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Griffith plans Oktoberfest, Fall Festival

GRIFFITH | Griffith is holding one last fling before winter with this weekend's Oktoberfest and Fall Festival.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

Griffith eyes $18.9 million budget for 2015

GRIFFITH | Griffith is looking at an $18.9 million budget for 2015.

October 14, 2014 8:00 pm

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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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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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
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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Griffith gets ready to Rock 'N' Rail

GRIFFITH | The town's sixth annual Rock 'N' Rail Festival features music, food vendors and a beer garden -- all on the roadway and sidewalks of Broad Street by Town Hall.

August 26, 2014 2:39 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

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
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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Griffith residents along Cady Ditch may need flood insurance

GRIFFITH | Residents along the Cady Marsh Ditch, who may be forced to buy federal flood insurance, are asked to attend a special Town Council forum tonight.

August 04, 2014 8:19 pm

Lake County waste officials trash district's spending practices

Questionable expenses using taxpayer money are creeping back into Lake County Solid Waste Management District financial reports, and some officials are trashing the practice.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Some have vision, others have tunnel vision

RICH JAMES: Some have vision, others have tunnel vision

The sign in the locker room said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Visclosky asks Griffith to punch South Shore extension ticket

GRIFFITH | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky told an overflow crowd Tuesday night to get behind the proposed South Shore Line extension now because another opportunity won't be coming down the tracks.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Griffith reluctant to kick tax money to South Shore extension

GRIFFITH | The Town Council wants residents' input on whether it should kick nearly $400,000 toward South Shore Line expansion into Dyer.

March 05, 2014 7:00 pm

Water main break prompts boil order for some in Griffith

GRIFFITH | Residents south of Main Street are under a 48-hour boil order after a water main break Sunday disrupted service, officials said.

January 19, 2014 8:45 pm
Sewer wars may mean no business movement

Sewer wars may mean no business movement

HAMMOND | The mayor is vowing that new business growth in Griffith, Highland and Whiting will remain in the toilet until those municipalities resolve their sewer rate dispute with Hammond.

January 16, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Rick Ryfa

Rick Ryfa

Rick Ryfa, candidate for Griffith Town Council

January 16, 2014 2:32 pm
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