Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Mixed Meta Fore!

God's Golfball Not to be outdone by the Goliath -- the 2,000,000 gallon wooden roller coaster -- the Village of Gurnee plans to erect a 2 million gallon water tower. The Sun-Times described the municipal water tower:
The proposed water tank would have the appearance of a large golf ball on a tee. It would be 175-feet tall and hold 2 million gallons of Lake Michigan water supplied by Gurnee's primary supplier, the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency.
Trustees consider 2-million-gallon water tower for west Gurnee
The golf pro at the Lake County Forest Preserves explained in a press release that God should approach this tee with a 3-wood or heavier. Everyone else should play it like any other water hazard.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Please play through.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An Eye for an Eye:09.05.09

Your LakeCountyEye is preoccupied with applying for a seat on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. In the meantime, please enjoy this encore presentation of a post from a few years ago:

Saturday, September 5, 2009
Set in Stone

The latest scuttlebutt comes down the pike from your LakeCountyEye's sister blog, the TeamAmerica10th. Lisa Stone -- a Buffalo Grove Trustee -- is being talked about as a possible candidate for Rep District 59:
Look here for Stone's village trustee website, which is pretty darn impressive for a local candidate. State Rep. Sid Mathias and County Board Member David Stolman were Stone's honorary campaign chairmen and resoundingly endorsed her candidacy for trustee.
Lineup in 59th District Continues to Evolve; Might Lisa Stone Run as a Dem or Republican? Plus, Bird Flies from 10th District Race
Your LakeCountyEye doesn't mind saying that Lisa Stone is one elected official worth watching. Is it any wonder that Stone caught the discerning eye of Lake County Board Commissioner David Stolman? Here's what Stone has to say about Stolman on the Buffalo Grove Patch:
Yes, I put myself in the public eye, but only after Lake County Chairman David Stolman persuaded me to run for wasn't even a sparkle in my eye! I didn't know you could be a Trustee without a college degree, so it was not on my radar! When I got BSL legislation in the late 90's I thought that one day it would be interesting to get involved in local government, but I was told that one must have a degree to be a Trustee, so the irony all the way around is incredible.
Response To My Cyber-Shadow
No, Lisa, you do not need a college degree to be a Buffalo Grove Trustee, or for that matter to hold nearly any other elected office in Illinois.  All you need is a David Stolman -- someone with the proven judgement and the political clout -- to draw you out of relative obscurity and thrust you into the political limelight!

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Your LakeCountyEye: keeping an eye on the past since 2009.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Absent Without Keef

Chief Keef, these days, may be impersonating the lonely shepherd: he's on the lam. Haha, Lake County favorite son rapstar, Chief Keef, is in the news again. The News-Sun says ...
Chicago rapper Chief Keef missed a court hearing Friday for a municipal traffic ticket for driving under the influence of marijuana, spurring a Lake County judge to issue a $50,000 bench warrant for his arrest.
Chief Keef wanted on warrant for missing DUI court hearing
Local bounty hunters agree that Chief Keef may not be in Lake County, where the heat is on. He had been seen last year riding an RV around and around a rented house in Northbrook:
Some speculate that he now may be bunking in McHenry County, where there are no zoning restrictions on recreational vehicles.

However your LakeCountyEye would not be surprised if Chief Keef was openly residing in downtown Lake Zurich. Because nobody ever goes there.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Move along to Rock the Block.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Q the Eye/08.23.14

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Help -- the summertime pests are swarming! There are millions of them out there, and I'm afraid to leave my house. And I don't mean mosquitoes, I mean bicyclists. I can call the Southlake Mosquito Abatement District to spray the mosquitoes. Is there a Bicycle Abatement District that I can call?

Lance Strongarm
Dear Tour de Farce, Ὥρος Hōros

One local community shares your pain. Barrington Hills, observed the Daily Herald, is ...
where residents and cyclists are in a nasty battle over access to the town's scenic, tree-lined roads. Residents say their roads are being clogged by unlawful, unsafe riders of the "professional biking community, clad in spandex." Bicyclists, they say, flout the rules of the road, block vehicles from passing and, in some cases, have been caught urinating in yards.
Residents, cyclists feud over Barrington Hills roads
In retaliation, the residents of Barrington Hills are posting stern but tasteful yardsigns ...
... hoping that those pesky bicyclists will take a hint and scoot off to someone else's community. Haha, good luck with that.

You're better off following the lead of McHenry County. As readers of this blog are aware ...
Whatever Floats Your Boat
McHenry County has no zoning restrictions, and many front yards there come well-stocked with boats and RVs and anything else that will balance on four cinder blocks. These are not exactly scenic tree-lined vistas that tend to attract bicyclers.

So if you want those bicyclists to go away, do as they do in McHenry County and proudly exhibit that pontoon boat and that busted washing machine and that Ford F150 engine right on your front yard.

Also, get rid of those cute little yardsigns and post some of these badboys instead:
You will be surprised how quickly those bicyclists make like a scenic, tree-lined vista and leave.

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 ...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Whatever Floats Your Boat

coxswain Unlike Brigadoon, McHenry County lies due west of Lake County, 365 days a year. And unlike Brigadoon, McHenry County can boast more than its share of frontyard recreational vehicles. According to the Northwest Herald ...
A standing-room-only audience came out in force at Tuesday evening's McHenry County Board meeting to object to language in the proposed Unified Development Ordinance that restricts how recreational vehicles are parked and stored in front of homes. Present county ordinances, which the UDO is intended to replace, have no such restrictions.
Opposition to McHenry County RV restrictions come out in force
In related news, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency is not about to pass up an opportunity for a free resource. According to the Daily Herald ...
A flash flood warning was issued for portions of Cook, Lake and DuPage counties this morning due to heavy overnight rains, meteorologists say.
Heavy overnight rains close roads across suburbs
As a consequence, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency has posted revised guidelines for a flood emergency:
How to Respond to a Flood in Lake County ...
  • Immediately Drive West to McHenry County
  • Locate a Boat or Recreational Vehicle Parked in Someone's Front Yard
  • Get In
Look for your LakeCountyEye, commandeering a schooner near you.

Monday, August 18, 2014

No Compliants

It's all good. Good news for those embattled Asian Jumping Fish invading Lake Michigan: the people of Lake County are being asked to quit their carping. The News-Sun says the Village of Wauconda ...
declared Oct. 28, 2014 "Complaint Free Day," and the entire month of October dedicated to establishing a "Complaint Free Community."
Wauconda aims to go 'Complaint Free'
One nearby town was not to be outdone. In 2013 the Village of Hawthorn Woods was required to process 85 FOIA requests, and complained to the Daily Herald that it cost ...
$4,247.59 last year, or an average cost of about $50 per request.
FOIA requests, costs increasing in many municipalities
Your LakeCountyEye has now been told to expect the Village of Hawthorn Woods to declare a "FOIA Free Month" and establish itself as a "FOIA Free Community".

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Move along within 5 business days.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is Lake County Up in Arms?

choose your weaponSleep easy tonight. Your Lake County law enforcement agencies are armed to the teeth. According to the New York Times, Lake County police arsenals are awash in surplus military weaponry, and can boast no fewer than ...
  • 182 Assault Rifles
  • 77 Body Armor Pieces
  • 190 Night Vision Pieces
  • 7 Shotguns
  • 32 Pistols
  • 2 Mine-Resistant Vehicles
  • 2 Other Armored Vehicles
  • 8 Helicopters
State and local police departments obtain some of their military-style equipment through a free Defense Department program created in the early 1990s.
Mapping the Spread of the Military’s Surplus Gear
Is a mine-resistant vehicle a terrible thing to waste? For the answer to this and other loaded questions, your LakeCountyEye visited Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Professor of Mutual Assured Destruction at the College of Lake County.

The metal detector there seemed to be on the fritz and Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi agreed to meet in the parking lot, where he said: "So, why is Lake County stockpiling all these weapons? Two words: the Zombie Apocalypse. Haha, just kidding."

Your LakeCountyEye did not think this was a joking matter.

"Absolutely." replied Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Concealed Carry is the reason why your police department needs all this close-combat ordnance. When Barney Fife pulls you over for a traffic stop, he doesn't know what kind of weapons you are carrying. Naturally he wants to approach your vehicle in full body armor, and with an assault rifle pointed at you."

That didn't explain the need for the mine-resistant vehicles.

"Have you ever been in a police chase?" asked Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Well I have. Trust me, you don't want to run over a Lake County pothole in anything less than an armored personnel carrier."

... or explain the need for night-vision goggles.

"I shouldn't be telling you this," smiled Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "but the next time one of your ops gets nabbed stealing a yardsign, you'll know why."

Your LakeCountyEye was still skeptical. Then what about all those helicopters?

Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi had a puzzled look. "How else is a peace officer supposed to drop agent orange on an unlicensed medical marijuana farm?"

Was there any parting advice? Your LakeCountyEye was late for a court-ordered anger management class.

"Tell your ops up in Wisconsin to think twice ..." said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "... if they ever intend to declare war on Lake County."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat Redux

The Internet is Made of Cats Studies have shown that there is at least 60% recycled material to be found in a typical LakeCountyEye blog post:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat
It goes without saying: as goes your LakeCountyEye, so goes Lake County. According to the Daily Herald, the County's five-year garbage management plan recommends ...
Lake County boost its recycling rate from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2020.
Recycling options part of Lake County waste management plan
Not to be outdone, your LakeCountyEye has a five-year waste management plan: Put the trash on the curb and hope a truck manages to pick it up before five years.

If you are like your LakeCountyEye then your garbage can is filled to the brim with obsolete 4G devices, and you no-doubt fret over how to match that with 60% recycled material.  Well fret no more, you would be surprised about what is allowed in your recycle bin. And not just surprised once, but ten times:
Ten Items to Look for in a Lake County Recycle Bin
  1. Stolen Yardsigns
  2. Medical Marijuana Farm Yardwaste
  3. Empties
  4. Photocopies of Nominating Petitions
  5. Dominick's Coupons
  6. Non-Wooden Roller Coaster Spare Parts
  7. State Representative 61 Campaign Constituent Outreach Mailers
  8. Pre-used Lake Michigan Water
  9. The Lake County Election Commission
  10. Route 53 Extension Promises
Look for your LakeCountyEye recreating near you.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The High Court

Watch out for that pothole! Job seekers take note, Lake County has a new growth industry: Medical Marijuana. But don't head to that garden shop for pots and a grow light -- it's not what you think. The growth industry is in medical marijuana Regulation. Now that vendors are free to dispense medical marijuana, Lake County is scrambling to pass tough new zoning laws:
Park City amends zoning law for medical marijuana, adult use

Buffalo Grove trustees send proposed marijuana store to zoning board

Buffalo Grove could get Lake County's first marijuana dispensary

Mundelein residents spar over medical marijuana

Highland Park wants to keep medical pot business low key
Lake County has been allocated three marijuana dispensary licenses, and these businesses can set up shop anywhere they like. And County villages cannot do anything about it, except legislate onerous zoning restrictions and regulations in the hope that the dispensaries will go someplace else.

That's right, Lake County is lawyering up. One unanimous village clerk told your LakeCountyEye that they are "desperately seeking legal talent that knows how to craft an iron-clad & loophole-free ordinance that will tell those marijuana dispensers in no uncertain terms just who is boss."  In other words, Lake County villages are looking for attorneys who are not afraid to look these free-market entrepreneurs in the eye -- and regulate them out of business. If you got the right stuff (and are licensed to practice law in Illinois) Lake County needs you.

What are you waiting for? Get rolling!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Prop in the Bucket

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things. Ladies and gentlemen, start your Jet Skis. The Waukegan Harbor is finally clean. The News-Sun observes that ...
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has been collecting mud from the Waukegan Harbor for 14 years, but he was able to stop Tuesday. Kirk, R-Ill., was joined by Gov. Pat Quinn, Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-10th, along with other local leaders, when the Environmental Protection Agency officially unclassified the harbor as a Great Lakes Area of Concern during a ceremony at the harbor's Stiner Pavilion. "Get my bucket," Kirk said when it was his turn to speak.
After 30-year cleanup, Waukegan Harbor 'open for business'
The Lolrus was unavailable for comment.

Weigh anchor ye landlubbers. That's all your LakeCountyEye has.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

High Relief

just what the doctor ordered Lake County has been allocated three medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Some municipalities are reacting with more than token resistance. The Sun-Times says ...
The City of Highland Park can't bar a medical marijuana dispensary from setting up shop in town, but it's proposing to ban terms like marijuana, cannabis, weed and pot on signs identifying the business.
Highland Park wants to keep medical pot business low key
For the straight dope on the story, your LakeCountyEye hit up Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Professor of High Finance at the College of Lake County.

"I can see why they are freaking out in Highland Park." said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "If I were some stoner who just drove down from Wisconsin, where would I go? Downers Grove? I don't think so. I would make a beeline for a town with a name like Highland Park. Why not just go and call your town Bong Grove or something?"

Your LakeCountyEye noted the unfortunate confluence of village appellation and statutory mandate.

"Don't expect them to call the dispensary anything like the Pot-in-a-Box Clinic either." Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi said with air-quotes. "Not classy enough. Also, the High Roller Exchange has already been trademarked by the Park City Casino, so that one is a non-starter as well."

Your LakeCountyEye was beginning to appreciate how runaway government regulation is a reef that wrecks the hopes of able bodied businessmen throughout Lake County.

"Well, all the tea in China isn't going to change that fact that there is a lot of money to be made." opined Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "You set up a strip mall with a marijuana dispensary, and nextdoor a 24 hour convenience mart, and next to that a weight-loss clinic, and pretty soon you are looking at some serious cash."

That must be what they mean by corporate synergy, mused your LakeCountyEye.

"We'll know right away if the city decides to green-light the dispensary." Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi confided. "Just watch to see if [Lake County Rap Star] Chief Keef moves back to Highland Park."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep an eye peeled.

"Bear in mind that some towns would welcome a marijuana dispensary, and are offering incentives." continued Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Like free yard waste service for the seeds and stems."

Your LakeCountyEye needed to know if there was there any parting advice for the ops.

"These marijuana dispensaries will all be zoned commercial." said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Keep on truckin!"