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GUEST COMMENTARY: Go with grain, shop local for fuel tank

GUEST COMMENTARY: Go with grain, shop local for fuel tank

We have all heard and seen the campaigns, advertisements and little stickers encouraging us to “shop local,” “buy local” or “shop small.” The evidence is overwhelming that when consumers spend their hard-earned dollars at a small, local business rather than in a big box or chain store you ar…

May 20, 2014 12:00 am
Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Study: Some biofuels less green than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study said.

April 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake's solid waste board is wasting time

WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake's solid waste board is wasting time

You would think $5 million a year could buy a lot.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County official dismisses news of ethanol production from yard waste

A national chemical company announced it has begun producing commercial-grade ethanol using yard and plant waste at its Vero Beach, Fla., plant.

August 02, 2013 7:00 pm

Official: Political will wanes for trash consolidation in wake of trash-to-ethanol

The collapse of the trash-to-ethanol plan earlier this year killed any political will for a consolidated garbage disposal contract in Lake County, a top waste official says.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Corn planting slow for 2013 growing season

FROM the FARM: Corn planting slow for 2013 growing season

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

New Lake Co. solid waste chair: No more unproven trash proposals

The Lake County solid waste board should steer clear of commercially unproven processes when considering future plans for consolidating the county's trash disposal, the board's chairman said.

May 06, 2013 8:00 pm

EDITORIAL: No more solid waste of time

Finally, the ill-fated trash-to-ethanol plan has been abandoned.

April 22, 2013 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

EDITORIAL: Stop wasting time on waste solution

Earl Powers' trash-to-ethanol plan sounded good in the same way that Star Trek teleportation sounded good. Maybe someday it would work out, but who really wants to be the test pilot for this new technology?

March 26, 2013 12:00 am

Waste board may cancel ethanol contract next month

The longtime champion of a Lake County trash-to-ethanol plant expects a final decision to made next month regarding whether to cancel the four-year-old contract.

March 21, 2013 8:55 pm
Little changes in quiet Schneider

Little changes in quiet Schneider

SCHNEIDER | An early settler in this southernmost Lake County town observed in 1884 the area was a paradise for hunters visiting the Kankakee River valley.

February 24, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Wake up from trash-to-ethanol dream

Once more, the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board of Directors have learned that investors are holding back on funding the waste-to-ethanol project until more is known about the process. Surprised? We didn't think so.

January 24, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County waste board continues trash-to-ethanol watch in 2013

Lake County solid waste officials began their first meeting of 2013 in much the same position as the last of 2012 — still waiting to see if a long-proposed trash-to-ethanol project will come to fruition.

January 17, 2013 9:45 pm

EDITORIAL: Trash-to-ethanol is a too-distant dream

The proposed trash-to-ethanol plant has produced little but speculation since the contract between developer Earl Powers and the Lake County Solid Waste Management District board was signed four years ago. Don't expect any jobs to be created in the near future, either.

November 21, 2012 12:00 am
Scheub to GOP: Meeting cancellation not a dodge of trash-to-ethanol issue

Scheub to GOP: Meeting cancellation not a dodge of trash-to-ethanol issue

Politics had nothing — and everything — to do with last week's cancellation of a county solid waste board meeting, Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub said Monday.

October 22, 2012 6:45 pm Photos

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Trash-to-ethanol debate pauses until after election

Some Lake County Republican officials are crying foul over the cancellation of last week's solid waste district meeting, dubbing it a possible political ploy to push a discussion past the general election.

October 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Asky why Powers wants out of trash-to-ethanol pact

William Nangle's Oct. 2 column was past due. Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub's over-zealous desire for a trash-for-ethanol fantasy should give taxpayers cause for concern. The exaggerated savings to them is in need of a thorough explanation.

October 08, 2012 12:00 am

Can trash-to-ethanol facility make it?

With yet another collapsed land deal, a fresh set of delays on financing decisions and a contract in limbo, some Lake County solid waste officials wonder if they are hearing the end of trash-to-ethanol.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Ethanol proposal continues to sputter

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board continues to drag its feet on the dormant trash-to-ethanol proposal, voting last week to give more time to the consortium of region contractors that has talked of buying out developer Earl Powers' stake in this project.

September 27, 2012 12:00 am
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