over Lake Michigan by now.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Withering Heights

National Talk Like a Pirate DayAn actual, unedited Daily Herald headline from an actual, unedited letter to the editor:
Traditional morality has weathered away
Haha, nothing a coat of whitewash can't fix.

Whether this is a bellwether that points to the withering of journalism in Lake County or just means that Herald letter writers get to draft their own headlines, is not known. Your LakeCountyEye observes that while spell checkers have all but banished the misspelt word from Internet journalism, they have created a new kind of faux pas -- the spellaprop -- a spellchecker induced malapropism.

With the unchecked proliferation of both online spell checkers and online journalism, your LakeCountyEye foresees many more future LOL spellapropisms coming down the pipe. For those operatives who cannot wait for the future, your LakeCountyEye made up ten hilarious headlines that sooner or later are guaranteed to appear in some Lake County newspaper or other:
Ten Comical but Authentic Headlines Recently Seen at the Lake County Newsstands
  1. Arrests Up In Lake County For Driving Under The Affluence

  2. Villages Crack Down On Loiter Bugs
    One Mayor Vows to Personally Take Out the Trash

  3. County Chairman Tolled: Route 53 Extension Will Be Costly

  4. Legislator: "Scientists 'Cry Wolf' Too Often Over Global Warning"

  5. Is A Levy On Bullets Really Attacks On Gun Owners?
    Sheriff: "These Are Not The Type Of People You Want To Target"

  6. Senator Offers Tokin' Support To Medical Marijuana

  7. County Board Promises Flood Relief, Also To Rain In Excess

  8. House Member Denies Casino Bill Would Legalize Private Gambolling Parlors
    "We Have Red Lights For That In The Bill"

  9. County Health Official Admits Malingering Doubts Over Flu Vaccine

  10. Gay Couple Repeat Marriage Vows: "Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky"
Look for your LakeCountyEye, driving under the effluence.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Double Entendres

Actual sign seen on the Rte 53 Extension.The summers in Lake County are so hot you could light a medicinal marijuana cigarette right off the sidewalk. So when Lake County operatives crave ice cream -- and lots of it -- your LakeCountyEye directs them to Fremont Township. Because that's where all the double dippers are.

Haha, your LakeCountyEye loves that joke.  Fremont Township boasts no fewer than two double dipping elected officials:
  • Diana O'Kelly
    Fremont Township Supervisor
    County Board Commissioner
  • Ed Sullivan Jr
    Fremont Township Assessor
    State Representative
But as much as your LakeCountyEye loves that joke, this may be the last time you'll get to hear it. Your LakeCountyEye recently received a cease-and-desist letter from the Ice Cream Advisory Board. Who knew? -- but the term double dipping along with other terms like sherbert, sorbet, gelato, softserve, hardpack and brainfreeze are protected property of the ice cream industry. And the Ice Cream Advisory Board would be so very pleased if your LakeCountyEye could cease and desist from using the term double-dip without proper attribution.

Now your LakeCountyEye doesn't know who invented it, nor particularly cares for the term double-dip -- and would be happy to have a better substitute. The correct term of the art is dual mandate -- the practice in which elected officials serve in more than one elected or other public position simultaneously -- but that's a term only a policy wonk could love.

So, your LakeCountyEye has delved into the reference literature and found ten other sobriquets in common use that describe politicians elected to two positions. Here are ten of them:
Ten Better Names to Call Political Double Dippers
  1. Double Dealers
  2. Second Stringers
  3. Double Crossers
  4. One-Two Punchers
  5. Double Talkers
  6. Two Timers
  7. Double Trouble
  8. Twin Pickens
  9. Double Whammies
  10. Send-in-the-Clones
Look for your LakeCountyEye double parked near you.

Friday, May 17, 2013

An All Poynton Bulletin

As even readers of this blog must know by now, Lake County held an election last month. What they might not know is that Lake Zurich has a new Village President: Tom Poynton.

Poynton won, your LakeCountyEye has been told, with the help of a catchy campaign slogan:

Get Lake Zurich "POYNTON" in the Right Direction
Elect TOM POYNTON Lake Zurich Village President (Mayor)
Poynton's campaign website posts his contact information, including his e-mail address:
So when an operative received an urgent message from Poynton's e-mail address, they were naturally concerned:
From: Tom Poynton []
Sent: 05/11/2013 9:12 AM
To: undisclosed recipients:; undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Horrible Ordeal............Thomas M. Poynton


It has being a horrible experience for me here in Manila Philippines,during my vacation i was attacked by some thugs around the hotel vicinity were i lodged who beat me up and collected all my money,credit card including my cell phone and other important documents i took along.But to the glory of God i still have my passport and my life spared. i have been to the police and embassy but they are not helping issues i was ask to come back in the next 3days time,right now i am in a local library mailing you for financial assistant.
     My flight leaves in 2hours from now and i am having a problem settling my hotel bills,please i need you to help me with (1,700.00 Dollars) to foot my bills and board a plane back to the state because right now i am stranded and you are my only hope to get out of this mess.When i get back to the state i will refund you every dime that you've spent if possible with interest...Write me back so i can tell you how to get the money to my present location.

Tom Poynton
Now who can say they've never been attacked and beaten by thugs while vacationing in Manila -- and rendered so indisposed as to be incapable of communicating except in a pidgin English, delivered for comical effect? Certainly not your LakeCountyEye.

Note to ops: Before hitting the reply button, check the return e-mail address. It probably will not say ...
You're better advised to wire the 1,700.00 Dollars to Poynton's campaign PAC instead: Committee to Elect Tom Poynton LZ

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Auctions Speak Louder Than Words

Psych!Maybe the calendar does read May, but it feels like July. And, it goes without saying, when summer weather arrives, Lake County wastes no time getting itself out-of-doors and into other people's discards for a chance to pick through their unwanted cast-offs.

As readers of this blog are accumulatively aware ...
What's In Store?
Your LakeCountyEye is always on the lookout for a rummage sale. So when Lake County holds a countywide municipal auction, your LakeCountyEye notices:
The Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction will be held Saturday, May 18 at the Lake County Fairgrounds at 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Inspection and registration for the auction will be Friday May 17, as well as on auction day. Auction items include police cars, seized vehicles, vans, pickup trucks, trailer, computers, office equip., bikes, and misc. items from Lake County and other local communities.
Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction
Your LakeCountyEye has taken the liberty of appraising the published auction list (so you don't have to), and has winnowed them down to 10 lots worthy of your consideration. It goes without saying, operatives caught bidding against your LakeCountyEye on any of these items will be banned for life!
Ten Most Awesomest Bid Items at the 2013 Lake County Auction
  1. The Antioch Rescue Squad CPR Dummy

  2. 2000 Medicinal Marijuana Seedlings

  3. Route 53 Extension Signs
    (some bullet holes)

  4. Waukegan Casino Surplus Baccarat Tables

  5. The Port Barrington Tugboat

  6. The Bob Dold Campaign Bus

  7. Lake County State's Attorney Office
    DNA Testing Kits

  8. Yardsigns:
    Mark Curran for Attorney General
    Diana O'Kelly for County Board

  9. Public Access Video:
    "Island Lake Village Hall Kumbaya Moments"
    Now on DVD!

  10. Enough Guns to Outfit Patton's Third Army
Look for your LakeCountyEye, bidding adieu.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Shop Around the Millburn Strangler

New evidence has surfaced that may put to rest Lake County's mystery of the Millburn Strangler. As readers of this blog are nodoubtedly aware ...
Upward Trends
Route 45 is scheduled to be rerouted around the stretch of road known as the Millburn Strangler. Two plans were taken under consideration. Route 45 would be rerouted through Old Mill Creek farmland (the Orange Line). Or Route 45 would be rerouted through a number of Lindenhurst subdivisions (the Pink Line).
Given the two options, the enduring mystery is why the Lake County Board, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation, chose to reroute Route 45 through some of Lindenhurst's neighborhoods, playlots and schools.

The new evidence comes in a letter from the Village of Old Mill Creek to the Illinois Department of Transportation. In the letter (recently leaked to your LakeCountyEye) village president Temple (Tim) Smith, Jr. promises that ...
property in our village could be developed along the proposed bypass, which would lead to additional sales tax revenue for the Village, the County, and the State. When our Special Retail District is built out, I estimate that the State would receive a minimum of $900,000 per year in additional revenue (50,000 sf x $300 generated per square foot x 6% sales tax).

Eastern Bypass Group
This smoking-gun document makes evident why the Lake County Board prefers to reroute Route 45 through densely populated meighborhoods and not through unpopulated farmland. If you want a piece of that 6% sales tax action, those commercially viable shops better be where all the people are. In other words -- well, duh, unpopulated farmland does not shop.

Mystery solved!

Sometimes the solution to one mystery raises more questions than answered. Under the proposed Route 45 plan, some dozen Lindenhurst homes will be razed and their families uprooted. What will entice these potentially free-spending consumers back to the Shops of the Millburn Strangler? Your LakeCountyEye recommends awarding each family a $100 gift certificate.

Problem solved!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

D'Oh! Kelly

that goes double for youMirabile dictu, Lake County just held an election a couple days (or weeks or months) ago, and your LakeCountyEye has the news. Fremont Township got a new Supervisor and her name is County Board Commissioner Diana O'Kelly.

It is a well known fact that County Board Commissioner Diana O'Kelly is a Lake County Board Commissioner. Less known is the fact that O'Kelly was elected to the position of Fremont Township Supervisor promising to quit her County job if she won. O'Kelly told the Daily Herald ...
she will resign her county posts if she wins the township race. "I will not double dip," she said.
Diana O'Kelly, Glenn Garamoni to seek Fremont Township's top post
The Daily Herald, as a matter of policy, does not endorse any candidate that double dips. It's probably no coincidence that your LakeCountyEye advises candidates to always say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done and worry about the consequences after they get elected.

At the time O'Kelly may not have known that the Daily Herald would decide not to endorse candidates in any 2013 township election. And neither O'Kelly nor her opponent would see the benefit of a Herald endorsement, regardless of what was promised.  Haha, you been punk'd.

It is a well known fact that the typical Lake County voter has the long-term memory of a goldfish. So it is probably no coincidence that after her unsurprise win, O'Kelly borrowed some footwear out of Sheriff Mark Curran's closet and flipflopped. The Daily Herald is now reporting that ...
Veteran Lake County Board member Diana O'Kelly on Wednesday said she won't resign that post once she's sworn in as Fremont Township's supervisor in May.
O'Kelly won't quit county post despite township win
Haha, who been punk'd?

O'Kelly will not be the only Republican Fremont Township official who double dips at a second elected post. State Representative Ed Sullivan Jr is also the Fremont Township Assessor. As readers of this blog are recently aware ...
The Fightin' Irish
Sullivan's political enemies are seeking a Republican candidate to challenge him in the 2014 Primary. It is unknown whether or not O'Kelly is interested. If she were, O'Kelly would be on track to become a triple-dipper, a Lake County record. Your LakeCountyEye advises anyone in that position to tell the Daily Herald that they plan to resign their two other posts.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

One Man One Goat

Cheezborger Cheezborger CheezborgerWhenever operatives inquire about a career in politics, your LakeCountyEye usually observes that more money can be made as a goatherd. Haha, that's no joke, goats are a growth industry in Lake County. According to the Barrington Courier-Review, Chicago aviation officials have obtained the services of a herd of goats to control vegetation at O'Hare Airport, and ...
a contract for sustainable management grazing services has been awarded to Chicago-based Central Commissary Holdings, which cares for a small grazing herd on a farm in Barrington Hills.
Barrington Hills goats called in to tame O'Hare's vegetation
A go-getter stands to make some good money in the goatherding business -- so your LakeCountyEye sought the expert advice of Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, professor of Animal Husbandry Studies at the College of Lake County.

"These goats are a bellwether in Lake County." Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi told your LakeCountyEye. "It used to be, the big landholders would sell at top dollar some blighted bottomland to the Lake County Forest Preserve District, and in return receive a sweetheart zoning variance on the rest of their land. And faster than you could say Levittown, acres of genetically modified soybeans suddenly became acres of semi-detached single-family units with a two-car garage. But that trend is now reversing. Lake County homeowners are turning their backyards back into free-range grazing plots for their livestock and chickens."

This was all fascinating, but your LakeCountyEye came to hear about the goats.

"When compared to goatherding," Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi continued "it's the sheepherders who get all the props. Shepherds have their own dog, their own pie, their own crook. But did you know that goatherds have their own hiphop anthem -- Wind It Up -- how cool is that?

No doubt too cool for school. Your LakeCountyEye then wanted to know if it would be difficult to build a herd.

"No," said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi after a moment. "Goats have become so numerous that there are now free-roaming feral herds munching out a swath of Lake County as wide as Sherman's March to the Sea. Not a pretty sight, particularly if you treasure your hardy perennials as much as I do."

Forewarned is forearmed. Your LakeCountyEye asked Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi if he had any parting advice for the operatives.

"If they grow medicinal marijuana, I've discovered it helps to renew your FOID card and keep a shotgun loaded by the door."

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Fightin' Irish

green politicsMaybe it's the only the recent hot, summerlike weather -- but the Irish Republicans of central Lake County got their erm Irish up. Again.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aggressively aware ...
Q the Eye/04.20.13
State Representative Ed Sullivan Jr broke ranks with his Party and announced that he will support gay marriage legislation. The news did not amuse his conservative brethren, who picketed Sullivan's office and threatened to run someone against him in the next Primary. Sullivan, the beneficiary of a Phil-Cranelike political sinecure in the 51st District, told the Daily Herald ...
"They certainly have every right to protest what they believe."
'Traditional marriage' supporters protest at Sullivan's office
Among those picketing Sullivan's office was Lake County Sheriff, Mark Curran. Curran was unamused enough to put it all in writing and send it to Sullivan, in a letter:
Religious liberty will be eroded if same sex marriage becomes law, Curran said. "We have seen the false promises that liberty will be protected in other recent pieces of legislation, but we know this is a lie."
Lake County sheriff joins opposition to gay marriage bill
Late last year Curran announced that he would run for Illinois Attorney General in 2014. But that was before it became a virtual certainty that Lisa Madigan would be running for Governor, and the office of Attorney General would be an open ballot position in 2014. Curran's support then quickly collapsed, along with his bid for Attorney General.

Although he is expected to seek another term as Lake County Sheriff, it is widely believed (among the misinformed sources) that Curran yearns to pursue his political career in Springfield, not in Waukegan. Is it a coincidence that Curran is among those leading the Conservative charge against Sullivan's apostasy? Your LakeCountyEye thinks not.  Operatives should not be surprised if Sullivan has a Primary opponent in 2014, and his name is Mark Curran.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Bully Pulpit

Curses foiled again!Island Lake -- the Village of Friendly People® -- is getting a new mayor. If it hasn't happened already, Charles Amrich is to be sworn in there, at some future date or other ... it's not exactly known when to your LakeCountyEye.

The Daily Herald, who endorsed Amrich, must be none too displeased:
We endorse Amrich, who was mayor for 20 years and will have to use his experience to mend fences and cut through the politics that often clouds Island Lake decision making. He stresses the need for better communications, to listen to residents and answer their questions. We agree that's a good start.
Endorsement: Amrich for Island Lake mayor
Amrich led a ballot slate -- For the People -- one that included village trustee candidate Anthony Sciarrone, who also won. Sciarrone had previously served as Island Lake's Chief of Police.

In a burst of candor, the Daily Herald now reports that Sciarrone has been accused of having threatened violence against Island Lake police officers and Village officials.

One Island Lake officer ...
said he heard Sciarrone say someone should put a bullet in trustees' heads.
Island Lake trustee-elect denies making threats
An Island Lake detective ...
reported hearing Sciarrone threaten to shoot village officials "in the head."
Island Lake trustee-elect denies making threats
Ordinarily your LakeCountyEye does not suggest operatives should admit to their political slate someone who has been accused of making violent threats. But then again, never having actually lived in Island Lake, what does your LakeCountyEye know?

Be that as it may, there are better ways to intimidate your political enemies, other than with threats of bodily harm. Your LakeCountyEye can think of ten, right off the bat:
Ten Politically Correct Ways to Intimidate Your Political Enemies
  1. Threaten to take them for a ride on the Route 53 Extension.

  2. Walk the dog over their medicinal marijuana plot.

  3. Promise to share a sample of their DNA with the Lake County State's Attorney Office.

  4. Threaten to tie them to the CN railroad tracks,
    like Snidely Whiplash would do back in the day.

  5. Put a horse's head in their bed,
    like Don Corleone would do back in the day.

  6. Call in the Antioch Rescue Squad.

  7. Vow to blow the whistle on where they conceal their carry.

  8. Suppress their right to vote. (Wisconsin voters only.)

  9. Rat them out on the LakeCountyEye.

  10. Steal their yardsigns.
Look for your LakeCountyEye strongarming a dumbbell near you.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Extended Soliloquys

Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth. Besides being Cinco de Mayo, this week also marks the 5 month anniversary of Aaron Lawlor's hostile takeover of the Lake County Board.  No fewer than 150 days have passed since Lawlor consigned some lifeless seatwarmer (whose name your LakeCountyEye cannot recall) to the ashheap of history, usurping the position of County Board Chair.

Lawlor is widely recognized as the guy who's been everywhere talking up Route 53.  In fact, it is common knowlwdge that every sentence spoken by Aaron Lawlor contains three things: a noun, a verb and the Route 53 Extension.

For those who are skeptical, witness the Daily Herald, who took up the Lawlor Challenge. The challenge is to get Aaron Lawlor to talk about something other than the Route 53 Extension. One Herald reporter had an opportunity to buttonhole him, following a meeting Lawlor had with Senator Mark Kirk and other leaders to discuss the recent floods.

How did the Herald do? See for yourself ...
In addition to the flooding, Kirk and the group discussed suburban transportation needs, especially the long-proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County. That project seems to have new life after years of virtual inactivity. Flooding and highways might not seem to be natural fits, but Lawlor made the connection. "In flood events, people notice how they are limited moving through the county," he said.
Sen. Kirk talks flooding, transportation in Lake County visit
Well played, Mr Lawlor! The puny Daily Herald is no match for your superior stay-on-message discipline and prodigious ability to pivot any conversation back to the Route 53 Extension.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oh Hai to the Lake County Adopt-Oh-Highway

It doesn't matter what anyone says as long as they spell the name right.Lake County has the cleanest highways in Illinois. In fact, Lake County highways are so clean you could eat right off of them. Your LakeCountyEye knows this from first-hand experience. That clean-up crew you observed policing the highway near your home was not a forced-labor chain-gang from the County lockup. No, in all likelihood they were Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.

The, erm, driving force behind Lake County's spic'n'span roads  -- Adopt-A-Highway -- just entered its twentieth year.  According to the Daily Herald ...
The program was launched in early 1993 with an initial enrollment of 37 groups and has grown to 232 groups. Last year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers saved the county $305,000 in labor costs and removed about 225,000 pounds of trash from county highways.
Adopt-A-Highway marks 20 years
If you haven't already, operatives are encouraged to participate in the program. Adopt-A-Highway is an excellent, erm, avenue to some earned media for your organization. If you don't believe your LakeCountyEye, take a drive and count up all the roadside Adopt-A-Highway signs that your see. Your LakeCountyEye counted 10, just on the Route 53 Extension:
Ten Adopt-A-Highway Signs Seen on the Route 53 Extension
  1. Lake County Roadside Medical Marijuana Growers Association

  2. Citizens Task Force to Stop the Route 53 Extension

  3. Lake County Mysophobia Society

  4. Smile!
    The Google Street View Team

  5. Smile!
    Redflex Traffic Systems

  6. Forced Labor Chain-Gangs of Lake County

  7. Next Exit: Girls Gone Wild on Blarney Island
    Now on DVD!

  8. The Lake County Republican Party Reminds You to ReElect Bob Dold

    Haha punkt by your friends at Canadian National

  10. While these roads may look
    Cleaner than whistles,
    Your chin remains all
    Covered in bristles.
Look for your LakeCountyEye, shovelling it.