Saturday, June 19, 2021

Gentlemen, You Can’t Fight in Here, This is an Amusement Park

Let's have a clean fight, touch gloves, go back to your corners and wait for the bell.
Your LakeCountyEye went to a fight the other night, and an amusement park broke out:
Lake County authorities say they responded to a large fight that broke out Sunday night at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Gurnee police said they were alerted around 7 p.m. that multiple disturbances and fights had been reported throughout the park.
Authorities call large group of people fighting Sunday at Six Flags Great America an isolated incident
People may say Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but it goes without saying that one Lake County theme park is the scrappiest place on earth.

Your LakeCountyEye was assured that every theme park has a bouncer and this one is no exception:
The authorities responsible for cleaning up these incidents issued a sternly worded statement: "If you kids don't stop fighting back there we'll turn around and go back into lockdown."

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Where's the Fire?

Is a house plant equipped to put out a house fire?
On Monday, the Lake County ethylene oxide plant failed to explode in Lake County:
A chemical plant north of Rockford has been referred to the Illinois attorney general's office for environmental violations one day after a fire broke out at the facility, forcing an evacuation order for nearby homes and businesses and closing roads.
Rockton chemical fire could take 7 days to burn out, fire chief says, as state officials refer company for environmental violations
Some Lake County residents are concerned about the chemical fallout and the quality of their air:
Smoke from the massive fire that engulfed the Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, on Monday was so extensive it was picked up on radar systems operated from satellites in space
Thick Smoke From Rockton Chemical Plant Fire Spotted on Weather Radars
One industry hotshot, however, told your LakeCountyEye: "Oh give me a break. You can still see McHenry County, can't you?"

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Taxation Without Riparianation

Q: How many Lake County residents do not live in the Village of Third Lake?
A: Lots!
This US Census fact is not lost on the Village of Third Lake which wants to levy a $30 fee on all of these non-residents:

Village of Third Lake Lakes Commission
April 26, 2021 Minutes
5E. an addition to fee schedule for nonresidents which would charge them a $30 fee annually for access to adjacent lake and $60 for both lakes
Note to Ops: Those hoping to avoid fees are advised to move into the Village of Third Lake.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Go South

famous blast words
Experts now warn the Lake County exploding oil train could explode downstate:
A proposed merger between Canadian National and Kansas City Southern has one Southland mayor concerned about increased train traffic, delays, noise and environmental concerns
More rail traffic in Chicago's south suburbs? Views differ on impact of Canadian National-Kansas City Southern merger
One big wheel at one railroad told your LakeCountyEye: "Oh gimme a break. Anyone who moved from Lake County down to the southside to get out of the blast zone gets what they deserve."

Thursday, June 3, 2021

June Rhymes with Inopportune

Ha Ha, Mr Wilson
If elections are a football game then the 2022 Illinois Primary just had the goalposts moved:
Illinois lawmakers sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker legislation to move next year's March 15 primary to June 28
Illinois legislators send to Gov. J.B. Pritzker a bill to move 2022 primary to June 28 and make curbside voting a permanent fixture of elections
The 2022 Primary petition period was also reduced from 12 weeks to 7 weeks:
Candidates would begin circulating petitions on Jan. 13 and would file them with the State Board of Elections between March 7 and 14.
Illinois legislators send to Gov. J.B. Pritzker a bill to move 2022 primary to June 28 and make curbside voting a permanent fixture of elections
Shortening the petition period runs out the clock on challengers, who lack the built-in campaign infrastructure that incumbents enjoy.  Like, for instance, entrenched incumbent 26th District State Senator Dan McConchie.

However, one local advance-man told your LakeCountyEye: "Casey Urlacher isn't worried. He plans to run as a write-in candidate."

Note to Ops: Make up your own NFL betting joke here.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Talk is Cheap

EEOC Violation
Lake County Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh can add another name to his list of EXes -- Ex-Shock Jock:
Joe Walsh says radio show canceled due to Trump criticism
What are Joe Walsh's employment prospects? Your LakeCountyEye hasn't spotted Walsh's resume posted on craigslist yet.

Of course, with the pandemic under control now, restaurants are looking to hire cooks and servers. But, for someone with political experience, there is money to be made down in Springfield, where the job of State Senator pays considerably better.

Note to Ops: Now that Casey Urlacher has been redistricted out of Senate District 26, entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie is running unopposed.  Where there is an urgent opening for a primary challenger.

Just Sayin!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Big Map Attack

You don't need a weather map to know which way the wind blows.
How many times has this happened to you? You've filed paperwork to run against the Establishment in the next election. But the power elite takes notice and stops you dead in your tracks. They've changed all of the maps -- and now from where you live you're not eligible to run for dog-catcher.

Of course, your LakeCountyEye is referring to Casey Urlacher and Dan McConchie.

As readers of this blog are aware ...
Casey at the Bet
Lake County favorite son Casey Urlacher was running against entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie in the 26th Senate District.

HaHa, not anymore:
Relief for McConchie: The redraw of Senate Minority Leader Dan McConchie puts primary competitor Casey Urlacher in a different district.
It's a Remap Bloodbath
Note to Ops: It's good to be Senate Minority Leader. You can throw your weight around.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Fresh Off the Boat

Note to Ops: Have you received your dunning letter from the Village of Third Lake yet? If not check your Spam folders:

Boating Season is Almost Here Again
The Village of Third Lake passed a Boating Ordinance (Ord 21-01-01) that obliges you to buy a boat registration sticker.

And this means you.  Get out your checkbook.  No exceptions!

Even if you paid for a sticker last year -- it doesn't matter. Or even if you don't live in the Village of Third Lake -- they don't care. Or even if you don't own a boat -- that's no excuse!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Boom Times

Faster than a speeding bullet ...
If the Lake County exploding oil train hasn't exploded near you yet, that protracted hiatus may be coming to an end. CN Railway wants to expand its rail traffic in the suburbs:
A replay of a 2008 battle to stop the Canadian National Railway from acquiring another railroad is emerging in the suburbs with similar concerns about spiraling freight train traffic.
Could railroad merger lead to more freight trains in the suburbs?
It goes without saying that the more trains running through your town means the more likely there will be a derailed train not running through your town:
There is potential that "CN's freight trains will further burden the Chicago area with increased road network congestion by adding a significant increase in freight rail volumes"
Could railroad merger lead to more freight trains in the suburbs?
One spokesman for one railroad said: "What's your beef? It's not like we're going to cram in more miles of train than there are miles of track to hold them."

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Party is Ober

There's Always Next Year
On the heels of showing Liz Cheney the door, US House Republicans voted to fill her shoes with freshman GOP Congressman, Jim Oberweis.

HaHa, j/k.

Oberweis has been kicked to the curb faster than you can say the Big Lie:
The U.S. House on Wednesday rejected Republican Jim Oberweis' challenge to Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood's election last fall to a second term.
Rep. Lauren Underwood’s reelection stands as US House dismisses challenge by Jim Oberweis
What's next for perennial candidate and pardner Jim Oberweis? Look for Oberweis to challenge Lake County favorite son and pardoneer Casey Urlacher in the 26th Senate District.

You heard it here first!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Casey at the Bet

Money is the mother's milk of politics.
It is a documented fact that more people can tell you who their bookie is than can tell you who their State Senator is. Well, Casey Urlacher wants to even the spread:
Just months after being pardoned by then-President Donald Trump while facing illegal gambling charges, newly reelected Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher again is setting his sights on higher office, submitting paperwork to run for state Senate. Urlacher on Thursday filed a statement of organization that reactivates his Citizens for Urlacher political committee. It allows Urlacher, a Republican, to run in 2022 for the 26th state Senate District seat, a post now held by Senate GOP Leader Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods.
Months after Trump pardon, Casey Urlacher files to run for state Senate seat
Lake County favorite son Casey Urlacher is running for State Senator. Can he beat Lake County entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie? He can with an endorsement from Donald Trump.

6 to 5 for Uhrlacher, by your LakeCountyEye's reckoning!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Buy Land They Aren't Making It Anymore

With everyone pouring their retirement nesteggs into the stockmarket, why is the Village of Third Lake buying up real estate?

One resident asked that question at a Third Lake Village board meeting:

Village of Third Lake Regular Meeting of the Trustees
Your LakeCointyEye asked the property assessor, what gives?  He said: "As soon as they purchase four houses, the Village can build a hotel."

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Who was that Unmasked Man?

Can you spot the difference between these College of Lake County Trustees?
The man without a mask is conspiracy theorist and the new elected CLC Trustee, Robert Tomei Jr:
Readers of this blog will recall Tomei's two-cents worth on the JFK assassination and the Trump pee-tape:
That's News Tomei
The Lone Nut Theory
Appearances to the contrary, science and medicine is still offered at CLC:
Note to Ops: Get your Degree before it's too late!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Make America Donate Again

Repeat After Me
Did you click on State Senator Dan McConchie's illegal fundraising email?
A staff member for Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie has been reprimanded for using a state government email account to remind colleagues of a political fundraiser.
McConchie staffer reprimanded for sending political email
If so, the perpetrator of the illegal email deserves a bonus in her paycheck:
State records indicate her salary is $80,000.
McConchie staffer reprimanded for sending political email
Note to Ops: Illegal political fundraising pays for itself -- and is all perfectly legal!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Winner Winner ...

A Chicken in Every Spambot
Check your spam folders. You may have an illegal email from State Senator Dan McConchie:
A staff member for Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie has been reprimanded for using a state government email account to remind colleagues of a political fundraiser. Leanne Bucci, personnel and fiscal manager for the Senate Republicans, sent the email Saturday morning about the annual Caucus Chicken Fry Monday at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield.
McConchie staffer reprimanded for sending political email
Cybersecurity experts warn against clicking the Dan McConchie email.  You risk being the victim of a Springfield chicken dinner.

That's all your LakeCountyEye has.  Now scramble.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Lost & Found Dept

Note to Ops: Check your records. If you are short one affidavit, it can be picked up here:

Affidavit of the Mayor of the Village of Third lake, Illinois

Friday, April 16, 2021

Lose By a Nose

If Lake County has an election and no one knows about it, will there be any winners or losers? The mind-bending answer is Yes!

A sales-tax referendum passed in Deer Park last week:
The increase would result in an additional 50 cents of tax for every $100 spent, which could net Deer Park an extra $700,000 annually, officials said.
Northwest suburban voters say yes in referendums
This will buy some breathing-room for Clarke Mosquito.  Deer Park will have plenty of money to give Clarke Mosquito to spray the Village full of insecticides.

But don't expect them to stop there. Look for Clarke Mosquito in the Village of Third Lake, where they will be dropping herbicides in the residential lakes.

Dropping herbicides in the water is a little like spraying insecticides in the air. Except it happens in the water.

The big winner of the 2021 Lake County election is Clarke Mosquito.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Who Writes this Stuff?

Did you know there was an election last week? Your LakeCountyEye did not. In fact, no one knew. Which explains why all the write-in candidates won:
Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, waging a write-in campaign to keep his job, claimed victory over challenger Jess Ray Friday with 151 votes to Ray’s 105 as write-in tallies were posted on the Lake County Clerk’s website.
Casey Urlacher, following Trump pardon, claims victory as write-in candidate in Mettawa mayor’s race
Casey Urlacher had been under indictment for sports-related gambling charges, until he got a Presidential pardon from Donald Trump.

Advance write-in ballots are now available on-line for the next election:
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. You can't win if you don't play.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Party Identification

5. Spoiler Effect
Did you know there are more political parties in Lake County than registered voters? The News-Sun says:
In suburb after suburb, you'll find parties with monikers like People Before Politics, We're in This Together, You Are the Village's Heart, the Common Sense Again Party, the United Party for Progress or, most expansive of all, the Party of the Past, Present and Future.
What’s in a name? A look at the strategies and schemes behind the obscure political parties of Chicago’s suburbs.
So, is it a coincidence that there was a municipal election on Tuesday? Your LakeCountyEye does not think so.

The winners and losers will not be known until that last absentee ballot materializes. But one thing is certain. If you were the standard bearer for one of these independent parties, don't forget to pick up your yardsigns on the way out:
Ten Here-Today-Gone-Tomorrow Parties
that Failed to Win, Place or Show in Lake County
  1. Very Silly Party

  2. Friends of the the Enemies of Your Enemies

  3. Measles Party

  4. Every Man for Himself and God Against All

  5. Lake County Catawampus

  6. You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party

  7. Some People

  8. They Got the Guns but We Got the Guns

  9. Illinois Unindicted

  10. The Republican Party
Look for your LakeCountyEye weeding a sign farm near you.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Nothing is Sure but Death & Taxes

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left." -- Einstein Plan for some extra time on your Tuesday commute. The roads will be jammed with people out to vote on their local referendums:
On the April 6 ballot, little Deer Park is asking voters to increase the village sales tax to 8% for three years beginning in July. Officials say the increase, which should mean more than $700,000 a year in new revenue, is needed because of revenue losses caused by the pandemic.
Voters being asked to increase their property and sales tax bills, in one case to avoid the ‘nuclear option’
Deer Park wants to raise your sales tax to pay Clarke Mosquito to spray the Village with insecticides:
The Village has entered into an agreement with Clarke Mosquito Control
Mosquito Abatement
If it passes, the Deer Park sales tax referendum will trigger a 4-stage action plan:
  1. People who stay indoors do not shop in Deer Park.

  2. Deer Park must raise the sales tax to pay Clarke Mosquito to spray the village.

  3. People flee indoors to avoid the insecticide spray.

  4. GOTO #1
Don't forget to cut this out and take to the polls on Tuesday, April 6!

Friday, April 2, 2021

The McLaughlin Goof

State Representative MAGA Martin McLagughlin may have hosted a fundraiser, last month, in a smoke-filled room. But since that smoke-filled room was in a Barrington pub, no one was allowed to smoke. And everyone could see what was going on:
That has not deterred Martin McLagughlin from denying that anything improper happened:
When contacted by the Daily Herald, McLaughlin said that was "completely inaccurate." There were two separate events, "then everybody consolidated into a single room," McLaughlin said. However, McLaughlin's own Facebook event page for the fundraiser said it would feature candidates running for local office, though it did not name them.
League of Women Voters decries party politics in Barrington local elections
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Four Heads No Mask

MAGA State Representative Martin McLaughlin was caught on camera in a Barrington pub, for a fundraiser he threw with some MAGA Barrington School Board candidates.

Can you spot the errors in the picture?

Submit your guesses to the League of Women Voters:
A partisan political group in Barrington has expressed support for candidates in school and library board races, a move criticized by the League of Women Voters, which says party politics has no place in local elections.
League of Women Voters decries party politics in Barrington local elections

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Oranges and Oranges

With an election approaching fast, April 6, everyone is asking: Who would Trump vote for?

HaHa, trick question. Donald Trump never voted a day in his life.

Now, you may not know who the MAGA voters want. But it is no secret who the BTRO voters want -- which is all you need to know and more of the same:
A partisan political group in Barrington has expressed support for candidates in school and library board races, a move criticized by the League of Women Voters, which says party politics has no place in local elections. In an email and on Facebook this month, the Barrington Township Republican Organization backed candidates running for the Barrington Area Library, Barrington Area Unit School District 220 and Harper College boards.
League of Women Voters decries party politics in Barrington local elections
Note to MAGA voters: You should remember these names ...
Donald Trump may be gone but his legacy lives on. If your school, library or community college is out of whack, there is nothing this legacy can't whack.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Taylor Made Tracks

Lake County Board Commissioner Craig Taylor is going the way of the Lake Bluff Mosquito Abatement District:
Candidates are being sought to fill the vacant District 19 Lake County Board seat, which covers Lake Zurich, Barrington, Deer Park, Kildeer and portions of Long Grove. The vacancy was created with the recent resignation of Craig Taylor, who is moving out of state to be closer to family.
Candidates sought to fill 19th District Lake County Board seat
Note to Ops: If you are interested in the gig, free yardsigns are available: Contact the Lake County Forest Preserves.
ATTN: Lost and Found Dept.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

The Elect Few

Despite the fact that the next election is more than 18 months away -- in November 2022 -- early voting starts this Monday ...
Early voting to expand Monday: Here's where you can cast your ballot
WTF? To find out, your LakeCountyEye Zoomed with Dr. I.M. Bhatschidtkhrazzi, Professor of Electoral Engineering at the College of Lake County.

"Ya," said Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi, "Don't let all the twos and zeros fool you. 2021 is an odd-year election -- election day is April six."

Your LakeCountyEye texted back: OIC

"Be sure to vote." continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Odd-year elections are the only elections where your vote counts."

Your LakeCountyEye's vote does not count?

"Who did you vote for in 2020?" asked Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi.

Donald Trump, of course.

"Then you wasted your vote." smiled Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi.

Your LakeCountyEye begged Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi's pardon.

"70,000,000 other losers just like you also voted for Donald Trump." explained Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "How much did your one vote count? Your vote contributed toward one seventy millionth of Trump's landslide victory. Statistically speaking, one part out of seventy million is indistinguishable from zero. You would have gotten more mileage staying at home and spreading alternate-facts on social media."

Well, that was unexpected.

"Now, in an odd-year election like 2021" continued Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Your vote actually does count, and by lots more. By orders of magnitude!"

How so?

"Do the math." smiled Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Let's say 70 people come out to vote for your Mayor. Then one vote for Mayor packs a million times more wallop than one vote for President."


"And not only that." said Dr Bhatschidtkhrazzi. "Let's say your Mayor wins by 7 votes. If you voted for him, then your single vote was one seventh of his total margin of victory."

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

"Tell your Operatives the next time they see their Mayor, remind him that he owes them some favors. Kerching!"

Thursday, March 18, 2021

A Poor Third Lake

At long last, should there not be a light at the end of the tunnel? For more than a year now, Lake County has patiently endured hardships and uncertainty. And the Illinois legislature is still only at the start of the redistricting process!
Illinois lawmakers are set to formally begin the once-a-decade task of redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional districts
Illinois legislators begin redistricting process amid census delays that complicate an already raucously partisan event
Residents of Third Lake, however, need not despair.  Your Village is not waiting on Springfield -- Third Lake has been redistricted already. Despite the fact that your lake is not under the Village's jurisdiction, a new ordinance puts Third Lake off-limits to non-residents.  That is, unless they spring for a $55 fee:
F. Non-Resident Fees.
Non-resident guest passes may be purchased for a consecutive three (3) calendar day period for $55.00.

Village of Third Lake Ordinance No. 21-01-01
Note to non-resident Ops: Supplies may be limited.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Q the Eye/03.13.21

Ὥρος Hōros
Dear LakeCountyEye,

You can't fight city hall -- especially not after the bank forecloses on city hall.

How can I raise enough revenue to keep my village afloat and get re-elected all at the same time?

Paint My Town in the Red
Dear Mayor McSqueeze,

The trick to raising taxes is to do it without raising taxes.  Like with red-light cameras or slot machines.  Just don't make the mistake made over in one Lake County burg. During a pandemic when everyone is broke, stuck indoors and binge-spending all their money on the Internet, this municipality wants to raise their brick-n-mortar sales tax:
Learn why Deer Park officials want to increase the town's sales tax rate
So sad.

Now, here's what you need to do:  Go drive around town. And if it looks like everyone owns a boat, you don't tax the golf courses.  No, you do what this Lake County village did:

Village of Third Lake Registration of Boats & Other Watercraft
ORDINANCE NO. 20-02-02
And even if Illinois State Law clearly says that you do not have jurisdiction over these watercraft, haha, go ahead and collect your sticker fees anyways.

Who's gonna know?

Send your questions to Q the Eye c/o ...

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Lone Nut Theory

If a college is an institution of learning at the highest level, then why is Robert Joseph Tomei Jr a candidate for College of Lake County Trustee?

More to the point, who is Robert Joseph Tomei Jr? Nobody knows. Except possibly his Facebook friend(s). This screencap from Tomei Jr's private Facebook page was obtained by your LakeCountyEye:
Tomei Jr weighs in on the President Kennedy assassination:
"the official narrative remains the lone-nut theory"
Note to Ops: It seldom hurts to belabor the obvious.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

That's News Tomei

Can just anybody run for College of Lake County Trustee? Apparently so, judging from one candidate's Facebook page.

The screencap to the right was leaked to your LakeCountyEye.

In a Facebook post privy to a select few, Robert Joseph Tomei Jr seems to need to get something off his chest regarding the topic of golden showers.

If elected CLC Trustee, will Tomei Jr propose mandatory urine tests for all students? A burning question, to be sure.

So, who is Robert Joseph Tomei Jr?

By any indication a Trump supporter, it is unknown if Tomei Jr is a graduate of Trump University. If he is, one could say that Robert Joseph Tomei Jr matriculated from a Donald Trump property.

At any rate, you wizz-kid graduates of Trump U may be eligible to transfer course credits to CLC.

Will Robert Joseph Tomei Jr become a College of Lake County Trustee? Stay tuned until election night, April 6, when the numbers come dribbling in.

Monday, March 1, 2021

You Can't Spell Gazette Without E.T.

An actual unretouched screencap from Lake County's #1 fakenews source, the Lake County Gazette:
Editor's Note: This blog has reported that the Lake County Gazette obtains its content from Russian Troll Farms. The assertion is incorrect. The Lake County Gazette actually obtains its content from Space Aliens:
There is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to experience the awe and mystery of another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision®!
Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fog Over

sauron gas
The exploding insecticide truck will not be exploding in Lake Bluff any more.

The Lake Bluff Mosquito Abatement District is destined to go the way of those Earth's species that have gone extinct because of pesticides:
Lake County is preparing to get rid of one of its two mosquito abatement districts, which officials say could save hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.
Lake County officials move to dissolve mosquito district in Lake Bluff
Operatives keen on inhaling chemical laden air are advised to go to the Southlake Mosquito Abatement District or to where Clarke Mosquito Control has been contracted to spray insecticides.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Princess Cruz

Note to Ops: Are you looking for a job at Ted Cruz for President 2024? Well, who isn't? The good news is you don't need to fly to some cliché Mexican resort to see the next President of the United States.

That's because failed candidate Jeanne Ives has built an online shrine to Ted Cruz on her website:
In related news, Jim Oberweis declared victory for Jeanne Ives in the 6th Congresional District.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Web 0.0

If Buffalo Grove's village website was a smoker, then last week it went to the store for cigarettes and never came back.

HaHa, the Village of Buffalo Grove's website has gone dark:
Buffalo Grove is negotiating with a new vendor after its website went missing in action more than a week ago.
Buffalo Grove negotiating with new vendor after website crash
It goes without saying, if you can't trust your web vendor who can you trust?

Having said that, is your Village on the lookout for a new web vendor? Then look at what the Village of Old Mill Creek did with their website:
Village of Old Mill Creek
The Village of Old Mill Creek is monetizing their web presence by selling Las Vegas real estate.

Note to Ops: Is the Lake County casino is coming to the Village of Old Mill Creek? You heard it here first!

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Trouble in the City of Wood River

Stop the presses! An actual unretouched screencap from the Lake County Gazette, Lake County's #1 fakenews source:
The front-page story on the Lake County Gazette is about the Village of Wood River.  Where is Wood River? Nobody knows. Certainly nowhere near Lake County.

For the record, the Village of Riverwoods is in Lake County. But who is going to mistake Wood River for Riverwoods -- other than the Russian troll-farms that move content into the Lake County Gazette?

Note to Ops: In America, Riverwoods is Lake County destination. In Soviet Lake County Journal, Wood River is figment of imagination!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Third World

OK, everyone who thinks that boating on Third Lake is subject to no municipal zoning restrictions, take one step forward.

Not so fast there, Fill in the Blank.

HaHa, the Village of Third Lake passed an ordinance last month regulating the use of boats on Third Lake:

Village of Third Lake Ordinance No. 21-01-01
An Ordinance Providing for the Registration of Boats and Other Watercraft
and Establishing Rules and Regulations
for Village Boat Launched, Lake Usage and Water-Landing Places
Village Trustees passed the Law in spite of the fact that Illinois State Law says that the Village does not have jurisdiction over Third Lake, because the body of water is not 100% within village borders:
Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. In a Section that grants jurisdiction to municipalities over certain bodies of water within the corporate limits of the municipality and up to three miles beyond the corporate limits, provides that nothing in the Section shall be construed to authorize a municipality to exercise zoning power or otherwise restrict the use of private property outside of the corporate limits of the municipality.
MUNI CD-BOATING RIGHTS : HB3441 : 95th General Assembly
Note to Ops: If you're tasked with writing and enacting village ordinances it's a good idea to have a guy on staff who knows how to look up and interpret State Laws.

Just Sayin!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

I Came, I Shaw, I Conked Out

We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning.
Did Mark Shaw back the Kansas City Chiefs? If he did he's been backing a lot of losers lately.

Undisputed Chairman of the Lake County GOP, Mark Shaw is currently backing Jim Oberweis, as well as acting as his legal representative. Oberweis is still trying to get his 2020 election loss overturned, and filed an objection with the US Congress:
Oberweis' attorney in the matter is Mark Shaw, chairman of the Lake County Republican organization.
Already sworn in, Underwood disregards Oberweis' attempt to toss election results
Shaw also backed his own failed attempt to become the new Chair of the Illinois State GOP. The Chairmanship went to some guy from Springfield, while Shaw gets credit for being ...
a sometimes controversial figure who previously sought the chairmanship. Shaw orchestrated the December effort among hard-liners that led former Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider to agree to step down as party leader with more than a year left in his term.
Illinois Republicans pick Springfield businessman as new party chairman
One GOP observer observed: "It's too early to count out Mark Shaw. He can still file an appeal with Judge Judy!"

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. You may be excused.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Udder Revolting

Three Dimensional Chess
Paging Mr DeMille. Jim Oberweis is ready for his close-up:
Action on Jim Oberweis' petition to overturn his Nov. 3 election loss to incumbent 14th District Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, likely will be taken by the end of the week, his campaign spokesman, Travis Akin, said.
Action expected soon on Oberweis petition to undo Underwood’s successful Nov. 3 reelection
Oberweis: ‘There is no question I won the race for Congress’
Cow-Puncher Jim Oberweis has petitioned the US House of Representatives to overturn his 5,374 vote election loss and send him to Congress.

One DC observer said: "If Oberweis expects to be named the 14th District Congressman, he will need to send a herd of dairy cows stampeding down Pennsylvania Ave to storm the Capitol."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Git along little dogies.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sports Write-Ins

Is it Groundhog Day? Casey Urlacher is back again:
Recently pardoned in a federal gambling case by former President Donald Trump, Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher now is seeking reelection as a write-in candidate. Urlacher didn't file nominating petitions with the village clerk in December, keeping his name off the April 6 ballot and seemingly giving up on a third term as Mettawa's top elected official.
Pardoned by Trump, Urlacher launches write-in campaign for reelection as Mettawa mayor
Write-In ballots can be dropped off at any Illinois licensed OTB parlor.

Note to Ops: The pardon does not cover anyone caught stuffing the ballot box.
Grounds for acquittal?
Or another hilarious LakeCountyEye Double Vision®?

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Come for the Munificence Stay for the Election

Brummagem President Donald J Trump failed to Stop the Steal, and that may be because he was looking in the wrong places. Trump should have been looking for voter fraud in Old Mill Creek.

As readers of this blog are aware, back in 2019 ...
Shelter in a Place to Call Home
There's No Shelter in Place Like Home
Odd Bedfellows
Home Court Advantage
Gift Horse
there were some odd bedfellows registered to vote at the Old Mill Creek Mayor's home. Along with the Mayor, the house is the residence of 2 other voters -- where County assessment documents seem to indicate that neither live within the Old Mill Creek Village limits.

Your LakeCountyEye has new documentation indicating that they are still registered to vote at the Mayor's home, and that they voted in the 2020 November election:
There is a consolidated election on April 6 and the Old Mill Creek Mayor along with 3 Trustees will be on the ballot. In a micro-municipality like Old Mill Creek, and during an off-year election in a pandemic, 2 votes can be your margin of victory.

Who will the the people registered at the Old Mill Creek Mayor's home be voting for? No one knows. Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

HaHa, J/K ... as if.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It's Not Who You Know

What are the odds that Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher will challenge State Senator Dan McConchie in the 2022 Republican Primary? A betting man would ask Casey Urlacher.


Urlacher, who challenged McConchie in the 2016 Primary and lost, was under Federal indictment for being mixed up with an illegal sports betting ring. But Uhrlacher was pardoned by President Trump last week. And now Dan McConchie is none too pleased. He said:
"Pardons should be done on the merits of the case, not based on a relationship with the President. This sort of practice undermines the public's faith in our system. We're supposed to be a nation of laws, not one based on people getting benefits just because of who they know."
Last-minute pardon of Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher raises eyebrows
Note to Ops: If you are looking for some of those benefits, it won't hurt to know Lake County moneybags & maga-donor Dick Uihlein. Along with donating millions to right-wing extremist organizations, Uihlein gave State Senator Dan McConchie $13,300, some of which nodoubt helped McConchie beat Uhrlacher in the 2016 Primary.
One neutral observer told your LakeCountyEye: "This sort of practice undermines the public's faith in our system!"

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Uline U Pockets

If it seems like Lake County has been going to hell, that may be because money is the root of all evil. Lake County moneybags & maga-donor Dick Uihlein has been spending quality-time with his checkbook:
Dick Uihlein, the chief executive of the Uline shipping company and a contributor to the Koch donor network, spent at least $2m getting Josh Hawley elected to the US Senate and has contributed more than $4m to the Tea Party Patriots, another one of the 11 groups listed as participating in the Stop the Steal coalition. In 2019, more than $20m was funneled through DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund that disguises the source of major giving to nonprofits, to a dozen organizations that would ultimately contest the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, including $103,000 to Tea Party Patriots.
The Capitol riot wasn't a fringe 'uprising'. It was enabled by very deep pockets
Uihlein money may have financed the DC Capitol mob, but this fact has not deterred one clean-shaven Lake County politician. State Senator Dan McConchie pocketed $13,300 from Dick Uihlein:
Note to Ops: Beware the company you keep -- unless of course that Company is ULINE.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Make a Federal Casey Out of It

I beg your pardon.
Overheard while cutting to the front of the mimosa line at the Lake County GOP Mayors unity brunch:
"Pardon Me"
HaHa, Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher picked up his Get Out of Jail Free Card this week:
The last-minute pardon of Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher by outgoing President Donald Trump has brought raised eyebrows, but no explanations. Urlacher, the 41-year-old younger brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, was among 73 individuals pardoned by Trump during his final hours in office late Tuesday. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2020 on allegations he took part in an illegal sports gambling business.
Last-minute pardon of Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher raises eyebrows
Note to Sportsbook Players: The betting on Trump Pardons is closed. Winners are legally obligated to report their income to the IRS.

It's the law!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Have Gun Can't Travel

Buy Local Or Bye Local
The McHenry County gun owner who shot himself in the foot last week failed to be from McHenry County:
A pair of Lake County sheriff's deputies are being credited with saving the life of a Mundelein-area man who accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday.
Lake County deputies hailed for saving life of man who accidentally shot himself
One gun guy from McHenry County said: "We consider Mundelein to be an honorary McHenry County municipality."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Revolution Will Be Capitalized

To be sure, there is an old saying in Lake County ...
Follow the Money
but the trail always leads to Lake County moneybags & maga-donor Richard Uihlein:
A billionaire businessman from the Chicago area has been the primary source of political funding for an ultra-conservative group that participated in the "March to Save America" rally that preceded last week's deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, documents show. Dick Uihlein — the Republican mega-donor who lives in north suburban Lake Forest and is CEO of the Uline business supplies company — has contributed nearly $4.3 million in the past five years to the political action committee of the Tea Party Patriots, including $800,000 in October, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Chicago-Area Billionaire Gave Millions To ‘Patriots’ Group That Backed Pro-Trump Rally
Note to Ops: You can get your gas masks and zip-ties at ...

Respirator Masks, Spray Masks, Chemical Masks - ULINE - Uline

Zip Ties, Cable Ties, Tie Wraps, Reusable Zip Ties in Stock - Uline

Just Sayin!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Sock It To Me

Your LakeCountyEye obtained this candid photo of the tireless theocrats at the McHenryCountyBlog with their new sock-puppet:
The sock-puppet, Johnny, has been tweeting up a storm. Johnny recently told the chairwoman of the ILDCCA to "put a sock in it":
In related news, no one in McHenry County shot themselves in the foot today.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Behind Barr

Note to Ops: The video does not show Dick Barr at the Trump rally last week in Washington DC. No, the video was filmed in Schaumburg:

Stop the Steal -- Jan 3 -- Schaumburg
Confirmed Lake County Commissioner Dick Barr posted a video of himself at a January 3 Stop the Steal rally in Schaumburg. Barr is seen marching with Proud Boys and other Pro-Trump activists.

Dick Barr is the District 3 County Board Member. Lake County Board meetings are held in the County Building in Waukegan. Provided that an angry mob hasn't already ransacked the place.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Great White Buffalo

Honorary Lake County favorite son Ted Nugent was spotted at the US Capitol riot last Wednesday:

The D.C. Shaman

The Motor City Madman
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