Monday, July 15, 2019

Loose Women

This week's pop quiz comes courtesy of the Lake County Gazette:
Q: Where do candidates rely most on women in Lake County?
Precinct voter rolls: Where do candidates rely most on women in Lake County?
Those who answered:
A:Wheeling Township Precinct 4
(Cook County)
... are wrong. But you can take an Honorable Mention for giving the same answer provided by the Lake County Gazette:

Precinct voter rolls: Where do candidates rely most on women in Lake County?
Why does the Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fakenews source) want to know where all the reliable women are to be found? Your LakeCountyEye has no idea.
Q: Where do candidates rely most on women in Lake County?
Your LakeCountyEye does know, however, that the correct answer is MARS:
A: MARS
MARS, coincidentally, is where all of the Lake County Gazette news stories come from.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

North Shore Taco Fest

  • North Shore Taco Fest 
  • July 20-21 
  • Highwood Metra Station
  • 317 Green Bay Rd
  • Highwood
Highwood Days & North Shore Taco Fest

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hard to Swallow

Kitteh Endorsed
Be thankful that you weren't a fly on the wall in Lake County when that mosquito abatement truck crashed into a tree. Because if you were a fly on the wall where 75 gallons of insecticides spilled, you would be dead:
Lake County Sheriff's Office said 75 gallons of a pesticide spilled onto the ground in North Barrington Tuesday after a mosquito abatement company vehicle hauling the liquid crashed into a tree. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows an Alsip man driving the company's 2007 Ford truck left the road and crashed after he fell asleep while driving.
Truck Crash Causes Pesticide Spill In North Barrington
Informed sources say that unnamed "mosquito abatement company" is: Clarke

Clarke is an extermination company.  Don't bother looking for Clarke's Wikipedia page, there isn't one.

If Clarke has e-mail, your LakeCountyEye couldn't find any. They do list phone numbers:
  • Phone
    630.326.4633
    888-593-1628
  • International Phone
    +1.888.593.1628
  • Fax
    630-443-3070
Their only web presence is a corporate website:
Doing the Right Thing, Even When It's Hard
Honesty and integrity drive our everyday actions and are reflected in our common belief to do what's best for our industry, and the people and communities we serve.

Aquatic & Mosquito Control Services & Products | Clarke
Some questions for Clarke, when you call:
  • Why was a guy from Alsip driving around a Lake County community?

  • Why was he driving a 12 year old Ford pickup around a Lake County community?

  • Why was he driving while asleep around a Lake County community?

  • Why did he drive into a Lake County tree?

  • Why did he drive into a Lake County tree and dump 75 gallons of insecticides?

Do the right thing even when it's hard?

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Whodumptit?

Lake County authorities say it is now OK to leave your homes. Just don't breathe the air.

Haha, according to the Patch:
Lake County Sheriff's Office said 75 gallons of a pesticide spilled onto the ground in North Barrington Tuesday after a mosquito abatement company vehicle hauling the liquid crashed into a tree. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows an Alsip man driving the company's 2007 Ford truck left the road and crashed after he fell asleep while driving.
Truck Crash Causes Pesticide Spill In North Barrington
Make no mistake, 75 gallons of liquid insecticides is a turd in anybody's punchbowl.  And while your LakeCountyEye tried to contact the at-fault mosquito abatement company for some answers, it turns out that no one knows who it is.

Not the Sun-Times ...
The truck was carrying pesticides for a mosquito abatement company
Truck driver crashes, spills pesticide in North Barrington
GOOGLE ADS
And not WBBM ...
The mosquito abatement company contacted an environmental service to clean up the spill.
Truck Driver Crashes, Spills Pesticide In North Barrington
GOOGLE ADS
And not the Daily Herald ...
A 27-year-old Alsip man employed by a mosquito-abatement company fell asleep while driving a company truck
No threat to public after crash leads to chemical spill in North Barrington
GOOGLE ADS
Does anyone have any idea who this unidentified "mosquito abatement company" could be?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Boom Goes the Pesticide

wouldn't harm a fly
Lake County celebrated Fourth of July 2019 with a bang.

While the exploding oil train failed to explode, the exploding pesticide truck did explode:
Lake County Sheriff's Office said 75 gallons of a pesticide spilled onto the ground in North Barrington Tuesday after a mosquito abatement company vehicle hauling the liquid crashed into a tree. The sheriff's office said a preliminary investigation shows an Alsip man driving the company's 2007 Ford truck left the road and crashed after he fell asleep while driving. The sheriff's office responded to the crash at 2:25 p.m. in the 100 block of Carriage Road, and discovered upon arrival that the pesticide was leaking, according to a release.
Truck Crash Causes Pesticide Spill In North Barrington
Note to Ops: Drowsiness is a symptom of insecticide poisoning. If you've been exposed to insecticides, don't operate heavy machinery. It's only common sense!

Monday, July 1, 2019

McHenry County Bonkers

Do you like to think your finger is on the pulse of McHenry County politics? Test your wits against this week's pop quiz:
Q: How many Illinois Representative Districts are there in McHenry County?
If you answered ...
One
then you get your news from the McHenryCountyBlog:
Under the story I wrote on the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's "hands off" decision of legislative re-mapping, someone said with all Republican representing McHenry County in the Illinois General Assembly McHenry County did well. I beg to disagree. Something over 100,000 people are in each State Rep. district. With over 300,000 residents, that means McHenry County deserves at least two members of the Illinois House. We only have one–Steve Reick.
More Thought on Reapportionment
This assertion by the McHenryCountyBlog (aka the Sunshine Blogger), that McHenry County has only one State Representative District, is flatly untrue.  Not only does McHenry County have 5 (Five) State Rep Districts, but they are all Republican-held:
RepresentativeDistrictParty
David McSweeney52R
Steven Reick63R
Tom Weber64R
Dan Ugaste65R
Allen Skillicorn66R
This would be evident from this map of Illinois State Rep Districts posted on the, erm, McHenryCountyBlog -- in fact, on the very same post that was quoted.

More Thought on Reapportionment
Note to Ops: When factoring in the effects of climate change, the Sunshine Blog is, from a meteorological perspective, the Moonshine Blog.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Off Message

US Congress? Or US Senate? Or even the President of the United States? Does anyone know what office David McSweeney is running for in 2020?

To find out, your LakeCountyEye visited State Rep David McSweeney's Facebook page:

Facebook
And clicked the link to www.davidmcsweeney.org, his posted website:

www.davidmcsweeney.org
David McSweeney must be running for something. His picture is all over the Internet:
You're not pixelated. No, this is another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!
Note to David McSweeney campaign Ops: Invest in a high-res photo of your candidate. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Lie of the Land

Do you fancy your finger on the pulse of the Lake County voter? Test your knowledge with this week's pop quiz:
Q: Which Lake County precinct ranks #15 for the most Republican voters?
If you answered ...
Algonquin 16
then you get your news from the Lake County Gazette:

Voter rolls: Which precincts are Republican strongholds in Lake County?
Sharpeyed Operatives will observe that Lake County has neither a Precinct #16 in Algonquin Township, nor for that matter an Algonquin Township.

Has Lake County's #1 source of fakenews, the Lake County Gazette, broken news of a massive voter fraud conspiracy within the Lake County Republican Party?

While by no means outside the bounds of possibility, your LakeCountyEye nonetheless suspects a more sinister plot. The Lake County Gazette, whose stories are 100% sourced by Russian troll farms, is quite obviously waging a sustained disinformation campaign.

If not, then when did Lake County annex Northfield Township?

Precinct voter rolls: Where do Democrats depend on women most in Lake County?
Note to Ops: If you think there are too many township governments in Lake County, it only seems that way.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Green Around the Gills

You kids get off my lawn!
St Patrick's Day be damned, Lake County rivers will be running green in the month of June:
About 200 gallons of liquid fertilizer that leaked into a storm sewer in Volo on Saturday did not pose a threat to the community, authorities said. Lake County Sheriff's deputies dispatched about 10:10 a.m. to the intersection of North Cornerstone Drive and Remington Drive found a TruGreen truck had leaked liquid fertilizer into a storm drain
No threat posed from fertilizer spill in Volo, authorities say
The full impact that the leak will have on Lake County streams, lakes and ground water remains to be determined. However one official sounding official advised homeowners against treating their lawns this summer. "There should be plenty of fertilizer in your sprinkler water", he told your LakeCountyEye.

Note to Ops: Toxic waste disposal is expensive. But who's going to know if that green slime accidentally disappears down a storm drain? You'll be rolling in the green!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Inferno Fest

The City of Highwood is heating up as Celebrate Highwood gets fired up for Inferno Fest on Wednesday, June 26, from 4:30-9:30pm in Everts Park, 130 Highwood Avenue.

Inferno Fest

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Relations Between the U. S. and Canada


Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada in Chicago, will speak on relations between the United States and Canada and other current issues.
  • Sunday
    June 23 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, June 11, 2019

One in a Million

An actual unretouched screencap from the Daily Herald, the Lake County paper of record:

Taxpayers will save $1.25 milion with sewage district dissolution
Apparently their spelchecker is bolixed up.

That's al your LakeCountyEye has. Now get the L out.

Friday, June 7, 2019

There Ain't No Sanitary Clause

An actual unretouched screencap from the Daily Herald, the Gray Lady of Lake County:

Taxpayers will save $1.25 milion with sewage district dissolution
One would assume the liquidation was worked out in a closed-door session.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Now scat.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Depreciation of Independents

The next Federal Holiday on the 2019 lineup is Independence Day.

If Independence Day was established to commemorate independent voters, then there will not be much of a July 4th celebration in Lake County this year. That's because fewer than 1% of Lake County voters are independents.

Hard to believe? Well believe the Lake County Gazette:
Which Lake County precincts have the most Independents?


Rank

Precinct

City

Voters
(#)

Independents
(%)

Independent
Women (%)

Independent
Men (%)
1
Moraine Township
Precinct 211
Highland Park
1043
0.96 %
40 %
60 %
2
Moraine Township
Precinct 207
Highwood
1280
0.94 %
33.33 %
66.67 %
3
West Deerfield Township
Precinct 387
Highland Park
1221
0.90 %
27.27 %
72.73 %
4
Moraine Township
Precinct 206
Highland Park
1093
0.82 %
66.67 %
33.33 %
5
West Deerfield Township
Precinct 389
Highland Park
1102
0.82 %
33.33 %
66.67 %
6
Moraine Township
Precinct 222
Highland Park
914
0.77 %
14.29 %
85.71 %
7
Moraine Township
Precinct 205
Highland Park
949
0.74 %
42.86 %
57.14 %
8
Moraine Township
Precinct 216
Highland Park
891
0.67 %
33.33 %
66.67 %
9
Moraine Township
Precinct 215
Highland Park
1074
0.65 %
28.57 %
71.43 %
10
Moraine Township
Precinct 210
Highland Park
1075
0.65 %
71.43 %
28.57 %
11
Moraine Township
Precinct 208
Highland Park
1083
0.65 %
85.71 %
14.29 %
12
Benton Township
Precinct 55
Winthrop Harbor
937
0.64 %
66.67 %
33.33 %
13
Moraine Township
Precinct 224
Highland Park
809
0.62 %
40 %
60 %
14
Moraine Township
Precinct 209
Highland Park
1665
0.60 %
30 %
70 %
15
Libertyville Township
Precinct 169
Green Oaks
899
0.56 %
40 %
60 %
16
Moraine Township
Precinct 219
Highland Park
931
0.54 %
40 %
60 %
17
Benton Township
Precinct 52
Winthrop Harbor
963
0.52 %
80 %
20 %
18
Moraine Township
Precinct 204
Highwood
1542
0.52 %
37.50 %
62.50 %
19
Moraine Township
Precinct 212
Highland Park
1160
0.52 %
66.67 %
33.33 %
20
Moraine Township
Precinct 221
Highland Park
810
0.49 %
75 %
25 %
21
Moraine Township
Precinct 214
Highland Park
876
0.46 %
25 %
75 %
22
Moraine Township
Precinct 220
Highland Park
948
0.42 %
50 %
50 %
23
Benton Township
Precinct 51
Winthrop Harbor
996
0.40 %
0 %
100 %
24
Libertyville Township
Precinct 174
Green Oaks
1018
0.39 %
50 %
50 %
25
Fremont Township
Precinct 120
Mundelein
827
0.36 %
33.33 %
66.67 %

Voter rolls: Where are the Independent voters in Lake County precincts?
The Lake County Gazette says that if you look at Lake County's most independent precinct you will find fewer than 1% independent voters:
And this is the precinct with the most independent voters. Bottomline: Overall, the average percentage of independent voters in Lake County is even lower than that!

While the Lake County Gazette may be Lake County's #1 source of fake news, this does not mean that the Lake County Gazette is not always 100% accurate. And by your LakeCountyEye's calculation, 100% is a far cry from 0.96%.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

EtO Power

In Lake County, Memorial Day marks not only the first day of Summer, but is also the first day you may wear a white Hazmat suit.

Haha, Medline Industries in Waukegan has been a source of ethylene oxide contamination in Lake County. Ethylene Oxide is a proven carcinogen and is so flammable that it is used as a main component of thermobaric weapons.

Perhaps uncoincidentally, Medline also markets Hazmat suits. And if that's not enough irony for one $10 billion company, Medline ...
has joined chemical industry lobbyists who contend that ethylene oxide poses few, if any, health risks to ordinary Americans. Among other things, Medline hired a former scientist for one of the biggest manufacturers of the toxic gas who has co-authored several industry-funded studies rejected by the U.S. EPA and independent scientific reviewers. The company also has called for another analysis of the chemical, part of a concerted effort by makers and users of ethylene oxide to overturn a stringent safety limit established by the EPA in 2016 after more than a decade of study and two rounds of independent review delayed several times by industry opposition. Industry lobbyists are continuing to press their case with sympathetic officials in the Trump administration.
Waukegan company proposes new pollution controls that would dramatically cut emissions of cancer-causing gas
The Trump Administration responded with a statement via Twitter:
Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

North Shore Pride Fest

North Shore Pride Fest

To kick off Pride Month, Celebrate Highwood is ‘showing its pride on the north side’ at its 7th Annual North Shore Pride Fest on Saturday, June 1st throughout Downtown Highwood. The full day of activities will feature a Pride Family Picnic, Family Friendly Drag Show and Taste the Rainbow (adult only) Pub Crawl.

The proceeds will be benefiting the LGBTQ North Shore School District 113 Spectrum Club.

Activities will include a picnic, drag show, and best dressed contest, all of which are family friendly! For the adults there will also be a “Taste the Rainbow” pub crawl featuring drink specials and live music.

Celebrate Highwood

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.