Wednesday, June 29, 2022

All the Justice Money Can Buy

How is it done, son? Mark Curran knows how, son:
Curran started the quarter with $10,150.09 in the bank and didn't report raising any other money since then.
Ken Griffin's no-good, lousy day
Despite spending virtually no money, Lake County favorite son Mark Curran beat opponents who spent more than $200,000 for a chance to be an Illinois Supreme Court Justice.

Curran, however, would be advised not to get fitted for his black robe and powdered wig just yet. He still needs to win the General Election in November. Where that trick of his of raising no money is not going to work.

No, Curran needs to up his game. And see what other Republicans do to win, despite being outspent by significantly better funded opponents. Like Mary Miller and Darren Bailey. Quite frankly, Curran will need to get the endorsement of backseat driver and current President of the United States, Donald J Trump.

Note to Ops: Make that powdered wig an extra large, please.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Roe No More

a long time ago in a galaxy far far away
Lake County has paid sad witness, as an authoritarian regime wages ruthless war on its genteel, peace-loving neighbors. Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine? No, your LakeCountyEye refers to the Lake County GOP's war on women.

Lake County Senator Dan McConchie said this:
Illinois Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie argued Democrats "want to push Illinois to the utter extreme on abortion policy. Right now, Illinoisans can already get an abortion in all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and use taxpayer dollars to pay for it."
'We've planned for this terrible day': Pritzker calls for special session on abortion rights
For the record ...
Access to abortion remains legal in Illinois, which restricts the procedure only after the point of viability — the time at which a fetus can survive outside the womb.
What Illinois law allows — and prohibits — with regard to abortion
Viability is usually at 24 to 26 weeks, much earlier than McConchie's pronounced 9 months.

Coincidentally, 24 to 26 weeks from now is when entrenched incumbent Dan McConchie would be sent back to the private sector if he were voted out of office.

Note to Ops: The Illinois Primary is June 28, next Tuesday.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Parting Griff

inside baseball
Literally no one:

Hedge-fund plutocrat Ken Griffin does not want Lake County favorite-son Mark Curran to be an Illinois Supreme Court Justice ...
Citizens for Judicial Fairness, the group funded by Griffin, has spent nearly $50,000 on campaign mail opposing Curran's primary bid. The recently appointed chair of Citizens for Judicial Fairness, D.J. Eckert, did not respond to requests for comment. Curran said he was not sure why Citizens for Judicial Fairness was opposing his run
Ken Griffin's money expected to again play role in Illinois Supreme Court elections, starting with primary for suburban district seat
To make matters worse, Curran will have to abandon any daydreams of sitting on the IL Supreme Court and ruling on securities and exchange fraud cases against certain hedge fund managers:
Billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is moving his company's headquarters from Chicago to Miami.
After apparent spectacular political failure, Ken Griffin takes ball, goes home to Florida
Note to Florida Ops: The Illinois Primary is June 28, next Tuesday. It is a crime to cast a ballot in two different states.

Just sayin!

Monday, June 20, 2022

Q the Eye/06.20.22

Ὥρος Hōros
Dear LakeCountyEye,

I may be gone but all of these Townships are not.

How do the Lake County voters go about eliminating their Townships?

Boo to Townships
Dear David McSweeney's Ghost,

The voters in McHenry County have the power to eliminate their Townships. But a referendum never got to the voters there, because of some low-quality County Clerk who illegally removed it from the ballot:
The McHenry County clerk did not have the authority to throw out a McHenry Township ballot question, even if it was almost identical to a question rejected months earlier, the Illinois Supreme Court said in a decision Wednesday. The legal battle centered on whether a referendum question put forth by McHenry Township trustees asking voters if they wanted to dissolve the township should have remained on the November 2020 ballot.
McHenry County clerk erred in township ballot issue, Illinois Supreme Court rules
So if you are saddled with a low-quality County Clerk then don't try this option.  Full disclosure: This means you, Lake County!

No, just do what they did in Shields Township. Elect candidates to your Township government who will all resign:
Shields Township Supervisor Heather Kerr said she tendered her resignation from office claiming she could not work out her differences
Shields Township supervisor explains reasons for resignation; ‘I had hoped we could come to good, safe resolutions for everyone’
Besides Kerr, several deputy assessors said they would also be resigning Monday in the latest development in a very rocky period for the obscure government agency.
Shields Township supervisor explains reasons for resignation; ‘I had hoped we could come to good, safe resolutions for everyone’
Assessor Scott Helton also said in April he would be leaving and he did follow through and his resignation became effective in May. Earlier in June, township attorney Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer informed Kerr that she would be resigning effective June 17.
Shields Township supervisor explains reasons for resignation; ‘I had hoped we could come to good, safe resolutions for everyone’
For those scoring at home, that's one Lake County Township down, seventeen to go.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

More or Less

Lake County Republican elected officials have always excelled at Doing Less With More.

Sez who? Sez Lake County Republican elected official Robin O'Connor.

O'Connor sent out a campaign mailer:
Your LakeCountyEye expects a GOP spokesman will issue a clarification: "Lake County deserves a County Clerk who knows the difference between shit and shinola!"

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Identity Crisis

An actual unretouched screencap from the tinfoil theocrats at the McHenryCountyBlog:

Is it a good idea to see your personal information plastered all over the Internet?

The experts all agree. The answer is NO:
  • Scrub your personal identity information from that tip before sending it to some Internet blogger. Who knows who that blogger is?  He could be some uninformed octogenarian who will post your tip as-is, without redacting your personal identity information.

  • And you Internet bloggers, you should redact any personal identity information from the tips that are sent to you. That tipster may be some uninformed octogenarian who will send you something without first scrubbing his personal information.
Note to Ops: Follow either or both of these suggestions to ensure safe surfing on the Web!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

A Personal Uline of Credit

Lake County moneybags, Richard Uihlein, is in the news again:
That brings Uihlein's total to $9,025,000.
Uihlein ups the ante with another $3 million to Bailey
One informed expert told your LakeCountyEye: "For that kind of money, Uihlein should at least expect a topnotch yardsign for his frontyard."

Note to Ops: It's just plain big!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Who Needs Statistics?

An actual unretouched screencap from Lake County's #1 fakenews source, the Lake County Gazette:
Note to Ops: There is one advantage to obtaining your content from Russian Troll Farms, as the Lake County Gazette does. Those Russian Troll Farms have a keen grasp of the obvious.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Guns Guns Guns

Are you running low on guns? If so, hotfoot it over to the Lake Villa Township Republican Club Gun Raffle:

Lake Villa Township Republican Club Gun Raffle
  • Charles Daly 601 Shotgun
  • Anderson AM15 Forged Rifle 5.56
  • Charles Daly 1911 Field .45ACP
  • Ruger 10/22 Rifle Combo w/Scope & Case
  • S&W M&P 9MM
Winning tickets to be drawn during the Lake Villa Township Republican Club Golf Outing Dinner:
  • 5:30 PM Cocktails
  • 6:30 PM Dinner (Keynote Speaker: Lake County Board Member Dick Barr)
  • 8:00 PM Gun Raffle
Note to Ops: Please drink responsibly. You might be a winner.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Bet the Farm

Here's a moneysaving tip: Have you recently booked a flight to Las Vegas, because you want to place a bet on your favorite powerhouse Chicago sports franchise?  You don't need to do that any more! Go to Waukegan instead:
Plans for a sportsbook at both the American Place casino in Waukegan and The Temporary by American Place will apparently become a reality
Agreements will enable Waukegan casino to feature sportsbook; ‘It will be an integral part of the casino’
That giant bookmaking sound you hear are residents of the Village of Mettawa who are moving to Waukegan:
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Get rolling.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


stop and rob
Note to Ops:

Come for the libations ...
Mundelein approves beer, wine sales for gas stations in town
Come for the cannabis ...
Marijuana smokers celebrate 420 holiday at new Mundelein cannabis lounge
Stay for the guns ...
Plan for gun range and store gets good reviews in Mundelein
HaHa, by all appearances, the Village of Mundelein is a local hub for recreational marijuana, alcohol and firearms.

A tourism and hospitality spokesman issued a statement: "Enjoy your visit. If you see someone waving a pistol in your direction, please do not be alarmed.  No one here is sober enough to shoot straight."

That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Make love not war.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Here Come the Judge

put their john hancock on the dotted line
Lake County favorite son and future Supreme Court Justice Mark Curran is back in the saddle.

Curran, who had been kicked off the ballot for IL Supreme Court Justice, yesterday was kicked back on:
A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that three candidates who were removed in April from the race for Illinois Supreme Court judge will be reinstated for the June 28 primary election.
Three Illinois Supreme Court candidates back on the ballot in 2nd District
Curran's opponents are expected to appeal the ruling.

Proceedings like these sometimes take years to wind their way through the courts. This raises a legal question: How will Justice Mark Curran rule when his own case finally gets up to the Illinois Supreme Court?

Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Curran Liabilities

OK people listen up. Everyone whose nominating petitions were challenged, but the challenge was rejected by your hearing officer, and you are now a candidate for the IL Supreme Court, please take one step forward.

Not so fast there, Mark Currran. And Susan Hutchinson. And Nancy Rotering.

HaHa, that recommendation from your hearing officer was ignored ISBE board, who voted 8-0 to remove you from the ballot:
Lake County’s June 28 primary ballot almost set; judge to decide fate of 3 state Supreme Court candidates
The Illinois State Board of Elections unanimously voted to remove these candidates from the ballot because none met a minimum ballot requirement of 791 signatures. This in spite of the fact that the ISBE's own candidate guide said only 334 signatures would be required:
... which all three candidates exceeded.

What's the reason behind the bum's rush from the ISBE? One knowledgeable political scientist told your LakeCountyEye: "It all boils down to five words: Supreme Court Justice Mark Curran."

Note to Ops: This is why you can't have nice things.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Party Line Vote

That giant ka-ching sound you heard came from the direction of Lake County moneybags, Richard Uihlein:
Late Wednesday, conservative megadonor Richard Uihlein, founder of the privately held Uline office supply business, gave $2.5 million to state Sen. Darren Bailey's effort for the GOP governor nomination. That's on top of $1 million Uihlein already contributed to Bailey's campaign.
Another billionaire throws major cash into the race for Illinois governor
For the record, Darren Bailey lost last week in a Lake County Republican straw poll. As readers of this blog are aware, Bailey's opponent "bussed in a bunch of Indian voters" in order to stuff the ballot box:
Too Many Chuffs and Not Enough Indians
Note to GOP Ops: Are you tired of seeing your elections stolen by better organized opponents? Then equip all of your polling locations with a Corrugated Floor Standing Ballot Box:
These ballot boxes are corrugated, stand at 50", and include a plain removable header. Best of all, these boxes are available at ULINE now!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Too Many Chuffs and Not Enough Indians

The Lake County Republican Party held a straw poll last week. And of course there was voter fraud.

The fraudsters "bussed in a bunch of Indian voters":

One GOP spokesman said: "You're damn sure this would never happen if John Wayne was alive now."

Monday, April 25, 2022

100% Mark Off

The Mark Curran spoof website has been removed from the ballot:

This follows in a the wake of a State Board of Elections ruling, where it was determined that Lake County favorite son Mark Curran is not eligible to be a candidate for Supreme Court Justice:

One veteran poll watcher told your LakeCountyEye: "I expect an appeal will be filed. Don't count the Mark Curran spoof website out just yet."

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

We Didn't Start the Fire

Note to Ops in McHenry County: When you hear someone shout FIRE! do not automatically assume it is a signal to discharge your weapons.

No, the building might be on fire:
Fire spread quickly through D'Andrea Banquets and Conference Center in Crystal Lake, leaving parts of the roof collapsed and the building a total loss, fire officials said.
D'Andrea Banquets in Crystal Lake 'total loss' following fire
The hall was a favorite haunt of McHenry County Republicans.  It was where they held their annual Lincoln dinner:
One veteran fire investigator told your LakeCountyEye: "This was clearly an Act of God. Anyone who dances with the devil that many times is going to get burned."

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Take the Trains ... Please

demolition training
The Easter Bunny hopped by and he left you this pop quiz:
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road in Lake County?

A: The chicken was a freight train in a chicken costume.
HaHa. When the Kansas City Southern gets bought by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Lake County will be on track to see even more commercial rail traffic:
Should the merger be approved, freight traffic will increase 380% on just the tracks owned Metra, according to an objection the commuter railway filed with the Transportation Safety Board in March. It will also further block traffic at grade crossings in Grayslake, Barrington and locations not part of Metra's network.
Lake County Board opposes proposed train merger; ‘Ambulances and police will not be able to get where they need to go’
A spokesman for the competing Canadian National Railway said: "We vehemently oppose the merger between Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern. How are we supposed to move our exploding bomb trains through Lake County, if the tracks are all clogged up with Canadian Pacific freight?"

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Burn Baby Burn

Be a Do-Bee, not a Don't-Bee
Did you know that there is a carcinogenic pollutant that may be in the air you are breathing right now? The County, to its credit, is taking steps to mitigate the spread of this airborne toxin. At the same time, some elected officials continue to oppose these safety measures.

Is your LakeCountyEye is referring to ethylene oxide gas emissions?  No.  The carcinogen is smoke from burning leaves.

Indiscriminate leaf burning has been proscribed in unincorporated Lake County:
The measure, described as a step toward protecting public health, replaced a temporary ban enacted more than two years ago due to potential respiratory impacts from the coronavirus. Woody materials can be burned in small fires all year and in larger ones from Nov. 1 to March 31 under the new rules. But leaf burning will be prohibited.
Leaf disposal, cost an issue for some as burning ban nears in Lake County
County Board members Linda Pedersen and J Kevin Hunter, for instance, remain critical of efforts to reduce the amount of smoke particles in Lake County air.

What up with that? One Republican Party spokesman said: "Nothing to see here. Cough. Cough Cough."

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Risk to Limb and Limb

Hop to it.
The first McHenry County gun owner to shoot himself in the foot this week, failed to also shoot someone else in the foot. He was only able to shoot the other guy in the arm:
A McHenry man in his 50s who works for a Waukegan gun range injured himself and another man when he accidentally fired a weapon Friday afternoon, authorities said.
McHenry man accidentally fires pistol, injuring himself and another man at Waukegan gun range
One McHenry County expert trigger man told your LakeCountyEye: "When going for a two-pointer, always shoot the other dude's foot first. That way you get the element of surprise."

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Buffalo Clips

Do you desire a home where the buffalo roam? Well, look no farther than Hawthorn Woods:
It looks like a famous bison on the run is making a new appearance in Lake County, Illinois. A woman took video of the large trespasser in the northern suburb of Hawthorn Woods Friday.
Runaway buffalo 'Tyson the Bison' makes new appearance, caught on video in Hawthorn Woods
A spokesman welcomed the Village's newest celebrity ungulate: "Please enjoy Hawthorn Woods's 18 park sites that provide a variety of amenities including walking trails. In deference to Mr Bison's stay, shoes are mandated."

The Village of Buffalo Grove sent a cease and desist letter. "Any partnership between the Village of Hawthorn Woods and Mr Bison will be viewed as an infringement upon the Village of Buffalo Grove's trademark claims upon the word Buffalo."

Uncowed, a Village of Hawthorn Woods spokesman said: "And don't forget to visit the Village's Aquatic Park. Be sure to sample the Buffalo Water Wings at the concession stand."

Thursday, March 31, 2022

From Russia with Love

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

To find out, your LakeCountyEye asked Google Translate:
The Russian Troll Farms that supply the Lake County Gazette with exclusive content were unavailable for comment.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Bum Steers

texas two-step
Open prairies, no doubt, are a good thing. But this is ridiculous:
Four of the Texas longhorns spotted around Johnsburg and Spring Grove are still at large, Johnsburg police said late Friday morning.
Texas longhorns still on the loose around Johnsburg, police say
One school got a new enrollee:
A roaming calf was spotted outside Johnsburg Junior High School Thursday morning, which officials at the school said was one of a few stops it made through town that day.
Texas longhorns still on the loose around Johnsburg, police say
According to experts, the Texas Longhorn is a breed with horns that can extend to over 8 feet.

A spokesman for Tyson the Bison issued a statement: "Texas is sending its rapists and drug dealers into Lake County. We need to build a wall along the McHenry County border to stop them."

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Travelling Sales Tax

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

And an actual unretouched screencap of the Lake County Gazette, from the same day:

Exactly how much Deer Park sales tax was collected in 2021? Nobody knows.

One thing is known.  The Lake County Gazette and the people of Russia get their news from the same source: the Russian State Media.

Operatives are challenged to guess which random numbers the Russian Troll Farms will be circulating tomorrow.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Politically Incorrect


Sharpeyed readers of this blog have spoken. Your LakeCountyEye erred in:
Better to Build a Bridge than a Wall
It was claimed that Republican Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor was not driving the truck that struck the Long Grove bridge. This is incorrect. The correct statement should be that Lake County's Metra Citizen's Advisory Board Member Larry Falbe was not driving the truck that struck the Long Grove bridge.

Your LakeCountyEye regrets the error.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Better to Build a Bridge than a Wall

Galloping Gertie
Whoever said ...
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
never anticipated the Long Grove covered bridge:
Yet another truck got stuck under the cover of Long Grove's iconic bridge, authorities said Thursday. This is the 30th time a truck has struck the bridge cover since it was reopened in August 2020 following repairs from a previous collision
Yet another truck gets stuck on Long Grove bridge
Republican Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor was not driving the truck.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Friday, March 11, 2022

The Ballot In Question

Lake County moneybags Richard Uihlein wants to cancel the next election and he has the firepower to do it:
The Voter Reference Foundation is putting the nation's voter rolls online while making unsupported claims suggesting election fraud. The group's funding can be traced to a Super PAC funded by the CEO of Uline.
Billionaire-Backed Group Enlists Trump-Supporting Citizens to Hunt for Voter Fraud Using Discredited Techniques
Uihlein's foundation is putting personal voter registration information and voting history on the Internet:
In early August, the foundation published on its website the names, birthdates, addresses and voting histories for 2 million Nevada voters,
Billionaire-Backed Group Enlists Trump-Supporting Citizens to Hunt for Voter Fraud Using Discredited Techniques
And Uihlein's foundation will use fuzzy math and chicanery to show that elections are all rigged:
officials said that the methodology used to identify the discrepancies was flawed, the data incomplete or the math wrong.
Billionaire-Backed Group Enlists Trump-Supporting Citizens to Hunt for Voter Fraud Using Discredited Techniques
The message to Lake County is clear: For the love of God, don't vote ever again!

Who is your first line of defense against this foreign onslaught?  Republican Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor.

Operatives are asked to insert their own joke here.

Monday, March 7, 2022

The Yuletides of March

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

If you believe the Lake County Gazette, it's never too early to early to start your Christmas shopping.

The Russian Troll Farms that supply the Lake County Gazette with exclusive content, naturally enough assume you will be giving something to your bartender on Christmas:
A bottle of Russian vodka would be perfect.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Third World War

Lake County has been sad witness to a government entity exerting illegal sovereignty over its independent neighbors. Your LakeCountyEye of course is referring to the Village of Third Lake and nearby residents of unincorporated areas.

HaHa, despite lacking jurisdiction, the Village of Third Lake wants to impose boat fees on unincorporated residents with homes on Third Lake:

Village of Third Lake
ORDINANCE NO. 22-02-02
NATO forces are not expected to intervene.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Wearing Nothing But a Smile

May the Farce be with You
WooHoo, your LakeCountyEye learned COVID restrictions will be eased on Monday.

In related news, while indoor mask mandates are to be lifted in Lake County, indoor pants mandates have been already been dropped in Fox Lake:
A Fox Lake village trustee was captured on camera exposing his buttocks to one or more village employees inside village hall in October of 2019, but officials call the act "unfortunate" and say there was nor will be any disciplinary response.
Fox Lake security cameras captured elected official exposing himself at village hall in 2019
One village elder told your LakeCountyEye: "It will be good to see all of those rosy cheeks once again."

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Badgering the Witless

Take a walker down memory lane.
Breaking international news: Lake County moneybags Richard Uihlein is supporting for Governor some guy from Wisconsin:
Liz and Richard Uihlein have a candidate to back, or so it appears, and Kevin Nicholson is that candidate. He's a Wisconsin native
Uihleins give their support to Kevin Nicholson
Can a Wisconsin citizen be the Governor of Illinois? Citing the long commute from a Green Bay or Eau Claire to Springfield, one legal scholar said the answer was "if not a no then at the very least ill-conceived."

Uihlein owns Uline Inc, which is located 20 miles north of Lake County in Wisconsin. One cognitive scientist warned that if you live in one state but work in another, "it's quite easy to lose your bearings. In more ways than one."

Last but not least, one business expert told your LakeCountyEye:  "Crazy?  Maybe crazy like a fox. You can get labor at 50 cents on the dollar if you hire it in Wisconsin."

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Take the Money and Run

looks like a million dollars
Good news, today's pop quiz is multiple choice:

Q: Why did Uline move its headquarters in Lake County 20 miles north to Wisconsin?
  1. For the highly educated and skilled workforce?
  2. For the warm and sunny climate?
  3. For the cheddar?
HaHa, Uline owner and Lake County moneybags Richard Uihlein donated $1,000,000 to Darren Bailey.

Uihlein made the generous donation because Darren Bailey is a Republican candidate for Illinois Governor.

In related news, Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor announced that she not only will be switching parties -- from Democrat to Republican -- but she now will be running for Illinois Governor instead of County Clerk.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Bailey Money

Can I interest you in a Chevy Volt?
Perennial Lake County moneybags Richard Uihlein is at it again. Uihlein donated $1,000,000 to Darren Bailey:
Conservative megadonor Richard Uihlein gives $1 million to state Sen. Darren Bailey’s GOP bid for governor
Who is Darren Bailey? Nobody knows.

Your LakeCountyEye put on some gumshoes and discovered that Bailey is a candidate for Governor. In Illinois.

And as if that can't bust your britches, Darren Bailey is also a farmer from McHenry County downstate Illinois. Bailey's farm produces corn, wheat and soybeans.

The farm, as far as your LakeCountyEye can tell, does not produce any dairy products. That would be Richard Uihlein's job. To produce the cheddar.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Start Spreading the News

Your LakeCountyEye got the scoop: Lake County is being galvanized by the Lake County News Dispatch.

What is the Lake County News Dispatch? Nothing less than Lake County's newest source of news:
Lake County News Dispatch
And who is the Lake County News Dispatch?
We are dedicated to aggregating news from local sources for you, as well as adding some of our own reporting on key topics of interest regarding Lake County Illinois.
About Lake County News Dispatch
The Lake County News Dispatch has the news and plenty of it. What more could you ask from your news source?

OK, it goes without saying that the Daily Herald may be Lake County's newspaper of record. But if their motto is "to fear God, tell the truth and make money", the Daily Herald has nothing on the Lake County News Dispatch.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Stop the Steal

... and they believe everything they see on the Internet.
There is no truth to the rumor that Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor filed for re-election as a Republican candidate this time because she screwed up the paperwork:
Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor is switching parties in a bid for reelection to a second term.
Democratic Lake County Clerk Robin O'Connor switching parties for reelection run
Since she is the Lake County Clerk, after O'Connor becomes a Republican, she will have to get up to speed on how the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump:
  • Dominion voting machines changed and deleted votes for Trump
  • Sharpie markers invalidated Trump votes
  • Mail-in voting is rife with fraud
  • People were throwing out bags of ballots and "finding" suitcases full of ballots
  • Poll watchers were blocked from observing
  • There were thousands of votes by dead people and people voting multiple times
6 conspiracy theories about the 2020 election
Robin O'Connor will also have to get up to speed on how to ensure that Lake County elects Donald Trump in 2024:
Seven ways Republicans are already undermining the 2024 election
One Republican Party boss told your LakeCountyEye: "If the Lake County Clerk ever eventually manages to preform her job competently, Lake County will be in the red again in no time!"

Monday, February 7, 2022

A McLaughlin Matter

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Martin McLaughlin is angry about an Illinois legislator, and public health bill HB 4640:
"This legislator obviously does not understand what her job is, or where her authority lies as an elected state representative," McLaughlin told the Lake County Gazette
McLaughlin is angry about the language contained in the bill, which ...
would allow the state to "isolate or quarantine persons who are unable or unwilling to receive vaccines, medications, or other treatments."
Anyone who took time to read HB 4640, however, would see that the objectionable provision ...
"isolate or quarantine persons who are unable or unwilling to receive vaccines, medications, or other treatments"
is actually part of the existing law, and not a revision.
Full Text of HB4640 102nd General Assembly
Existing law and revisions to existing law are totally different.

The Capitol Fax says about McLaughlin:
It's insane that people are this ignorant.
Who doesn’t understand their job, Rep. McLaughlin? It sure looks like it’s you
The Bill's sponsor says about McLaughlin:
This uneducated legislator is part of the reason I am now in this situation. I hope it is worth it for him when he closes his eyes with no worries at night.
Who doesn’t understand their job, Rep. McLaughlin? It sure looks like it’s you
One fictitious policy expert told your LakeCountyEye: "It's a good thing that ignorant, uneducated Martin McLaughlin is merely an Ex-Mayor of Barrington Hills. If he was a Lake County State Legislator I'd be worried."

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Gainsaying the Lede

Policy Wonk
Lake County is in the 11th Congressional District. Who knew? Lake County's newspaper of record, the Daily Herald knew.

The Herald looked at who is raising money in the 11th and how much.

Incumbent Congressman Bill Foster's ...
fundraising total for the final quarter of 2021 vastly exceeded any of his Republican challengers' efforts
Foster's closest competitor is Catalina Lauf.
The nearly $4.3 million Foster had in his political war chest at the end of the year dwarfed Lauf's $255,976 reserves
For 2021, Foster and Lauf raised roughly the same amount of money:
although both candidates have raised more than $1 million so far this election cycle, Lauf's total receipts were slightly ahead of Foster's as of Dec. 31
Given these numbers, naturally the headline of the Daily Herald story is:
1 GOP challenger outraising Foster in 11th District race
Bait-and-switch or just clickbait? One thing is known, your LakeCountyEye checked the archives and found these memorable headlines from past Daily Herald stories:
  • Cleveland Hall-of-Famer Jim Thome Throws Ceremonial First Pitch in Game 7 of Cubs World Series
  • Hindenburg Arrives Right on Schedule
  • We Ask Mrs Lincoln: "How Did You Like the Play?"
Next week: "The Headline Writer Deserves a Big Raise"

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Big Lie Under Oath

Just like deja vu all over again, it's Groundhog Day all over again. According to legend, when the Groundhog sees his shadow that predicts six more weeks of circulating petitions.

HaHa, March 14 is the last day to file your nominating petition for the 2022 Primary. Which means: Have you signed your Loyalty Oath?

Every candidate can submit an Illinois Loyalty Oath, and when you do, be sure to read the fine print:
I am not affiliated directly or indirectly with any communist organization or any communist front organization, or any foreign political agency, party, organization or government which advocates the overthrow of constitutional government by force or other means not permitted under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of this State; that I do not directly or indirectly teach or advocate the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State or any unlawful change in the form of the governments thereof by force or any unlawful means.
Signing this oath means you do not advocate the overthrow of the government of the United States:
Note to Ops: Anyone shown otherwise could be charged with perjury.

It's the law!

Friday, January 28, 2022

The Truth in Lending

Mark Curran wants to be your next Illinois Supreme Court Justice. And he needs your donations.

HaHa, J/K. Lake County favorite son Mark Curran didn't even raise $2,000 last quarter:
Curran was eclipsed by both of his opponents, John Noverini and Daniel Shanes, by a factor of fifty to one.

Everyone knows who Daniel Shanes is, but who is John Noverini?

Noverini is a candidate who lent himself $89,000 from out of his PAC on Oct 4, near the beginning of the reporting period:

He then loaned $95,000 back to the PAC on Dec 31, the last day of the reporting period:

This means for the entire Oct 1 to Dec 21 reporting period, the money was deposited in John Noverini's PAC for a total of 5 days. For the remainder of that time, the money was in Noverini's pocket. And despite everything, Noverini could still claim a fifty-to-one fundraising advantage over Mark Curran.

Note to Ops: It takes brains to be a Supreme Court Justice.