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Kankakee County Board votes for dumping on our River, our watershed, our lives.

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

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Your Chicago trash dump: Tell Kankakee County Board where to stick it.

Commentary by Joanie Liesenfelt
Publisher/Managing Editor
Add your favorite Kankakee County locations for the County’s new trash dump idea. To edit, just click on Larger View and enjoy.
So, just mulling things over here. Let’s consider some of the ideas floating around the County. Continue reading

Your Chicago garbage dump:
Where do you want to stick it?

Are hundreds of truckloads of Chicagoland garbage coming to your area of the county?

By Darrel W. Bruck, Jr. 6-7-2013
Please call or email Chairman Bossert and your board member: tell them to vote No to changing the County Solid Waste Plan.
The Plan now says: The county is not interested in garbage dump developers coming here to locate a mega Chicago regional garbage dump.
Tell Chairman Bossert and your board member:
VOTE NO to making Kankakee County the garbage dump for Chicago.

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Are you better off today than 4 years ago?

Letter to the Editor
from Darrel W. Bruck Jr.

The City of Kankakee has been in decline for many years as most of us know who grew up here. The city’s decline not only hurts its residents but also brings down the rest of the county. Continue reading

Breach of Trust:Tasering Children

Jamie Boyd sign
Powers and duties
State’s attorney.

(a) The duty of each State’s attorney shall be:
(1) To commence and prosecute all actions… in which the people of the State or county may be concerned. (55 ILCS 5/3-9005)

Posted by staff | News & Opinion Aug. 18, 2012

Jamie Boyd’s bold yellow election signs appearing around the county proclaim ‘proven experience.’ Fortunately politicians like Mr. Boyd are not held to very high standards of truthfulness.

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8-13-2012 – Update Bourbonnais Township Park District Sticks it to taxpayers again

UPDATING 8-20-2012
Revisit the June and July events:

by Darrel Bruck |
Posted by staff News & OpinionJune 9, 2012 12:46 p.m.

The Bourbonnais Township Park District is currently at the maximum debt level allowed under the Tax Cap Law.

They have now come up with a creative financing plan to borrow an additional $3.1 million dollars to buy Hidden Cove and park upgrades. This will keep maximum taxation on property owners for years to come.

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Zoned Out: Pig farm in your backyard?

Public Scribe quill with ink

Posted by staff9:07 a.m. Jan 16, 2012.

Last week, Eric Sadler, Kankakee County Zoning and Development Coordinator, was asked by Kraftdale homeowner Randy Knickerbocker to review a permit request approved by the City of Kankakee Planning Board.

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Crematorium: The Burning Issues

Russel Jensen's warehouse and weathered crematory Dec. 2011

Posted by 11:30 a.m. Jan 15, 2012
After 5½ years of garbage, 6-foot weeds,
rotting particle board, scattered car parts and a boat,
can this business change to a good neighbor?

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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
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“Nobody home!
Steal My Plumbing!
Trash Me!”
Posted by 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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