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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 »

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.
You know, like about Chairman Michael Bossert and State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd’s secret trash dump deal and secret location and all the secret months of doing the deal behind the backs of citizens and maybe paying the consultant, James D. Burnham.
Unless, Mr. Burnham secretly agreed to work for nothing, find a dump investor, and wait for his $40,000-$60,000 for 2 – 3 months work, which he might have to give back because he’s educated and when he says, “I didn’t know the requirements about siting a landfill and don’t know anything about water-sheds”, well, that’s his job, isn’t it? So he’ll be toast, won’t he?
That    is,    of    course, only if it’s  a   crime  to  keep

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

Joan Reed April 11, 1948 – April 11, 2013

Joan Marie Reed, long- time resident of Kankakee, IL, passed away April 11 on her 65th birthday. A proud Irish lass, she was born in Aurora, IL, youngest child of Lucetta and Thomas McAleese. She attained her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University as well as a Master of Education from National Louis University and a Master of Arts/English Education from Olivet Nazarene University.
Joan worked as an educator   for  over  35 years
in many primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. At 24, she became the youngest faculty member to be awarded tenure at Plainfield High School and later was elected to the Plainfield District 202 School Board. During her 6 years with St. Francis Academy, she served as Faculty Advisor to the student newspaper (The SFA Focus), which won numerous awards both state and national for excellence.
Joan’s certifications for teaching  included   English,
Special Ed and Gifted.
She  was  active  in a variety of civic/community organizations including Two Rivers Reading Council, Community Emergency Re- sponse Team (CERT), and Wright in Kankakee (for historic preservation of the Bradley House).
A passionate political activist, her concern for environmental justice led her to work with Kankakee River Round Table and Protecting Our Water, Environment and River (POWER), groups which were instrumental in preventing the construction of an aquifer-polluting landfill.
She spearheaded devel- opment of the Kankakee River Valley Prescription and Drug Disposal Program, which sponsors drop-off boxes for safe disposal of unused medications.
Her final act of service was   to   become   an   organ donor through  Gift Of Hope.

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Joan Marie Reed
April 11, 1948 – April 11, 2013

$186,000 of Kankakee money goes to a Georgia Business
According to local sources, a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) was made to the City of Kankakee asking for copies of documents, check copies   and   all   accounting
records related to the $186,000 the Mayor spent in Georgia for city way- finding signs.
We do not have a copy of the response from the Mayor. The  source  said  the
Mayor replied that the City did not pay: Kankakee Development Corp. paid for the signs.
If interested, you could contact  Bill  Yohnka,  Exec-

City of Kankakee fire engineKankakee stalls back pay to Firefighter Stokes:
Termination overturned August 2012

Arbitrator orders the City to “make him whole”
Outrageous story to justify firing

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Small Town
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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“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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