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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


Rick Ryfa

Rick Ryfa

Rick Ryfa, candidate for Griffith Town Council

January 16, 2014 2:32 pm

Gary, Griffith exploring possible sewer deal

GRIFFITH | Griffith will explore shifting its wastewater treatment to the Gary Sanitary District.

January 15, 2014 8:45 pm

EDITORIAL: E-911 merger issue has become urgent

Lake County's deadline for E-911 consolidation is rapidly approaching. The time for objections by St. John officials and others is over.

December 02, 2013 12:00 am

Crown Point, Lake Station mayors provide backup for E-911 merger

The Crown Point and and Lake Station mayors are joining the call to merge E-911 services into a single Lake County network.

November 27, 2013 4:25 pm

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit filed by former Griffith police chief

HAMMOND | A lawsuit filed against Griffith leaders by the town's former top cop has been dismissed, federal court records show.

November 27, 2013 1:58 pm

Griffith officials ask federal judge to toss out lawsuit

HAMMOND | Griffith officials filed a motion Wednesday asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by a former Griffith police chief.

September 12, 2013 7:00 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

Waste district proposes pensions funded by new income tax

About a quarter of a million dollars in new Lake County income tax revenues would help fund retirement benefits for solid waste district administrators and staff under a new proposal, a top district official said.

August 13, 2013 7:30 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

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

Griffith's former top cop sues town officials

GRIFFITH | Several town officials were named in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by former Police Chief Ronald Kottka over his ouster as Griffith’s top cop.

July 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Differences over Hammond Sanitary District rates raise a stink

HAMMOND | City officials and the town of Griffith are having a bureaucratic brawl that is completely in the sewer.

July 13, 2013 8:45 pm
Cal Twp. trustee parks staff's take-home cars

Cal Twp. trustee parks staff's take-home cars

GARY | Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin has parked much of her office's fleet of take-home cars in response to criticism over the high cost of its public relief services.

July 10, 2013 12:49 pm
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