Lake County Solid Waste Management District
The chairman of Lake County's solid waste board credits a typically unheralded employee in the agency's ranks with good marks recently bestowed on the district by a state environmental inspector.
A region lawmaker who once chaired Lake County's waste district board said it may be time to renew a legislative push to reform the controversial government agency's business practices.
This week's topics – the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear states' appeals on same-sex marriage; the lawsuit filed against the city of Hammond and Hammond Police; and Marc Chase's detailing spending within Lake County Solid Waste Management District.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District is an agency in crisis. Steps must be taken now to prevent that from happening again.
Parking spaces and scissors may be key to reforming "embarrassing" spending practices within the Lake County solid waste district, several board members say.
The 34 new vehicles were purchased over 13 years, with a combined price of $1.2 million.
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.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board was created by the state Legislature to promote recycling and divert trash from landfills.
An employee at the center of the Lake County solid waste district designer purse scandal has resigned, the agency's acting director confirmed Tuesday.
CROWN POINT | Local government officials took advantage of the one day in the year when they can ask for salary increases, more employees and new office supplies and no one tells them no.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MERRILLVILLE | The Town of Merrillville will be receiving free recycled benches thanks to a Cap-A-Thon program initiated by Town Councilwoman Chrissy Barron.
Lake County Solid Waste Management District Executive Director Jeff Langbehn said in the past the briefcase purchased for an employee's graduation gift was similar to the one he bought his own son. Really? He bought his son a designer handbag?
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.
Call me a nerd, but I have always been interested in the happenings of nearly every aspect of government, even more obscure ones like the Lake County Solid Waste Management District.
Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.
Solid waste districts will be under the gun soon to boost recycling participation rates. It's embarrassing, frankly, how low they are in some areas.
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