Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cook the Books

You're overdue.
Knowledge may be power. And the Republican Party in Lake County may be out of power. But it does not follow that the Lake County GOP is no sharper than a rubber donut.

No, but it does go a long way toward explaining why the Lake County GOP has mounted a coordinated effort to dumb down the electorate -- ensuring a constituency that will be easy prey to the politics of fear and greed.

The game plan is simple: erect barriers between the voters and sources of knowledge. One strategy, to replace public education in Lake County with a system of vouchers and home-schooling, failed. Plan-B for the GOP, it now seems, is to undermine Lake County's libraries.

Benjamin Franklin established the first public library in 1731: "The doors of wisdom are never shut." On the other hand, Dan McConchie, Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, walked through the doors of a Lake County library and perceived a pork-barrel:
"Sure," McConchie said, "they provide nice services to their folks, but I walk in there, and there's people that are just sitting there on the clock doing absolutely nothing."
McHenry County GOP leaders: Want tax cuts? Look at libraries
And David McSweeney, Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, thinks your public library is a cash-cow:
"require voter approval for any major capital expenditure, even if they're using tax reserves," McSweeney said.
Suburban libraries hoard money, avoid getting voters' approval to build
Note to Ops: If you can read this then your public library was established for people like you.

Monday, December 24, 2018

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Comeback Kid

Is there any better way to conduct a rehabilitation tour than to rehash over one's rehab? Your LakeCountyEye thinks not.

Ex-Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor is back, and TEDx has him:

The addict next door | Aaron Lawlor | TEDxVernonAreaLibrary
Your LakeCountyEye hasn't watched the video, so will seek the opinion of someone who should have -- but hasn't either:
Mark Shaw, chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee and co-chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said he hadn't seen the video, but was "disappointed" by Lawlor's view of the party when parts of Lawlor's statements were read to him. Shaw called Lawlor's statements a "deflection" from taking personal responsibility and said the county party had always supported Lawlor, even after he came out as gay in 2017. "I don't know why he'd feel like he was alone," Shaw said. "The suburbs tend to be more inclusive than some of the rural areas. And, my God, he was chairman of our board. If we felt he wasn't welcome in our party, how did he rise to that position?"
Lawlor re-emerges after rehab stint and quitting politics
Note to Ops: Back in the day, a Democrat who wanted to get elected in Lake County had to run as a Republican. Those days are now officially over.

Just sayin!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Devil May Care

Just when you thought it was safe to leave the house, it turns out that the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist® has an evil twin.

The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist Evil Twin® thinks that health care is a privilege only for those who can afford it:

Medicare for all
Note to Ops: The ethylene oxide and the asbestos is free. What more do you want?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Down for the Recount

Q:How many people does it take to recount an election?
A:Who's counting?
Haha, Lake County is recounting:
Discovery recounts move forward in Lake County sheriff and Barrington-area statehouse races
The discovery recount ...
will include precincts selected from almost every township. Townships like Ela, Cuba, Libertyville, Antioch and Benton had six to 11 precincts for review, while Waukegan will have 21.
Discovery recounts move forward in Lake County sheriff and Barrington-area statehouse races
Does that mean that they don't know how to count heads in some townships? Nope. That's where the votes are:
Note to Ops: When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton said "That's where the money is."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Internet Challenge!

You must use ink.
The voters have spoken, the 2018 election is over and certified. But, haha, not so fast, there. The voters have been asked already to speak again. Voters will have to step up -- and challenge their 2019 election candidates nomination petitions:
Two Waukegan aldermanic candidates booted from ballot
Voters have a civic responsibility to get their candidates thrown off the ballot. If not, the 2019 election will be held as scheduled. When the voters will then need to evade their civic responsibility to vote.

Note to Ops: Carbon paper is a dead giveaway that those petition signatures are fake.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Mark your calendars: Today, the Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist® officially ran out of ideas:

Nancy Pelosi...again
Sure, that whole gals & gargoyles look was hep ... maybe back in 1979:
Did Jabba make you laugh so hard your sides Hutt? Haha it's another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Next Week: The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist reveals the identity of Nancy Pelosi & Michael Madigan's love-child!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ethylene Alley

If thick smog is choking your air, blame the Route 53 Extension. That's because the IL Toll Authority has money to burn:
The Illinois Tollway is going ahead with a $25 million environmental study of a plan to extend state Route 53, even though the project is no longer designated a local priority. Last month, the region's planning agency knocked the controversial, long-debated proposal to extend Route 53 from Cook County into Lake County off its priority list. This means it is no longer eligible for federal funds.
Route 53 study goes forward, despite project's demotion
Any environmental study should note that the Route 53 Extension is to be paved right under the toxic ethylene oxide cloud in Gurnee:
Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee reported to another office at the EPA that during 2014 it released 6,412 pounds of ethylene oxide — more than either Sterigenics or Medline did during the same period.
2 Lake County polluters emit same cancer-causing gas as Sterigenics, but authorities haven't warned the public
... where it may be prudent to dig an underground tunnel through Gurnee for that leg of the Route 53 Extension.
Note to Toll Authority Ops: That ought to wrap up that environmental study of yours. Please send the $25,000,000 to

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Wear Pollution

This sign contains ethylene oxide.
Your LakeCountyEye has good news and bad news. The good news is Lake County does not have to worry about pollution coming from Foxconn in Wisconsin. The bad news is that's because Lake County already has plenty of pollution coming from Waukegan:
More than 19,000 people live within areas at risk from ethylene oxide emitted by a Medline Industries facility near Interstate 94 in the southwest corner of Waukegan
2 Lake County polluters emit same cancer-causing gas as Sterigenics, but authorities haven't warned the public
What does Medline manufacture? Wait for it ...

Hazmat Suits:
A local company is working side by side with many health care facilities to create protective wear for medical workers. Medline, a Mundelein-based company, is in high demand right now. They are making life-saving protective gear
Mundelein company's protective Ebola suits in high demand
Note to Ops: Make up your own joke here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Blue is the New Red

That giant sucking sound you hear are the paper shredders working overtime in Waukegan.

Haha, despite having campaigned for votes by stoking fears against minorities, the GOP has become the minority party in Lake County. In fact, the EPA is reevaluating its policy of not enforcing of the Endangered Species Act. The Republican Party is near extinction in Lake County.

The results in the 2018 election are in.  The Lake County Board flipped to a 12-9 Democratic majority. Every Republican Congressman in Lake County was swept out of office. All countywide offices that mattered -- Treasurer, Clerk, Sheriff -- were turned over to Democrats. There were enough flips, sweeps and turnovers to weave a new toupee for Donald Trump:
With the last votes from the Nov. 6 election finally counted, Democrats have a majority on the Lake County Board for the first time in the county's 179-year history. And Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran -- who won office as a Democrat in 2006 and infamously jumped to the GOP two years later -- looks to be out of a job.
Democrats gain control of Lake County Board; Curran ousted as sheriff
By no means does this represent a total annus horribilis for the Lake County Republicans. After all, the majority of past GOP office holders have always been closet Democrats. These were candidates who knew they couldn't get elected in Lake County running as a Democrat. Expect now to see these RINOs try to -- erm -- horn their way into the Democratic Party. Note to Ops: The Democrats are going to need someone to run for State's Attorney in 2020. Preferably someone with a law license and experience at holding down a countywide office. Preferably in law enforcement. Just sayin!

The biggest loser of 2018, of course, is your LakeCountyEye. How are you going to top this?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The Russian Twitter Bots that generate the news content in the Lake County Gazette have gone bonkers. For bad girls.

Here is an actual unretouched screencap from the Lake County Gazette, Lake County's #1 fakenews source:

School discipline: Which Lake County districts reported suspending the most girls?
Note to Ops: Girls Gone Wild on Blarney Island are now available on Blu-ray DVD!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fact Check, Please!

The Russian Twitter Bots that generate the fakenews content for the Lake County Gazette have hacked the Chicago Tribune.

See for yourself ...

Regarding the 2018 election results, Lake County GOP Chairman Mark Shaw told the Tribune:
Turning to specific results, Shaw pointed out that Republicans "managed to maintain the same number of elected officials from Lake County representing us in the Illinois General Assembly."
'Results were not what we wanted to see': Lake County Republican chair reflects on election
The Facts:
Lake County has 5 Illinois Senate seats. None were flipped.

Lake County has 9 Illinois Legislative seats. No Democratic seat flipped. But Republican Sheri Jesiel was defeated. And Republican Helene Walsh currently trails in the vote count. At least 1 and very likely 2 legislative seats will have flipped from Republican to Democrat in Lake County.
The Verdict:

Four Pinocchios

Regarding the Lake County board, the Tribune said:
Lake County followed McHenry into new territory, with both of its county boards now featuring a Democratic majority.
'Results were not what we wanted to see': Lake County Republican chair reflects on election
The Facts:
The Lake County board will have a Democratic majority. The McHenry County board, however, will not. It is not expected to flip any time before the 2100s.
The Verdict:

Four Pinocchios

Regarding the future:
Mark Shaw, chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee (LCRCC), said in a post on the group's Facebook page that local Republicans should still hold their head up high.
'Results were not what we wanted to see': Lake County Republican chair reflects on election
The Facts:
This one does not pass the laugh test.
The Verdict:

Four Pinocchios

Note to Ops: Don't let the Russian Twitter Bots infiltrate your news server!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

An Embracement of Riches

I know it was you Fredo, you broke my heart.
If elections have consequences then the consequence of the 2018 election is there are no one left for your LakeCountyEye to make fun of.

Haha, luckily there still is legitimate businessman and US President Donald J Trump.

Trump had this to say about vestigial Lake County former Congressman Peter Roskam:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday is scorching House Republicans who did not embrace him and lost election bids on Tuesday, including Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill. "Peter Roskam didn't want the embrace," Trump said.
Trump blasts Roskam, other losing House Republicans, for not embracing him
Note to Roskam campaign Operatives: Your do-over election is less than 2 years from now. That is not a lot of time to arrange for some video footage of the Ex-Congressman and the future Ex-President locked in that embrace.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Your Last Chance to Vote!

... early and often.
It has come to your LakeCountyEye's attention that there will be an election tomorrow, Tuesday Nov 6 2018.

Who knew? Not your LakeCountyEye.

Early voting ended today in Illinois. That means tomorrow will be your last chance to vote.

Note to Ops: Will tomorrow be your last chance to vote?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Roskam Resignages

If you haven't seen any Peter Roskam yardsigns in Lake County, it is not because they got stolen. No, someone is not stealing Peter Roskam yardsigns.

Instead people have been posting comments around Roskam yardsigns:

It's so common that there now is a website for posting comment signs next to Roskam yardsigns:
IL Citizens Ignited
And that Peter Roskam's old lawfirm has filed a temporary restraining order, to make them stop it:
NRA support for Roskam triggers a battle over yard signs
Election Day is Tuesday. There is not a lot of time left to post a comment of your own:
Note to Ops: Did your LakeCountyEye mention that Peter Roskam is Lake County's vestigial Congressman?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Must Have Brains

So a paid campaign canvasser went door knocking on Halloween. On that day, he did not shave. Or comb his hair. Or wash. If his clothes looked like they were slept in, that's because they were. A homeowner took one look at the frightful doorknocker and said: "That's the best Halloween costume I've seen all day." The paid canvasser said: "What, today is Halloween??"

Haha, true story.

The prize this year for best scary costume by a Lake County career politician goes to David Stolman. Stolman's costume is called the Zombie Stare:
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, an absolute spot-on zombie makeup job.

Stolman is running for Treasurer. And despite the fact that the Lake County Treasurer cannot either raise or lower taxes, Stolman promises to lower your property taxes anyways:
Note to Ops: Make sure you see them drop that Property Tax adjustment into the Halloween sack.

Trick or Treat!

Monday, October 29, 2018


Answering the call of the wild, Lake County boreal Congressman Randy Hultgren migrated South this weekend. Hultgren traversed more than 300 miles of rugged terrain to Murphysboro Tennessee Illinois where he was sighted with legitimate businessman and US President, Donald J Trump:

Trump campaigns to eager crowd in southern Illinois, calling state 'such a special place'
Hultgren represents chunks of Northern and Western Lake County. Why would he travel far downstate to campaign, less than 10 days before an election?

Randy Hultgren was there to model the new Fall arrivals from the Trump CollectionTM ...

The Trump Collection
Note to Ops: Are you tired of being empty suit? The Trump CollectionTM is tailor made for you. Clothes make the man!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Country Trumpkins

Legitimate businessman and US President Donald J Trump was in downstate Murphysboro for a Make America Hate Again campaign rally. Where is Murphysboro IL? Dunno. Points south of the Mason-Dixon line, your LakeCountyEye has been told.

Legitimate businessman and shorttime Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was seen in the stands, wearing a MAGA foam hat:

President Donald Trump to hold rally in Southern Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner will attend
Not seen at the rally was Lake County's vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam:
Since being elected, Trump has avoided the Chicago area, where Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam of Wheaton and Randy Hultgren of Plano face their own tough challenges in the suburbs. The president is less popular there than in many areas downstate.
President Donald Trump to hold rally in Southern Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner will attend
Undeterred, Trump dispatched an advance team to the Western suburbs, lead by his Secretary of Non-White-People, Kanye West:
Rapper Kanye West visited Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Naperville on Thursday and after dining played pool at the restaurant's bar, known as "The Can." West came in to the 1272 E. Chicago Ave. restaurant with eight bodyguards and three other people about 2:30 p.m.
Kanye West eats tacos, plays pool at Pepe's Mexican Restaurant in Naperville
Speaking on behalf of Peter Roskam, your LakeCountyEye invites Donald Trump to campaign for the Representative up in the Sixth Congressional District. Peter Roskam welcomes Trump with open arms, your LakeCountyEye has been told -- Roskam would like to be appointed Ambassador to Taiwan after the 2018 election.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Guns and Guber

Shorttime Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was in Lake County for Sweetest Day. And while money can't buy you love, it does buy guns. As in hired guns.

In an effort to buck up his conservative streetcred, Rauner posed with Helene Walsh and Ken Idstein:
Helene Walsh and Ken Idstein were last seen at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Here Helene (née Joe) Walsh points to a big rod and some guy with an AR-15:
Here Ken Idstein is seen huddling in back with shockjock Joe Walsh:
Gobbling up the foreground is Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Records indicate that no one died in the Lake County jail on that night.

And after parachuting into Lake County for his lock'n'load photo-op, Bruce Rauner was gone faster than you can say NRA.
The End.


Just Sayin!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Helene Speaks

Extreme Helene Walsh got her extreme closeup. WGN Channel 9 aimed the spotlight at Helene (née Joe) Walsh this week:

A closer look at extreme candidates in Illinois
Here Lake County favorite son Helene Walsh betrays her ignorance over how government works:
In Illinois House District 51, local Republicans chose Helene Miller Walsh to fill the vacant seat. She's married to conservative firebrand Joe Walsh, a former congressman. Helene Walsh, like her husband, has expressed controversial views, some of which were reportedly posted on Facebook. "I don't even know what hate speech is," Walsh said at a recent League of Women Voters candidate forum. "You're allowed to say whatever you want in this country. ... That's called free speech."
A closer look at extreme candidates in Illinois
In point of fact, you are not allowed to say whatever you want in this county.  Your Constitutional Right to Free Speech does not extend to, for instance, verbal assault. If you were to go and call someone an ignorant slut, you would not be protected by the First Amendment.

Unless of course ignorant slut was being employed for satirical purposes. Just Sayin!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Willard Writes

never bring cupid's arrow to a gunfight
Willard ❤❤❤ Peter.

Lake County Clerk In Perpetua Willard Helander sent a valentine to Lake County vestigial Congressman Peter Roskam:
Roskam is the real deal and is working for you.

Willard Helander

Letter: Supporting Peter Roskam
Note to Ops: Sweetest Day is this Saturday. Show that special bae of yours just how you feel in a carefully crafted op-ed submitted to the local paper.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Time of Trump

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Attorney and activist Richard M. Goldwasser will speak on the subject of Advocating in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Time of Trump.He is currently the chair of J Street Chicago which works to promote a two-state solution to the conflict.
  • Sunday
    October 21 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Haunted House District Six

There is no truth to the rumor that Peter Roskam will not attend a townhall meeting because he's spooked by his constituents.  No, there will be no townhall meetings with vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam because he will be guiding tours of Sixth House District Haunted Houses instead.

Here Roskam scares the bejeebers out of his voters, while Beetlejuice lurks over his shoulder:

Trump looms large as Rep. Peter Roskam fights for his political life against Sean Casten
Note to Ops: It's showtime!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Signs of Intruders

Unlike the Chicago Cubs, Peter Roskam has a ready-made excuse for when he chokes. Someone is stealing his signs.

Haha, vestigial Lake County Congressman Peter Roskam issued this press release, with a dire warning:
This past week, at a Roskam supporter's home in Wheaton, a young man in a hoody was spotted in her front yard with both hands on the Roskam for Congress yard sign.
Congressional updates: Underwood raises $2+ million; Casten up by 5; Londrigan down by 1
Homeowners who are trained to respond to the sound of a dog whistle are reported to have witnessed this:
This past week, at a Roskam supporter's home in Wheaton, a young black man from the hood was spotted in her front yard with bare hands on Roskam.
Your LakeCountyEye medevaced the Roskam press release to Fermilab (conveniently located in the Sixth Congressional District) for analysis:
Note to Ops in the 6th Congressional District: Lock your doors.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Extreme Helene

a helene website
Lake County favorite son Helene Walsh finally has a website. And by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning, a hella good one:
Extreme Helene Walsh
Card carrying NRA member Helene (née Joe) Walsh can usually be counted on to shoot from the hip. And his her new website does not disappoint:
Helene Walsh shared a post.

But let's spend our time and resources teaching our kids about anal and oral sex and how to pray to Allah and wear a hijab.

Note to Ops: Get over to Extreme Helene Walsh and like it on your Twitter and Facebook and Snapchat and Pinterest and Yelp today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

What's Black & White and White All Over?

How are the white people of Lake County doing? For the answer, look no farther than Lake County's #1 fakenews source, the Lake County Gazette:

Lake County Gazette

Lake County Gazette / Page 2
The Lake County Gazette is the only Lake County media outlet that obtains its news content solely from Russian Twitter Bots.

Note to Ops: Your LakeCountyEye has ascertained that that Russian Twitter Bot joke is not a joke.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

There's No Fool Like a Fossil Fool

Peter Roskam emerged this week from his climate-controlled underground bunker to take credit for having defeated global warming:
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican in a tight race with Democratic challenger Sean Casten, took credit for the EPA's commitment to conduct more testing for ethylene oxide in part of the area he represents in Congress. Casten has criticized Roskam for having a 7 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters on public health and environment legislation, and for supporting Republican-authored bills that would strip the EPA of authority to address health risks from ethylene oxide and other toxic chemicals.
After weeks of public outrage about Sterigenics, Trump EPA to test air in surrounding neighborhoods
Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, subsequently saw the shadow of a townhall, and quickly retreated back to his underground cleanroom facility. Where fossil fuel industry lobbyists are asked to send their checks:

Fossil Fool Peter Roskam
The Groundhog was unavailable for comment.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Stick to Your Gunx

CONCEAL CARRY must be something like concealed carry, because whatever it is, Helene Walsh is all for it.

An actual unretouched screencap from State Rep Helene (née Joe) Walsh's website:

I am a proud member of the NRA and have my conceal carry license. I truly believe in the sanctity of the 2nd Amendment as well as the practicality of having law abiding citizens who are trained to handle firearms. I believe conceal carry was long overdue because our old gunx laws restricted the rights of well-trained citizens, particularly veterans, from possessing firearms while criminals seemed to publicly carry with impunity. I believe conceal carry has made Illinois safer, not less safe, and provides greater ability for law abiding citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property.

If you are someone who has seen Walsh's website, to be sure stranger things have happened. And if you are at all like your LakeCountyEye, you would have one question:
What's a GUNX?

According to the urban dictionary:
a crew that consists of girrl punx, rude girls, zipper girls, psychobettys & drunx
It is not known which crew Representative Walsh caucuses with:
  • girrl punx
  • rude girls
  • zipper girls
  • psychobettys
  • drunx
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Make a Clean Breast of It

In preparation for Halloween, the Chicago Tribune has been channelling Helene Walsh. They scrubbed their website.

As readers of this blog are aware,
Does BGLCC Stand for NSFW?
the Tribune ran a story about a pornographic website that had been spoofing the Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Trib story contained a hotlink to the website in question. And by hotlink, your LakeCountyEye means an active hyperlink to a XXX hardcore pornsite.

Now having, erm, blown the whistle, your LakeCountyEye observes that the hyperlink to the pornsite has been disabled in the Chicago Tribune story:

Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Note to Ops: Are there any other pornsite links remaining on the Internet? Just askin!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How To Save Constitutional Democracy

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Drawing on the experiences of numerous countries that have seen democratic norms undermined by the rise of authoritarian populist movements, Professor and author Tom Ginsburg will discus how the United States is also vulnerable to these forces.
  • Sunday
    September 23 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Does BGLCC Stand for NSFW?

Look out Pornhub, the Chicago Tribune is breathing down your neck.

The Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce website was hijacked by a pornsite and the Chicago Tribune was on the story:
Rife with obscene content and, at one time, the face of President Donald Trump, a fake website that claimed to represent the Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce has been taken down weeks after officials discovered it.
Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Note to Ops: Don't you just hate when this happens to you? Your LakeCountyEye certainly does.

According to the Tribune:
the chamber managed to shut down the site 24 hours after filing a complaint on Sept. 14 with the hosting company
Fake website displaying obscene content taken down by Buffalo Grove-Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
What makes this a man-bites-dog story (and not merely a dog-bites-man story) are the hyperlinks that are posted on the Tribune's website. Here is an actual unredacted screen cap from the Chicago Tribune story:
The fake website is circled above.

Spoiler Alert: Contrary to what the Tribune story implies, the hyperlink is active. And there is a reason why the hyperlink has not been posted on this blog.

Nuff said!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream

If the dark web means anything, it has to be the Lake County Gazette. That's because stories there keep vanishing.

Last week Lake County's #1 fakenews source -- the Lake County Gazette -- posted a story critical of State Rep Helene Walsh. But don't bother reading it, the story was quickly killed:
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream
Not to worry. With the expert help of a 400lb hacker sitting on a bed, your LakeCountyEye has been able to resurrect the story:

And just to make sure the search engines can pick it up, here is the text of the story:
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream

In less than a month on the job, state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has served up plenty of campaign material to her Democratic opponent Mary Edly-Allen of Libertyville.

For the second time since Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP chairman and co-chair of the Illinois Republican Party, appointed her on August 18 to the 51st House seat vacated by Nick Sauer over charges of sexual misconduct, Walsh has scrambled to delete over-the-top, offensive statements from her Facebook page.

Just yesterday on the anniversary of 9/11, Walsh wrote about the dangers of socialism and globalism “bringing down our government and our duly elected officials in far more insidious ways” than the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

"They come in the form of a pretty young woman (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) or a very old man (Bernie Sanders) who has never worked a 9-5 job preaching a form of government that has been responsible for more human tragedy in all of recorded history,” she wrote. “Or an eloquent former president (Barack Obama) who could never utter the words 'radical Islam' but had no trouble apologizing for the USA at every world stage."

In August, she deleted other posts after the Democrats skewered her.

Nancy Shepherdson, the 6th District Democratic State Central Committeewoman and co-chair of the Illinois 6th District Democrats, said in an August 20 statement that Walsh deleted a July 3 Facebook post about illegal immigrants that stated: “Don't want to be separated from your kids…don't break our laws.”.

“Helene Walsh should be straight with the voters of the 51st District,” Shepherdson said. “If, for instance, she believes that children should be separated from parents who are applying for legal asylum, she shouldn't be afraid to say so.”

At the time of the appointment, Shaw told the Daily Herald that Walsh would not only represent constituents well in the 51st, but would be capable of "putting a campaign together virtually overnight."

He also said that her travels to many parts of Illinois will benefit the legislature.

"She really understands the different viewpoints of people from across the state," Shaw said.

Walsh is married to former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, an outspoken and controversial evening radio host on WIND AM-560 – he was suspended a few years ago for using the N-word on the air.

The Illinois 51st District stretches from western Mundelein in the north to Vernon Hills, Long Grove and Barrington in the south, with most of Libertyville in its center.

The election is November 6.
Note to Ops: The Internet is forever.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Culture of Tightfistedness

I has a HSA!
If the culture of corruption is a disease then Lake County GOP has it. That's because the Republican Lake County Board has slashed the health insurance on County employees:
The passage of a new health insurance plan by the Lake County Board this week drew warnings from the circuit court clerk and the union representing employees in that department to reconsider part of the plan or face an unfair labor practice charge.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
The sore spot is over Health Savings Accounts (HSA):
Under the new proposal, the county's contribution to the HSA would be reduced by $50 for single coverage and $100 for family coverage for the second year in a row.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
HSA (aka junk insurance) accounts are favored by the Republican Party:
HSAs can be a beneficial option for certain consumers, but those who are wealthy are more likely to benefit. Those without a substantial income are less likely to benefit from HSAs because they do not have the money to set aside for the account.
What are health savings accounts, or HSAs, and why do Republicans like them so much?
This may be why Barry Burton is happy with the County's HSA plan. Burton is the Lake County Administrator, and makes $247,090:
County Administrator Barry Burton said Friday that the HSA account policy started with large contributions by the county, but the payments have been been scaling it back so they are more in line with the industry standards. "We have had increased health insurance costs, but it is well below the national average," he said.
Employees 'feeling betrayed' over Lake County's cuts to insurance contributions, circuit clerk says
Note to Ops: Barry Burton will be leaving for a higher-paying County Administrator job in Florida. So, if you work for Lake County and you can't afford your health insurance, you have no cause to complain. Just switch jobs to Lake County Administrator. It pays quite well.

Friday, September 14, 2018

What the Helene

The Russian Twitter Bots that post the fakenews stories on the Lake County Gazette have gone haywire. The Lake County Gazette posted an uncomplimentary story about their favorite-son State Rep, Helene Walsh:
In less than a month on the job, state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has served up plenty of campaign material to her Democratic opponent Mary Edly-Allen of Libertyville. For the second time since Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP chairman and co-chair of the Illinois Republican Party, appointed her on August 18 to the 51st House seat vacated by Nick Sauer over charges of sexual misconduct, Walsh has scrambled to delete over-the-top, offensive statements from her Facebook page.
Miller-Walsh's deleted Facebook posts are her opponent's dream
The Lake County Gazette -- Lake County's #1 fakenews source -- took Helene (née Joe) Walsh to task for posting some of her extreme rightwing-nutjob ideas on Facebook, for all to see. Only to later scrub those same extreme rightwing-nutjob messages off of Facebook, for no one to see.

But don't try to click the link above to the Lake County Gazette. This Lake County Gazette story that criticizes Helene Walsh for scrubbing her Facebook, has been -- wait for it -- scrubbed from the Lake County Gazette:
Operatives are asked to make up their own joke here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Culture of Obfuscation

Out, damned spot!
The Lake County Republican Party -- the party of identity politics -- has an identity crisis.

Is the Lake County GOP the culture of corruption?
A House of Cards
Or is the Lake County GOP the culture of obstruction?
The Culture of Obstruction
Or is the Lake County GOP the culture of ammunition?
The Culture of Ammunition
If you believe State Rep Helene Walsh, the Lake County GOP the culture of obfuscation:
You'll recall that state Rep. Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) scrubbed her Facebook page of some pretty odd and extremist stuff shortly after she was appointed to the seat. Well, here's her Facebook page today ...
Apparently, Rep. Miller Walsh isn’t finished posting extreme stuff on Facebook
Rep. Miller Walsh has taken down her divisive post. The person who pointed me to the post in the first place says FB commenters were posting screen shots of their online contributions to her Democratic opponent.
One informed source told your LakeCountyEye that Helene Walsh's Facebook has seen more scrubs than a Beverly Hills plastic surgery spa.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, September 10, 2018

They Stop to Conquer

An actual unretouched screen grab from WLS 890 AM:

Roskam accuses Casten of stopping to “the politics of ridicule”
After learning of Peter Roskam's accusations, one informed source told your LakeCountyEye: "Only an asshat would say something like that."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.