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The people have fought and won against two other dump proposals and we will fight another one. We do not want to be the dump for Chicago and Cook County because county government can not bring themselves to live within their means.
By Darrel W. Bruck, Jr. 6-12-2013
Republic Services Newton County, IN, landfill

A “tipper” lifts a truck trailer to dump its contents at the Newton County Landfill, owned and operated by Republic Services. The landfill covers more than 400 acres south of Indiana 114, west of Interstate 65 with 20 years plus existing capacity. Times of Northwest Indiana-Marc Chase.

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, nfp (POWER), would like to thank everyone who attended the June 11, 2013 Kankakee County board meeting. We had a great turnout especially for a weekday morning meeting. I know many of you wanted to be there but could not because you had to go to work. Thanks to those who also spoke during public comment.
Those of you who attended got a first hand experience of how negative the board treats public input. They want to avoid it like the plague. This is why the board held no public hearings on changing the solid waste plan. Instead, they pushed passing the Open-for-a-Chicago-regional-garbage-dump ordinance.
Clearly getting a mega Chicago Regional garbage dump here is on the fast track. A dump developer has already expressed interest, something the younger board members seem to be blissfully naive about.
Board members George Washington, Jr. and Steven Liehr stated the public that attended the meeting was ignorant to just how safe dumping garbage into a mountain   is.  In   so   many
words, they said the board knows best.
Each board member was given a sheet by Chairman Bossert with positive comments to say about bringing a large dump here like the one on I-55 near Pontiac, 200 feet high and hundreds of acres across.
The whole thing was like a big play. Members had their lines printed out for them. Only 5 out of 28 did not go with the script.
A special thanks to county board members Larry Enz and Robert Snipes. They consistently stood up for the citizens in this county. I am sure Chairman Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd will come down hard on them.
As Chairman Bossert said yesterday, he did not go to bid or explore any other consultant than JDB Con- sulting Services which will be paid by us citizens $20,000 a month or $240,000 annually.
No answer was given, when asked why he did not look into anyone else for perhaps a better deal. The Illinois Secretary of State office shows JDB Consulting is operated by James D Burnham of Downers Grove. Bus. Phone: 630-333-5695. Continue reading »
government business a secret from the public and lie about your right to do it. In Kankakee, nothing the governing bodies do is called a crime. But gee, we're now playing in the State of Illinois puddle. Hum, that's a bit different. Just ask Mr. George Ryan how that worked for him.
So back to locations. The rumors suggest that Grant Park and Manteno are Mr. Bossert and Mr. Boyd’s favorite places for what they hope will be their new cash cow now that the state of Illinois is onto their little sales tax scam with the City of Kankakee.
If there is any truth to that hearsay, I guess Mr. Francis Smith of Manteno has already been consulted. I can't imagine Mr. Smith or his local residents agreeing to be a trash dump for Chicago and Cook County waste. Trucks hauling tons of garbage through Manteno every day will pollute the air. And, as all landfills leak according to the landfill industry's own documents, Manteno water may be first to go.
Of course, Mr. Bossert and Mr. Boyd may actually still be guarding their trashy little secret location.
So click the map, guess away, start a Trash Dump Pool, give the winner a year's supply of bottled water from the Pontiac Landfill area to ease the adjustment to new money earned by our support of the old unimaginative decisions made by government types singing what they believe is their stay-out-of-jail mantra "I didn't know."
Posted by kankakeegazette.com 7-5-2013
Commonwealth Edison rates are lower than the new City of Kankakee electric supplier, Verde Energy USA.
Commonwealth Edison published Price to Compare, effective June 1, 2013 pending, for non-summer is 5.473 per kWh. with final approval 5.505 per kWh. (updated change 9/2013)
Verde Energy’s Price to Compare is higher, 5.607 per kWh per the City of Kankakee letter to residents about the new electricity provider and their opt-out form.
Mayor Epstein said (Daily Journal June 4, 2013), the new rate through Verde would not take effect before Sept. 1. Therefore, the lower FES or ComEd rates would apply with only a loss of the lower rate throughout Sep- tember.
Mrs. Epstein also said that if the ComEd price is lower than the Verde rate, Verde’s contract gives the City the option of canceling this contract and returning to ComEd. It appears that Verde Energy could also choose to lower its rate to match the ComEd rate.
Apparently, the City of Kankakee letter dated June 11, 2013 may have been written in May sometime. It does not seem to reflect the ComEd rates and Price to Compare published effective June 1, 2013.
Go to Plug In Illinois for more detail about ComEd charges.
Please Note: Price to Compare does not include the Purchased Electricity Adjust- ment, which is a component of ComEd's Electric Supply Charges. Last year it was a credit many months. But this year, ComEd is expect- ing it to be a charge more often.
According to Plug In Illinois, “You will not be subject to the Purchased Electricity Adjustment when you switch to a retail electric supplier.”
Are hundreds of truckloads of Chicagoland garbage coming to your area of the county?
Mayor claims she got millions of $$$$ for neighborhood renewal:
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When you do not stand up
when government and power
retaliate to shut you up,
when you cower under cover,
never speaking up,
you become the attacker,
you give government power
to attack another and another.
You are attacked because
the person before you cowered.
The next is attacked because of you.
So on your feet!
Do not whisper,
do not hide pretending
you do not see,
speak out, loud, here, now,
like you live in America,
before it’s gone.
Joanie Liesenfelt
October 3, 2013
Who will try?
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Thank Nelson Mandela
for his incredible work
for peace and justice
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Nelson Mandela is a world leader and example of peace and justice.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner fought apartheid and campaigned against the racist policies of the South African government despite strong opposition. No matter how many times he was discouraged from his mission or jailed for political offenses, Mandela never gave up his fight for justice.
Mandela wasn't afraid to speak his mind and stand up for what he believed. In his efforts, he has changed the world for the better. And his passionate conviction has inspired many others to do the same.
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by kankakeegazette.com 6-2-2013
Most street-wise people know not to be a victim of crime. Never flash a large roll of cash or open a very full wallet in plain site. Avoid bragging about your Mercedes out in the lot. Avoid certain neighborhoods at all times. Avoid others at peak crime hours. Don’t pick fights in bars. Carry a real police whistle. Carry pepper spray.
These hints aren’t anything new. Criminals needn’t be the brightest bulbs in the lamp to victimize people successfully. Following the hints buys you an edge.
Protecting yourself is frequently straight-forward. Protecting property may be a tad more complex. But, again, basic cautions are simple, particularly when protecting, say, your house.
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