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Waste district officials seek way forward amid 'embarrassments'

Parking spaces and scissors may be key to reforming "embarrassing" spending practices within the Lake County solid waste district, several board members say.

October 06, 2014 8:00 pm
Some Lake waste district officials want review of take-home vehicles

Some Lake waste district officials want review of take-home vehicles

The 34 new vehicles were purchased over 13 years, with a combined price of $1.2 million.

October 05, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Dining on the taxpayer dime

Taxpayers picked up the tab for at least 565 restaurant bills totaling $38,594.29 for Lake County solid waste district employees and their guests since 2008, a Times computer-assisted review of the agency's credit card bills and receipts shows.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
Woman at center of waste district purse scandal resigns

Woman at center of waste district purse scandal resigns

An employee at the center of the Lake County solid waste district designer purse scandal has resigned, the agency's acting director confirmed Tuesday.

September 23, 2014 7:30 pm
Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

At least $107,000 in annual salary and compensation, a $600-per-month government funded take-home vehicle and a district credit card used for thousands of dollars in meal purchases and gas annually could all be at risk Wednesday.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am Related
Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

Waste board members calling for fiscal scrutiny

At least four Lake County solid waste district board members are calling for a review of an agency tuition reimbursement program after learning it wasn't created by board vote and isn't written in any official district policies.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Expensive graduation gift isn't only perk for waste district employee

A $751.14 designer purse and matching accessories weren't the only perks a Lake County solid waste district employee received -- at taxpayer expense -- for completing her master's degree, a Times review shows.

August 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Waste district board to discuss purse purchase, Langbehn's future

Lake County officials plan to meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of an agency director who bought a $751.14 designer purse and accessories as a gift for a subordinate using a government credit card.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Powers warns of possible lawsuit following cancellation of trash-to-ethanol deal

Powers warns of possible lawsuit following cancellation of trash-to-ethanol deal

Potential lawsuits are brewing in Lake County's trash-to-ethanol saga, according to a motion by solid waste officials and statements from the developer who had contracted to build and operate the plant.

April 19, 2013 1:16 pm

Potential legal issues abound in trash-to-ethanol contract

Some Lake County solid waste officials said they are just as concerned by the legal risks of preserving the controversial trash-to-ethanol contract as the litigation that could result from canceling it.

August 29, 2012 7:15 pm

More of the same or new hope in trash-to-ethanol saga?

A few days after Earl Powers pledged to county solid waste officials that financing for the trash-to-ethanol plant was all but locked up, he offered to sell his interest in the project, a Powers' business associate confirmed.

August 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Lake waste officials await latest financing pitch

Some county solid waste officials remain unconvinced trash-to-ethanol developer Powers Energy of America will secure financing from a major U.S. oil company.

July 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Kill the trash-to-ethanol contract or grant another in a long line of extensions?

Lake County solid waste officials have an opportunity Thursday night either to stand firm on a deadline for a would-be trash-to-ethanol developer to secure financing or grant yet another in a long line of extensions.

July 18, 2012 6:30 pm
EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

EDITORIAL: Recognize trash-to-ethanol as the flop it is

As the next deadline nears for developer Earl Powers to prove he's making progress on the proposed trash-to-ethanol plant, it's now clear that Powers hasn't made much progress in the years since he signed the contract with the Lake County Solid Waste Management District.

May 16, 2012 12:00 am

Waste district attorney: Powers holds permission, not blueprints, for trash-to-ethanol

Earl Powers holds a license to use a chemical company's trash-to-ethanol process but has not yet closed on a deal for the blueprints, a Lake County solid waste attorney said.

May 12, 2012 8:30 pm
Board to Langbehn: Draft plan to rein in credit card expenses

Board to Langbehn: Draft plan to rein in credit card expenses

CROWN POINT | The executive director of Lake County's solid waste district — criticized by some of his elected bosses and a state audit for past credit card expenditures — will have an opportunity to recommend changes to the district's policy for plastic.

March 16, 2012 10:30 am Related
Lake County dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

Lake County dodging a legal bullet on trash disposal?

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District could avoid potential litigation — but invite other legal problems — if the trash-to-ethanol contract dies between now and April 2.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Waste district to Powers: Produce results or face possible 'action'

If the company contracted to build Lake County's trash-to-ethanol plant can't show the project is making progress, Lake County solid waste officials "may consider appropriate action."

January 31, 2012 12:07 pm

Trash-to-ethanol financing data denied

The Lake County solid waste district claims it has little or no information a political critic has requested regarding possible financing of the proposed trash-to-ethanol plant.

January 10, 2012 5:00 pm
Controversy, uncertainty persist in trash-to-ethanol debate

Controversy, uncertainty persist in trash-to-ethanol debate

Following two years of studies, debate and public controversy, proponents of a planned trash-to-ethanol plant in Schneider have yet to apply for environmental permits or break ground.

February 13, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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