Friday, September 18, 2020

Message in a Bloggle

Is the McHenry County Blog transitioning to a creole diet? If not then why are they dishing up mumbo jumbo?
Does anyone know what that means? Not your LakeCountyEye.

Now, even those with enviable reading comprehension skills should have a backup system in case of failure. Your LakeCountyEye's backup system is Google:
Note to Ops: If you obtain your content from Russian disinformation trolls, make sure yours speaks English. Just Sayin!

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Missing Link

Caption Contest!

Note to Ops: Sharpen up your Instagram Caption Pencils. You are challenged to paste your captions over the former celebrities in the image below.

Who are these guys? Your LakeCountyEye does not know. Which is the point of the contest. Big prizes go to the lucky winner.

Area representatives address state, local issues
One thing is known, those look like good times.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Ives Don't Have It

A moment of silence please, to observe the end of an era in Lake County. For thirty years one name has dominated Lake County political circles more than any other. Not really a name -- more an institution -- sadly, this institution is departing the Lake County political arena.

Your LakeCountyEye of course refers to the Lake County Republican Party.

The GOP has discontinued its political brand in Lake County.

Can you tell which political party this Lake County candidate caucuses with? Your LakeCountyEye cannot:
One bona fide spokesman said: "Normally, party branding is guaranteed to increase vote totals by a certain amount.  However, this cycle it has been estimated that the Republican Party brand will yield, in the aggregate, a negative number of votes. Henceforth, the GOP will be referred to as the Party Formerly Known As Republican ."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Tales from the Darkside

The Lake County GOP has gone dark.

Do you see any of these letters -- R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N -- on this yardsign? Your LakeCountyEye does not:
Is the Lake County Republican Party squelching their brand? One spokesman said: "You will not see the word REPUBLICAN on any of our signs.  We want to make them harder for the Democrats to steal."

A reporter asked him why he thought the Democrats would want to steal Republican yardsigns. The spokesman said: "You don't believe the Democrats are stealing signs?"

The reporter said: "No."

The spokesman said: "Would you believe if I said it was the Libertarians?"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Grand Theft GOP


Someone is stealing Republican yardsigns. Except they are leaving behind the yardsign!

Do you see the word REPUBLICAN anywhere on this yardsign? Your LakeCountyEye does not:
One local law enforcement spokesman told reporters: "I can't imagine what thieves are doing with all of those Republican brands. The street value is virtually nil."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

If You've Seen One You've Seen Them All

An actual unretouched screencap from the McHenryCountyBlog:

Note to Ops: If you plan to attend the fundraiser, be advised that they will be serving covfefe.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Last Call for One Lake County Public Servant

It was 100 degrees in the shade all week but this Lake County politician managed to get left out in the cold. Your LakeCountyEye of course refers to Ex-Sheriff Mark Curran.

During the Republican Convention last week, the Illinois GOP live-streamed a roster of fellow travelers:
Does anyone recognize any of these chumbolones? Your LakeCountyEye certainly does not. So it should be no surprise that Mark Curran did not recognize his own name anywhere there.

Being a candidate for US Senate, Curran felt he deserved to be invited to the dance and said so in a tweet. Curran quickly deleted the tweet -- but not quick enough for the Internet:
The only statewide Republican candidate on the ballot in November is not included, why is that?
Explore the Tweets They Didn't Want You to See
There is no hard evidence that anyone actually listened to the GOP live-stream. But one thing is known: The Mark Curran Campaign can be advised to stop paying its phone bills. No one is going to be returning their calls.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Big Stink in Lake County

There is a big stink in Lake County, and the Democrats want to wipe it clean.

By big stink, of course, your LakeCountyEye means that toxic insecticide fog ejected from the back end of insecticide trucks owned by the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District, Clarke Mosquito Control, and other mosquito extermination organizations.

The trucks continue to spray vulnerable Lake County neighborhoods despite the fact that mosquitoes do not spread COVID-19:
Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?
And if that don't take the cake, these trucks are also hazardous when they 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.
Truck Crash Causes Pesticide Spill In North Barrington
The Democrats now have legislation that would ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos:
Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban chlorpyrifos and other pesticides that have sparked concerns among farmworker groups due to negative health effects.
Democrats introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos, other pesticides to protect farmworkers
Because of its toxicity, Chlorpyrifos is already banned for non-commercial use.
The widely used pesticide was banned for household use in 2000, after studies found children who had been exposed to it had lower IQs than those who were not. Chlorpyrifos has also been linked to learning and memory issues and prolonged nerve and muscle stimulation.
Democrats introduce bill to ban chlorpyrifos, other pesticides to protect farmworkers
Chlorpyrifos is one of the insecticides in the arsenal of Clarke Mosquito Control:

Mosquitomist Two U.L.V.
For the record, the CDC recommends that you maintain at least a 6 foot distance away from airborne droplets.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Some Thoughts on the Lake County Train Wreck

The squeaky wheel gets the oil.
The exploding Canadian National oil train failed to explode in Antioch on Friday:
A freight train car hauling nonhazardous material broke in two in an unincorporated area near Antioch in early Friday morning, authorities said.
Freight train car derails near Antioch
One official trainspotter told your LakeCountyEye: "Yup, that car snapped like a two-dollar lawn chair. Another Canadian National train derailed last February in Canada. That one leaked more oil than a KFC dumpster. No fire:"
A Canadian National Railway train that derailed near Emo, Ontario, at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday caused about 30 cars to leave the tracks and several to leak crude oil, confirmed CN officials this morning.
Oil leak result of Emo train derailment; highway closed indefinitely
Note to Ops: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Head for the Hills

There is an old saying in show business politics: The Show Must Go On

So it should come as no surprise that in the Village of Barrington Hills, they take their politics show business very seriously:

Barrington Hills Board of Trustees :: Jul 21, 2020
One Barrington Hills resident (and urgent care physician) asked the Village to cancel their fall festival this year, out of concerns for public safety.

Nevertheless, Barrington Hills Mayor Martin McLaughlin declined to scrub the event -- which he called their "festivus":

Barrington Hills Board of Trustees :: Jul 21, 2020
If the Barrington Hills fest plays as advertised, it could go down as a super-spreader event. For those interested, the gathering is called ... wait for it ...
The Hills Are Alive
Note to Ops: Bring your own disinfectant.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Short ... but Sweet

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
If you believe the fakenews out of the Bureau of Labor of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Lake County is 11.5 percent. Your LakeCountyEye however knows the real facts. That unemployment number is actually 11.5% plus one:
North Barrington's village administrator has departed about four months after she was appointed to the post to rejoin the town where she used to work.
North Barrington village administrator returning to Lake in the Hills
HaHa, as readers of this blog are aware ...
The Sweet Deal
Under the auspices of new Mayor Eleanor Sweet McDonnell, the Village of North Barrington hired a government staffing agency to clean house at Village Hall.

And as readers of this blog are aware ...
The Village of North Barrington fired their long-time village administrator/clerk for some fresh blood.

Well, as readers of this blog by now are aware, the Village of North Barrington failed to put a bandaid on that fresh blood:
North Barrington's village administrator has departed about four months after she was appointed to the post to rejoin the town where she used to work.
North Barrington village administrator returning to Lake in the Hills
At a time when local government employees throughout Lake County are working remotely from home, who wouldn't turn down an opportunity to work closer to -- erm -- home? Certainly not your LakeCountyEye.

Note to North Barrinmgton Ops: Your Village President Eleanor Sweet McDonnell runs an executive search firm:
The Remington Group, LLC
Be sure to ask for an employee discount!

Monday, August 10, 2020

Plan COVID-19

The Question of the Day goes out to those who were at State Rep Jeanne Ives's fundraiser in Lake Zurich,

COVID Jeanne
... where no one was observed wearing a mask:
Q: Who will pay your hospital bills?
HaHa, no worries, Jeanne Ives has got you covered:
Ives' campaign website contains only a brief statement on health care. "I will protect people with preexisting conditions, preexisting doctors and preexisting health insurance," according to the website. "You get covered in a way that meets your family's needs. And you call the shots." Up until the beginning of July, Ives had a more detailed health care statement on her campaign website in which she expressed her support for a plan proposed by the Republican Study Committee in October of last year.
In race for Congress, Casten, Ives back different health care plans
Note to Ops: If that fails, send those unpaid medical bills to:
Jeanne Ives
PO Box 1504
Wheaton, IL 60187
She should be in a position to cough up a couple bucks on your behalf!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Railroaded Apartments

hot rail Have you at long last lost patience waiting for that CN Rail train in your way? Well, get in line. The entire City of Waukegan is waiting. The Canadian National Railway, which sits in the way of thousands of drivers every day, is also in the way of new housing for Waukegan:
Residential development — with a mix of apartments, town homes and single-family houses — along Waukegan's south lakefront remains a vision for the city based on its 2003 master plan, with several obstacles remaining. Those obstacles include an economic slowdown, the coronavirus pandemic and a railroad which owns a 3.6-mile right of way
Railroad right of way remains obstacle to Waukegan’s dream of lakefront development
One trade spokesman said: "Excuse me if I don't share in all of the indignation. You know as well as I that Canadian National moves cars of flammable crude oil through Lake County every day. It's only a matter of time before these tracks are a burning heap of melted steel."

Click clack.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jeanne the Pirate

An actual unretouched screencap from Jeanne Ives's website:
If the picture of the mailbox looks familiar, that is because it is a copyrighted image that Ives stole from The Atlantic magazine:

In the Pandemic, Every State Should Vote by Mail
In fact Ives did not even go to the trouble of copying the image. She simply hotlinked The Atlantic image to her website:
Note to Jeanne Ives Operatives: You may want to ask your boss to wear a mask, the next time someone pulls a heist:
Just Sayin!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

COVID Jeanne

Today's challenge will test your knowledge of history:
Q: This notorious woman carried a potentially fatal illness and resisted efforts at quarantine. She eventually transmitted the disease to at least 53 people. What is her name?
If you answered State Representative Jeanne Ives you would be incorrect. The correct answer is: Typhoid Mary

The differences are clear-cut. Typhoid Mary never visited Lake Zurich. Jeanne Ives, on the other hand, has -- where she held a fundraiser this week. Social distancing norms and safeguards were not respected:

This is the same Lake Zurich that saw a recent surge in COVID-19:
73 COVID-19 cases traced to a few Fourth of July parties in Lake Zurich
Ives maintains her affair was totally appropriate. No Confederate statues were tore down:
Totally none.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Average Jo

Lake County favorite daughter Jo Jorgensen wants your vote:
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen paid a visit Sunday to the area in which she grew up, holding a meet-and-greet with voters at Post Time Sports Bar & Grille in Green Oaks. Jorgensen was born in Libertyville and grew up in Grayslake.
Libertarian candidate visits with voters in Green Oaks
Republican candidate for US President, Donald J Trump immediately Tweeted:
WOW! Sleepy Jo doesn't know where he is, or what he's doing. Honestly, I don’t think he even knows what office he's running for!

When told that Jo Jorgensen is a woman, Trump responded "Person, woman, man, camera, TV. What's the difference?"

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Mobile Home

The Booth Cottage has gone mobile. Designed by honorary Lake County favorite son Frank Lloyd Wright, the Booth Cottage has rolled off its foundations in honorary Lake County village of Glencoe.

The historic structure was put ...
onto three multi-wheel power dollies before a truck slowly brought the one-story home down the driveway and about 750 feet to the south.
Saved From Wrecking Ball, Frank Lloyd Wright House Moved To Park
It goes without saying that the property taxes are lower in Cook County.  But you can beat the tax collector in Lake County as well.

Motor that house of yours up to a community like Round Lake Park -- where if your living quarters has wheels you won't pay any property taxes at all.
Just Sayin!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Strange ICU Bedfellows

Schoolchildren throughout Illinois are taught this story of some courageous settlers who joined together to win independence from a backward-looking and far-away autocratic rule. The American Revolution? No, your LakeCountyEye of course refers to when Lake County won its independence from McHenry County.

It is a historical fact that Lake & McHenry Counties went their own ways back in 1839. But, even though they had an amicable divorce 181 years ago, the two Counties may be facing an acrimonious reconciliation in 2020.

The State of Illinois is to be divided up into separate COVID-19 regions. One of the regions will be Lake & McHenry Counties:

Chicago will be its own region, as will suburban Cook County. Other regions are: West Suburban comprising DuPage and Kane counties; North Suburban comprising Lake and McHenry counties; and South Suburban comprising Kankakee and Will counties.
Suburbs, Chicago now in separate COVID-19 regions as state aims to target hot spots
Not everyone is happy with the arrangement. One undisputed epidemiologist told your LakeCountyEye: "Lake County is second highest in Illinois for positive cases of COVID-19. While McHenry County is over-represented by Trump voters who feel they have a God-given right to reject sensible precautions against contracting COVID-19."

What could go wrong?

Monday, July 13, 2020

With the Thoughts that You'll be Thinkin' You Could be Another Lincoln

the fakenews
Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln! If alive today, the 16th President of the US would be 211 years young.

And did you know that Lincoln was a Republican? Your LakeCountyEye did not:
Donald Trump has claimed that until he became US president "nobody ever heard" that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
Trump claims ‘nobody ever heard’ Abraham Lincoln was a Republican until he pointed it out
What else about President Lincoln does your LakeCountyEye not know? In a word, plenty. Legitimate businessman and US President Donald J Trump has unearthed 10 more unbelievable facts about his predecessor of which no one ever heard:
Donald J Trump's 10 Tremendously Phenomenal Facts
That You Did Not Know About Abraham Lincoln
  1. Lincoln had a deferment from the Civil War for bone spurs.

  2. Lincoln is on the 5 dollar bill.

  3. The US mint prints 5 dollar bills.

  4. Lincoln debated crooked Douglas.

  5. Ivan the Terrible did not interfere in the 1860 US election.

  6. Lincoln did not tear down any Confederate monuments.

  7. When he hit a golf ball, Lincoln would yell "Fore Score!"

  8. Lincoln did not wear a mask. Masks would always "ruin" his beard.

  9. They stole all of the towels from the Lincoln bedroom.

  10. Lincoln had small hands.
Look for your LakeCountyEye at a mattress sale near you.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

It Conquered McHenry County

McHenry County has been invaded! According to the McHenryCountyBlog:
What's Independence Day without a parade? Enterprising McHenry County Republicans decided to hold one even the usual blow-out in Crystal Lake was cancelled.
GOP Holds Mini-Parade in Crystal Lake
Does this mean McHenry County has been invaded by the Republican Party? HaHa, of course not, that barn door has been open for years. No, McHenry County has been invaded by outer space aliens.

See the McHenryCountyBlog for the shocking photographic proof:

Space aliens invade McHenry County.

The aliens disguise themselves
to blend in with the locals.

But some can see through the alien trickery.

Does ET make you go tee-hee? You're looking at another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision™!

[h/t: McHenryCountyBlog]

Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Thin Red Line

Q: Who said ...
"The Village of Barrington Hills celebrates the fact that residents can apply for and build a shooting range on their property, they can even raise animals on their own land."
If you answered
Barrington Hills Mayor Martin McLaughlin
you would be close.

And if you answered
Your LakeCountyEye
you would be closer.

The correct answer is:
CBS Channel 2 News

"The Village of Barrington Hills celebrates the fact that residents can apply for and build a shooting range on their property, they can even raise animals on their own land. But when it comes to providing a home for 25 black and brown boys from Chicago, the man behind the idea says he has been met with resistance and a bit more red tape."
Plan To Bring At-Risk Boys To Barrington Hills Hit With Roadblocks
No secret to readers of this blog, Barrington Hills markets itself as "a community low in legislation and high in property rights" where villagers do as they please:
Barrington Hills is a Community Where Landowners Determine How They Enjoy Their Land
Property Freedoms
Note to Ops: Promises are like babies. Easy to make, hard to deliver. When it comes to local government be sure to get it in black and white!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Are Unicorns Too Hard to Draw?

Q: How many rhinoceroses are left in the world?

The Chicago Tribune Creepy Cartoonist thinks the answer is two:

The Creepy Tribune Cartoonist is pretty close. There are about 5,000 black rhinos left in the world.

Maybe the Creepy Tribune Cartoonist lacks the imagination or the industry to come up with a visual metaphor that doesn't demonize a critically endangered species?

For the record, there are 8 billion people on the planet.

Punching down is no way to go through life, son.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Good Old Normal Boy

A LakeCountyEye shoutout goes to honorary Lake County Republican, Darren Bailey. A State Representative from redstate Xenophobia IL downstate Xenia IL, Bailey has a beef in his heart:
I got news for the Governor, even while we were under his Phase 3 plans (gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed), southern Illinois has been getting together in larger numbers, WITHOUT his permission. We are frustrated. We don't want a new normal. We want the old normal
Rep. Bailey: “We don’t want a new normal. We want the old normal”
There can be no doubt about it, your LakeCountyEye has dropped some influence on Rep Bailey:

The Old Normal
Operatives are encouraged to join in on the LakeCountyEye fanboy rebel yell:
We are Normal and We Want Our Freedom!

Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cough Cough Cough

West Nile Virus is in the news again. But this time like a lady in waiting to a virgin queen:
A mosquito "pool" (batch of mosquitoes) sampled on June 4 in Hawthorn Woods has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Lake County
The Lake County mosquito extermination agencies issue this same alert every year, to scare up demand for their mosquito spraying services.

This, however, is the year of the Corona Virus.  The World Health Organization says:
"Spraying or fogging of certain chemicals, such as formaldehyde, chlorine-based agents or quaternary ammonium compounds, is not recommended due to adverse health effects on workers in facilities where these methods have been utilized," WHO reports.
World Health Organization (WHO) Warns Against Hazards of Toxic Disinfectants

Note to Ops: Be sure to wear a face mask when they spray your neighborhood for mosquitoes.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Cook the Books

Where does the time go?  The big election is a few handful of months from now. Your LakeCountyEye of course is referring to the 2021 Consolidated Election.

Some 10,000 elected offices will be up for grabs and petitioning begins in September. Your LakeCountyEye can't think of a better go-to source for practical election advice other than the Chairwoman of the Cook Library Board, Bonnie Quirke:
  • Never enter a race unless you are going to win.

  • You know how you enter a race to win? You are savvy in the people who live in your district.

  • I ran hot pink signs, a great big heart: "I love the library". And those signs went all over. My hand-out was that. It wasn't issue oriented. It was a fact.

  • Double the amount of signatures you need. Or triple them if you are contested.

  • Because your opponents will challenge it and no matter how honest you are, some people will just sign a petition not realizing they're not in your district or they're not registered to vote.

  • Always know who's running, how many people are running against you.

  • Ballot position is very important.

  • Be smart, you don't have to be first. A lot of people will pick a woman who's last down the line.

  • All politics is local.

NIP Bonnie Quirke Library Board 11-4-10
There goes one tough cookie!

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Old Normal

Dan McConchie -- Lake County hands-off State Senator -- is sick and tired of everyone in Illinois being sick and tired. McConchie and 18 other GOP State Senators sent an open letter asking the Governor to lift the pandemic safeguards:
As COVID-19 cases statewide surpass 130,000, Republicans seek faster reopening
Given Illinois's substantial COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, when asked to explain what the Senators want, one spokesman said their demands are simple:

We are normal ...
and we want our freedom.

We Are Normal ...
And We Want Our Freedom!



Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

Saturday, June 13, 2020

All the Tea on China

When the voters finally got fed up with his embarrassing public antics, this Lake County Congressman was shown the door by his sensible Democratic opponent. Your LakeCountyEye refers of course to former Congressman Peter Roskam.

Roskam didn't wait for the door to close on him before leveraging his years of government service into a federal lobbying job:
Yum China Holdings — a Chinese company listed on the New York Stock Exchange that operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in China — has hired Sidley Austin as its first Washington lobbying firm. Former Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and three other Sidley lobbyists will lobby for the company on legislation known as the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, S. 945 (116).
NEW BUSINESS: Yum China Holdings
The legislation would expel companies controlled by the Chinese government from US stock exchanges. Yum China Holdings presumably wants to get the bill killed.
One State Dept official said: "We tried putting tariffs on Chinese junk food, but they retaliated and had General Tso demote Colonel Sanders to a PFC."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Move along, chop chop.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The McHenry County F-Blog

Note to Ops: This must be serious. There are even protest rallies in McHenry County. And the tireless trackers at the McHenry County Blog are there.

From out of the 100s of surveillance images available, the lede photo on the McHenry County Blog is this one:

Crystal Lake George Floyd Rally
And if you were snoozing (a common hazard experienced by McHenry County Blog readers) there are lots more pictures of that protester to check out:

Make no mistake, competition for Internet Clicks is fierce. And some political blogs will sacrifice honor for riches.

But unlike those other dog-eat-dog blogs, this political blog does not and will never work blue. That's your LakeCountyEye solemn pledge!

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Revolution Will Not Be Legalized

Hey Hey LBJ how many kids did you kill today?
The Village of Barrington Hills announced there will be a protest march this weekend.

HaHa Psych!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Rod Rolled

Rod Blagojevich wants your business. For $75, Blagojevich will create just for you a personalized video:

Cameo -- Rod Blagojevich
Blagojevich (honorary chair of Trump Victory Illinois), sent a personalized video to Lake County State Rep David McSweeney. And McSweeney sued:
An Illinois Republican who plans to retire from the legislature and run for statewide office threatened a lawsuit to take down a personalized video message recorded by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. When state Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) found out that a video of Blagojevich wishing him a happy retirement was making the rounds in statehouse circles in March, he sicced his lawyers after the online celebrity shoutout company Cameo to take it down.
McSweeney mulls lawsuit over 'defamatory' Blagojevich video
Note to Ops: If you want to get on David McSweeney's good side, send him a Rick Astley video greeting instead:

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
You never gonna regret it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

But Who's Counting

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

Lake County Gazette
Q: What is black and white and red all over?

A: The Lake County Gazette -- if one out of three is all you need.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Fever Snitch

Note to Ops: Hide your stash. Lake County has a narc in the State Legislature.

Unless you are behind the safety of closed doors, you better watch your back. That's because State Rep David McSweeney has been writing down what he sees. One letter penned by McSweeney landed on the desk of the Trump Justice Dept. The NorthWest Herald printed a copy:
McSweeney sends letter to attorney general to investigate Pritzker's 'unconstitutional' stay-at-home order
If true, McSweeney's allegations will bring in the FBI. To arrest the Governor.

Why did David McSweeney drop a dime on the chief executive of the State of Illinois?
Because local businesses cannot operate.

Face it. It's what you crave.