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Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board

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
Solid waste district spent tens of thousands on 'luxury' items

Solid waste district spent tens of thousands on 'luxury' items

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board was created by the state Legislature to promote recycling and divert trash from landfills.

October 04, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Lay groundwork before hiring solid waste boss

EDITORIAL: Lay groundwork before hiring solid waste boss

As the Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board prepares to hire a new director, it should focus not just on reducing costs but also on setting a new direction for the agency.

September 16, 2014 12:00 am
Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

The Lake County solid waste district terminated the contract of its longtime executive director Wednesday amid accusations he misled board members about a $751.14 designer purse and accessories given to a female subordinate.

September 03, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Langbehn should offer resignation

Jeff Langbehn has served the Lake County Solid Waste Management District for 21 years. The executive director can now best serve the district by resigning.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Jeff Langbehn's 21-year tenure as director of the Lake County solid waste district has survived a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement, a failed trash-to-ethanol contract costing taxpayers thousands more and a nearly successful legislative attempt to strip his agency's taxing authority.

September 01, 2014 11:00 pm
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
Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

Official's 'briefcase' gift actually designer purse, accessories

At least four Lake County solid waste district officials said they were misled last month by district Executive Director Jeff Langbehn regarding the purchase of a $751.14 graduation gift for a female government employee.

August 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Solid waste district hears new trash-to-energy pitches

CROWN POINT | Two garbage-to-energy firms worked to pique the interest of Lake County solid waste officials Wednesday, hoping a past failed contract with another firm hadn't polluted the political waters.

June 19, 2014 9:15 pm

Cid: Waste district should be frugal with new tax revenue

CROWN POINT | The Lake County solid waste district should temper spending of new income tax revenues with frugality rather than using it for proposed employee pensions, a district board member says.

August 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Langbehn: Pension path for waste district employees not yet chosen

CROWN POINT | The path and funding mechanism for possible Lake County solid waste district employee pensions have not yet been decided, the district's top employee said Thursday.

August 15, 2013 9:30 pm

Hamm: New revenues should go to projects, not pensions

Lake County's top solid waste district official said he wants all new income tax revenues to be directed to a fund for projects or operating expenses, not employee pensions.

August 14, 2013 8:30 pm

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

EDITORIAL: Dispose of waste, not taxpayers' cash

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board is looking for options for disposing the county's trash. The board should make sure it doesn't dispose money in the process.

June 19, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: No more solid waste of time

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

April 22, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County officials cancel trash-to-ethanol contract

After four years of failed attempts to get a Lake County trash-to-ethanol plant off the drawing room floor, waste district officials unanimously canceled the contract Thursday with a would-be developer.

April 18, 2013 9:00 pm
WILLIAM NANGLE: No more flim flam

WILLIAM NANGLE: No more flim flam

Well, I figured if I waited long enough the worm would turn.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Put tighter controls on grants for recycling

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District's enormous budget includes grants to communities for recycling. But that's not necessarily how the recipients use that money.

March 27, 2013 12:00 am

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
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