POWER will be holding a Chicago
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, this coming Tuesday, February 3,
at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County Board, under the direction of Chairman Mike Bossert
County hired Attorney
Chuck Helsten, (who has a conflict of interest as he is a Chicago garbage
industry front man, http://goo.gl/Sv2FRR),
refuse to restore the moratorium on locating a garbage dump in Kankakee
County to the Solid Waste Plan, thereby keeping the for sale sign out to
any and all garbage haulers in the Chicago area.
So far, the Board has not
followed through with officially terminated the Chicago garbage
consultants’ $20,000 a month contract with James D. Burnham and his
Murphy, two more front men.
Keep in mind, former Governor Quinn signed into law a
state ban on new or expanded landfills in Cook County,
http://goo.gl/x5br1T, so Chicago garbage industry front man, attorney
Chuck Helsten and his firm, stand to make millions if he can get a deal
to dump Chicago/Cook County garbage on local farmland.
Citizens’ involvement will defeat their efforts;
just like the last two times this was tried. Please attend our meeting,
get the facts and get involved. You really can make a
difference. Questions, call 815-258-2758.
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the POWER meeting despite
the cold weather. It is people like you and many others all around the
county who have
gotten involved resulting in ---2014, a year of accomplishments in the
battle to keep a Chicago garbage dump out of Kankakee County but the
POWER held monthly
meetings which were very well attended by residents from all over the
county due in part to extensive coverage by local radio and several
newspapers in the area.
Several landowners, with land for sale in
the county, embraced our idea of putting a deed restriction on their land
preventing it from being used in the future as a landfill and on our
recommendation, a movement took place by residents of nine townships, at
their April Annual meeting, to pass (60 ILCS 1/30-120), outlawing garbage
dumping within their township
The nine townships joined two others, who
already had the no garbage dumping law on their books, bringing the total
to eleven out of seventeen townships. When the word got out, through a
five part series of front page stories in The Daily Journal along with
radio coverage, three more townships called special meetings for their
residents to pass (60 ILCS 1/30-120) bringing the total to fourteen out of
seventeen townships. Since then two more townships have said they will be
passing (60ILCS 1/30-120) at their April, 2015 Annual meeting. This will
mean sixteen out seventeen townships will have the law on their books
leaving only Chairman Mike Bossert’s township without the law.
The sixteen townships are also working to
form an alliance to fight against a landfill anywhere in Kankakee County.
According to legal research, no county in Illinois has ever tried to
supersede Township law (60ILCS 1/30-120) which was passed before a
landfill application was filed.
Through out the year POWER submitted many
Freedom of Information Requests to Kankakee County regarding landfill
consultants James D. Burnham, Charles Murphy, Attorneys Chuck Helsten,
George Mueller and consultant Chris Brown. The Illinois Attorney General’s
office got involved twice to enforce the FOI act.
POWER obtained emails between these
individuals along with States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike
Bossert. We also learned that Consultant James D. Burnham $20,000 a month
invoices to the county were backdated by two months before the county
board voted on his contract. POWER also obtained copies of all the
consultant and attorney invoices, county checks in payment of the
invoices, who in the county signed off on paying these invoices along with
written communication between the parties. In all, several hundred pages
were obtained with most made available to the public at our meetings,
online and to the print and radio media in the area. Example: http://goo.gl/hPefY0
These efforts have resulted in much anger
and questioning of the Kankakee County Board and Chairman Mike Bossert,
not only by the local media and residents, as demonstrated by the move to
out law garbage dumping in all but one township, but residents also put a
referendum on the ballot to make the county board leadership elect able by
the voters instead of the board.
While POWER had nothing to do with this
referendum, we do feel the information we shared with the public and local
press coverage likely played a roll since no such referendum has been on
the ballot in Kankakee County before. While this referendum failed to pass
by a small margin, the December vote by the board to appoint a county
board chairman to a two year term showed a major divided in the board
The Republican Caucus had 10 board members
who nominated and voted for Andy Wheeler as chairman. Bossert did squeak
by with a two vote margin after he made a concession to his opponents on
allowing one of them to be vice-chairman. At the full county board
meeting, three Democrats joined the 10 Republicans not in favor of
Bossert. For the first time in history, Kankakee County has a chairman who
has a vote of no confidence by half of the board, most of the public and
the Vice-Chairman. This has resulted in several board members now publicly
stating on local radio and print media, while they did support Bossert for
Chairman, they will not support locating a landfill in Kankakee County.
At the end of 2014, the County Board PZA
Committee voted unanimously to order their Chicago garbage connected
Attorney Chuck Helsten to end the 21 month garbage consultant contract
with James D. Burnham and to determine the amount to be paid as Mr.
Burnham’s final payment to end all financial obligations to him. Members
of this committee and the new Vice-Chairman of the County Board have
stated a push will be made to restore the landfill moratorium to the
County Solid Waste plan in early 2015.
Restoring the landfill moratorium to the County Solid Waste Plan is
imperative and so is cutting ties with Chicago garbage industry front man, attorney Chuck Helsten. As long as he is around,
backroom Chicago garbage deals with Chairman Mike Bossert are a real
possibility. Attorney Helsten is a key link to Chicago garbage payola. He,
his friends and his firm stand to make a ton if he can put a deal together
to dump Chicago garbage on local farmland.
Everyone should call Chairman Mike Bossert and their board member. Look
on your voter's card for the county board district you are in then look up
their phone numbers here.
http://www.co.kankakee.il.us/boardmembers.html. Also consider
calling the other board members especially the new vice-chairman Matt
Whitis. Nothing, regarding this issue, is more important then calling
these people. Tell them to restore the landfill moratorium to the county
sold waste plan and cut all ties with Chicago garbage industry front man, attorney Chuck Helsten.
POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage
Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, Tuesday, January 6, at Paul’s
Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County Board under the direction of States Attorney Jamie
Boyd and Chairman Mike
Bossert refuse to restore the moratorium on locating a landfill in
Kankakee County thereby keeping the for sale sign out to any and all
garbage haulers in the Chicago area to dump garbage on local farmland
for a per ton host fee paid to the county.
Citizens’ involvement will
defeat their efforts; just like the last two times this was tried.
Please attend this meeting. Questions, call 815-258-2758.
No more landfill consultant? OK, but
that doesn't mean no dump
815-937-3370 | Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:44 am
Garbage is spread out and compacted (top left) and then buried using
cover materials (top right) as an empty garbage hauling semi-truck
(bottom) leaves the facility at the Newton County Landfill in Indiana.
Most alternative technologies use solid waste as an energy source, but
still require landfills for leftover ashes and other materials.
Kankakee County officials are looking to eliminate ties with their
$20,000-per-month landfill consultant. The county's planning, zoning
and agriculture committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to negotiate
closure of the consultant's contract.
But several community members and local officials who made public
comments asked the committee to go further in restoring a moratorium
on landfill developments. The idea attracted little support on the
"It's like a 'for sale' sign on your house," said Darrell Bruck,
founder and president of the anti-landfill group POWER, addressing the
crowd after the meeting adjourned. "You can fire the realtor but keep
your house up for sale."
To date, James D. Burnham, a former solid waste company executive, has
billed the county for $140,000 in services and collected about
$70,000, county officials said. He was hired in June 2013 to attract a
landfill developer to the area. His contract grants him payment on
only half the billing amount because he failed to draw a proposal.
"We've informally discussed
bringing their activity to a conclusion," said Mike Bossert, Kankakee
County Board chairman. The committee approved engaging their
environmental attorney, Charles Helston, to formally negotiate closure
of the contract.
Bossert said closing the contract now will assure he doesn't collect
the other half in the future if a landfill proposal were to surface.
Grant Park Trustee Debra Morgan asked county officials to heed to
wishes of 14 of the county's 17 townships which have passed ordinances
banning dumping. She said they would file lawsuits if the county were
to pursue a future landfill, as could a solid waste company if county
officials were to reject it.
"All the townships have said they're very, very against this," Morgan
said. "You've set yourself up for a lawsuit no matter what you do."
Larry Enz, the county board member who represents parts of Kankakee,
asked the committee to reinstate a moratorium on landfill development,
a move which would eliminate the possibility of future proposals. But
it failed to draw discussion from the other committee members, who
voted instead to adjourn.
In total, the meeting drew seven community members to the podium
during the public comments session, all of whom spoke against pursuing
Among them was Ralph Paarlberg, a
farmer near Grant Park who served on the Kankakee County Regional
Planning Commission a decade ago when that body made recommendations
against a landfill proposal from Waste Management.
"The county board should be ashamed of themselves," Paarlberg said "We
went through all of this 10 years ago. Did we not learn?"
Thanks to everyone who
came to this mornings Kankakee County Board PZA Committee meeting. It was
another overflowing crowd with many people having to stand up. Eight people
spoke under public comment, all of whom spoke out against the proposed
Chicago Garbage dump and continuing the garbage consultants' contract with
James D. Burnham and Charles Murphy.
Chicago garbage Attorney Chuck Helsten was a no show at the meeting.
Chairman Mike Bossert made excuses as to why Attorney Helsten was not there
after the board changed the meeting to today to accommodate Attorney
The committee voted in favor of directing Attorney Chuck Helsten to end the
garbage dump consultants’ contract and to find out how much it is going to
cost the county to do so. However, the committee refused to make a motion to
restore the moratorium on locating a landfill in Kankakee County to the
County Solid Waste Plan. Thereby keeping the for sale sign or welcome sign
out to any and all Chicago garbage haulers to start dumping garbage on local
While today's action by the board is a start, the fight goes on as long as
the county board refuses to restore the moratorium on locating a landfill in
Good morning everyone.
POWER has learned a special Kankakee County Board Planning, Zoning &
Agriculture (PZA) Committee meeting will take place one week from today,
Wednesday, December 17 at 9:00 AM at the County Administration building, 4th
floor, 189 E. Court Street Kankakee. The building is at the north/west
corner of Schuyler and Court Street.
It is especially
important for those who live in and around the Grant Park area, Manteno area
and Herscher area (western part of the county) to be at this meeting. It is
well known the garbage consultants have been marketing these areas as a
location for a large Chicago/Cook County garbage dump.
The purpose of the meeting is to end all contracts http://goo.gl/5usWIW and
ties with the Chicago garbage industry consultants and garbage industry
attorney Chuck Helsten.
This meeting is a result of a move to end all
ties with the Chicago garbage industry at last month’s PZA meeting. At that
time, Chairman Mike Bossert sent an SOS to attorney Chuck Helsten asking him
to attend the November meeting to help talk the board out of getting rid of
Helsten and the consultants.
Mr. Helsten did attend that meeting and told the board they must not end the
garbage consultant contracts with James D. Burnham and Charles Murphy along
with ties to himself. The reason given was he, Mr. Helsten, was talking to
an attorney who represents someone in the garbage business who is interested
in a garbage operation in Kankakee County. The committee agreed to table the
motion to end all the contracts until this special meeting when Attorney
Chuck Helsten is to explain more on what he is up to.
The meeting is deliberately at 9:00 AM so many people cannot attend because
they are working. We are asking those who can, to please attend this
meeting. Get there 10 minutes early and sign the card for public comment.
Public comment takes place at the beginning of the meeting. We need a packed
house with some people speaking against making Kankakee County Chicago’s
dump, against all the backroom secret deals and asking the board to end all
ties with the Chicago garbage consultants and attorney Chuck Helsten.
It is especially important for those who live in and around the Grant Park
area, Manteno area and Herscher area to be at this meeting. It is well known
the garbage consultants have been marking those areas for a large
Chicago/Cook County garbage dump. This does not mean they would not put a
dump near Momence or St. Anne if they can’t find a willing land owner in the
northern or western parts of the county.
Please make it your business to be there and to speak up now before it is
too late. Questions, call POWER at 815-258-2758
Protecting Our Water,
Environment & River, nfp (POWER) would like to thank everyone who attended
our Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition meeting yesterday at Paul’s Restaurant.
We are very happy to report another great turn out of residents from all
over the county. We had a full house and we would like to thank everyone for
their continued involvement in this fight.
Clearly residents are paying attention and are very angry with Kankakee
County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’ push to make Kankakee County Chicago’s
garbage dump and the ongoing contracts with Chicago garbage industry
consultants James D. Burnham and Charles Murphy, along with well know
Chicago garbage industry attorney Chuck Helsten.
Mr. Helsten and his firm, have a long sorted pass with garbage haulers in
Chicago. He is the true instigator, along with Chairman Mike Bossert’s
personal consultant Chris Brown to a lesser extent, of making Kankakee
County Chicago’s dump.
Together these consultants and attorney Chuck Helsten stand to make millions
if they can get a Chicago dump located here, not only from their contracts
with Kankakee County, but deals they likely have with the players in the
Chicago garbage industry.
In recent weeks, some Kankakee County Board
members have attempted to call for a vote to end all of these consultant
contracts and get rid of Chuck Helsten. Everyone time they hold a meeting to
do just that, Chairman Mike Bossert sends an SOS to Attorney Chuck Helsten
and Helsten comes to the meeting and he along with States Attorney Jamie
Boyd tell the board they must keep the consultants and Mr. Helsten on the
county payroll as a deal for a dump is getting closer.
The next county meeting on ending the contracts of the consultants and with
Attorney Chuck Helsten, we are being told, is Tuesday December 23, 9:00 AM,
fourth floor of the county building, Schulyer and Court Street, Kankakee.
Hopefully the board will go forward with ending all of these contracts and
stop listening to States Attorney Jamie Boyd, garbage attorney Chuck Helsten
and Chairman Mike Bossert.
POWER's next meeting is Tuesday, January 6, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Restaurant,
500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee, next to Jewels. POWER will call a special
meeting before then if a garbage dump application is filed before our
January 6 meeting.
We beat the last two Chicago dump applicants and we will beat any and all
applicants that may try again.
Sadly it is true. Chairman Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd and their
hired Chicago garbage industry consultants and Chicago garbage industry
attorney Chuck Helsten are all about selling out Kankakee County residents,
Kankakee County farmland, ground water, air quality and the cleanest river
in the state, the Kankakee River for hundreds of thousands of dollars in
If we had some real
leadership in the county, this cartoon would say, "Let me get this straight
the only thing you want for Christmas is a good marketing plan to market
Kankakee County at commercial, business trade shows, trade publications,
etc. so Kankakee County will be the best county in the worst state, jobs,
real economic development"
It will never happen
with all the graft, nepotism, cronyism and skimming off the top that takes
place in this county. Everyone who does not have to be at work this Monday
morning, Dec. 1, needs to make it their business to be at the 9:00 AM
Kankakee County Board meeting on the 4th floor of the county building on the
corner of Schuyler and Court Street, Northwest corner, 189 E. Court Street
Get there 10 minutes
early to sign a card so you can speak during public comment at the beginning
of the meeting.
Only two things are
happen at this meeting, three new board members are seated and the board
votes for who will be chairman the next two years.
They need to hear from
you, the voters, residents, Mr. Bossert must not be reelected as Chairman.
We cannot stand two more years of Mike Bossert screwing over the employees
and citizens of Kankakee County. He has to go and take all his corruption,
graft, cronyism, nepotism and Chicago garbage consultants and Attorney
Chuck Helsten with him.
Chicago garbage dump, act now to stop
it. It maybe in your backyard.
Please Share with
everyone in Kankakee County, See The Daily Journal article below, posted
If you have not called your county board member, now would be a great time
to do so. The final vote for Chairman of the Kankakee County Board will be
early next week, most likely Monday December 1.
The best thing to do is call all the county board members now and come to
the POWER meeting this Tuesday Dec. 2 at 5:30 PM at Paul's restaurant 500 S.
Washing ton Ave. Kankakee.
Here is the goal. Ten Republicans have already voted against Bossert at the
Republican Caucus. We need to put the pressure on them to maintain their NO
vote to Bossert and we need to talk to the six Democratic county board members
and ask them to join the 10 Republican board member in voting for Any
Wheeler for Chairman. Bossert would be out and this would stop Bossert's
move to make Kankakee County Chicago's dump.
You can find your Kankakee County Board District number on your voters card
then look up your board member's phone number herehttp://goo.gl/XpLwKq.
You can also look at the Kankakee County Board District map here http://goo.gl/Py77jl for
your board district number.
Not good news especially for Grant Park, Manteno, and Herscher areas!
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:17 pm
815-937-3370 | 0 comments
A solid waste company is considering bringing a landfill to Kankakee County.
In a meeting where the county's planning committee was slated to discuss
cancelling the contract for the $20,000-per-month landfill consultant,
county board members instead learned that an unnamed landfill developer is
showing interest in Kankakee County.
Now, the planning, zoning and agriculture committee will be meeting in
December to hear from Charles Helston, the environmental attorney who
represented the county in two past failed attempts to site a landfill.
"There was interest by a party. That's what we'll be talking about," said
William Olthoff, a longtime board member and the committee's chairman.
"We'll have a special meeting before Christmas."
The announcement came at a meeting where the committee was considering
ending its contract with James Burnham, the landfill consultant. The
contract has drawn criticism as Burnham has billed the county for about
$180,000 in fees to attract a landfill developer.
Any proposal is almost certain to draw public resistance. To date, all but
three of Kankakee County's 17 townships have passed anti-landfill ordinances
to provide legal ammunition in the event a proposal moves forward.
It is also certain to be attractive to county officials, who cut 10 percent
from the county's $31.8 million budget and say they're about to layoff 40
county cops and jail guards next week.
The landfill proposals county officials considered a decade ago offered an
estimated $120 million in tipping fees over 25 years.
The Daily Journal will report the exact time and date of the special meeting
once it is set.
considers Kankakee County
A solid waste company is
considering bringing a landfill to Kankakee County.
POWER will be holding a Chicago
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, Tuesday, December 2, at Paul’s
Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
With the likely reappointment of
Mike Bossert to a two year term as Chairman of the Kankakee County Board,
the push to make Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump will continue.
The fight is just getting
started as Chicago garbage industry consultants James D. Burnham,
Charles Murphy and Chris Brown as well as Chicago garbage industry attorney
Chuck Helsten and their firms are still lurking in the background trying to
make deals to benefit themselves at the expense of the many in Kankakee
County. Their contracts have not been cancelled nor has the moratorium on
locating a landfill in Kankakee County been restored to the Kankakee County
Solid Waste Plan
Citizens’ involvement can defeat
Chairman Bossert’s efforts; just like the last two times this was tried.
Please attend this meeting. We
usually have a great turn out at our meetings from all over the county and
we try to start on time. Meetings usually last about an hour. Questions,
The priorities of Kankakee County Board
Chairman, Mike Bossert, has been to remove the landfill moratorium from the
County Solid Waste Plan thereby putting the welcome sign on the county for
Chicago garbage and paying Chicago garbage consultants
James D. Burnham, Charles Murphy, Chris Brown and Chicago garbage industry
attorney Chuck Helsten, all with taxpayer dollars instead of doing what is
in the best interest of County residents long term.
See where all the money has gone here: http://goo.gl/5usWIW
addition to officially cutting ties to Chicago garbage attorney Chuck
Helsten and the consultants, the garbage landfill moratorium must be
restored to the Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan by the county board. This
must be done to remove the Chicago garbage dump welcome sign from the
Until this is done, even if the Chicago garbage dump attorney and
consultants get the ax, the Chicago garbage dump welcome sign will still be
on the county. Please call your county board member and ask him or her to
restore the moratorium on garbage landfills to the Kankakee County Solid
Waste Plan and to officially give the ax to Chicago garbage industry
Attorney Chuck Helsten and his firm along with consultants James D. Burnham,
Charles Murphy and Chris Brown.
It is imperative everyone call their county board member now on this matter.
Don't email them as most don't use their email. You can find your Kankakee
County Board District number on your voters card then look it up here
http://goo.gl/XpLwKq. You can also look at the Kankakee County Board
District map here http://goo.gl/Py77jl.
View November 14, 2014
The October Chicago
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting held Tuesday, October 14 had another good
turnout. Everyone was updated on the information obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act and the fact the Illinois Attorney General’s
Office having to get involved to get States Attorney Jamie Boyd to comply.
Aroma Township holding
special meeting Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 PM at the township building for
the purpose of outlawing the dumping of garbage in their township per (60
ILCS 1/30-120) Sec. 30-120 of the Illinois Township Code. They will become
the 14th township out of 17 townships in Kankakee County to outlaw garbage
dumps in their Township. Kankakee Township does not have land available for
a dump as they are an urban township. This leaves only Bourbonnais and
Limestone Townships who have not passed the no garbage dump law and who have
Supervisor MiIke Bossert is also the Kankakee County Board Chairman and he
along with States Attorney Jamie Boyd have led the county pursuit of a
Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland in exchange for a
per ton garbage host fee. Since Mr. Bossert wants to make Kankakee County
Chicago's garbage dump for the money, he is not likely to allow Limestone
township to join the other 14 townships in outlawing a garbage dump. The
issue was brought up at the April Township meeting by township residents and
Mr. Bossert told them they were out of order and no such law outlawing a
garbage dump in Limestone Township would be allowed.
The Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting
scheduled for 5:30 PM, the first Tuesday of October, has been changed to the
second Tuesday, October 14 at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave.
POWER will resume the first Tuesday of the month Chicago garbage dump
opposition meetings, Tuesday December 2. There will be no meeting in
November. POWER will call a special meeting before then if a garbage dump
application is filed which could happen right after the election.
Citizens’ involvement can defeat Kankakee
County efforts to make the Kankakee area Chicago’s garbage dump; just like
the last two times this was tried. Questions, call 815-258-2758.
share this information with everyone in Kankakee County.
POWER will be holding a
Chicago Garbage Dump Update Meeting this Tuesday, September 2, 5:30 PM at
Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County
Board, under the direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney
Jamie Boyd, are still working with 3 consultants and 2 attorneys connected
to the Chicago garbage industry to find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump
garbage on local farmland.
These consultants and
attorneys have billed the county $315,000 that we know of through Freedom of
Information Act requests. One consultant is accruing $20,000 a month in fees
but has agreed to hold off on billing the county for 2014 until the county
raises new revenue to pay him. Another is being paid $5,500 a month from the
county’s current revenue flow. The two attorneys bill at $300 an hour plus
expenses and are being paid as they bill.
All the latest
information will be discussed along with the Illinois Attorney General’s
respond to our appeal to take action.
All Townships in
Kankakee County are being marketed as a possible dump location with the
exception of Otto Township which has been ruled out. We defeated two dump
proposals in Otto Township near the fair grounds a few years ago.
Please attend our
meetings and get involved. Citizens’ involvement can defeat this No Bid,
Done in Secret, Behind Closed Doors, Chicago garbage dump deal, just like
the last two times.
See you at the meeting
this Tuesday, September 2!
Darrel W. Bruck Jr.,
President & Co-founder
POWER has received a response from
the Illinois Attorney General's office regarding our Freedom of Information
appeal dated July 25, 2014. See the July 25, 2014 post below for
The response is a copy of a letter
they sent to the county Freedom of Information Officer regarding Kankakee
County's failure to comply with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act to
provide all documents and written communications concerning the county
board's pursuit of a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage on local
farmland. This would include garbage dump consultants and attorneys,
James D. Burnham, Charles Murphy, Chris Brown, Charles Helsten and George
Read the AGO letter to Kankakee County here!
The AGO letter is demanding our requests be
answered both to POWER and to their office. POWER was left with no choice
but to appeal this matter as we have been stonewalled for many months by
States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert on getting all the
documents and information we have requested. We wish to publicly thank
the AGO office for taking a strong stance on this matter, backing up the
peoples right to know what their government is doing.
Good morning! Thanks to everyone who attended
POWER's Chicago garbage dump opposition meeting last night at Paul's
We had another great attendance by people
from all over the county. With each meeting, new people are coming forward
to get involved with the cause. Citizen involvement will defeat Chairman
Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd's push for a Chicago dump, just like
the last two attempts in Otto Township a few years ago.
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting This Tuesday
Please share this with everyone in Kankakee County!
POWER will be holding a
Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting
this Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave.
County Board, under the direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd, are still working with 3 consultants and 2 attorneys
connected to the Chicago garbage industry to find a Chicago garbage hauler
to dump garbage on local farmland. These consultants and attorneys have
billed the county $315,000 that we know of through Freedom of Information
in Kankakee County are being marketed as a possible dump location with the
exception of Otto Township which has been ruled out. We defeated two dump
proposals in Otto Township near the fair grounds a few years ago.
our meetings and get involved. Citizens’ involvement can defeat this No Bid,
Done in Secret, Behind Closed Doors, Chicago garbage dump deal, just like
the last two times.
Please like us at
Bruck Jr., President& Co-founder
POWER is taking the fight for information on the
Chicago garage dump being sought by the Kankakee County Board, under the
leadership of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd, to the
Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
We are doing this to shed light on the behind
closed door, done in secret, no bid deals with consultants James Burnham,
Charles Murphy, Chris Brown and attorneys Chuck Helsten and George Mueller.
Collectively they have billed the County $315,000 that we know of. The
public has a right to know what these individuals or their firms are doing
for this money. Information on a planned several hundred acre, 200 feet
high garbage dump with hundreds of semi trucks dumping garbage daily from
the Chicago area, should not be kept secret from the public as Mr. Boyd and
Mr. Bossert are doing.
July 25, 2014
P. O. Box 169
Sarah Pratt, Public Access Counselor
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706
Dear Ms. Pratt:
POWER has submitted eight Freedom of Information
request to the Kankakee County Administration since the county board voted
June 11, 2013 to seek a Chicago regional garbage landfill developer.
Our FOI requests have asked for all documents,
emails, text messages, reports, written communications, consultant and
attorney contracts, invoices, copy of checks and documents showing county
authorized payments relating to the county efforts to recruit a Chicago
regional garbage landfill developer.
We have asked for all documents or correspondence
with the IL Attorney General’s office in regards to their letter to the
county about needed ADA courthouse work since the courthouse work is being
used as an excuse for the pursuit of a garbage dump. The county responded
with only one letter by States Attorney Jamie Boyd dated June 14, 2012 in
response to the May 2, 2012 AGO letter. Are we to believe no written
communication on the progress or plan the county has for meeting the ADA
requirements as outlined by the AGO letter has taken place? Yet, the public
is being told we have to have a Chicago regional garbage landfill to pay for
The county responses show that three consultants
are working on behalf of Kankakee County and two attorneys. They are all
connected to the Chicago garbage industry in one form or another.
Collectively they have invoiced the county for $315,000 that we know of.
They are consultants Chris Brown, Charles Murphy, James Burnham and
attorneys Chuck Helsten and George Mueller.
The county responses show that Chris Brown has
invoiced the county using at least three different company names. He was
also being paid as a lobbyist for the USAgain Corporation including lobbying
Kankakee County government for an agreement allowing USAgain to set up their
drop boxes in the county. Mr. Brown did get an agreement with county
government on behalf of USAgain.
Some months show the county was invoiced twice by
Mr. Brown under different company names. Only one of his company names has a
contract with the county according to the county response. All of his
invoices have been redacted, showing no information on what the taxpayers
are getting for their money. Requests for all documents, reports, findings,
or any other written communications produced by Mr. Brown in his capacity as
a consultant for Kankakee County have gone unfilled. The county responded
several times they don’t have any. Records show the county financial
officer is no longer signing the authorizations for Mr. Brown to be paid.
Chairman Bossert is now signing.
The same response was given for consultant Charles
Murphy. In fact the county says they have nothing in regards to Mr. Murphy
efforts. We know he was hired to work for the county in their recruitment
of a garbage landfill developer because we have some of his emails to
Chairman Bossert , Chris Brown, James Burnham, George Mueller and Chuck
Helsten showing his involvement. Yet, the county response is they have no
invoices, contracts or any information on Charles Murphy. If we are to
believe the county, then who is Mr. Murphy working for? Who is he getting
paid by? What about a potential conflict of interest, advising the county
while working for a garbage hauler interested in garbage dump?
James Burnham’s contract shows the contract can
only be cancelled by either party with a 60 day notice. Until then, Mr.
Burnham is to be paid $20,000 per month. Mr. Burnham’s contract is the only
contract the county board has voted on of the three consultants and two
attorneys. The vote took place June 11, 2013 and was signed by Chairman
Bossert, June 14, yet somehow Mr. Burnham invoiced the county retroactively
to April and continued to invoice the county through December, 2013 for a
total of $180,000. As of January, 2014 to date, Mr. Burnham’s contract has
not been cancelled so the fees are accruing, yet chairman Bossert has said
Mr. Burnham has decided to not invoice the county this year because he is
concerned about the county finances. Why would he do that? A $20,000 a
month consultant does not work for free. Since he is close to the Chicago
garbage industry, who is paying him? What about conflict of interests?
Recently Chicago area attorney Chuck Helsten came
to a county committee meeting to talk to board members after it became
public most of the townships in the county voted to outlaw garbage dumping
in their township earlier this spring. After listening to Mr. Helsten, it
became apparent this was a garbage landfill pep rally for the county board
members. Mr. Helsten stated he came down to Kankakee County to talk to the
board for free. Why would a $300 an hour Rockford attorney who is well know
for his work with the Chicago garbage industry, feel sorry for the county’s
financial situation and work for free? If Kanakee isn’t paying him then who
is? What about a conflict of interest since he has billed the county
$9,172.18 that we know of for representing the county in their efforts to
get a dump.
After eight Freedom of
Information requests submitted to the county, many documents are missing,
many requests have gone unanswered and many documents provided are severely
redacted. Some were several weeks late. With the recent IL Supreme Court
decision saying States Attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information
Act, there can be no reason under the law as to why States Attorney Jamie
Boyd and Chairman Bossert can hide the information we have been asking for.
With this letter we are appealing to the Illinois Attorney Generals office,
once again, for relief. The AG’s office has already contacted States
Attorney Jamie Boyd once before about insufficient responses to previous FOI
request from POWER. We are asking for that assistance from the AG office
again by way of this appeal.
We are requesting copies of all emails, text
messages, contracts, invoices, payment authorization, written work reports,
written work products, any written communications by and with Chris Brown
and his companies Chief Strategies, CBP Strategies, Christopher D. Brown and
all other company names he may have used or is using. The same goes for
Charles Murphy, James D. Burnham, Chuck Helsten, George Mueller and their
firms Fox Valley Consulting Services, JDB Consulting Services, Hinshaw &
Culbertson and Mueller Anderson & Associates. We are asking for complete
copies of all of these materials with no redactions. And we ask that the
materials be provided to us immediately.
I am attaching a copy of POWER’s FOI request and
the answers provided by the county that is the basis of this appeal.
Please contact me after receiving this appeal with
any questions that you may have.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President
Last night the Kankakee
County Republican Party Central Committee met at their Meadowview
headquarters. They had a full house in attendance by party members because
a discussion and vote on the Republican Party support of making Kankakee
County the garbage dump of the Chicago area was to take place.
The party members who
are opposed to the garbage dump being perused by the county board showed up
in large numbers. A vote on an official stand by the Kankakee County
Republican Party on the dump issue was not allowed to take place by the
party central committee.
Kankakee County Board
Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd lobbied in advance of
the meeting to keep the vote from happening. Those within the party
pushing for a vote on the dump issue were told, they need to back down as
they are dividing the party. They were also told the push for a Chicago
garbage dump will not be discussed by the Kankakee County Republican Party
before the November election because there is no reasons to do so since many
county board members don’t have any opposition.
Instead the party focus
will be on educating the voters on the need to vote for the November
referendum to increase the sales tax by 16%. It was the opinion by some
party members, the push for a Chicago garbage dump must be kept over voters’
heads to get them to vote yes to the sales tax increase and after the
election, it will be a much better time to discuss and make public the
details on the Chicago garbage dump being perused on behalf of the county by
the three consultants and two attorneys the county has hired.
POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump
Opposition Meeting Tuesday, July 1, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Restaurant, 500
S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County board, under the
direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney
Jamie Boyd, has the county on the hook for $315,000 that we know of, for
three consultants and two attorneys for the purpose of recruiting a Chicago
garbage hauler to dump up to 300 semi loads of garbage daily on local
farmland in exchanged for a per ton garbage host fee.
All of the consultants and attorneys are very connected to the Chicago
garbage industry so when Kankakee County Board Chairman, Mike Bossert says
some of them recently skipped billing the county because they felt bad about the county budget problems, it doesn’t mean they are not being paid by other
sources to get this deal done. All of this is being done behind closed doors
through No Bid, No Public Input contracts that are on going.
Chris Brown, one of the consultants, now has his wife hired by the Kankakee
County Republican Party to handle political fund raising.
According to Chairman Bossert, only Otto Township has been ruled out as a
possible location for a garbage dump, all other townships are being marketed
by the consultants as a possible location for a Chicago garbage dump.
The latest information and what people can do to keep their area of the
county from becoming the garbage dump for the Chicago area will be
We have defeated two other dump proposals near the Kankakee County Fair
Grounds and together we can defeat this one.
Please attend our meeting and get informed. Remember an ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President
The latest information obtained through the
Freedom of Information Act shows that one of the three consultants Kankakee
County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd have on
the county payroll, Chris Brown billed the county for several months twice
each month. He billed under Christopher D. Brown $3,000 each month and under
CBP Strategies $3,000 each month.
Previous FOI requests for invoices, the
county failed to provide information on the double billing. After
threatening legal action, the county suddenly came up with the double
billing invoices. This brings the total amount POWER has invoices for to
$315,000 for the three consultants and attorneys, all connected to the
recruitment of a Chicago regional garbage dump in Kankakee County.
We don't know if we still have all the
invoices. There maybe other invoices the county is still not providing.
The total bill so far maybe much higher then $315,000.
POWER is not saying anything was done
illegally. We only want to show how much money is going out the door to
these consultants and attorneys which have a hand in the recruitment of a
Chicago area garbage dump.
There has been a lot of secrecy about what Mr. Brown and his firm(s) are
providing to Kankakee County for the money they have billed the county. FOI
requests have repeatedly asked for Mr. Brown's and his firm(s) work product
or written reports to the county and the response is no such documents
share this with everyone in Kankakee County.
will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting this Tuesday,
June 3, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County
board, under the direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney
Jamie Boyd, has the county on the hook for $300,000+ spent on three
consultants and two attorneys for the purpose of recruiting a Chicago
garbage hauler to dump up to 300 semi loads of garbage daily on local
farmland in exchanged for a per ton garbage host fee.
All of the
consultants and attorneys are very connected to the Chicago garbage industry
so when you hear some of them recently skipped billing the county because
they feel bad for the county budget problems, it doesn’t mean they don’t
have other avenues for payment to get this deal done. All of this is
being done through No Bid, No Public Input contracts which are on going.
According to Chairman
Bossert, only Otto Township has been ruled out as a possible location for a
garbage dump, all other townships are on the table and are being touted
by county consultants.
Kankakee County is not
suitable for dumping mountains of garbage because we are located in the
Kankakee River Watershed.
information and what people can do to keep their area of the county from
becoming the garbage dump for the Chicago area will be discussed.
We have defeated two
other dump proposals near the Kankakee County Fair Grounds and together we
can defeat this one.
Please attend our
meeting and get informed. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound
this with everyone in Kankakee County.
Check out the
article in today's Daily Journal about Kankakee County budget problems.
Please make sure you have a tissue out
to dry your eyes.http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/landfill-windfall-blowing-in-the-wind/article_9b51141c-eb0c-5bcc-b06a-ad5d163b63e1.html
Here is POWER's response.
A Kankakee County Budget of $35,000,000 is 7 times
that of Iroquois County's $5,000,000 budget. Kankakee County only has 4
times the population and far fewer square miles. Over the years, Kankakee
County government has become the nepotism county with pay raises year in and
year out for elected, appointed and hourly employees along with plush
retirement plans. Several years ago, the county board voted for an enhanced
retirement plan for elected officials so they would earn 85% of their
salaries in retirement, We kid you not! Now they want to shove a
Chicago/Cook County garbage dump down the rural areas throat to keep
nepotism county endless pay raises going.
Invoices obtained through the Freedom of Information
Act show consultant James D. Burnham has billed the county for $180,000,
April through Dec., 2013 and has been paid $90,000 so
far. Burnham's $20,000 per month contract is on going as it has not been
Invoices obtained through the Freedom of Information
Act show Consultant Chris Brown has billed the county $103,500 as of
April this year and has been paid the full amount. He is currently being
paid $5,500 each and every month.
Invoices show Chicago area Attorney Chuck Helston
has been paid $9,172.18 so far and up north Attorney George Mueller has been
paid $4,710.00 so far. Both attorneys bill at the rate of $300 per hour
All of these individuals are engaged in and around
the recruitment of a garbage hauler in Chicago/Cook County to dump garbage
on local farmland and to sell
the idea to the community.
Chairman Bossert says Consultant Burnham is no
longer invoicing the county and we have been told Mr. Helston stated he did
not bill for his recent trip to a county committee meeting. Does anyone
really believe an attorney who bills at $300 an hour plus expenses and a
consultant who bills at $20,000 per month have decided to work for the
county for free because they feel bad about the county budget or they like
us? Ha, Ha, Ha, who is really paying them? Since they both work for the
garbage industry, who is really paying them to like us or feel bad about our
budget problems? What is really going on here?
this with everyone in Kankakee County.
POWER will be
holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting this Tuesday, May
6, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
County board, under the direction of County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and
States Attorney Jamie Boyd has the county on the hook for $300,000+, spent
on three consultants and two attorneys in the pursuit of a Chicago/Cook
County garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland for a per ton
garbage host fee and to sell the idea to the community. Does your area of
the county want to host a Chicago/Cook County garbage mountain with two to
three hundred semi loads dumped daily? This is
being done through No Bid, No Public Input contracts.
Chairman Bossert, only Otto Township has been ruled out as a possible
location for a garbage dump, all other townships are on the table and are
being touted by county consultants.
County is not suitable for dumping mountains of garbage because we are
located in the Kankakee River Watershed.
defeated two other dump proposals near the Kankakee County Fair Grounds and
together we can defeat this one.
our meetings and get informed. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.
The Kankakee County Board under the
direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd have
county residents on the hook for $300,000+ so far in attorney and consultant
fees in their quest to recruit a garbage hauler to dump Chicago and Cook
County garbage on local farmland for a per ton garbage host fee.
Consultant James D. Burnham Invoices through Dec., 2013
Consultant Chris Brown Invoices through April, 2014
Attorney Chuck Helston Invoices through April, 2014
Attorney George Mueller Invoices through April, 2014
James D. Burnham is under contract for
$20,000 per month and his contract has not been cancelled by the county so
it is likely his fees are still accruing even though Mr. Bossert has stated
Burnham has agreed to stop invoicing the county as of January 1, 2014
because the county is broke. Take note Mr. Burnham has been paid
retroactivity to April 2013 even though the county board did not OK his
contract until the June 11, 2013 board meeting. On the other
hand Mr. Brown continues to invoice and be paid $5,500 each and every month.
cartoon is in today's Daily Journal. It
says it all,
Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd's
love affair with dumping Chicago and Cook County garbage on local farmland
for easy money instead of doing the
hard work of real economic development.
Mr. Boyd and Mr. Bossert, which township are you targeting for the several hundred acre
garbage dump with 200+ semi loads dumped daily? With the Kankakee
County Democratic Central Committee already voting to oppose a garbage dump
no matter where you put it and most of the townships in the county voting to
fight you, Mr. Boyd and Mr. Bossert you are in for a very long battle.
Please share this great news with everyone in Kankakee County
Nine Townships unanimously passed a NO Garbage dump ordinance
per (60 ILCS 1/30-120) at their annual meetings which took place April 8.
They are Yellowhead, Sumner, Manteno, Rockville, Salina, Essex, Norton,
Pilot and Pembroke. All had large crowds of people. Two more townships
already have the ordinance on their books we are being told. They are
Momence and Otto.
The citizens in these townships have sent a strong message to Kankakee
County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd and their
hired consultants James. D. Burnham, Charles Murphy, Chris Brown and the
hired attorneys Chuck Helsten and George Mueller. The county has spent
around $300,000 on their efforts to recruit a Chicago/Cook County garbage
hauler to dump garbage on local farmland and to pay a county per ton garbage
host fee. Consultant Chris Brown is suppose to sell this grand idea to the
Thanks to all the great people that got involved and made it their business
to get this done.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President and co-founder of POWER
PS: We are hearing that County Board Chairman
Mike Bossert has said he does not care, the county will put a Chicago/Cook
County garbage dump
wherever they want. You may want to call him at his office about that at
The Kankakee Daily Journal Thursday,
4-3-14, Steve York's View. We could not agree more!!
POWER would like to
thank everyone who attended our garbage dump opposition meeting last night.
We had a record turn out. People came from all over the county with
Manteno and Grant Park having the best showing.
Both the Daily Journal
and Russell Publications had reporters covering the meeting along with WVLI
and WIVR radio stations. Russell Publications publish papers in Manteno and
POWER will fight the
proposed Chicago/Cook County garbage dump no matter which area of the county
is targeted by Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd through their consultants and special attorneys they
have put on the county payroll. They are consultants James D. Burnham,
Charles Murphy and Chris Brown along with attorneys George Mueller and
The county has spent
hundreds of thousands of dollars on these consultants and attorneys in their
pursuit of a Chicago/Cook County garbage hauler to establish a garbage dump
on local farmland for Chicago/Cook County garbage. Two to three hundred
semi loads of garbage would be dumped daily in Kankakee County and the
county would be paid a per ton garbage host fee.
POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition
Meeting Tuesday, April 1, 5:30 PM. at Paul’s
Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County board, under the direction of County
Board Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd, is paying
consultant James D. Burnham $20,000 per month, $240,000 through March 1 to
find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland for a per
ton host fee. Does your area
of the county want to host Chicago/Cook County garbage? This
is being done through a No Bid, No Public Input contract.
According to Chairman Bossert, only Otto Township has been
ruled out as a possible location, all other townships are on the table and
are being looked at by consultant James D. Burnham.
Kankakee County is
not suitable for dumping mountains of garbage because we are located in the
Kankakee River Watershed. What townships are doing to protect their area
and the latest information and action in this battle will be discussed.
We have defeated two other dump proposals near the Kankakee
County Fair Grounds and together we can defeat this one too. Please
attend our meeting and get informed. Remember an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of curer.
be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting this Tuesday,
March 4, 5:30 PM. at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
County board, under the direction of County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and
States Attorney Jamie Boyd, is paying consultant James D. Burnham $20,000
per month, $240,000 through March 1 to find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump
garbage on local farmland for a per ton host fee. Does
your area of the county want to host Chicago/Cook County garbage? This
is being done through a No Bid, No Public Input, No Accountability contract.
be done to stop this will be discuss along with the who, what, when, where
and why. Please attend our meetings and get involved. We
have defeated two other dump proposals near the Kankakee Fair Grounds and
together we can defeat this one too.
Board Chairman Mike Bossert has given few answers regarding the decision to seek a
Chicago/Cook County garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland.
Why was there NO public
hearing before this decision was made? Why was their no opportunity for
public involvement in this decision?
Why was consultant James
D. Burnham given a No Bid Contract to seek a garbage dump developer at
$20,000 per month, $240,000 as of March 1 retroactively to last April when
the board did not vote till June? Why has Mr. Burnham not appeared before
the board and the public to explain what we are getting for all this money?
Why has he not provided any written information, except his invoices, to the
county according to county responses to FOI requests? How long are we going
to keep paying this guy? How many people are going to get laid off at the
county to pay for Mr. Burnham’s fees since the budget is already in the red?
Otto Township has been
ruled out for a new dump. What townships have been ruled in as a possible
site for a new dump? Shouldn't the public know if farmland in their area,
ground water aquifer and wells are being targeted?
Get involved before your
area is named as the location for this mega garbage dump. Call
Chairman Bossert, Call your county board member. Attend the next
county board meeting March 11, 9:00 a m and ask what the hell is going on.
POWER's next garbage dump opposition meeting is Tuesday, March 4, 5:30 pm at
Paul's Restaurant 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee. Together we can get this
Chicago garbge dump stopped. We have done it before and we will do it
will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting
Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 PM. at
Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
County board is paying consultant James D. Burnham $20,000 per month, $220,000
through February 1 to find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage on local
farmland for a per ton host fee. Does your area of the county want to host
Chicago/Cook County garbage?
This is being
done through a NO BID, NO PUBLIC INPUT, NO ACCOUNTABILITY, DONE IN SECRET
is not suitable for dumping mountains of garbage because we are located in the
Kankakee River Watershed. What landowners can do to protect their area of the
county will be discussed along with information obtained from the county
through the Freedom of Information Act. Questions call 815-933-9696; Follow us
on Facebook at
will fight against
the dump no matter which area of the county is targeted. Please attend our
meetings and get involved. We have defeated two other dump proposals and
together we can defeat this one too.
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, January 7,
5:30 PM. at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee has been
canceled do to the very cold weather forecast for this Tuesday. POWER
will resume its monthly meetings the first Tuesday of the month, February 4 at
5:30 pm at Paul’s Restaurant in Kankakee. If a garbage dump application is
submitted to the county government before then, we will hold a special meeting
before February 4.
submitted a second Freedom of Information
request to Kankakee County Government on Friday, Dec. 13 for information on
the NO BID, NO Public Input, Done behind closed doors, $20,000 a month Chicago
garbage consultant contract. Here is our
FOI request and the county's reply received today.
Please take note of page
4. It is James D. Burnham's Invoice dated Dec. 1 which shows Mr. Burnham
billing another $40,000 for November and December and previous invoiced amount
of $140,000 for a total as of Dec. 1 of $180,000. As of Jan. 1, another
$20,000 will be due less then 12 days away.
Also take note the county
is saying they have no written information from Mr. Burnham on what he is
doing for his $20,000 a month fee. The county said the same thing in
reply to our Oct. 25 FOI. No work report of any kind. Mr.
Burnham has never appeared before the county board or the public. What
he is doing to earn this kind of money has been kept secret by States
Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert.
We fully expect a
garbage dump application to be submitted in January or February. They
like to do in the winter to keep attendance down at the public hearing.
We hope we are wrong as an application would mean a 5 to 7 year battle all the
way to the Illinois Supreme Court. POWER has already started fund
Please share this with
everyone in Kankakee County.
Here is some information
you will not see in The Daily Journal. Word is spreading about the Kankakee
County Board pursuit of a mega garbage landfill dump.
There was a farmland
auction last Tuesday, December 10 in Herscher. See the auction ad below.
What is interesting is what was announced before the auction started. It was
announced the land seller put a deed restriction on all the land which would
prohibit the land from being used for a garbage landfill now and in the
Seems the word has spread
about the Kankakee County Board, under the direction of States Attorney Jamie
Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert, hiring garbage consultant James. D. Burnham of
Downers Grove to find a Chicago/Cook County garbage hauler to dump garbage on
local farmland for a per ton garbage host fee.
County taxpayers are on
the hook for a payment of $20,000 per month, $180,000 over the last 9 months.
As each month goes by another $20,000 is due. At the same time, the county
announced they had $1.5 million deficit in fiscal year 2013 and just like
Illinois; the bonding agencies have lowered the rating on county debt to a
higher risk level. A $33.5 million 2013 budget was not enough for a county of
We applauded the
landowner family, even though they have not lived in this county for many
years, for taking a proactive action to protect their land from being mega
garbage dump. We hope other farmland owners, who are selling their land, will
also put a garbage dump deed restriction as States Attorney Jamie Boyd,
Chairman Mike Bossert and Chicago garbage consultant James D.
Burnham don’t care about environmental concerns, the river, the ground
aquifer, wells or the fact we have some of the best farmland in the Kankakee
River Watershed for growing food.
They only care about
creating a 200 feet high mountain of garbage on as many acres as they can get
their hands on for the money. This can be stopped before it gets started if
all farmland sellers in the county follow the Arthur M. Olsen family’s NO
garbage landfill deed restriction
Please like POWER on
LAND AUCTION 417±
Acres Kankakee County, Illinois
Tuesday, December 10,
10:00 AM Herscher American Legion Community Center
102 South Oak Street
Offered in Seven
Individual Tracts, Any Combination, or a Total Unit
• High quality, well
maintained farmland located in excellent farming community
• All tracts have
• Six-acre building site
with two homes and extensive outbuildings
GOOD EARNING POTENTIAL!
For property details
contact: Roy Bracey, AFM/Agent Chenoa, Illinois
(815) 945-7722 or (309)
Arthur M. Olsen Farms, Inc
Jay Allen, Lic 441.001838
James D. Burnham of
No Bid, No Public
Input, No Public Accountability, No Environmental Concerns, Done in
Secret, Taxpayer Funded $20,000 a Month Chicago Garbage Dump Contract.
During the May 29 Kankakee
County Planning Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) meeting States Attorney Jamie Boyd
and Kankakee County Chairman Mike Bossert directed the committee to vote to
recommend to the full county board a contract with Chicago garbage consultant
James D. Burnham. The contract requires county taxpayers to pay Mr.
Burnham $20,000 a month to get a garbage hauler to dump Chicago area
garbage on local farmland for a per ton host fee. States Attorney Jamie Boyd
told the PZA committee Mr. Burnham would likely have a garbage dump
applicant within 90 days. The committee approved the plan. There was no
discussion on environmental concerns for the ground water aquifer, the
Kankakee River or the fact we have some of the best farmland in the world to
The full county
board voted on the contract at their June 11 board meeting. Only two county
board members said NO, Larry Enz and Robert Snipes. This whole process was
all done behind closed doors in secret. No public input, no opportunity for
public input and no discussions on concerns for the ground water aquifer or
the river. When Mr. Enz asked Chairman Bossert why
the No Bid contract and the behind closed door decision was being done. Mr. Bossert
said he and Mr. Boyd wanted it done that way.
On October 25,
Protecting Our Water Environment & River, nfp
submitted a Freedom of Information request to find
out what has been going on behind closed doors in this matter. Please
see the full F.O.I. request and the county’s response here.
We were shocked to see that even though the full
board did not vote until June to approve the contract, Mr. Burnham has billed
the county retroactivity to April which means as of the October 25 date the
county taxpayers have been billed for $140,000 or 7 months.
Please take note of Mr.
Burnham’s Invoices being void of any information on what he is doing to earn
this kind or money . POWER also asked for any and all communications between
county officials and Mr. Burnham. Please note all the redacted
information and the response by the county they will not comply with the F.O.I. to provide
all of the written communications. Also take note none of the communications
provided discuss any environmental concerns.
What is it about this
garbage dump contract that it has to be kept out of the public eye by States
Attorney Jamie Boyd, Chairman Mike Bossert and James D. Burnham? What
are they hiding? Why has Mr. Burnham failed to appear before the county
board and the public to account for what he has been doing the last 9 months
and to discuss the potential impact a mega garbage dump would have on the
river and ground water aquifer? Why is the county board allowing
this kind of spending with no environmental and fiscal accountability when
they ran a $1.6 million deficit fiscal year 2013? Why is Jamie Boyd and Mike Bossert doing the
peoples business like Chicago and Cook County does it?
On December 13, POWER submitted another
F.O.I request to give Mr. Bossert and Mr. Boyd another opportunity to comply
with our F.O.I. request without redacted information and missing documents. If
Mr. Bossert and Mr. Boyd choose to not comply for a second time, POWER will
pursue the matter. There is no reason for this matter to be done all in
secret or is there?
Darrel W. Bruck Jr.
Current President and
co-founder of POWER
Chicago area garbage
should not be buried in Kankakee County.
I have been lucky enough
to be a Professor of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Illinois
Institute of Technology for over 32 years. Since moving from the south side
of Chicago (Bridgeport) over 10 years ago, I have continued to use my academic
credentials to consult on bioremediation of the infamous Limestone gas
additive spill-plume catastrophe of the 1980's, to consult with POWER as a
board member on "No garbage landfills in Kankakee County" initiatives, and
have enjoyed my ongoing love of trying to be a Waterkeeper of the Kankakee
Last summer I
presented to our 28 Kankakee County Board members detailed information on a
profitable, jobs-creating, 2 stage bioprocess for converting garbage into
ethanol. This 2 stage, thermochemical,bioprocess, patented by my former Ph.D.
student, Dr. James Krueger for the multinational INEOS Corp., has been scaled
up in Vero Beach, Florida. It is a 2 stage physical chemical/bioconversion
process involving microbes and many potential biochemical engineering and
industrial microbiological jobs.
I am intimately familiar
with the 35 years of research that led to the evolution of this bioprocess,
having pilot scaled a similar process, following the leads of Drs. Gaddy and
Drake out of the University of Arkansas and Old Miss, respectively. I
contributed to the biodesulfurization end of the research (see www.iit.edu/~cork).
As I explained to the County Board Members last summer, the process works, and
I suggested to them that I could develop a modified pilot scale of the process
with our garbage to prove that it works here in Kankakee County.
I naively thought
that this would eliminate the perceived need of the Board to overturn a
moratorium that we citizens established on the dumping of garbage (especially
from Chicago) into our County. Not one of the Board members called
me (815-715-0054). Now I learn that the Board has hired a consultant at
$20,000 a month to search for a garbage dump developer. This should be
intolerable to the citizens of Kankakee County. We can do better than
I again implore the
Kankakee County Board members to reassess their position on this key
environmental issue. Please look at garbage as an opportunity for the growth
of a garbage-to-ethanol industry in our County. Chicago waste should not be
buried here; it should be converted to ethanol by a well-proven and
established biochemical engineering process.
Dr. Doug Cork
Illinois Institute of
POWER will be holding a Chicago
Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting this Tuesday,
December 3, 5:30 PM. at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Kankakee County board
has paid consultant James D. Burnham $180,000 through Dec., $20,000 per
month, to find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland
for a per ton garbage host fee.
POWER will fight
against the dump no matter which area of the county is targeted. Attend our
meetings and get involved. Questions, Contact us at 815-933-9696,
We have defeated two mega
Chicago garbage dump proposals out by the fair grounds in the recent
past and together we can defeat this one too.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr.,
co-founder of POWER and current President.
We need to hold our county board
members accountable for not standing up to Chairman Bossert and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd and demanding a full accounting on what the public is
getting for our $160,000 to date investment in James D. Burnham’s NO BID
Here is a
link to a 3 minute video on the garbage to ethanol technology in operation in Vero Beach Florida.
It is the direction the garbage industry is going. One of these plants can be
built in any industrial park. A plant with this technology is being planned
for Lake County Indiana, our neighbors to the east.
Why is the Kankakee County Board not looking into this technology instead of
paying James D. Burnham $20,000 a month, $160,000 to date to find a Chicago
garbage hauler to dump garbage on local farmland?
Please call your county board member and Chairman Mike Bossert and ask him
why? Why is this all being done in secret with no accountability to the public
and no opportunity for public input?
We are spending $20,000 per month on James D. Burnham’s NO BID contract and
what are we getting for our investment? No accountability! Why was this guy
given a NO BID Contract? Is someone getting a kickback?
We need to hold our county board members accountable for not standing up to
Chairman Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd and demanding a full
accounting on what the public is getting for our $160,000 to date investment
in James D. Burnham’s NO BID Contract. Mr. Burham of Downers Grove has never
appeared before the board & the public to give any accounting on what he is
doing. See his invoices here for April through October, seven months. We are now
well into November so another $20,000 is due. Invoices
April through October
County Board contact information
James D. Burnham of Downers
Grove has billed Kankakee county taxpayers $140,000.00 so far. As you recall this is the guy who States Attorney Jamie Boyd and
Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert hired through a no
bid contract, to find a garbage hauler in the Chicago area to dump garbage
on local farmland for a county garbage host fee. The county board did not
vote to approve this agreement until June 11, yet as you can see by the invoices, Mr.
Burnham is billing $20,000 a month all the way back to April which means to
date we have paid this guy for 7
He has never appeared before the
board or provided any information on what he has been doing to earn his fee
from Kankakee County taxpayers. The board and the public has been kept in the
dark. As each month goes by, another $20,000 is due.
This information was obtained
through a Freedom of Information request. The F.O.I request also asked for
all written communications between Mr. Burnham and county officials.
According to the county's response, Mr. Burnham has not provide any written
information the public can have on what he has done to earn $140,000 the last
7 months, no written report of any kind.
Please get involved before they
spend a million plus dollars on this guy with no explanation to the public or
the board. Keep in mind while they spent $140,000 to date on this guy with no
accountability from him, the financial director of the county told the finance
committee, he projects a $1.4 million county deficit for this year which ends
November 30 and he projects double that next year. Wouldn't the $20,000
a month be better used for County expenses then this
garbage dump consultant?
We need your help, please call
Mr. James D. Burnham at his office and leave a message on his voice mail. Ask
him what he is doing for all this money and why it is all a secret with no
public accountability of any kind? Ask him how he got a no bid contract?
Tell him we don't want a garbage dump on our farmland. His office number is
630-333-5695 He is located in Downers Grove.
Call Chairman Bossert at
815-937-3642. Let him know what you think about his and Jamie Boyd's no bid
grand plan. You will also get his voice mail.
We may not be able to do much
about what goes on in Springfield but we can do a lot on what goes on locally.
Please get involved.
Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition
Meeting this Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 PM. at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S.
Washington Ave. Kankakee.
The Freedom of Information
documents provided by Kankakee County shows Attorney George Mueller is
involved. He represented the last garbage dump applicant which we defeated.
Now, he maybe representing Groot Industries another garbage hauler in the
Chicago/Cook County Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting this
Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 PM. at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave.
Kankakee. The Kankakee County board, starting last June, is still paying
consultant James D. Burnham of Downers Grove $20,000 per month to find a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage
on local farmland. The bill to the taxpayers is up to $100,000 and growing.
This decision was done behind closed doors without public input.
POWER will fight against the dump no matter which area of the
county is targeted. Please attend our meetings and get involved. We
have defeated two mega garbage dump proposals out by the Kankakee County Fair grounds
in the recent past and together we can defeat this one too.
With farm crops
nearly all harvested, this is the time a dump developer would be using to move
forward with a dump application with the county board. An option to purchase
or an outright purchase of farmland will take place along with an engineering
firm sent to look at the land. All these things would take place before a
winter application would be filed with county government. They like to hold
the required public hearing in the winter as fewer people will likely attend
is what they think.
Questions? call 815-933-9696.
long awaited garbage-to-ethanol plant is moving forward in Schneider Indiana
which is just across the state line, 27 miles from the City of Kankakee and 15
miles from the garbage transfer station in Momence where the lion share of
Kankakee County generated garbage goes through.
This plant will
take garbage for half the cost that a garbage dump charges because they will
make their money from the energy they will produce. One of the sources for
garbage for this plant will be Chicago.
plant will license the technology from Ineos which has a plant up and running
in Vero Beach Florida.
This makes the
Kankakee County proposed Chicago/Cook County mega garbage dump obsolete.
Instead of paying a consultant to get one of these plants here, they are
paying a consultant $20,000 a month to bring a polluting, obsolete garbage
dump to our county.
Aug 2, 2013 02:04AM
Breakthrough technology behind the Schneider trash-to-ethanol
plant proposed by Powers Energy apparently has been proven.
means construction of the plant in the small Lake County town will move
forward remains to be seen.
INEOS Bio on
Wednesday announced its plant in Vero Beach, Fla., is producing cellulosic
ethanol at a commercial scale. This is the first commercial-scale production
in the world using INEOS Bio’s gasification and fermentation technology for
conversion of biomass waste into bioethanol and renewable power, according to
Beach team has) successfully addressed the challenges of moving a new
technology to large production scale for the very first time,” said Peter
Williams, CEO of INEOS Bio and chairman of INEOS New Planet BioEnergy.
“We expect to
spend the remainder of 2013 putting the plant through its paces and
demonstrating full nameplate capacity,” Williams said.
holds the Indiana license for the INEOS Bio trash-to-ethanol technology.
In March the Lake
County Solid Waste Management District canceled its 2008 contract with Powers
Energy to build the $300 million trash-to-energy plant after repeated delays
by Powers to secure and provide proof of funding. A last-ditch effort by
Powers to turn the deal over to a local construction consortium, SMC LLC, in
an attempt to win favor and more time from the Solid Waste Management
District, also was unsuccessful.
Lack of proof the
technology works was a major sticking point for Solid Waste Management
District board members, who ultimately grew tired of waiting for the project
to move forward.
Councilman David Hamm, who chairs the Solid Waste Management District board,
at the time said the board could no longer bet on an unproven technology. He
said Thursday that the fact that the Vero Beach plant is operation does not
change the position of the Solid Waste Management District.
producing commercial grade ethanol from wood and vegetative matter only, not
residential garbage,” Hamm said. “We need household waste reduced.”
the company president, on Thursday said now that the technology is proven, he
has access to funding and will be seeking written commitments of municipal
solid waste supplies from sources contacted outside of the Solid Waste
Management District. The project can move forward without the Solid Waste
Management District, he said.
received multiple verbal commitments for a solid waste supply pending the
outcome of production at the Indian Beach BioEnergy pilot plant in Vero Beach,
“Now we know it’s
working and it’s working well,” Powers said, adding they will be contacting
those prospective waste supplies for a firm commitment in the next several
Powers said the
company does not have a signed option on the land, but he has been in contact
with the landowner, Jim Huber, who he said is willing to try to work out
another deal. Richard Ludlow, Schneider Town Council president, said the
zoning and annexation approved for the project remains in place for Powers.
“I’m kind of
excited about moving forward there. Hopefully the feedstock hasn’t been given
to someone else,” Powers said.
Beach BioEnergy is using vegetation and wood stock to create the ethanol.
Beginning in 2014, the plant, which has been constructed next to a landfill,
will begin to use municipal solid waste as a feedstock, the company said.
spokesman for SMC, said he was pleased to learn the technology had finally
“You know, we’ve
been hoping all along, even after the construction group took a step back from
it, we’ve been hoping it would come through. We believed in the process to
begin with and thought it was the right thing to do,” Cleveland said.
While he is
not sure of the future of trash-to-ethanol technology in Lake County, he is
confident the technology will catch on quickly and use of it through INEOS
licensing will spread throughout the country.
naysayers will point to the fact Vero Beach is using vegetative waste as
feedstock, but that was always the first step.
“I do believe
that’s going to happen … whether it’s vegetative or municipal solid waste, the
carbon-based components are still there,” Cleveland said.
Ludlow said he
too is a believer. He remains hopeful whatever happens does so in his small,
cash-strapped town. The infusion of cash and jobs a project like this will
create is what is needed to change Schneider’s future.
“My thoughts are
it’s not completely dead. I still have a glimmer of hope this project could
move forward,” Ludlow said.
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has been informed last Wednesday the
Kankakee County Democratic Central Committee unanimously voted to not
support locating a garbage dump in Kankakee County. George Washington Jr.
and Mike LaGesse missed the meeting. This is great news!! Please see the
email below which I sent to Dr. Ed Piatt. He was a speaker at the
Democratic Central committee meeting who made the case as to why they
should not support locating a mega garbage dump in Kankakee County.
We also have been informed the Villages of Sammons Point, Grant
Park and Pembroke Township have vowed to take legal action against the Cook
County/Chicago garbage dump being planned.
Now if we could only get
Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, Sheriff Tim Bukowski and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd to cancelled the $20,000 per month contract they pushed
the county board to vote for. As you know the contract is with James D.
Burnham, a consultant, who is trying to find someone to build a Cook
County/Chicago area garbage dump on our good farmland because these three
Kankakee County officials feel the current $32 million dollar county budget is
not enough for a county of 113,000 residents.
James.D. Burnham business
phone is 630-333-5695. Mr. Burnham appears to be working out of his home
office in Downers Grove. If you have not called him yet, leave a message on
his voice mail with your thoughts on this grand plan for our county. While
you’re at it, please call Chairman Bossert at 815-937-3642 and leave a message
on his voice mail with your thoughts on his grand plan. Apathy does not get
us anywhere only exercising your First Amendment Rights gets things done.
Please pass this
information to everyone in Kankakee County.
From: dwb70 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: epiatt <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 5:16 pm
Hello Dr.Ed Piatt,
I want to thank you for
taking a stand against locating a large garbage dump in Kankakee County. I
read the information handed out at the Democratic meeting and the information
about all landfills leaking was very important. I was glad to hear the
Kankakee County Democratic Central Committee voted to oppose locating a mega
garbage dump in Kankakee County.
I wish to pass along to
you the following information on today's garbage-to-energy companies. As
you know, today's high tech methods for using garbage as an energy source do
not burn garbage. These are the companies my organizations would like to see
come to Kankakee County. (We will oppose any effort to bring a dump here all
the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, just like the last time).
Two of the leaders
in this industry are http://www.ineos.com/en/businesses/INEOS-Bio/
Please see the
attached recent press release.
They have a plant up and
running in Vero Beach Florida. One of our POWER board members, Dr. Dough
Cork, a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, who lives in
Kankakee knows some of the people involved and has given talks on their
technology. This is the same technology Lake County Indiana has been seeking
through a developer that would license the technology from Ineos. Lake County
Indiana officials are still seeking to have a garbage-to-energy plant built in
their county creating hundreds of jobs.
Here is what Waste
Management said about the future of dumping garbage in a landfill. There will
be no more dumping within 10 years. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/specialreport/2012/03/22/trash-exec-no-landfill-disposal-in-10-years/.
Yet, our county board wants to seek a mega dump
which will be out of date by the time it would open. (Assuming the county
wins the court battle.)
Waste Management has
partnered with at least three different garbage-to-energy companies who are
building plants in the US, Canada and elsewhere so they are putting their
money where their mouth is. They are http://www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com/,
Getting Kankakee County,
Chicago and our state involved with cutting edge companies in this new
industry and other new industries is one of the keys to turning our area and
the state around in my opinion.
Again, thank you for your
efforts in this matter.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr., POWER
here for the
agreement Kankakee County Board Chairman Bossert signed with JDB
Consultants, what appears to be a one man operation, operating out of his
home. The agreement is for $20,000 a month to find a dump developer who will
locate a Chicago regional garbage dump here. For every ton of garbage dumped
in our county, the county government will get a sizable host fee. 100,000
tons of garbage can be dumped on each acre of farmland by hundreds of trucks
daily. Note the date mentioned in the body of the agreement as being April
2013, two months before the full county board voted for this agreement at
their June meeting and well before the public was told.
It is our view a
dump developer was already lined up two months before the June vote and a
location chosen. This is why there were no public hearings and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd insisted the consultant would have a dump developer in
less than 90 days.
investigating leads we have on where the county planned mega Chicago garbage
dump is being targeted for. Our current information seems to be pointing to
an area between Manteno and Grant Park. As you probably know the location
information is being tightly guarded by Chairman Bossert and States Attorney
Boyd. A large tract of land between Grant Park and Manteno sold in May before
the June County Board meeting. We are taking a close look at this sale as
it is likely the dump developer would purchase land before it was generally
known by the public the county was seeking to establish a large dump for
Chicago garbage. Sellers are a lot more willing to sell if they have no idea
of what is about to happen. It is always possible this large land sale is not
connected to the dump but it does warrant further investigation due to the
timing of the sale, location and size of the deal.
Water Environment & River, nfp (POWER) will be meeting this Tuesday, July 2,
5:30 pm at Paul's Place a restaurant located at 500 South Washington Ave.
Kankakee. Everyone is welcome. We will be discussing how the dump siting
process works as dictated by Illinois law. We will also discuss the latest
information we have on where the dump will be located. POWER plans on being a
legal objector no matter where the dump is located in the county. Farmland,
ground water aquifer and the river are far more valuable resources then a 200
feet high, hundreds of acres across, Chicago regional garbage dump.
POWER is devoted
to local environmental issue only and has been fighting attempts to dump
Chicago area garbage in Kankakee County since 2004.
Protecting Our Water Environment & River ,nfp (POWER), would
like to thank everyone who attended yesterday's Kankakee County board meeting.
We had a great turnout especially for a weekday morning meeting. I know many
of you wanted to be there but could not because you had to go to work. Thanks
to those who also spoke during public comment.
Those of you who attended got a first hand experience of how negative
the board treats public input. They want to avoid it like the plague.
This is why the board held no public hearings on changing the solid
waste plan by passing the Open for a Chicago regional garbage dump ordinance. Clearly getting a mega
Chicago Regional garbage dump here is on the fast tract and a dump
developer has already express interest, something the younger board
members seem to be blissfully naive about.
Board members George Washington, Jr. and Steven Liehr stated the
public that attended the meeting was ignorant to just how safe dumping
garbage into a mountain is. In so many words they said the board knows
board member was given a sheet by Chairman Bossert with positive
comments to say about bringing a large dump here like the one on I-55
near Pontiac, 200 feet high and hundreds of acres across. The whole
thing was like a big play. Members had their lines printed out for them.
Only 5 out of 28 did not go with the scrip. A special thanks county
board members Larry Enz and Robert Snipes. They consistently stood up
for the citizens in this county. I am sure Chairman Bossert and States
Attorney Jamie Boyd will come down hard on them.
As Chairman Bossert said yesterday, he did not go to bid or explore any
other consultant then JDB Consulting Services which will be paid $20,000
a month or $240,000 annually. No answer was given, when asked why he
did not look into anyone else perhaps for a better deal. The Illinois
Secretary of State office indicates JDB Consulting is operated by James
D Burnham of Downers Grove. Business Phone: 630-333-5695.
Please call his voice mail and let him know whichever dump developer he
brings here from Cook County, will not be welcome here because we are
county in the watershed of the Kankakee River. The people have
fought and won against two other dump proposals and we will fight
another one. We do not want to be the dump for Chicago and Cook County because county government can not bring themselves to
live within their means.
read the minutes
of the County Planning, Zoning and Agriculture
committee. It is worst than we thought. If the full county board passes
States Attorney Jamie Boyd's grand plan at the June 11 board meeting, the county will hire JDB consulting for $20,000
per month to go out and sell a garbage dump developer on locating a Chicago
Regional garbage dump here for the money.
Start reading page 6.
Review/Revision of County Solid Waste Plan. States Attorney Boyd was
clearly pushing the committee to do this. Boyd say he expects a
garbage dump applicant within 90 days if the full county board votes in favor
of his grand plan.
All but one member on the
committee voted yes. It will go to the full county board for approval at next
week's County board meeting, Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 am. The meeting will be
at the administration building at the corner of Schuyler and Court Street.
Please talk to your
neighbors, family and friends about this travesty before they target your part
of the county. We are a county in the watershed of the Kankakee River. We
are not a suitable location for a mega Chicago regional garbage dump. We can
do better as a community then this. We need to fill the county board room
Tuesday the11th, next week. If you do not want to speak under public
comment, come and support those who will.
Over a hundred
thousand people drink water from the Kankakee River. What are they thinking?
Call Chairman Bossert, call your board member, come to next week's meeting
before they target your area for huge garbage dump. Contact information is
Some people have been asking for
Kankakee County board members email addresses,
Please click here! You
can find your district by looking at the
or on your voter's card.
Please call or email Chairman Bossert and your board member, tell them
to vote No to
changing the County Solid Waste Plan from saying the county is not
interested in mega garbage dump developers coming here to saying the county board is seeking
garbage dump developers to locate a mega Chicago regional garbage dump
We are a county in the watershed of the Kankakee River and the Illinois
Geological Survey says this area is not appropriate for a mega garbage
dump. Areas being looked at are east and west of Kankakee. Limestone
wells are already polluted by the Shell pipeline spill so some are
saying this would be a good location. Others are saying somewhere off
of Hwy 17 East.
Also if you can, please attend next Tuesday's Kankakee County Board
meeting, June 11. It is at 9:00 am at the administration building,
Court Street and Schuyler in Kankakee. The board room is on the 4th
floor. Public comment is at the beginning of the meetings so you do
not have to stay for more than 15 minutes. We want to fill the room
to show support for getting the board to vote NO to the grand plan to
make this area the dump for the Chicago region.
Plan of action, mega
garbage dump war begins!
The Kankakee County Board
will be voting to once again seek a mega Chicago Regional garbage dump to be
located at a yet to be determined location in the county. The reasons given
is the need for millions more in revenue to pay for salary and benefit
increases for elected officials and employees along with expanding the court
house and hiring additional employees.
We need to stop this
backwards thinking money grab before it gets started. Several areas are being
mentioned as possible locations for mega dump including eastern and western
parts of the county. We can do better then this. Garbage is too valuable as
an energy source to dump into mountains and Allied who has the lion share of
the garbage contracts have their own dumps nearby. Do you think they are
going to stop using their own dumps to pay a competitor to use theirs? This
is all about making the area the dump capital of Illinois for out of county
garbage for the money.
The next county board
meeting is Tuesday, June 11 at 9:00 AM at the administration building on Court
and Schuyler, 4th floor. Please make it your business to be there
and speak during public comment. If you won’t speak then support those who
will. Bring friends and family. Mark your calendar now!
We ask everyone to call
County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and their county board member before June
11 and tell them to vote NO, enough already with this issue. Half of the
board will be up for reelection next year. Contact
information is below.
POWER will hold
their June meeting this Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Place, a restaurant
at 500 South Washington Ave. Kankakee. Everyone is welcome. The mega dump
will be the topic of discussion.
Thanks for your help!
Darrel W. Bruck
Kankakee County Board
members Contact information.
Chairman Mike Bossert:
District 1 Roger Hess:
District 2 Jim Vickery
District 3 Todd Sirois:
District 4 John Howard:
District 5 Stan James:
District 6 Robert Reid
District 7 Jim
District 8 Ron Dodge
District 9 Mike Bossert
District 10 Chris Tholen
District 11 Todd Arseneau
District 12 Don Flett
District 13 Larry Enz
District 14 Mike Mulcahy
District 15 Andrew
District 16 Mike
District 17 George
Washington Jr. 815-937-9652
District 18 Robert
District 19 Pat Poke
District 20 Matt Whitis
District 21 Mike LaGesse
District 22 Chad Miller
District 23 Jim Byrne
District 24 Jim Tripp
District 25 Bill Olthoff
District 26 Jim Skutt
District 27 Pat
District 28 Steve Liehr
Today the Kankakee County
PZA committee voted to open up the Solid Waste Plan to consideration of siting
a mega garbage dump in the County just three years after the last dump war
ended. It will now go to the full county board maybe at the June 11, 9:00 AM
See below. I don't know
Mr. Wheeler but he sounds like he understands the river, our water supply, is
important even more important than money. I hope he is serious about that.
He fails to mention the huge salary increases that were granted to elected
officials not too long ago and all the family members of various department
heads that are on the payroll.
Is a mega Chicago regional
garbage dump the best we can do? Is this the best economic development Mike
Van Mill and the Economic (do very little) Alliance of Kankakee County can do
with their $180,000 taxpayer funded budget? When is the last time you heard
that someone from the Economic Alliance attends commercial or industrial trade shows
touting our county's assets (water, rail, KCC, Olivet, I-57 and our airport)
as a place to locate a new business? My information is it is not being done.
Instead we are going to go after Chicago's garbage.
We will join the
opposition from whatever area of the County is targeted for the dump. We will
make every attempt to tie it up in court, at least 5 years, meaning the
soonest the county would see any dump revenue from a operating dump
would be 2020.
Darrel W. Bruck Jr.,
The following was copied and pasted from Andrew Wheeler's
County Board District 15 Facebook page.
10 hours ago near Kankakee
Here are some
notes from today's Planning/Zoning/Agriculture Committee Meeting today:
The big news is that we re-opened the County Solid Waste Plan, and are
recommending to the full board that we ammend it to allow for a consideration
of siting a landfill, or to accept other bids for viable waste
In short, we are recommending that the full board authorize a consultant
to handle the evaluation of potential partners who may find value in locating
their facilities here. We will be starting the process of looking at how we
address this very imoportant issue in the long-term best interest of ALL of
our County residents.
I will tell you all this:
Under no circumstances will I accept or approve
a landfill near our river, nor will I let alternative waste technologies go
unexplored during this process. I was against the landfill by our river
before, and I stand by that position today.
That dosen't mean that I am ignorant to the
basic fact that we need somewhere to dispose of, or a means of disposing of
waste. I am all for the "silk purse out of a sows
ear" thought process, but not at the expense of public safety and health.
Let's look at how the Dutch landfill as little as they do while we go down
this road. Let's look at recycling in all of our communities locally.
We are already taxed near the top of the list
of County's in the entire U.S..........We are 12th, I believe, so how can we
ask the taxpayers to fund mandated infrastructure without looking at all
possible revenue alternatives?
We can discuss how there need to be more
employers here, and businesses providing jobs, and I am all in for that
discussion. You can discuss how our housing value drop lead the entire nation
in the first quarter of 2013 (18% drop) for the Kankakee-Bradley MSA....and
that is a valid discussion to have. But the fact remains that we need revenue, responsibly.
Everything is on the table for a look-see. If it's a bad deal, I will say so.
And I am sure all of you will have an opinion, as you should.
know Springfield, Chicago, and Washington are not doing us ANY favors in this
regard! They keep shifting more and more of the cost to us here locally, and
that trend shows no sign of letting up. Just the opposite, actually.
Reed Memorial in Lieu of monthly POWER meeting
Joan Reed, political
activist, environmentalist, passed away recently April 11th. Since services
were held in her hometown of West Chicago, POWER would like to invite all who
were touched by this wonderful lady to attend a memorial, Tuesday, May 7th
5:30pm at River North restaurant in Kankakee (formerly Sully’s).
was on the POWER board, the Kankakee River Round Table and spearheaded many
causes in her short 20 year history in Kankakee County. For all those touched
by her activities in the community, please join us.
The board of
directors of Protecting Our Water Environment and River, NFP (POWER) announces
the appointment of Kankakee resident Dr. Douglas J. Cork, Professor of
Biological Sciences, Chemical & Physical Sciences at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, Chicago to the POWER board of directors.
expertise and leadership will be very helpful to POWER’s opposition to any and
all future attempts to site a garbage dump within Kankakee County since we are a
county located in the watershed of the Kankakee River.
Darrel W. Bruck
Dear Daily Journal staff
Many of us citizens of Kankakee County, who worked for years fighting against
a landfill, were appalled at
Lee Provost's recent article
resurrecting this issue. He was upset the City/County did not receive the
money the dumps would have
potentially brought in. Does he not remember the studies and public outcry
against this environmental disaster? Is money more important than
protecting our precious Kankakee River not only for us now but for future
generations? What a shame that this County has come so far to even consider
taking another step backward.
Respectfully, Amy Ciaccio-Jarvis, Vice President of POWER
The IEPA illegal dumping case, No.
07 CH 303,
against Tom Volini and his company Town & Country Utilities has finally been settled. This case has gone on
for over 5 years. The other defendant, Fred Bruno Barbara settled in
2009. See the
Fred Bruno Barbara settlement document
As you recall, the illegal dumping took place near the Tom Volini and Fred
Barbara proposed Chicago regional garbage dump (landfill) by Minnie Creek near
the Kankakee County Fair grounds. It is our hope that The Daily
Journal and the Herald will cover this news.
POWER would like to publicly thank the
Kankakee County Rotary Club for inviting us to participate in their Friday
May 11 silent auction fund raiser to benefit Kankakee area nonprofits
and the Rotary. The fund raiser took place at the Hilton in Kankakee.
At the May 8 Kankakee County board
meeting, the board approved a 5 year update to the Kankakee
County Solid Waste Plan.
A presentation was given
by Mr. Mike Van Mill at the March 27, 2012 Regional Planning Commission
meeting. The presentation can be found here:
Solid Waste Plan Presentation
The 5 year update will run from now until 2017. The plan states Kankakee
County will not consider siting applications for a new or expanded landfill
facility within the county for a period of five years. Instead, the county
will rely on transfer stations and out-of-county regional landfill facilities
for waste disposal. Siting applications for additional transfer stations will
However, the plan also states landfill
siting applications for anywhere in the county may be considered within
the five-year period if the county board determines that : regional landfill
capacity is not sufficient for Kankakee County waste disposal, unacceptable
increases in disposal costs within the county has occurred or unacceptable
decreases in transfer station capacity within the county has occurred. POWER
believes this part of the plan update is very vague and worrisome.
The Solid Waste Management Plan update did
not include any current information on the garbage-to-energy technologies even
though the chief executive officer of Waste Management recently stated at a
Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference the garbage now going to dumps can
be turned into fuel and soon all landfill material will be recycled
within 10 years, meaning no more land filling. Read
No Landfill Disposal in 10 Years.
A new Illinois law
effective January 1, 2012 authorizes the Department of State Police to use
moneys in the Household Pharmaceutical Disposal Fund to make grants to local
law enforcement agencies for the purpose of facilitating local prescription
drug disposal programs.
The Kankakee County
Board Solid Waste Management Plan Committee will be holding a Public Hearing
Tuesday January 24 at 6:00 PM for the purpose of taking public comment on what
should be written into the County plan. Both written and or public comments
will be taken. The hearing will take place at the County Administration
Building, 4th floor board room at the corner of Schuyler and Court Street,
Kankakee. If you can’t be there, please send written comments to Chairman
Mike Bossert, 189 E. Court Street Kankakee, 60901 or
A key part of the proposed
language change to the Solid Waste Management Plan is whether our county will
allow a garbage dump to be sited and if allowed, where. This is important as
what they decide will be in effect 2012 through 2017.
We need to fill up the
room as a show of support for opposition to those who would invite garbage
dump developers back to Kankakee County with no regard for the Kankakee and
Iroquois Rivers or the aquifers which feed the rivers and water wells. We
already have hundreds of wells polluted in Limestone Township from the Shell
pipe line spill.
of the County is in the immediate watershed of the river making the area not
suitable for dumping thousands of chemicals that will percolate together when
garbage is dumped into a mountain which is what a landfill is, a mountain of
garbage which will leak. This is serious especially when you consider
thousands of people get their water from wells and the Kankakee River, not to
mention the wild life. Besides, there are superior high tech garbage-to-energy
technologies that are being pursued elsewhere, including by our neighbors 30
miles to the east in Lake County Indiana.
POWER will be meeting at
5:30 in the 4th floor hallway before the 6:00 PM Public Hearing.
Please stand up and be
counted! Apathy is not the answer!
The POWER board of
directors oppose any language in this plan that would allow a garbage dump to
be sited in Kankakee County.
long time friend and attorney Ed Vogt
passed away on Monday, November 14. Ed's last legal work was representing
Byron Sandberg pro bono against the garbage dump proposed by developers Fred
Barbara and Tom Volini. Byron was a long time supporter of
fight against the proposed dump and Ed
agreed to come out of retirement and represent Mr. Sandberg.
Ed's case ultimately did
win at the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court ruled the garbage dump
developer’s second application for their proposed garbage dump with the City
of Kankakee failed to wait the required two years after the Illinois Pollution
Control Board ruled against their first application for failure to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community. Kankakee County also
won their case which proved the proposed dump was noncompliant with the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Management Plan.
Ed will be greatly missed!
Scroll down below to read
some of the pass postings on Ed’s fight against the proposed garbage landfill
The Kankakee County Planning
Department is working on updating the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Management Plan . To
see the Planning Department's Solid Waste Management Plan Approval Process,
click here. They are at the first step which is
the Subcommittee Meeting Review.
Many things are on the table
for discussion including the three landfill (garbage dump) options below.
1) No further landfill
development and rely upon transfer stations.
2) Keep Solid Waste Management
Plan wording as is which targets Otto Township as a dump site.
3) Open to private
industry on "suitable land" for a garbage dump.
There are two garbage transfer
stations in the county, Allied in Momence and United in Bradley. They are
hauling our garbage to dumps outside of the county. This system has been
working with no problems for several years since the old Waste Management dump
south of the fair grounds and the airport closed after failing to get approval
for a 302 acre expansion. Another dump proposal in Otto Township west of the
fairgrounds was also defeated after an 8 year battle.
Unfortunately there are a
few people at the county level who still want to make our community a mega
garbage dump site. It is their idea of economic development.
could not disagree more. Garbage dumps are not
positive economic development and they create few jobs.
Over the coming decade
garbage dumps are going to be a thing of the past do to the
tech garbage-to-energy technologies. It takes hard
work and cold calling to bring in quality economic development to the area.
Putting out the welcome sign to garbage dump developers yet again is taking
the easy way out because garbage is always looking for a place to be piled up
into mountains with few takers.
The next County Solid
Waste Management Plan subcommittee meeting is Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 P.M.
at the county administration building on the corner of Schuyler Ave. and Court
Street in Kankakee. The meeting will be in the 4th floor board room.
supports landfill option One which is "No
further landfill development and rely upon transfer stations."
A draft update of the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan is posted on the county website.
It is posted as a "Patrick Engineering work in
Read it here!
June 16, 2011
Public Service Announcement: Event, Saturday,
July 30, 2011
How should you dispose of
medication that has expired or has been replaced when your doctor has changed
a prescription? The common practice of flushing pills down the toilet has a
harmful effect on waterways and their ecosystems. The safe option is to
participate in a medication take-back program.
POWER (Protecting Our
Water, Environment, and River) and KAMEG (Kanakee Area Metropolitan
Enforcement Group) will sponsor a medication take-back program to be held on
Saturday, July 30, 2011, between 10:00 a. m. and 2:00 p. m., at the Kankakee
County Municipal Health Department at 2390 West Station Street, Kankakee.
This is a “no questions asked” prescription drug collection. The drugs will
be collected and turned over to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) for proper
For public health and
safety, dispose of your prescription drugs this way. Also, drop boxes are
located in the lobbies in the municipal police stations, which are open 24
hours a day.
For questions, contact
Joan Reed at 815-932-7763 or
February 14, 2011
EPA cites Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) for improper
operational conditions leading to plant explosion and clean water violations.
Illinois EPA February 9,
2011 Press Release:
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued a violation notice to the
Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) for violations of the Environmental
Protection Act and Illinois Regulations. The agency alleges that an
illegal release into the waters of the state occurred as a result of a
December 27, 2010, explosion that damaged the KRMA waste water treatment
information gathered during Illinois EPA's post-explosion investigation,
methane gas accumulated in the digester, causing the explosion and damaging
the waste digestion facilities. This resulted in a discharge of
biosolids to the Kankakee River. The violation notice alleges improper
operational conditions leading to the methane build-up, as well as for the
discharge of biosolids to the river.
Shortly after the
explosion, the Illinois EPA inspector discovered that biosolids from the
digesters, diluted with clean waster from a broke water line, were being
discharged via a 10 inch sewer line to the Kankakee River. Discharges of
sludge to the river resulting from the explosion have since been halted.
In the violation notice,
the Illinois EPA asks KRMA to endure that discharge of any contaminants that
cause or threaten to cause water pollution have ceased and establish and
implement procedures to assure that further discharges of contaminants do not
occur. Compliance is expected to be pursued immediately.
KRMA has 45 days to
respond to the Agency's allegations. They may also request a meeting
with Illinois EPA staff to discuss the allegations and/or potential
February 11, 2011
The garbage-to-ethanol industry holds summit in
Chicago. Some of the big names in the industry are scheduled
to attend, including Waste Management, Cascadia, Coskata, Covanta and Ineos
Bio. One of the featured speakers will be Earl Powers, the principal
owner of Powers Energy of America, the company that is building a plant just
across the state line from Kankakee County in Schneider Indiana.
It is our hope the Economic Alliance of
Kankakee County has a representative at this summit. We are not holding our
breath on that one.
Trash to ethanol industry
to meet in Chicago
Powers Energy, the company planning a $285 million trash-to-ethanol plant in
Schneider, is slated as one of 20 featured speakers at Municipal Solid Waste
to Biofuels Summit 2011, a how-to event focusing on the emerging biofuels
summit, set for today and Friday at the Wyndham Hotel, is drawing 120
attendees from around the country and internationally, said Oliver Saunders,
international event director for Eye For Energy, organizer for the summit,
based in London.
For more information go to http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/3757767-418/biofuels-summit-has-lake-link.html
February 11, 2011
Great news! Read
the press release at http://www.ineosbio.com/76-Press_releases-15.htm
. The global British company, INEOS has started
construction of its garbage-to-energy plant in Vero Beach Florida. INEOS has
license their technology to SMC LLC, the company building a plant just across
the state line in Schneider, Indiana.
The INEOS U. S. headquarters is in
These plants will
take garbage at the half the cost of a landfill and sell the resulting fuel
creating hundreds of good paying jobs while paying a host fee to the local
community similar to what a landfill pays. It’s a win, win for any community
who gets one of these plants. The technology was invented by the University
of Arkansas and purchased by INEOS which is now building plants and licensing
the technology to other companies.
February 1, 2011
KRMA, Kankakee River
Metropolitan Agency waste water treatment plant U.S. EPA compliance report
shows significant non-compliant effluent violations.
Full report here!
Explosions prevented at
plants elsewhere with proper safety devices in place.
Here is what KRMA should be doing with the
bio-solids produced at the plant.
January 26, 2011
Alliance Federated Energy
based in Milwaukee,
http://afe.excitestaging.com/index.php is the second
garbage-to-energy company seeking to build a plant in Gibson City Illinois.
The first company is Eco Manufacturing based in Massachusetts. See the
articles below. Both companies use
Westinghouse Plasma gasification
The News-Gazette: Serving
Gibson City mayor optimistic on recycling plant
GIBSON CITY – Mayor Dan Dickey said after
meeting with a developer this week that he was "very optimistic" and was
"looking forward to hearing more" about the firm's interest in bringing a
second plasma-gasification waste-recycling plant to Gibson City.
Officials with Milwaukee-based Alliance
Federated Energy, a developer of renewable-energy projects with a specific
focus on plasma-gasification technology, met with the mayor and members of
the city council for two hours Tuesday, outlining their interest in
developing a facility that would convert into renewable energy an
estimated 1,000 tons of waste per day.
For the rest of the story click here
December 8, 2010
See the 11-30-10 News-Gazette article below. A garbage-to-energy plant is
being planned for Gibson City, Illinois. Eco Manufacturing, LLC. will start
out processing 200 tons of garbage per day. Watch a 10 minute video about
the Westinghouse Plasma gasification technology they will be using. Click
This is a different technology then is being built across the state line
in Schneider Indiana. The plant in Schneider will be converting garbage to
ethanol. Gibson City is in Ford County about 1 hour south of Kankakee
according to Google map.
Garbage is too valuable as an energy source to dump into
mountains. The amount of garbage going to landfills in the next 10 years is
going to drop big time. It has been reported by the Indiana media the
Allied landfill in Indiana, now taking Lake County garbage, will lose 80% of
its revenue when the garbage-to-ethanol plant opens in Schneider.
The News-Gazette: Serving
Deal in works for Ford County
By Will Brumleve 11-30-10
GIBSON CITY – An agreement is in the works between the Ford
County Board and Eco Manufacturing LLC, a Massachusetts-based company that
has proposed building the nation's first plasma-gasification waste-recycling
plant in Gibson City.
For the rest of the story click here
October 14, 2010
INEOS Bio secures key
permits for BioEnergy Center in Florida
Vero Beach, Fla. INEOS Bio’s first commercial project in the United States has
secured key permits to build its waste to bioenergy facility in Indian River
County, Florida. The INEOS Bio joint venture has obtained its final air permit
and environmental resource permit from the State of Florida, its wetlands
permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a Final Environmental
Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (Finding) from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE).
The BioEnergy Center will
be developed entirely within the existing footprint of a former agricultural
processing facility. The DOE Finding and Environmental Assessment established
that the BioEnergy Center would have no adverse impacts with respect to sound,
traffic, air quality, water quality or to threatened or endangered species.
The assessment also found that no changes to land use, planning or zoning were
necessary and will not result in any significant change to the existing visual
quality of the site and surrounding area. As part of the extensive assessment,
the DOE requested input from various entities including Federal, state, local
agencies, elected officials, tribal interests, businesses, organizations and
members of the general public.
"We are very pleased that
the State of Florida, the Army Corps and the DOE have issued these permits and
findings for our project, said David King, President of JV. We have spent
considerable effort to design a state of the art facility to not only ensure
compliance but also to minimize our impact on the environment."
The BioEnergy Center will
generate eight million gallons of third-generation bioethanol each year from
renewable biomass including yard, wood, agricultural and vegetative wastes.
The Center will also generate six megawatts of renewable electricity. The
facility will be the first to use INEOS Bio’s advanced BioEnergy technology,
the world’s leading feedstock flexible technology for advanced biofuels. The
technology breaks the link between food crops and ethanol production.
At the heart of the INEOS
Bio technology is a patented anaerobic fermentation step, through which
naturally occurring bacteria convert gases derived directly from biomass into
Unlike other technologies
that rely on one primary source of feedstock, the INEOS Bio process can
produce bioenergy from numerous feedstocks, including forestry and
agricultural waste, sustainable energy crops, construction waste and municipal
solid waste. This flexibility allows facilities to be built anywhere that a
renewable biomass feedstock is available, providing jobs and locally sourced
energy for urban and rural communities. The Indian River facility is scheduled
to begin construction in 4th quarter of 2010 and begin production in 2012.
(w) 630-857-7165 (c) 630-328-3916
Note to editors
INEOS New Planet
is a joint venture between INEOS Bio and
New Planet Energy. In December 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
selected the INEOS Bio JV to receive a $50 million grant to help lay the
foundation for full commercial-scale development of the biorefining industry
in the United States. This project is part of the ongoing effort to reduce
U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the creation of the domestic biorefining
industry and provide new clean tech jobs throughout the country.
INEOS Bio (www.ineosbio.com)
is a BioEnergy company working to commercialize and license a highly
innovative thermochemical and bio-chemical technology for the production of
renewable biofuels and renewable power from a wide range of low-cost carbon
materials. Its initial focus is the commercialization of the world’s leading
third generation bioethanol technology process to serve the global renewable
transport fuels market and the renewable
(www.ineos.com) is the world’s
fourth largest petrochemical company and a leading manufacturer of commodity
chemicals, specialty chemicals, biofuels, and oil products. Comprising 15
businesses, with a production network spanning 51 manufacturing facilities in
13 countries (15 sites are located in North America) the company produces more
than 40 million tons of petrochemicals, and 20 million tons per annum of crude
oil refined products (fuels). INEOS employs over 3000 people in the US, 2000
of which are based at facilities in Texas. INEOS had sales in 2009 of $28.6
New Planet Energy
is engaged in the development
July 23, 2010
Area residents report
seeing a brown scum on the Kankakee River, upstream from the Kankakee damn.
Anyone who sees anything
unusual in the river should fie a complaint with the IEPA at
This link is the Illinois EPA citizen's complaint webpage. Once
there, click on "completing and submitting" to go to the online complaint
It has also been reported
in The Daily Journal, state environmental and conservation officials are
investigating a fish kill on the Iroquois River. POWER has learned the
University of Illinois is testing water samples.
The Iroquois River
empties into the Kankakee River upstream from the Kankakee damn near Aroma
Park. Aqua Illinois's water intake pipe is also in this area. Aqua
Illinois provides water from the Kankakee River to thousands in Kankakee
County and outside of the county..
July 15, 2010
8-13-10 IL AGO follow up
Motion to Compel Answers
Fred Barbara and Tom
sell most of their proposed dump land to area farmer. The
Illinois E.P.A. illegal dumping case
07 CH 303 against Volini
still on going.
The land which was not sold is the site of the illegal dumping. The farmer
refused to buy it!
The latest hearing on the illegal dumping case took place at the Kankakee County
Court House, July 15. Nancy Tikalsky, the attorney from the Illinois Attorney Generals
office, told the judge that Volini has failed to provide documents and
information in the case. Leonard Sacks, the attorney representing Tom
Volini and his company Town & Country Utilities, argued they did not have to comply. The judge ruled
in favor of the AGO attorney's
motion to compel Mr. Volini to comply. The
next hearing is Friday 8-13-10 at 9:00 A.M. room 204 in the Kankakee County
March 25, 2010
The Illinois Supreme
Court has declined Fred Barbara & Tom Volini's request to appeal the 3rd District
Appellate Court rulings against their proposed dump!
Great News!! POWER has
learned the Illinois Supreme Court has declined Fred Barbara and Tom Volini's
request to appeal the 3rd District Appellate Court rulings against their
proposed Chicago regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee. This
means the 8 year battle against this dump proposal is over. Click here
to read the
Illinois Supreme Court denial.
February 19, 2010
River Valley Recycling
(RVR) and Kankakee VFW Post 2857 have teamed up for inaugural "1st
Saturday” paper drive.
Bruno, President of River Valley Recycling (RVR) and Commander Mike Pitts,
Kankakee VFW Post # 2857 have teamed up to conduct the inaugural
"1st Saturday" Paper Drive.
This "1st Saturday" concept envisions providing a standard day on which RVR
will place containers at designated sites around Kankakee County that have
been coordinated by the Veterans Service Organizations,
Task Force Hammer,
for the convenience of area citizens to
donate recyclables in support of Rebuilding Together.
As this concept develops, area citizens will be able to "stockpile" their
recyclables monthly and then bring them to their local site
on the "1st Saturday" to make their donation. 100% of the receipts from these
materials will go to repairing the homes of our seniors and Veterans. This is
a great way to provide our young people the opportunity to become involved in
making a difference monthly through a very worthwhile
the "1st Saturday" in March, March 6th, RVR will place a container in the
parking lot at the Kankakee VFW Post #2857 located at 756 West Jeffery Street.
This "trial" container will be available for only newspaper and other paper
products from 8:30am until 11:30am. Based upon response and demand containers
will be added for other materials on future "1st Saturdays."
more information contact James A. Ryan.
December 5, 2009
Illinois Appellate Court Rules Against Fred
Barbara's Second Chicago Regional Landfill Application.
Retired local attorney Ed Vogt, who represents the
sponsored case (Byron Sandberg) against the second application for the
proposed Fred Barbara Chicago regional landfill and the other petitioners
which include Kankakee County, received notice today from the Illinois
Appellate Court of their findings.
Two out of the three
judges ruled against the second dump application because the applicant
failed to wait the required two years, before they filed the second
application, after the first application was turned down by the Illinois
Pollution Control Board because it failed to prove protection of the health
and safety of the community.
In addition to the above, all three judges ruled unanimously
against the second dump application because it is non-compliant with the
Kankakee County Sold Waste Plan which calls for only one dump in the
Read the full Appellate Court decision here. Give it time to load as it
is 42 pages long.
comes after the Illinois Supreme Court, in March, ordered the Appellate Court
to vacate their decision in favor of the
Fred Barbara second
Illinois Supreme Court Supervisory order reads as follows.
exercise of its supervisory authority, the Illinois Supreme Court has ordered
the appellate court to vacate its prior order and ordered it to reconsider the
issues". It stated: "The appellate court will not be flippant in its
decision, but will act with the utmost decorum and give the issues the
attention and consideration they deserve. The appellate court will address the
issues thoroughly and completely." The court has given the
current panel the option of reassigning the case to another panel, and stated:
"Failure to comply with this supervisory order in all respects will
result in the appellate court's decision being summarily vacated and the cause
remanded to a different panel of justices." The underlined portions are the
Illinois Supreme Court's emphasis.
does have the opportunity to appeal the Illinois Appellate Court decision
against his proposed dump to the Illinois Supreme Court. It is also very
possible, the Illinois Supreme Court will not hear the case, give the fact
they have already ruled against the first Fred Barbara dump application,
ruling it failed to prove protection of the health and safety of the
Fred Barbara may
also choose to not appeal since the FAA recently got involved with this issue
OUTRAGE informed the FAA the proposed dump would be less then 10,000
feet from the airport runway. Furthermore with the just announced decision to
construct a National Guard base on the airport’s west side, it is likely the
National Guard would also object to a huge bird attractant in its immediate
air space. Details
August 21, 2009
has reached a settlement with the IEPA in the illegal dumping case against his
company, Kankakee Regional Landfill LLC.
settlement document to read the details. This document was obtained from
the Kankakee County Circuit Clerk's Office. Take note of the very last page
where Fred Bruno Barbara has signed as manager of defendant company, Kankakee Regional
Tom Volini as an individual and his company Town & Country
Utilities, Inc., have not settled. The case against them will continue
9:00 a.m. Tuesday November 17 at the Kankakee County Court House, room
One other defendant in the case, a former
partner in the land, Edward F. Heil had the case against him dropped by the IEPA because he sold his interest in the land.
To read the full case brought by the IEPA,
read the law suit here. To get background information on Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini, click on their names.
Fred Barbara's company, Kankakee
Regional Landfill, LLC,
Tom Volini as an individual and his company Town & Country Utilities,
Inc., the developers of the proposed Chicago regional garbage dump with the
City of Kankakee, are being sued by the Illinois EPA over illegal dumping
near their proposed dump site. Also being sued is their former partner in the
land, Edward Heil. Case No.
07 CH 303 which is being heard at the Kankakee County Court House. The
IEPA is represented by the Illinois Attorney Generals Office. Protecting Our
Water Environment & River, NFP. POWER
obtained pictures of illegal dumping of semi-truck loads of construction
debris and other garbage and turned them over to the IEPA which resulted in
August 19, 2009
Great News! The U.S. Dept.
of Transportation, FAA has responded to a letter with supporting documents
from the local citizens’ group
They are going to do a new review of the proposed Fred Barbara garbage dump.
They say the minimum 10,000 feet distance from the airport runway to the
proposed dump is a requirement.
The letter was about the proposed garbage
dump and the danger it poses to aircraft flying in and out of the Kankakee
Valley Airport. It will be a major water and food source for thousands of
birds and will be less then 10,000 feet from the runway as measured by GPS.
OUTRAGE sent the letter in response to POWER’s
request of the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority to rescind any and all
ordinances supporting the construction of the proposed
Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini garbage dump. The letter was sent to the National
Director of the FAA, Regional Administrator of the FAA, Secretary Ray Lahood
of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Representative Debbie Halvorson and the
Illinois Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division.
Click here to read the OUTRAGE letter, supporting documents and the FAA
March 26, 2009
The Illinois Supreme Court
took action today. They ordered the Appellate Court to vacate their
decision in favor of the
second dump application.
Here is what they said. "In the exercise
of its supervisory authority, the Illinois Supreme Court has ordered
the appellate court to vacate
its prior order and ordered it to reconsider the issues". It stated:
"The appellate court will not be flippant in its decision,
but will act with the utmost decorum and give the issues the attention
and consideration they deserve. The appellate court will address the
issues thoroughly and completely." The court has
given the current panel the option of reassigning the case to another
panel, and stated: "Failure to comply with this supervisory order
in all respects will result in the appellate court's decision being
summarily vacated and the cause remanded to a different panel of justices."
The underlined portions are the Illinois Supreme Court's emphasis.
What does this mean? It means
the recent Appellate Court decision to reverse
their previous decision to stop the second dump application is not being
allowed by the Illinois Supreme Court. The Illinois Supreme Court is
ordering the three Appellate Court judges involved in this case to go
back and do their job instead of ignoring most of the issues argued
against the dump. If they fail to do so the Illinois Supreme Court will
send the case to three different Appellate Court judges who will do
the job. This is a big set back for dump developers Fred Barbara and
Lake County Indiana Solid
Waste Officials Speak At Local Public Forum About
The Privately Funded Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant Being Built In Their Community.
February 20, 2009
On February 9, two Lake County
Indiana solid waste officials traveled to the City of Kankakee to speak
at a public forum about the privately funded garbage-to-ethanol
plant breaking ground in the next few months in their community. This
public forum was organized by Tim and Karen Schmidt and was held at
the Community Resource Center.
The garbage-to-ethanol plant
will create 400 construction jobs and140 plus jobs to run the plant at $18.00
per hour and up. Waste Management and Allied have requested to take garbage to
this plant because the plant will only charge $17.50 per ton to take garbage
while garbage dumps cost up to three times that much. Chicago is also signing
an agreement to railroad some of their garbage to this plant and purchase the
ethanol produced for their fleet of vehicles. The technology is very clean
and is well below all Federal EPA requirements. Far cleaner then any dump.
They will pay $2.50 per ton in host fees and 3 cents per gallon of ethanol
produced to local government generating 10's of millions dollars. Garbage
removal cost for residents and businesses will be reduced by 66%.
To watch the meeting, please
For a copy of the handout sheet you
can print out, provide by the Lake County officials, please click here
Lake County Indiana
In addition to the hand out,
they are also making available thousands of dollars of research material they
did on the business plan and science being used by this company. A
major accounting firm studied the business plan and Purdue University
did a study of the science. Both organizations gave a glowing report.
A plant in Arkansas is available for touring. See it here
Kankakee County Board Will Appeal The Proposed Garbage Dump
January 13, 2009
The Kankakee County Board voted 23 to 2 in favor of appealing the proposed
Fred Barbara and
garbage dump to the Illinois Supreme court at today's county board meeting. Only two county board members opposed appealing to the Illinois Supreme Court. They were county board member Karen Campbell (who recently retired from working for the city of Kankakee) 932-1803 and county board member Leo Whitten, 929-0792. They believe the proposed Chicago regional garbage dump should be allowed to dump garbage directly into the aquifer, in the immediate water shed of the river, next to Minnie Creek which drains directly into the river upstream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe. Three other county board members were absent.
This is a huge victory for the community. Thanks to all who got involved and a big thank you to the Kankakee County Board!
State Rep. Phil Novak sell out the area's
clean water source to boost his salary and pension by participating
in Governor Blagojevich's "Pay for Play"?
You be the judge!
December 14, 2008
In the summer of 2002,
submitted their first application for a 236 acre Chicago
regional garbage dump to the City of Kankakee through their company Kankakee
Regional Landfill, LLC. The site they chose is a very flood prone area next to
Minnie Creek which drains directly into the river two miles away, up stream
from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe. The city council held a hearing and
gave their OK to the proposal after being promised millions in garbage host fees.
From there the application
went to the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The IPCB had a different
opinion; they turned it down on the grounds the proposal failed to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community. Barbara
and Volini responded by appealing the decision all the way to the Illinois
Supreme Court where they lost. While the appeal was going on,
they filed a second dump application with the City of Kankakee in the
summer of 2003 for the same 236 acre location. This was during the first
year of the first term of the newly elected governor, Rod Blagojevich.
The city council once again approved the dump proposal.
Coincidentally local State
Representative Phil Novak resigned his state rep seat and the newly
elected governor appointed him to the IPCB as chairman, effective December 1
of that year. According to an April 27, 2008 Chicago Tribune front page
"The governor's $25,000 club" Phil Novak threw
a fund raiser for Blagojevich in July, 2002 which raised $19,000.
It also stated that on July 9, 2002, he personally donated $25,000 to
Blagojevich campaign fund bringing his total donations to $26,000 and was appointed to the Illinois Pollution
Control Board as chairman on December 1, 2003 at a salary of $102,800.
The Tribune article says this was a substantial boost in salary for
Mr. Novak and a substantial boost to his state pension, when he retired
in 2005. It is very unusual for a new person on the IPCB to be appointed
When the second Barbara and
Volini dump application was sent to the IPCB under Phil Novak, it was
approved even though the previous IPCB had ruled the opposite and was
backed up by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Did Phil Novak get a significant
boost to his salary and his pension for a short term appointment to
the IPCB in exchange for campaign donations and the promise to approve
a dump for friends of the governor and Mayor Daley? Has our water
supply i.e. the river and deep aquifer, been sold out through one of
the governor's Play to Pay schemes? Will the Kankakee County
board appeal the Phil Novak Pollution Control Board decision
in favor of the dump to the Illinois Supreme Court? They will
be voting at the January 13, 9:00 AM board meeting to either quit or
to continue the fight by appealing.
Attorney Edward R. Vogt offers free representation
to the county to fight the proposed
Volini garbage dump. See
his letter below.
Mr. John J. Boyd
Kankakee County States Attorney
450 E. Court St., Kankakee, Il 60901
Dear Mr. Boyd:
As previously discussed, I
will be happy to represent the County, pro bono, in the Illinois
Supreme Court, to assure continuation of the County's fight against
the proposed water polluting Barbara/Volini landfill.
It is essential for the protection of
the health, safety and welfare of all residents that this landfill be stopped.
This letter confirms my earlier
oral offer to represent the County.
Your failure to respond to
my request, in writing, will be deemed to be a denial of my request.
Yours Very Sincerely,
Edward R. Vogt
Attorney at Law
Kankakee, Il 60901
Petitions The Illinois Supreme Court To Have The Fred Barbara/Tom Volini Garbage Dump Approval Overturned.
November 5, 2008
Through its attorney Edward Vogt, POWER filed a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the 3rd. District Appellate Court's approval of the city sponsored Fred Barbara/Tom Volini garbage dump.
POWER has been fighting for nearly 5 years to protect the public's health, safety and welfare from the toxic ravages of a proposed water contaminating garbage dump.
The petition is highly critical of the location of the proposed dump, which if built, will be blasted down into the aquifer, which supplies water to our rivers and our water supply. The petition is equally critical of the proposed theoretical architecture of the landfill, which is fatally flawed
The Illinois Supreme Court previously overturned the first Barbara/Volini application for its failure to protect the public's health, safety and welfare. The present application, under appeal, is substantially the same as the one previously denied by the Illinois Supreme Court.
POWER needs financial assistance to continue its work. If the appeal to the Supreme Court does not result in a denial the group is prepared to sue the City, the Applicant and the State of Illinois for violating the Federal Clean Water Act. Other such suits have been successful and resulted in denial of other water threatening garbage dumps.
POWER is a tax-deductible 501C3 charitable organization. All donations are fully tax deductible. Please send all donations to POWER P.O. Box 169 Bradley, Illinois 60915 or if using a credit card, please click on the PayPal donate button on the left.
Illinois Supreme Court
Orders The Third District Appellate Court To Vacate Their April 24 Decision.
June 6, 2008
POWER has learned the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the
The County's motion for a
supervisory order. As a result, the Illinois Supreme Court, in the
exercise of its supervisory authority, has directed the Third District
Appellate Court to vacate their April 24 decision to reverse their 2006
denial of the second Barbara/Volini landfill application. The Appellate
Court is directed to reconsider the case including all the other issues
raised by the parties to the appeal which the Appellate Court failed to
rule on. The parties to the appeal are the County of Kankakee and POWER
through Mr. Byron Sandberg. Several issues have been argued including
protection of the health and safety of the community.
Kankakee County Board Votes In favor Of
Continuing The Legal Battle Against The City of Kankakee Backed Garbage
May 14, 2008
like to publicly thank the 22 Kankakee County board members who voted
yes to go forward with the legal battle against the proposed
Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini garbage dump near Minnie Creek which dumps directly
into the river upstream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe.
This proposal would literally dump garbage directly into the deep aquifer
by blasting out several feet of bedrock to form the base of a 200 feet
high mountain of garbage. The IEPA refused to stop this travesty
after they were pressured by a Cook County lobbyists,
Larry Suffredin hired by Barbara and Volini, all politically
connected to Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojevich.
Action by the Kankakee County Board was
needed because the Appellate Court decided to reverse their 2006 decision
against this proposal thereby allowing it to go forward. This was the
case sponsored by
through Mr. Byron Sandberg with the
help of local retired attorney Ed Vogt. The County also argued their
own case at the Appellate Court at the same time which resulted in the
County's landfill attorney and Mr. Vogt supporting each other's case against
the proposed dump. At this point the Appellate Court has failed to rule on
the issues the County's attorney argued.
Sadly County Board members Kelly McLaren
and Karen Campbell voted No and therefore support the dumping of
garbage directly into the deep aquifer next to Minnie Creek.
consistently supported this dump proposal. Karen Campbell is a City
of Kankakee employee and should have abstained from voting on this issue
because of her conflict of interest. Kelly McLaren is running for Recorder
of Deeds this coming November and is seeking local Union Bosses support.
Union Bosses have been huge supporters of the Fred Barbara/Tom
Watch the Attorneys and
the Kankakee County Board discuss the County's legal battle to stop
the Fred Barbara/Tom Volini proposed garbage dump which is backed by
City of Kankakee Mayor Green and local Union bosses.
Click to view video
Garbage-To-Ethanol Plants Are Being Built Elsewhere. Why Not Here?
May 1, 2008
Please click on this link
It will take you to some very informative
short video clips on Coskata, Inc.
This is the company General Motors is in partnership with in Warrenville, Illinois which is building garbage-to-ethanol plants. Warrenville is near Aurora. They are planning to build these plants on a global basis. There is no reason why we can't get one here.
Even if Mayor Green and Barbara -Volini win their dump, it will be cheaper to process garbage into ethanol then dumping it. Don't forget all the jobs that these plants create.
Lake County Indian projects a savings of $12,000,000 per year in garbage removal costs for their County with the building of two garbage-to-ethanol plants by two other companies within their county and the creation of 250 jobs and hundreds more in construction jobs. See article here
Why can't this be done here? If City of Kankakee Mayor Green and our Kankakee County economic development leaders made the same effort to get a garbage-to-ethanol plant as they have for garbage dumps, it would happen!
POWER Fundraiser A Success!
February 11, 2008
Protect Our Water, Environment, and
River (POWER) wishes to thank
the 60 attendees and 24 local merchants or donors who helped make our
February 10 Valentine's Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction a truly
elegant evening and a smashing success.
We extend our gratitude to: Andrea Taylor and Family, AnteUP Productions, Applebee's Restaurant, Aurelio's Pizzeria, Brickstone Brewery and Restaurant, Car Care Auto Center, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Fifth Avenue Car Wash, Groucho's Coffee Cafe, Jeff Jarvis and Family, Hampton Inn, King Music, Love Shop, Oberweis Dairy (Happy Cows LLC), Paramount and Meadowview Theatres, Papa John's Pizza, Romer's Bakery/A Piece of Cake, Skinney's Pizza, TGIFriday's Restaurant, The Chicago Dough Company, Tholen's Landscape and Garden Center, TrendSetters College of Cosmetology, TriStar Martial Arts Academy, and Village Home Furnishings. Thank you for helping protect the water supply and health of Kankakee Valley citizens and the health of the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers against potential toxic leachate from the two proposed landfills.
IPCB AFirms 3-17-04 County Board Decision.
January 24, 2008
Illinois Pollution Control Board affirms the March 17, 2004 decision by the Kankakee County Board denying siting of a 302 acre garbage dump by Waste Management, Inc.
The Board finds that the proceedings before the County were fundamentally fair and Waste Management was not prejudiced by the proceedings. The Board further finds that the County's decision relating to the need for the facility (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(i) (2006)), the facility's design to minimize the impact on surrounding property (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(iii) (2006)), and the traffic patterns (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(vi) (2006)) is not against the manifest weight of the evidence. The Board therefore affirms the County's decision to deny siting for the landfill expansion proposed by Waste Management.
Waste Management has 35 days to appeal this decision against them to the Appellate Court. Click here to view the case details
Illinois Pollution Control Board to hear Waste Management's Appeal.
December 7, 2007
The Illinois Pollution Control Board will hear Waste Management's
appeal of the 2003 Kankakee County Board rejection of their proposed
302 acre, 200 feet high Chicago regional garbage dump which would
be located within walking distance of the river and upstream from
the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe.
IPCB will hear the case in Chicago and make a decision by January
24. If Waste Management wins their appeal, under the law, the IPCB
would remanded the dump proposal back to the County Board for another
vote. In their appeal, Waste Management contends the County board
members, who voted No to three of the 9 criteria required by law
to win approval, did not base their decision on evidence presented
by Waste Management during their garbage dump hearing. Waste Management
has been asking for delays since 2003.
This is one of two proposed Chicago regional garbage dumps to be
sited in the immediate water shed of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers.
The other garbage dump is being proposed by Town & Country Utilities
owned by Tom Volini and Fred Barbara. Fred Barbara was recently
implicated in a Chicago mob trial and according to Chicago newspapers,
is a close friend of Chicago Mayor Daily. If both dump proposals
happen, a total of 600 acres, 200 feet high in garbage would be
dumped by as many as 600 semi-trucks daily.
Fred Barbara and Tom Volini are being sued by the Illinois EPA.
August 5, 2007
Fred Barbara's company, Kankakee Regional Landfill
LLC and Tom Volini's company, Town & Country Utilities, Inc., developers of the proposed
Chicago regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee,
are being suited over illegal dumping near their proposed dump site.
Read the law suit here. Pictures obtained by POWER
of the illegal dumping of semi-truck loads of construction debris
and other garbage were turned over to the IEPA which has resulted
in this suit. The case has been filed with the Circuit Court in
the Kankakee County Court House. It is scheduled to be heard September
27, 9:00 A.M. room 204. An answer to this case by Mr. Barbara and Mr. Volini
due by August 29.
June 6, 2007
Illinois EPA Hearing To Be Held Wednesday June 13 at 6:00 PM In
The KCC Auditorium
POWER, OUTRAGE, Mini Creek Drainage District and other local groups
requested the IEPA to hold a legal hearing on Mr. Volini's latest
dump proposal for a Chicago regional landscape dump to be located
next to his proposed Chicago regional garbage dump. Both are to be
located next to Mini Creek which drains directly into the Kankakee
River up stream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe, a source
of water for thousands.
This latest proposal must be stopped. Just like his garbage dump
proposal, this is in an area that has little or no clay protecting
the shallow and deep aquifers from being polluted. It is also in
an area that is flood prone. The water table is near the surface.
Please click on Expert Reports and read what three independent scientists
have to say about the unsuitability of the hydro geology in that
area for dumping any garbage because it will result in polluting
the river, Mini Creek and the ground aquifers. Water supply for
thousands of people and wild life.
Urgent, Please attend this hearing. You will be given the opportunity
You can also send written comments to
Stephanie Flowers, Hearing Officer (#21)
Re: Kankakee Regional Landfill L.L.C.
1021 North Grand Ave. East, P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
Written comments can be sent now and up to 30 days after the hearing
date. This means July 13, 2007 is the deadline for written comments.
Thursday March 22, 2007
City of Kankakee/Tom Volini Proposed Chicago Garbage Dump Suffers
Major Set Back!
Tom Volini of Town & Country Utilities and the City of Kankakee
suffered a blow to their proposed Chicago regional garbage dump
today. The Illinois Supreme Court announced their decision to overrule
the Appellate Court and to affirm the Pollution Control Board's
decision to disallow the proposed Town & Country/City of Kankakee
Chicago regional garbage dump because the applicant failed to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community.
With this decision, Town & Country's first application for
this garbage dump proposal is now stopped. A second application
for this dump proposal is currently on appeal with the Appellate
Court . A decision by the Appellate Court against Town & Country
Utilities would likely end this dump proposal unless Town &
Country attempts a third application which would start the whole
process over from the beginning with a multi-week hearing conducted
by the City of Kankakee.
Supreme Court Summaries
Opinions filed March 22, 2007
Nos. 101619, 101652 cons. Town & Country Utilities, Inc. v.
Illinois Pollution Control Board
Appellate citation: No. 3–03–0025 (unpublished order
under Supreme Court Rule 23).
JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the court, with opinion.
Chief Justice Thomas and Justices Freeman, Kilbride, Garman, Karmeier,
and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
In 2003, the city of Kankakee received an application for a new
solid waste landfill, to be located on a site recently annexed to
the city. After hearing testimony, the city approved the application,
but the county of Kankakee and others objected and appealed to the
Pollution Control Board. The Board reversed the city ‘s decision.
Judicial review in such matters is in the appellate court, rather
than the circuit court. The appellate court for the Third District
reversed the Board’s decision, finding that the result reached
at the local level should be deferred to.
On appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, the issue presented was:
on judicial review, which body should have its decision subjected
to the manifest weight standard--the city or the Board? In the opinion
issued today, the supreme court held that the decision to be reviewed
is that of the Board. This result is required by statute. The appellate
court’s ruling was error on this question.
Evaluating the result reached by the Board, the supreme court
held that its decision, rejecting the city’s approval of the
landfill application on the basis of the evidence then presented,
was not against the manifest weight of the evidence. The appellate
court was reversed.
Monday, November 20, 2006
POWER Beats Volini/City of Kankakee In The Appellate Court
POWER received word today that the Appellate Court has ruled in our
favor and against the Volini second application to site a Chicago
regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee.
POWER sponsored this case on behalf of POWER supporter Byron Sandberg
and was represented by attorney Ed Vogt.
POWER also has hired Dr. G. Fred Lee, a nationally known landfill
expert from California. See Dr. G. Fred Lee's background at http://www.gfredlee.com
See his full report on the Volini/City of Kankakee dump proposal at
POWER also has worked with Stu Cravens. A hydro geologist in Illinois
All this was done by raising money through various fund raisers such
as garage sales, raffle, etc.
Volini 2 was overturned by the Appellate Court in Ottawa. They ruled
that Volini violated the 172 Landfill Siting Legislation which prohibits
filing a second time with the same application within two years of
the first application.
Now Mr. Volini must win the case filed against him at the Illinois
Supreme Court by the County of Kankakee. That case deals with the
issue of public safety in regards to polluting the river and the ground
aquifers. The water source of thousands in the area.
At this month's County Board meeting an attempt was made by Mayor
Green to have the County Board withdraw their Supreme Court Case.
The motion to withdraw failed on a 11 to 8 vote.
The bottom line is it ain't over until its over and the little
guys can fight city hall and win.
Friday March 03, 2006
POWER has received word by mail the IEPA has granted a permit to
Tom Volini/ City of Kankakee to go ahead and start construction
of the infrastructure for their Chicago regional garbage dump. They
have not been granted a permit to dump any garbage at this time.
If they do get the permit to dump garbage (this is a big if because
of the legal cases they have to beat including the POWER/OUTRAGE
supported case), they will be piling it over 200 feet high by first
digging through the shallow aquifer into the primary deep aquifer.
This dump will dig into and remove several feet of bedrock believe
it or not.
We feel this was a political decision hurried up because of legislation
recently introduced in Springfield to stop landfills from being
sited within 6 miles from an airport. This dump will be less then
three miles from the Kankakee Airport. They also needed to get this
done before the election while Governor Blagojevich. is still in
office. Tom Volini and his partner Fred Barbara have ties to Mayor
Daily and Governor. Blagojevich. The Chicago papers did several
articles on Fred Barbara and his connection to organized crime,
the trucking scandal and Mayor Daily.
The IEPA completely ignored two top notch scientists, Stu Cravens
and Dr. G. Fred Lee both of whom, based on the science of the area,
filed opinions with the IEPA stating this dump is based on junk
science and will ultimately pollute the ground water and river with
garbage leachate. Dr. G. Fred Lee suggests we go to Federal Court.
He also says a landfill with this design is illegal in many states.
The fight is not over, we may go to Federal Court. In addition we
have a case at the Appellate Court and the County has a case, if
they accept it, at the Illinois Supreme Court.
When this garbage dump leachate pollutes the water supply, Volini's
company will likely file bankruptcy and the taxpayers of the city
of Kankakee will be responsible for the clean up and water rates
will go sky high to make Kankakee river water drinkable. Such a
POWER urges area citizens to write or call our State Legislators
to push for immediate passage of Senate Bill 2501 and its companion
House Bill 5515. Sponsored by State Senator Steve Forby and State
Representative Richard Bradley. This bill would immediately outlaw
the construction of landfills within a six (6) mile radius of any
general aviation airport.
Such a restriction would have killed the Volini dump if the IEPA
hadn't already issued a permit for it but it is not too late to
get this Bill passed to kill the County/Waste Management Chicago
regional Landfill proposals as it is also about three miles from
the Kankakee Airport and is not currently being considered by the
IEPA. The prohibition will take effect immediately after passage
of the Bill and prohibit any municipality or county from approving
a request for siting a landfill within a 6 mile radius of an airport.
It will also prohibit the IEPA from issuing a permit for a landfill
situated inside the six mile radius.
State Senator Debbie Halvorson: 241 W. Joe Orr Rd. Chicago Heights,
60411 (708) 756-0882
State Senator Gary Dahl: 103 Fifth St., P. O. Box 260 Peru, 61354
State Representative Lisa Dugan: 135 S. Schuyler Ave. Kankakee
60901 (815) 939-1983
State Representative Careen Gordon: 760 E. Division Coal City 60416
Urge them to call the bills to the Senate and House Floors for
Please get the word out to your friends and neighbors in the Kankakee
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