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.