Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Forewarned is Forearmed

A knight without armor in a savage land. Unlike some neighboring counties, Lake County cannot boast ever having produced a single millionaire hip-hop gangsta rap artist. Yet in spite of this unenviable statistic, Lake County has easily produced more than its share of armed bodyguards.

Unimpeachable statistics indicate that Lake County has more bodyguards per capita than a Las Vegas Club DJ. And it seems like they can be found on a given night at any Lake County local government open public meeting.

Haha, things would at least appear that way to anyone who has attended an Island Lake village board meeting lately. According to the Daily Herald ...
A politically connected, part-time Island Lake police officer is being paid to attend village board meetings twice a month, prompting a dispute about the expense among officials.
Politically connected cop paid to attend Island Lake meetings
On top of that, one trustee of the Warren-Newport Library board even wanted the library to pay for his private security detail. The Daily Herald said this trustee ...
tried to get trustees to approve paying a private security company that worked at the session. Officials said a Gurnee police officer, four Warren-Newport library security guards and two employees from Waukegan-based Tactical Security LLC attended the meeting.
Trustee fails in effort to sideline boss at Gurnee's Warren-Newport library
What's the dealio? One local-government elected official spoke to your LakeCountyEye on condition he would disguise his identity with a ski-mask. Or a nylon stocking. "Elected officials everywhere are on pins and needles. By law firearms are not allowed on government premises, but meetings are open to the public. Now that restrictions on concealed carry have been eliminated, who knows which of the goober eaters sitting in the back row are packing heat? My wife wants to buy me Kevlar® underwear and expense it to my board."

Note to ops: Private security is a growth industry in Lake County. Illinois has more units of local government than any other state, and this is your chance to get in on the ground floor. But don't take it from your LakeCountyEye, take it instead from the NRA: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

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