Monday, May 20, 2019

Air Your Grievances

Trigger Warning
Operatives who plan to emerge from their bomb shelters this week may want to know about this:
A public meeting regarding planned controls to reduce ethylene oxide emissions from the Medline Industries Inc. facility in Waukegan will be held next week. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will host the session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Whittier Elementary School, 901 N. Lewis Ave., in Waukegan.
Public meeting regarding ethylene oxide emissions to be held in Waukegan
One industry spokesman was eager to downplay the danger presented to the community and assured your LakeCountyEye: "Don't hold your breath."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Footloose and Sanity Free

This book contains footnotes.
Someone once asked Abraham Lincoln: "How many legs does a McHenry County voter have if you call his firearm a leg?"

Lincoln answered: "Two. If that McHenry County voter has a firearm, then it is likely he has shot off one of his feet."

If it seems that everyone in McHenry County is a foot shorter, it's not because they are shrinking:
A 74-year-old man accidentally shot himself at a McHenry gun range Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The man was practicing using a 9 mm pistol at CY Armory, 2908 W. Route 120, when he shot himself in the right thigh
Man accidentally shoots himself in leg at McHenry gun range
In related news, Walk Like a Pirate Day has been declared a holiday in McHenry County.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Tale of 2 Wooster Lakes

Buyers looking for lakefront property my have noticed these two 2019 Wooster Lake listings:

Blue Springs Drive, Fox Lake, IL 60020 | MLS#: 10103217

W Vista Court, Ingleside, IL 60041 | MLS#: 10090585
One listing says there is a 25 horsepower restriction on Wooster Lake. The other says there are no restrictions.

Well, I'm confused!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Blockbuster News

Photo Bomb
The Lake County exploding oil-train failed to explode last week.

One corporate spokesman attributed the deficit to heavy and unforeseen competition from outside industry sectors. And promised that they will be pressing forward at an accelerated pace, 24/7, redoubling their efforts to make up for the shortfall.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Let's Talk Politics Discussion In Gurnee

The Tenth Congressional District Democrats and the Newport Township Democrats are holding Let's Talk Politics in Gurnee, on Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:00 PM, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 O'Plaine Rd, in Gurnee. Admission is free.

Let's Talk Politics is a moderated discussion and allows opportunities for Democrats, independents, and progressives in and around the 10th District to talk about important issues of the day with each other and guests that often include elected officials, candidates, political analysts, and authors.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Private Lake Bylaws Act

In 2007 a Bill was introduced in Springfield that would place restrictions on Wooster Lake.

Bill Status of HB4875 94th General Assembly
HB4875 did not become law, but it is a reminder of how a democratic society works: If there is no law against how others are treating me, then get the laws changed.

I won't be able to ask Robert Churchill to sponsor legislation in Springfield, but I don't need to. I can go local and talk to my mayor or my village trustee. Or talk to my county board rep, where unincorporated.

My representatives are eager to help me. That means that they can count on my vote in the next election as well as my support.

Give it a try. If you don't like how your neighbors behave, don't get mad, get even.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Let's Talk Politics Discussion in Antioch

The Tenth Congressional District Democrats and the Antioch Township Democrats are holding Let's Talk Politics in Antioch, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 7:00 PM, at the Antioch Public Library, 757 N. Main St., in Antioch. Admission is free.

Let's Talk Politics is a moderated discussion and allows opportunities for Democrats, independents, and progressives in and around the 10th District to talk about important issues of the day with each other and guests that often include elected officials, candidates, political analysts, and authors.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

It's All About the Benjamins

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

Top 10 campaign contribution recipients in Lake County for the week of 2019-04-08
Your LakeCountyEye photo-enhanced the image of the campaign contribution changing hands. Here, the $1000 can be clearly seen going to Elect Dan McConchie:
Close enough for the Lake County Gazette!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Violence Prevention Advocates to Discuss Initiatives


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
A team from the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago will speak about their work in three of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods to reduce shootings and homicides by building safe, peaceful and just communities.
  • Sunday
    May 5 2019
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

Journey to the Center of the Mind
Just when you thought it was safe to send your hazmat suit to the cleaners:
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is alerting residents of possible exposure to measles in north suburban Cook County. On March 27, 2019, the Cook County Department of Public Health reported a confirmed case of measles. The patient visited several locations near the border of Lake and Cook Counties before realizing he/she had measles.
Person with Measles Visited Locations Near Lake County Border
Does Lake County need a southern border wall? Your LakeCountyEye asked Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, the Mysophobia Professor of Epidemiology at the College of Lake County.

"Ya, Lake County should impose a quarantine." said Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "But not against Cook County.  There should be a blockade around McHenry County."

Your LakeCountyEye was all like: Come again?

Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi produced a newspaper clipping on his PDA:
The booking of controversial rock musician Ted Nugent at this year's McHenry County Fair has resulted in a war of words on social media. Those opposed to his planned performance on Aug. 3 say Nugent's history of "despicable," "vulgar" and "divisive" speech is not what the family-friendly fair stands for and that he should not perform. Nugent's supporters say he is entitled to exercise his freedom of speech and have called the naysayers "snowflake democrats" and "liberal pigs," among other names.
Controversial rocker Ted Nugent is booked for McHenry County Fair. Not everyone is happy.
Was your LakeCountyEye supposed to conclude that McHenry County should be put under quarantine because they booked Ted Nugent to their County Fair?

"Absolutely." shouted Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Do you think the Motor City Madman has been vaccinated?"

Probably not.

"It's the same story with any of these rock'n'roll bands." explained Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "They blow into town for a one-night-stand. Then leave in their wake the next day a trail of infection and disease."

Good to know.

"And who," continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "would count on any of these performers to wash their hands after going?"

Not your LakeCountyEye.

"You know, entertainers like these never play with any protection." confided Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "How many impressionable young McHenry County farmer's daughters will be escorted backstage -- only to return home the next day carrying God knows what?"

Would they be contagious?

"Ted Nugent and his band of three-chord minutemen," continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi "are gun lovers who live survivalist-style in Michigan deep-woods compounds. How many animal-to-human diseases do you think those campers are exposed to?"

A lot?

"Let me put that in some perspective." grimaced Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "If I had front-row tickets to one of their shows, at the very least I'd spray myself for ticks before going home."

Your LakeCountyEye heard enough. Did Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"Tell your Operatives that the Illinois EPA has issued a Summer advisory warning: Avoid being anywhere downwind of the McHenry County Fair."

Sunday, April 21, 2019

An Analysis of Prescription Prices: Can We Afford the Cure?


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Local pharmacist Thomas Gochenour will trace the evolution of the prescription drug marketplace over the past four decades. A pharmacist since 1972, Gochenour will touch on patient safety events and legislation that have eventually led to this country’s current situation where the list prices of certain medications can cost more than $25,000 per month.
  • Sunday
    April 28 2019
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
    773-281-0378
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

It's Not the Crime It's the Cover-Up

There is less to the Lake County GOP crime spree than meets the eye.

Last week, Friends 4 Helene Miller Walsh Inc filed a D-2, falsely stating that a $115,000 expenditure went to a campaign consultant at this address:
Good Faith Effort
Anytown, IL 00000
Your LakeCountyEye has subsequently learned that this practice is, in fact, not a crime. Candidate reports are not required to include addresses when they are not known.

Of course, in this particular situation, an average 3rd Grader could find the address of the Walsh campaign consultant ...
Jamestown Associates
Either with Google:

Google
Or Wikipedia:

Wikipedia
Or even the Illinois State Board of Elections website:

Expenditure List
Nonetheless, as long as a good faith effort was made by Friends 4 Helene Miller Walsh Inc, fraud was not committed.

Your LakeCountyEye stands corrected.

Monday, April 15, 2019

You Can't Get There from Here

If you always thought that the Lake County Gazette was Lake County's #1 fakenews source, disseminating misinformation from Russian Troll Farms, then think again. Last week, the Lake County Gazette broke real news:
Republican Helene Miller Walsh's election campaign committee, Friends 4 Helene Miller Walsh Inc, spent $151,511 in the fourth quarter, according to committee expenditure records obtained from the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE). Walsh's committee spent the most on media expenses in the quarter, with all those payments ($115,304) going to Jamestown Associates in Anytown.
How did Helene Miller Walsh spend campaign funds in the fourth quarter?

This was not a result of a Lake County Gazette news-bot gone haywire. On Walsh's D-2, the address of the vendor is filed as ...
Anytown, IL 00000


Friends 4 Helene Miller Walsh Inc
D-2 Quarterly Report • 10/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
Note to Ops: Is the Lake County Gazette a partisan propaganda tool that blindly circulates fakenews gathered by mechanized news-bots? Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Lake County Gazette is quite obviously dedicated to rooting out misconduct, malfeasance and incompetence within all levels of the Lake County Republican Party!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Any Old Place

Joe Walsh, the Dean of Lake County's GOP Ex-Congressmen, may not be a Congressman any more but he knows how to spend like one. Walsh gave one consultant more than $115,000 in a failed 2018 bid to capture a seat in the US House of Representatives Springfield Statehouse:

Friends 4 Helene Miller Walsh Inc
D-2 Quarterly Report • 10/1/2018 to 12/31/2018
Make no mistake, $115,000 will buy a campaign a whole lot of something. So your LakeCountyEye tried to contact the beneficiary of Walsh's largess to find out what:
Your LakeCountyEye is still waiting for a response. Despite numerous attempts.

Note to Ops: Anytown IL -- is that near River City, Iowa?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lake County Community Foundation Names New Executive Director

The Lake County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Maggie Morales to Executive Director, effective March 16th. Morales, 35, becomes only the third full-time Executive Director in LCCF’s 15 year history. She brings with her more than a dozen years of experience with the Community Foundation, including direct oversight for the Foundation’s grant making, collective impact and community investment work. During this time, she has played an instrumental role in building regional initiatives such as The Alliance for Human Services, Partnership for a Safer Lake County and supporting The Lake County Together Summit. She will continue as a member of the Live Well Lake County Steering Committee and in other community leadership roles, representing the Foundation.
The Lake County Community Foundation

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The News from Wooster Lake

From reading their website,
Tanneron Bay is a condominium community governed by the Illinois Condominium Act, and other applicable and related laws enacted to regulate community and shared-ownership property.
TANNERON BAY
Posted on the website is a Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions:

Wooster Lake Conservation and Control Association Covenants
Recently, this blog has received a tip that these covenants and restrictions are not valid. The tip we received was a cease and desist letter addressed to the Tanneron Bay Board of Directors:

Kaiser Nakon Letter to Tanneron Bay Holiday Park 5-8-2018
Despite the cease and desist letter, it appears that the Tanneron Bay covenants and restrictions are non-binding. According to the website these are to be observed on a voluntary basis:
In the interest of preserving and enhancing the quality of Wooster Lake, Tanneron Bay voluntarily adheres to the WLCCA Covenants as published 7/1/1999: Wooster Lake Conservation and Control Association Covenants
Tanneron Bay Government
Does this effectively nullify the cease and desist letter? I don't know the answer to that question.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night

Local High School Students to be Recognized
at 9th Annual Tenth Dems
Poetry And Prose Contest Awards Night In Waukegan

The Tenth Congressional District Democrats will host its 9th Annual Poetry and Prose Contest Awards Night on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7 PM. The event will take place at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan, IL. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

On Awards Night, contest winners will be announced and Tenth Dems will award 12 gift cards totaling more than $1000. Participants included students attending high schools in Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago who submitted an original poem, essay, or story inspired by this year’s theme, RESPECT. Winning entries are selected by panels of published poets.  Every participant is invited to read their original work. 

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels of government within Illinois' 10th Congressional District.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

AckAcketology

take a chance on a lethal weapon
With the clock running out, local Operatives are consumed with March Madness. That all-consuming madness, of course, is not for the Consolidated Election next Tuesday -- which none of the voters know about, and even fewer will be voting in.

No, Operatives are consumed over their brackets.  They have to predict which city will host the Lake County GOP Gun Raffle & Picnic this year.

Every year the Lake County Republican Party throws a fundraiser, giving away assault weapons as raffle prizes.  Where will the GOP Gun Raffle be this year?

Your LakeCountyEye is betting it will be Deerfield:
Judge throws out Deerfield's assault weapons ban
Next up for bracketologists: What kind of assault weapon will the Lake County GOP be raffling off? AR-15? AK-47? Uzi? MAC-11? Or a Bracket Buster?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Let's Talk Politics, Saturday, Buffalo Grove

Tenth Dems and Vernon Dems Host Let's Talk PoliticsDiscussion in Buffalo Grove

The Tenth Congressional District Democrats and the Vernon Township Democrats are holding "Let's Talk Politics" in Buffalo Grove, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 9:30 AM, at The Buffalo Restaurant, 1180 Lake Cook Road, in Buffalo Grove. Admission is free. Breakfast available for purchase from The Buffalo Restaurant.

"Let's Talk Politics" is a moderated discussion and allows opportunities for Democrats, independents and progressives in and around the 10th District to talk about important issues of the day with each other and guests that often include elected officials, candidates, political analysts, and authors.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels of government within Illinois' 10th Congressional District.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Off-Year Selections

Once is enough.
Did you know there is an election next week? Your LakeCountyEye did not know. The election will not be a complete shutout, however, there are 652 people who will be aware of it. That's because there are 652 candidates on the Lake County 2019 Consolidated election ballot.

Your LakeCountyEye did the math. If you spend 10 seconds each on 652 candidates it will take you nearly 11 hours to cast your ballot. Be sure to get to your poll early!

As luck would have it, voters are not expected to vote for every candidate. You are not obligated to choose any candidates from the other end of the County running for Library Board and Park District and Fire District -- none or whom you've ever heard of. No, you will only be asked to vote for your local candidates for Library Board and Park District and Fire District -- none or whom you've ever heard of.

Who are they? Your LakeCountyEye may not know but your County Clerk does. Click this link to preview who will be on your ballot:
Preview your ballot
Then you can look them all up on the candidate list:
Lake County Candidate List: Consolidated Election - 4/2/2019
They will all be happy to tell you what their positions are on the issues. Tell them your LakeCountyEye sent you.

Friday, March 22, 2019

One Election One Vote

The fundamental theorem of Political Science is:
Voter turnout is inversely proportional to the number of candidates on the ballot.
Just recall 2016: that year there was one option, you got to vote for President. And the voter turnout then was huge. Two years later the ballot had significantly more candidates, Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and the rest. No surprise, turnout in 2018, while substantial, was down bigly.

OK, what about 2019? There will be an astronomical 652 candidates running for some 230 Lake County offices:

Lake County Candidate List
Consolidated Election - 4/2/2019
Plugging these numbers into the fundamental theorem your LakeCountyEye calculates that no one will be voting in 2019. All of which means your vote counts now, more than ever. In an election where nobody goes to the polls, the difference between victory and defeat could be a single vote. Be sure to let your candidate know that you will be voting. An opportunity like this only comes around once in a blue moon!

Note to Ops: The Consolidated Election is April 2, which is a Tuesday.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vice Chair

The actual unretouched Cuba Township Republican Committeeman List:

Cuba Republican Committeemen
The C stands for Township Chairman:
Your LakeCountyEye would like to be the spycam fly on the wall at those Cuba Township Republican Committeemen meetings.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Drivel License

An actual unretouched screenshot of the Lake County Gazette, Lake County's #1 source of fake news:

Village of Cary Liquor License Violation will meet March 15
For the record, liquor violations occur so frequently in the Village of Cary that these have taken to meeting on a monthly basis.

Haha, j/k.

The Russian Twitter Bot that generates all Lake County Gazette news items had its hard-drive crash in 2016. And since then it has been a random word generator.

No one who subscribes to the Lake County Gazette noticed.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Get Off Schock-Free

Press 1 if you are Not Guilty.  Press 2 if you are Guilty.
Honorary Lake County Ex-GOP-Congressman Aaron Schock got dealt a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card:
In a surprise move, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced they had agreed to drop all charges against Schock in what's known as a deferred prosecution.
Prosecutors in Chicago to drop charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock if he pays back IRS, campaign
Schock had been indicted for misusing Federal campaign money. These are similar charges that had sent former US Rep Jesse Jackson Jr to prison for 2 1/2 years.

As a general rule, it goes without saying, never pinch pennies when it comes to legal counsel.

Note to Lake County GOP Ops: If your legal representation is not up to snuff, it may be time to switch lawyers. Give Aaron Schock a call. Just because there is an R after your name, that doesn't mean you can expect a pardon. Just Sayin!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Close Enough for Anti-Government Work

An actual unretouched screencap from Lake County's #1 fake news source, the Lake County Gazette:

Top 10 campaign contribution recipients
in Lake County for the week of 2019-02-11
For the record, it is widely believed that three is not equal to ten.

The discrepancy has been attributed to the Russian Twitter Bot that produces the Lake County Gazette fakenews stories. One knowledgeable source, who spoke on condition of perspicacity, offered an explanation: "Those Eastern-Bloc fake-news-generating algorithms all use metric system numbers."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Friday, March 1, 2019

There are No Atheists in a Pothole

... so big, that even the potholes have potholes.
Since driving on a permanently revoked license is against the law, your LakeCountyEye normally turns a blind eye to this sort of story:
Road crews are hoping for a break from the snow that will allow them to catch up on the recent crop of potholes following the freeze and thaw cycles. Drivers who spot issues can find reporting forms for the Lake County Division of Transportation at lakecountyil.gov or Illinois Department of Transportation at www.idot.illinois.gov.
Spot a pothole in Lake County? Here's how to report it
To dig up the lowdown, your LakeCountyEye contacted Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Blackburn-Lancashire Roads Scholar at the College of Lake County.

"Dude, I am hungry." said Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "My airplane had a layover in one of those Caribbean pothole countries. You know, where the ganja is legal."

Different kind of pothole, your LakeCountyEye was quick to point out.

Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi giggled: "No way!"

Way.

Then Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi was suddenly all frowns: "Haha I'm cool, cool with that. I will say that IDOT has issued a severe pothole warning for all of Lake County. Motorists are asked to stay home. Those who cannot are asked to call Uber."

How big are these hazards?

"I'm glad you asked." grinned Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "The potholes in Lake County are so big that entire vehicles are being swallowed. And we're not talking Yugos. We're talking Camrys, even Tauruses."

Hard to believe.

"Believe me." trumpeted Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Scientists found a number of Lake County potholes which go down so deep that even light cannot escape. One has an event horizon that extends completely through McHenry County."

Is it like they will ever notice a difference?

"That baby has it's own zipcode." added Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi.

Is that how the scientists keep track of them?

"No." replied Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Have you noticed how climatologists are now giving names even to local storms?"

So as to gin up public interest in what otherwise would have been some run-of-the-mill weather event?

"Exactly." nodded Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "And transportation officials are now giving names to the Lake County potholes."

Your LakeCountyEye was all like: Get out!

"There is one named pothole near the Bog State Natural Area called the Holo in Volo." continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Another one in front of the Waukegan Court House has been christened the Judge Crater. And if you're driving by Gurnee Mills, watch out for the Grand Wazoo."

Your LakeCountyEye had heard enough. Did Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"Tell your Operatives relief is in sight. Foxconn has agreed to buy all of Lake County's potholes to store their industrial waste. Their radioactive runoff will be diverted into the holes, and is expected to harden within 10,000 years. And then the County roads will be like brand new!"

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Promised Land

holy land
Today's pop quiz is multiple choice:
Q:Who Said:
Buy land, they're not making it anymore.
A: Jesus
 Mark Twain
The correct answer is:
 Mark Twain
In related news, the Archdiocese of Chicago anticipates to gain $15 million from a 40 acre sale of land in Libertyville to a housing developer:
A Lake County judge has overruled Libertyville officials' decision in 2017 to deny a 148-house development on property at the former Mundelein Seminary. The decision Friday by Lake County Judge Michael Fusz now allows the Catholic Bishop of Chicago and its contracted buyer to proceed. The ruling comes after the Archdiocese of Chicago quickly filed a lawsuit once Libertyville denied proposed zoning changes and permits for the project in 2017.
Judge overrules Libertyville in land-use lawsuit, grants housing project on Archdiocese of Chicago property
Local residents were, if nothing else, righteously indignant. They raised a holy stink over the deal:
The issue galvanized neighbors in opposition. Hundreds attended public hearings and the village board meeting where the final decisions were made.
Candidates support appeal of court decision against Libertyville
Others however were eager to defend the deal. One celestial spokesman spoke on condition of celestiality: "We had wanted to sell the land to Foxconn. But they got a better deal in Wisconsin."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Nothing to see here, get off the lawn.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dedistricting

drain the swamp
If you are anything like your LakeCountyEye you wouldn't know a Drainage District from a hole in the ground. How many Drainage Districts are there in Lake County? One fewer than you thought:
A century-old relic of Lake County's agricultural past officially has been retired. The Lake County Board on Tuesday voted to dissolve the Seavey Drainage District, marking the end of a unit of government officials say has outlived its purpose.
Lake County dissolves inactive government body: the Seavey Drainage District
A Drainage District, as its name suggests, is a unit of government with authority to levy taxes. It is also a unit of government that nobody knows about -- but that won't stop nobody from wanting to eliminate it anyways.

Independent auditors recently made an unexpected discovery: in Lake County the layers of Government go all of the way down. And these are not all Drainage Districts. Your LakeCountyEye did some digging and flushed out a whole slew of Lake County taxing bodies that no one knows about. Ten to be exact:
10 Little Known
Lake County Units of Government
  1. Red Light Camera District

  2. Eminent Domainage District

  3. Toxic Gas Cloud District

  4. Mosquito Abatement District
    Not to be Confused with Toxic Gas District

  5. Chain O'Lakes Drinking District

  6. Police Revenue Generating District

  7. Endangered Lake County GOP Habitat Preserve

  8. Foxconn Industrial Waste District

  9. Stupid Premise for an Internet Top 10 List District

  10. Lake County Southern Border Wall District
Look for your LakeCountyEye circling the Drainage District near you.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Elephant in the Room

The Creepy Chicago Tribune CartoonistTM cannot hide his contempt for RINOs Rhinos. He drew this picture of a Rhinoceros in a tee-shirt that reads: $22 TRILLION NATIONAL DEBT

You know what won't be mentioned in the State of the Union?
The drawing implies that the African Black Rhinoceros is the reason why the US Government owes its creditors $22 Trillion.

Why does the Tribune Creepy Cartoonist bear this sort of ill will against critically endangered African mega-fauna? A large animal like a rhino would be a convenient choice for symbolizing something as big as $22 Trillion. But there are other African mammals that could just as easily represent the enormous national debt.

Like the elephant.

The elephant weighs more than two times the rhinoceros and can consume 300 lbs of food per day -- again more than twice the rhino. But your LakeCountyEye has never seen the Creepy Tribune Cartoonist use an elephant to symbolize the national debt. Why not?

The elephant would be a good choice to illustrate other national concerns as well. Like government corruption. Has the Creepy Tribune Cartoonist ever chosen an elephant to depict the scandals at the highest level of the US Government now under investigation? Your LakeCountyEye does not think so.

And what about Climate Change and Gun Violence and the high cost of Health Care? Has the Creepy Chicago Tribune Cartoonist ever symbolized any of these with the picture of an elephant? No, No and No.

Is there something obvious that your LakeCountyEye is missing?

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hit the Road

Your brand is your business.
Townships are like snowflakes. No two are alike.

Some Townships have many many miles of roads. Others have very few roads. All Townships however have a Highway Department.

But as readers of this blog are aware ...
Meet the New Bill
A handful of Townships could lose their Highway Departments if a Bill becomes Illinois Law. The Law gives voters the power to eliminate some Lake County Township Highway Departments:
six county townships with less than 15 miles of roads to maintain could be effected by elimination referendums. They include Avon, Newport, Shields, Vernon, Waukegan and West Deerfield.
Avenue open to drive off some township road posts
Townships with more than 15 miles of road will not be affected.

While some snowflake Township Officials strongly oppose the Law, do not expect any Lake County Township Highway Departments to disappear any time soon. One pseudonymous official told your LakeCountyEye under conditions of pseudonymity: "Even if the Bill becomes Law, once they build the Route 53 Extension, every Township will have hundreds of miles of road to maintain."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Notes From We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent

Your LakeCountyEye has discovered that the Polar Vortex was caused by some cold calculations made in Old Mill Creek.

Haha, as readers of this blog are aware ...
We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent
... the Old Mill Creek Village Board recently discussed a motion that would, in effect, remove a certified candidate from their election ballot.
There is one candidate running for the office of Old Mill Creek Village Clerk in the 2019 municipal election. But two weeks ago the Old Mill Creek Village board considered a motion to change their Village Clerk from an elected to an appointed position -- a motion that could have nullified the 2019 election for the candidate.  No elected position means no pesky candidate, no more!

The motion was discussed for more than 20 minutes. Ultimately, counsel convinced the Board that they lacked the legal authority to pass a law that would strike an elected office from an upcoming election ballot. And your LakeCountyEye reported that the Board dropped the motion.

One Sharpeyed Operative has pointed out that the motion was in fact brought to a vote. And was voted down.

This is correct. However, the motion was changed so as to be effective when the term of the next Village Clerk expired. It would not have nullified the outcome of the 2019 election.

The Old Mill Creek paper shredding machine was unavailable for comment.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

We Don't Want Nobody Nobody Sent

This week's QOTD is a story problem:
Q:Suppose you are a banana republic or a one party dictatorship. And suppose an election is scheduled where it looks like the unwelcome candidate will win. Can you cancel the election?
A:False.
Haha, this was a trick question. You can cancel the election if you are a banana republic, a one party dictatorship, or a Lake County Village.

On Apr 2, 2019 the residents of Old Mill Creek will have have an opportunity to vote for their Village Clerk in the consolidated election. There is only one candidate for Village Clerk on their ballot. And members of the Old Mill Creek Village Board apparently are none too pleased. So none-too-pleased in fact, that they put the issue on the agenda of their Jan 14 Village Board Meeting:
8.1 Change Village Clerk from Elected Position to Appointed Position
The board discussed whether they could strike the Village Clerk from their upcoming 2019 ballot by making Village Clerk an appointed position:

2019 01 14 OMC Board 8 1 Village Clerk
The motion was dropped when it was decided that the Village Board did not have the legal authority to, in effect, nullify an election.  Old Mill Creek residents are advised to vote early anyways.

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 23rd is Lake County Poverty Awareness Day



The Lake County Community Foundation (LCCF) and its “START SOMETHING campaign” is proud to celebrate the first year since its declaration of Lake County Poverty Awareness Day and the impact it has had driving positive change throughout the region.

Sandy Hart, new Chair of the Lake County Board Board shares her proclamation declaring January 23, 2019, as "Lake County Poverty Awareness Day".

Many municipalities declared their own Poverty Awareness Day. Here are examples of what has been accomplished as a result of the 2018 Poverty Awareness Day:
  • The Alliance for Human Services, a coalition of over 30 health and human service organizations across Lake County, has committed to providing hands-on professional development opportunities for its members and other community stakeholders to further understand the issues of suburban poverty and how we can work together to collaboratively address them.
  • LCCF has begun to see positive progress through its collaborative efforts to increase access to affordable, nutritious food throughout Lake County. The food insecurity rate continues to decline. More Lake County residents have greater access to fresh produce. And a focused effort has been made to target Lake County communities that have high food insecurity rates. These areas include northwest, northeast and southeast Lake County.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meet the New Bill

Government redundancy.
Global Warming notwithstanding, David McSweeney was given a snow job. Last week, ex-abominable Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill sponsored by McSweeney -- one that could dismantle some Lake County Townships.

But while Governor Rauner needs to be spoken of in the past tense, David McSweeney continues to be the sole remaining Lake County GOP lawmaker in Springfield. McSweeney has promised to resuscitate the bill:
State Rep. David McSweeney pledged Monday to reintroduce a plan to make it easier for McHenry County voters to abolish local townships after it was vetoed by outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner. The plan also would have required townships in Lake and McHenry counties to dissolve road districts that maintain less than 15 miles.
McSweeney vows to continue push for suburban consolidation plan despite veto
Surprisingly, local Township office holders were cool and collected. One unnamed official, speaking on condition of not being named, said: "We simply won't plow the roads. Is that snow I see? It looks like nobody will be going to Springfield any time soon. Not before the Spring thaw."

Furloughed government climate scientists were unavailable for comment.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Runaround Agenda

43-Yard Field Goal Challenge
Who knew? As things turn out, it is easier to shut down the Federal government than to shut down Township government. DMW Governor Bruce Rauner proved he is no Donald Trump by vetoing a bill that could have eliminated some Lake County townships.

Lake County's lone remaining Republican State legislator, David McSweeney, who sponsored the bill, was fit to be tied:
State Rep. David McSweeney, the Barrington Hills Republican who carried the bill through the Illinois House, said Rauner's veto represents an appropriate end cap to his final days in office. "Gov. Rauner leaves office as a liar, a hypocrite, a phony, the worst governor in the history of the State of Illinois," McSweeney said. "This just shows what a phony he really is."
Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes McHenry County township consolidation bill
Attempts to reach McSweeney, to find out how he really feels, failed.

Speaking on conditions of anonymity, however, one anonymous source told your LakeCountyEye: "What's not to understand? We get no blowback from the TOI or any elected Township officials. And at the same time we get to go home and tell our constituents that we voted to eliminate the Townships. It's a win-win for everyone!"

Note to Ops: So much winning.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Q the Eye/01.10.19

Dear LakeCountyEye,

If this is an Instagram world then call me the Insta-Clam. What is the secret to successful Internet dating?

Lake County GOP Precinct Committeeman
Dear Dinosaur,Ὥρος Hōros

Your LakeCountyEye polled some chatroom correspondents, and this is what they look for in an online date:
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Respectful and Sensitive
  • Independent
  • Empathetic
  • Physically Affectionate
  • Funny
But there is one thing over and above everything else that special member of the opposite sex is looking for in a mate: They want to see an 8x10 glossy photo.

Now, your LakeCountyEye suspects that you're an individual who can win an ugly sweater contest without wearing a sweater. So do what the professionals do when dating online -- pass along a photo of your LakeCountyEye:

Your LakeCountyEye (circa 1969)
Note to Ops: Always be sure to choose the photo of someone who isn't going to sue. Just Sayin!

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just under investigation by the Special Counsel, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ... LakeCountyEye@gMail.com

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day Of Service Community Expo

Tenth Dems Organizing Day Of Service Community Expo To Bring Together Local Organizations And Community Members

Over 35 Not-For-Profit Groups To Have Opportunity To Discuss Their Organizations, Recruit Volunteers, And Work On Service Projects
Vernon Hills, IL — Ahead of their inauguration as Illinois’ next governor and lieutenant governor, JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton have urged all of us in Illinois to give back to our communities. As a response to this call for a Day of Service, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) is organizing a Day of Service Community Expo on Saturday, January 12th. It will be from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Admission is free. The Community Expo will be a family-friendly event. Refreshments will be served.
The Community Expo will bring together local organizations and community members. At least 35 not-for-profits will have tables to showcase what they do, hand out flyers, recruit volunteers, and encourage attendees to take part in real-time service projects or sign up for future projects. This will be a great opportunity for community outreach and promoting volunteerism.
Tenth Dems believes politics should be about more than just elections–it’s about working together to improve our neighborhoods, state, country, and world. While Tenth Dems strives to do that year-round, the group will certainly put that into action on this Day of Service. January 12th has the potential to make a difference in the lives of thousands of neighbors. It will be a meaningful day at a critically important time for our state.
Tenth Dems is a grassroots political organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels of government within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.
For questions about the Day of Service Community Expo, including your own group’s participation, email events@tenthdems.org.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

War Clouds on the Horizon

War is Hell.
Chief Illiniwek has cause for concern. That's because this week the Lake County GOP took Elizabeth Warren's scalp:
The leader of the Lake County Republican Party central committee dismissed concerns about a meme posted on the group's Facebook page that mocked U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage. The image features puffs of smoke rising into the sky. The text reads, "Actual photo of Elizabeth Warren announcing her candidacy for president of the United States."
Lake County GOP leader dismisses concerns about meme targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Scouts report the Lake County Republicans are circling the wagons and loading their guns. Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

... BREAKING ... LIVE UPDATE ...

It turns out those weren't smoke signals, after all. It was only the Lake County Republican ethylene oxide toxic cloud.

Note to Ops: It's a joke.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bad Paper

... but the signatures are real.
It's unanimous. Everyone in Lake County has made the same resolution for the new year: To do their ballot nominating petitions right in 2019:
At least 16 candidates for elected offices in Lake County could be knocked off April 2019 ballots because of challenges to their paperwork.
16 Lake County candidates facing petition challenges
Why are these candidates getting their walking papers? To find out, your LakeCountyEye asked Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Follicle Professor of Legal Hairsplitting at the College of Lake County.

"Ya, scientists have discovered that there are more ways to get bounced off an Illinois ballot," said Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi "than getting your County P-Card bounced in downtown Chicago."

That would be quite a number, by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning.

"State law is very specific about how to submit your nominating papers." continued Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "For instance, your candidacy will be in jeopardy if your paperwork does not contain the requisite $100 dollar bill."

What happens if the papers are not all in order?

"That used to be a capital offense." deadpanned Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "But ever since the death penalty was abolished in Illinois, you now only get thrown off of the ballot."

Almost the same thing, opined your LakeCountyEye.

"Candidates will do anything to stay on the ballot." continued Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "I recall one candidate who did not have enough signatures. So he made a copy of every page and submitted those as well. When asked why he had duplicate signatures, the candidate said it was all perfectly legal -- those were people who were going to vote for him twice. True story."

Your LakeCountyEye believed it.

"Lawyers for Donald Trump," added Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi "challenged Hillary Clinton's nominating papers in 2016."

Your LakeCountyEye did not know that.

"Trump insisted there was no collation."

Your LakeCountyEye had heard enough. Did Dr. Bhatschidtkhrazzi have any parting advice?

"Tell your Operatives that it is much easier, anyways, to run as a write-in. You only have to remember how to spell your name."