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
  • $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
  • $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:

Or 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.
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.