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Chicago Garbage Dump Consultants:  James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy, additional $100K paid to Burnham to end contract.

Chris Brown,  Chris Brown,  Chris Brown

Attorney Chuck Helsten,   Attorney Chuck Helsten

Attorney George Mueller

Courthouse Consultants:  DLR Group,   DLR Group

Sheriff Tim Bukowski Cronyism and Nepotism hires in his department

Union Contracts     Freedom of Information Request Form                           2015 Transparency Report

Golf Courses illegal tax refund           States Attorney Jamie Boyd Property Tax Scam 

2010: Employee Credit Card List         Employee compensation list            Employee Vehicle List        Sheriff and Corrections Vehicle List

 

4-26-16

POWER and OUTRAGE will be meeting Tuesday May 3, 5:30 PM at Paul’s Place a Restaurant 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.  The meeting will be on local issues including the push for Chicago/Cook County garbage and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office finding the Kankakee County Board in violation of the Open Meetings Act, etc.

Everyone is welcome who has had enough with the status quo. Questions call 815-258-2758.

Thanks!

Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President POWER & OUTRAGE

 

4-8-16

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office rules the Kankakee County August 19, 2015 board meeting was in violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

The meeting was not a bona fide emergency as the deadline for renewing county liability insurance was clearly foreseeable and “Accordingly, we conclude that the Board violated the Open Meetings Act by holding a meeting on August 19, 2015, without providing at least 48 hours advance notice to the public.”

As you recall, this meeting was called for the purpose of awarding the county’s large liability insurance contract to a longtime political fund raiser for the County Republican Party.  Unfortunately, the AGO findings does not reverse the large contract awarded.  Read the full letter of findings here.

 

12-23-15

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, NFP (POWER) 

Dedicated to protecting the Kankakee River Watershed.

&

OUTRAGE of Kankakee County, dedicated to citizen involvement in local issues

2015, a year of accomplishments in the battle to keep a Chicago area garbage dump out of Kankakee County and exposing actions by the Kankakee County Board, Chairman Mike Bossert, Sheriff Tim Bukowski and States Attorney Jamie Boyd.

POWER/OUTRAGE held monthly public meetings which were very well attended. Our work has resulted in another year without County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and the Chicago boys, attorney Chuck Helsten, consultants Burnham, Murphy and Brown, getting a deal done to dump Chicago/Cook County garbage in the Kankakee River Watershed, Kankakee County.

POWER also got the county board to end the $20,000 a month contract with Chicago garbage consultants Burnham and Murphy and Chris Brown’s $5,500 a month contract. It was learned States Attorney Jamie Boyd failed to write the Burnham Contract accurately resulting in another $100k being owed. Chicago garbage syndicate attorney Chuck Helsten is still working to get a deal to dump garbage in Kankakee County. Lots of money at stake for Mr. Helsten and his Chicago friends.

OUTRAGE exposed the nearly $million paid to consultants and attorneys by Chairman Mike Bossert to get a dump and to study the courthouse, the second study in 6 years.

Bossert also illegally gave a 50% property tax refund to area golf courses without going through the tax appeal board as required by law. He was exposed, got cold feet and reversed his decision after the golf courses ended up on the delinquent tax list.

Bossert and Boyd called an emergency county board meeting to give a $million no bid insurance contract to a well connected campaign donor in the area who responded about two weeks later with a big campaign fund raiser.

OUTRAGE exposed the fact States Attorney Jamie Boyd was taking a senior citizen exemption on his property taxes when he is 10 plus years too young. OUTRAGE also exposed the fact States Attorney Jamie Boyd is still taking two homestead exemptions on two homes he owns when state law clearly states only one homestead exemption is allowed on your primary resident.

OUTRAGE exposed the fact Sheriff Tim Bukowski is always over budget and has been in the red as high as 2 plus million dollars. Seems he and his planned successor Mike Downey are unable or unwilling to manage the jail rental business in a responsible manner thereby helping to bankrupt the county.

Both POWER and OUTRAGE submitted Freedom of Information requests to Kankakee County government. Many were answered but many were not. Seems Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd want to hide their actions especially their dealings with Chicago garbage attorney Chuck Helsten. The Illinois Attorney General’s office has taken our appeals, assigned case numbers and is investigating.

Thanks to all who have gotten involved to make these accomplishments possible!

We will not rest on our accomplishments. We will be very active in 2016 and will keep a very watchful eye on the Kankakee County Board, Chicago attorney Chuck Helsten, Chairman Mike Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd, Sheriff Tim Bukowski and the county 2016 primary and general elections.

Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President & Co-founder POWER/OUTRAGE

Join the discussion on facebook at:

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12-1-15

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert approves large property tax increase on county taxpayers while handing out 50% tax breaks to area golf courses. He pushed for county jail debt payments to stop being paid out of county prisoner rental money to instead be paid by property taxpayers. This is being done to get around the Property Tax Cap Law to bring in more tax revenue.

This means all of us will be paying for the two jail wings built for out of county prisoners so the county does not have to. The county board gave their approval at the special county board budget meeting November 30 but to their credit put in restrictions on spending. Something Bossert did not want!

The increase will be in every one’s tax bill payable this coming year.

This grand scheme was hatched while Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and County Treasurer Nick Allen hatch another scheme to give out 50% property tax refunds to golf courses in the county payable this year without approval of the Property Tax Appeals Board or anyone else. OUTRAGE believes their actions were illegal.

Golf Courses in Kankakee County had their property tax assessment raised causing their tax bill to be raised payable this year. The golf course owners were not happy and filed appeals which are suppose to be handled by the County Board of Review as dictated by Illinois law.

In the mean time property tax bills were mailed out and the golf courses paid their bills in full. Chairman Mike Bossert stepped in and told the county treasurer to refund 50% of the golf courses property tax bills immediately before the County Board of Review made any decisions on the golf courses assessment appeals thereby circumventing the legal process.

Under Illinois law this is illegal as neither the County Board Chairman nor the County Treasurer has the authority to arbitrary lower anyone’s property tax bills. The 50% refund is the same thing as lowering the assessments by 50%. Such action by the County Board of Review would require notice to all the effected taxing bodies before large assessment decreases can take place.

As a result of issuing 50% refund checks, the golf course properties in the area showed up on the delinquent list published in area newspapers which now subjects them to being sold for back taxes.

Now Bossert and Allen are in the process of covering up their illegal actions. We are being told they contacted the golf course owners and have asked them to payback the 50% refund and the county will waiver the late payment fees.

It is time for Chairman Mike Bossert to step down. No one is above the law. County Treasurer Nick Allen should not have let Bossert push him into doing this illegal action. Once again States Attorney Jamie Boyd is missing in action. What a great judge Boyd would make. NOT!!

Click the links below for the supporting documents

http://outragenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Golf-Course-Tax-Documents.pdf

11-23-15

Please share with everyone in Kankakee County.

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, NFP (POWER)

Dedicated to protecting the Kankakee River Watershed.

&

OUTRAGE of Kankakee County, dedicated to citizen involvement in local issues.

will be holding a joint meeting on getting control of the decline of Kankakee County government instigated by the political insiders, this Tuesday December 1, 5:30 pm at Paul’s Place Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

POWER will discuss stopping Chicago garbage industry attorney Chuck Helsten’s continue roll with county government to make Kankakee County the destination for Chicago and Cook County garbage.

OUTRAGE will discuss next year’s Kankakee County elections. How candidates can run as independents in the county board districts which have no party opposition. States Attorney Jamie Boyd announcement to not run again, what does it mean?

Any new information on the Illinois Attorney General investigations of Kankakee County officials will also be discussed.

Everyone is welcome who has had enough with the status quo. Questions call 815-258-2758.

Thanks!

Darrel W. Bruck Jr. Co-founder of POWER & OUTRAGE

11-4-15

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, NFP (POWER)Dedicated to protecting the Kankakee River Watershed.&OUTRAGE of Kankakee County, dedicated to citizen involvement in local issues

would like to thank everyone who attended our meeting last night “The Declining Credibility of Kankakee County Leadership”.

Residents from all over the county made it clear they are angry with the direction Chairman Mike Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Sheriff Tim Bukowski have taken the county, i.e. year in and year out deficits, millions in debt, junk credit rating, endless pushes to make Kankakee County the destination for Chicago/Cook County garbage, plenty of money for consultants, attorneys and cronyism and nepotism.

We are looking forward to next year’s county elections. We will stay vigilant. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30 pm at Paul’s Place Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee

10-30-15

Please share with everyone in Kankakee County.

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, NFP (POWER)Dedicated to protecting the Kankakee River Watershed.&OUTRAGE of Kankakee County, dedicated to citizen involvement in local issues

will be holding a joint meeting continuing the discussion on “The Declining Credibility of Kankakee County Leadership”, Tuesday November 3, 5:30 pm at Paul’s Place Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

POWER:
The need to stay vigilant on Chicago garbage industry attorney Chuck Helsten, Chairman Mike Bossert and his Kankakee County Board allies’ efforts to make Kankakee County the destination for Chicago and Cook County garbage.

OUTRAGE:
Kankakee County elections, the need for people to run for county board and the filing dates.

Illinois Attorney General investigations of Kankakee County officials’ actions.

County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s behind closed door actions according to information from OUTRAGE sources.

Everyone is welcome who has had enough with the status quo. Questions call 815-258-2758.

10-28-15

Local company representatives of Advantage Copier, Tom and Kevin Clocksin and Martin Whalen of Martin Whalen Office Solutions spoke out at the Monday night’s Kankakee School District 111 board meeting about a no bid $300,000 plus contract given to Tinley Park Proven Business Systems, who has an office in Bourbonnais.

They said “Signing a no bid contract for more then $300,000 when the district is in poor financial shape is irresponsible.” They provided an 18 page detailed written report on why this was a bad deal for Kankakee School District 111 taxpayers including information on Proven Business Systems being debarred for “egregious conduct” by another school district in Illinois. Read their report here. Please give it time to download.

10-23-15

Good morning! OUTRAGE is requesting people to come forward with any information they have on a possible Kankakee County deal to purchase the Graham Building. Call 815-258-2758 or email dwb7098@gmail.com. As always OUTRAGE never discloses our sources.

Some of our sources have told OUTRAGE, Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert is working on a behind closed door deal (in the same manor as he hired the Chicago garbage syndicate consultants and attorney) to have the county purchase the Graham building from owner Mike Pinski.

The Graham building is on east side of the parking lot which is across the street from the Paramount Theater in Kankakee. The county is currently leasing a portion of the building for States Attorney Jamie Boyd’s office at $44,000 a year.

Mike Pinski, a long time campaign donor to county elected officials, pled guilty to violation of the Clean Air Act related to illegal and unsafe asbestos removal from a Kankakee building he owned. Asbestos was dumped in Pembroke Township according to a story in The Daily Journal. He was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge to serve six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release including six months of home detention. http://goo.gl/YHEAuY

OUTRAGE has no reason to doubt what some of our sources are telling us but we would like verification on what is exactly going on from others. County board members seem to have been kept in the dark on this.

Questions we have, if this is true: Where is the money going to come from? Perhaps the sale of the Kankakee County share of the juvenile detention center in Will County? Why is this yet another deal being done behind closed doors?

What happened to the end of the world story about needing money for the courthouse and the county not being able to make payroll with the $28 million of tax and fee revenue they have annually? Why are we always dealing with these kinds of guys? Didn’t Mr. Pinski, several years ago, sell another building, the old Eagle Super Market on West Court Street to the county way above market value? How will this help balance the county budget and get the credit rating up from junk?

We know there are more people who know what is going on. Please contact us and fill us in or verify what others are telling us. As always OUTRAGE never discloses our sources.

10-7-15

OUTRAGE: would like to thank everyone who attended our meeting last night which took place after the POWER meeting.

Our meeting focus was on the declining credibility of Kankakee County leadership.

Failure to enforce the annual budget spending limits to the revenue coming in, most recently $28 million in 2015.

Massive annual deficits for several years, 2014 the highest at $3 million, wiping out county savings and the down grading of the county to junk level.

Nearly a million dollars spent on consultants and outside attorneys.

We also talked about the need for people to run against long term incumbents up for election next year in the odd numbered districts. These people rarely have competition and have been on the board forever always rubber stamping whatever Bossert, Boyd and Bukowski want.

They are Roger Hess Dist. 1, Stan James Dist.5, Jim Stauffenberg Dist. 7, Mike Bossert Dist. 9, George Washington Jr. Dist. 17, Mike LaGesse Dist. 21 and Bill Olthoff Dist. 25.

Packets for running for county board were given out and can be found here http://www.kankakeecountyclerk.com/all-forms/.

Nomination papers for county board need to be filed Monday, November 23, 2015 through Monday, November 30, 2015. It does not take that many signatures to run but time is of the essence.

We suggest people run as independents so they are guaranteed to be in the general election November 2016 which is a presidential election, meaning a large voter turn out. Something needed to vote these guys out in our view. Check with the State Board of Elections for filing dates for Independent Candidates.

10-1-15

OUTRAGE of Kankakee County dedicated to citizen involvement in local issues

and

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, NFP (POWER) dedicated to protecting the Kankakee River Watershed.
will be holding a joint meeting, “The Declining Credibility of Kankakee County Leadership”, this Tuesday, October 6, 5:30 pm at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee. POWER will start first at 5:30 and will discuss Chicago garbage industry front man attorney Chuck Helsten and Chairman Mike Bossert’s continue push to make Kankakee County the destination for Chicago and Cook County garbage.

OUTRAGE will discuss next year’s Kankakee County board election and the need for people to run against most incumbents and how to do it along with making the head of the county board electable by all the voters in the county instead of the present system by board members behind closed doors.

Both meetings together should not last more then an hour.

Questions call 815-258-2758.

9-22-15

New radio ad calls for States Attorney Jamie Boyd’s resignation because of his dirty deals bankrupting Kankakee County. Click on this link to hear the short ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrDEov41m80&sns=em

OUTRAGE agrees, time for Boyd to go. He along with Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert were the instigators and pushers of paying out nearly a million dollars to Chicago garbage industry front men, Burnham, Murphy, Brown and attorney Chuck Helsten along with the other consultants who looked at the courthouse to see what updates should take place.

Jamie Boyd did such a poor job writing up the contract hiring consultant Jim Burnham, the $20,000 a month guy, the county was told by Chicago garbage industry Attorney Chuck Helsten, they could be sued for additional $100,000 plus by Burnham because Boyd left out a paragraph in the contract. We kid you not!

Yes, we agree Boyd must go!!

9-11-15

Iroquois County will pass a $5.3 million 2016 budget; Kankakee County had a $28 million 2015 budget and is on track to spend way beyond that amount for another deficit year. Some annual deficits have been as high as $2 million.

Keep in mind Kankakee County is 40% smaller in square miles then Iroquois County and only has 4 times the population. Yet Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Sheriff Tim Bukowski can’t manage to live within a budget over 5 times Iroquois wiping out all the county savings and lowering the county credit rating to junk.

We need people to run for Kankakee County board. All the odd numbered districts are up for election next year including Chairman Mike Bossert’s district in the Limestone area. Only Larry Enz, District 13 and Andy Wheeler District 15 should be retained. They are not rubber stamps!!

The absolute worst Kankakee County Board members up for election next year are Roger Hess Dist. 1, Stan James Dist. 5, Jim Stauffenberg Dist 7, Mike Bossert Dist. 9, George Washington Jr. Dist. 17, Mike LaGesse Dist. 21 and Bill Olthoff Dist. 25. They rubber stamp everything Bossert, Boyd and Bukowski want. They all have been on the board forever and have run the county finances into the ground.

Check out your voter’s card for the district you live in. If you live in any of their districts, please read the Kankakee County Clerk’s office press release below at the bottom of this post and run against these guys. They have to be thrown out of office or otherwise the “Good Old Boy” network will continue to run the county into the ground.

OUTRAGE suggests candidates run against incumbent county board members as independents. It will guarantee you a spot on the ballot in the general election, November next year. It will be a presidential election with a higher voter turn out which we feel is needed to get rid of the incumbent county board members. It does not take very many signatures to run.

Make sure you do the paper work properly as the incumbents will not like competition for their seat and will likely look for errors.

For more information about running read the press release below.

Petition materials available for 2016 General Primary Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BRUCE CLARK, Kankakee County Clerk, announced today that prospective candidates interested in running for specific offices in the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election may obtain their nominating petition packets beginning September 1st with the County Clerk’s office.

Packets may be picked up at the County Clerk’s office, located at 189 East Court Street in Kankakee, or may be downloaded from the County Clerk’s website, http://www.kankakeecountyclerk.com/all-forms/ . The first day to circulate petitions is September 1st.

Every precinct in Kankakee County will hold elections for political party nominees for offices including President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, Comptroller, Illinois General Assembly, Countywide Offices, County Board Members and Precinct Committeemen.

Only candidates running for a county office – Circuit Clerk, Recorder, Auditor, Coroner, Treasurer, County Board or Precinct Committeemen will submit their petitions with the County Clerk’s office. Candidates running for other offices will file with the State Board of Elections in Springfield. Prospective candidates must file their petitions between November 23rd and November 30th.

Candidates running for the same office that file simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. on November 23rd will be eligible for a lottery to determine the top position on the March 15th ballot, Clark said. Candidates who file within the last hour for filing on November 30th will be eligible for a lottery to determine the last position on the ballot.

9-2-15

POWER would like to thank everyone who attended our Chicago Garbage Dump/Covanta Incinerator Plant Opposition Meeting last night. We continue to have a good turn out of residents from all over Kankakee County.

POWER will continue to oppose all backroom deals by Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert; his allies on the county board, States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chicago garbage syndicated front man Attorney Chuck Helsten to make Kankakee County the destination of Chicago/Cook County garbage.

Covanta incinerator plants are dirty 1970’s technology which has had many EPA violations over the years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency having to step in. Kankakee County already has a very high cancer rate. Burning and or dumping 300 to 500 semi-loads of Chicago area garbage in the Kankakee River watershed will not be tolerated. Working with a network of allies, POWER has stopped two previous attempts and we will stop this latest effort.

8-31-15

This June 30, 2015 United Airline article below is about the 21st Century state of the art garbage to energy technology, not the 1970’s Covanta polluting incinerator technology the Kankakee County Board under the direction of Chairman Mike Bossert and Chicago garbage syndicate front man, Attorney Chuck Helsten is seeking to build in Kankakee County.

Please attend tomorrow, 5:30 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 1, POWER Chicago Garbage Dump/Covanta Incinerator Plant Opposition Meeting at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

Together we can stop those on the county board and Attorney Chuck Helsten from making Kankakee County the garbage dump of Chicago, 1970’s style.

The meeting will last about an hour.

United turns to household trash to help lower fuel costs

By Kathleen Burke

Published: June 30, 2015 2:00 p.m. ET

Reuters

United joins Southwest and Virgin Atlantic in investing in aviation biofuels

United Airlines is investing $30 million in alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc, in an effort to develop and promote the commercialization of aviation biofuel.

The two companies have further agreed to jointly develop up to five biofuel plants near United hubs with the aim of producing up to 180 million gallons of fuel a year.

For the full article click here http://goo.gl/cMvNyB

8-28-15

POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump/ Covanta Incinerator Plant Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, Tuesday, September 1, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

The Kankakee County Board has expanded their push for Chicago garbage to include a deal to burn Chicago garbage here in a Covanta incinerator plant that burns 300 semi-loads of Chicago garbage daily. Garbage volume above what can be burned would go into a new dump.

Chicago garbage front man attorney Chuck Helsten and County Board Chairman Mike Bossert are bent on making Kankakee County the destination of Chicago’s garbage. Questions, call 815-258-2758.

All of us working together will stop this! Please attend our meeting.

8-27-15

For those of you who do not follow us on Facebook or get The Daily Journal, we thought we would post what we have on our facebook page here. We can be found on facebook under OUTRAGE Kankakee County. We have a very active facebook page which is kept current and the public has the opportunity to post their comments.

The Daily Journal headline in yesterday’s paper says it all. See above. Note: the underline comment in red by county board member Mike LaGesse and the picture of a smiling chairman of the board, Mike Bossert.

Yes, what Chairman Mike Bossert, States Attorney Jamie Boyd, Sheriff Tim Bukowski, Mike LaGesse and his pals on the county board have done or allowed to happen to county finances seems to be a laughing matter to them.

Half of the board will be up for election next year, all odd numbered districts. Candidates have to file this coming December. We suggest candidates run against all county board incumbents as independent candidates so you are guaranteed to be in the general election November 2016.

8-5-15

POWER, founded by OUTRAGE supporters, would like to thank everyone who attended our Chicago Garbage Dump/Incinerator Opposition Meeting last night. Another good turn out from all over the county. The meeting was moved to the outdoor seating of Paul’s restaurant for more room and the nice weather.

POWER board member Dr. Doug Cork spoke on the state of the art technology which coverts garbage into ethanol for $1.00 a gallon as opposed the very dirty 80’s technology of burning (incinerating) garbage which Chairman Mike Bossert and some members on the county board are now pursuing with Chicago garbage Industry front man attorney Chuck Helsten.

The next Kankakee County Board meeting is this coming Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9:00 am, 189 E. Court Street, 4th floor. Public Comment is at the beginning of the meeting. You must sign a card to speak, found in a shelving unit on the wall by the microphone, as you walk into the room look left. Put the signed card on the desk up front which faces the room. Same procedure for committee and sub-committee meetings.

The next POWER Chicago Garbage Dump/Incinerator Opposition meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 5:30 pm, Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

We will remain vigilant in our opposition to making Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump/incinerator!

7-30-15

POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump/Incinerator Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM this Tuesday, August 4, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee. Everyone is welcome!

The Kankakee County Board has expanded their push for Chicago garbage to include making a deal to burn Chicago garbage here in a large incinerator plant. Chicago garbage industry front man attorney Chuck Helsten and Chairman Bossert are bent on making Kankakee County Chicago’s dump one way or the other.

We the people can stop this. We must stay vigilant! Please attend our meeting. Questions, call 815-258-2758.

6-30-15

Solutions offered on Kankakee County annual deficits.

Click on the link below to read the report presented today to the county finance committee by the county board members assigned to find solutions to county annual deficits. The “Committee of 5”, made up of Committee Chair Mike LaGesse, Andy Wheeler, James Skutty, Mike Mulcahy and Jim Byrne.

http://outragenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/finance_subcommittee_report_final.pdf

6-17-15

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s specially appointed subcommittee met this morning to discuss how the county wants to proceed on attracting Chicago/Cook County garbage here.

Watch the meeting here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG1dtUBLckI It is 15 minutes long.

(Our apologies, we forgot our external mike for our cell phone so please turn up the volume)

Take note of Chairman Bossert’s comments on the fact it would not be for our garbage as most of the garbage generated within Kankakee County is already under contract with Republic-Allied which has their own landfills nearby. County Board member Stan James said the county has to change the residents’ attitudes about garbage. He and others mentioned different terms used elsewhere like Eco campus instead of landfill.

While keeping the landfill push in place was mentioned, an option to attract Chicago garbage through getting an electric generating plant built here to burn garbage instead of coal or natural gas was discussed. While this option would create many more jobs then dumping garbage into a 200 feet mountain on 300 to 500 acres of farmland and it would not be in violation of the NO garbage dumping law passed by 15 out of 17 townships, it is old dirty technology which will be fought.

Today’s state of the art garbage to energy technologies do not burn garbage. Here are three examples:

http://fulcrum-bioenergy.com/recent-events/

http://enerkem.com/

http://www.ineos.com/businesses/ineos-bio/

The next subcommittee meeting on attracting Chicago/Cook County garbage here will be in July. We will let everyone know when they meet.

In the end, since this committee is stacked with garbage dump proponents who have supported paying the Chicago garbage front men, Burnham, Murphy and Helsten hundreds of thousands of dollars, they will likely recommend to the full board to continue the push for a Chicago Regional Garbage Dump. You can bet that Attorney Helsten is working behind the scene to get this done.

6-15-15

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Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s specially appointed sub-committee, for the purpose of finding better language to market a Chicago Regional garbage dump to county residents, farmland owners and Chicago/Cook County garbage haulers with the help of Chicago garbage industry front man Attorney Chuck Helsten, will be meeting this Wednesday morning 10 AM right after the Planning, Zoning and Agriculture meeting.

Public comment will be at the beginning. Everyone who can make it needs to be there to speak against this continue push to make Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump.

Please see the meeting agenda below and take note all the county board members on this sub-committee are very pro making Kankakee County Chicago’s dump.

This sub-committee is truly the fox guarding the hen house.

Kankakee County SOLID WASTE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – 10:00 AM Kankakee County Administration Building

189 E Court St., Kankakee IL 4 th Floor Board Room

Agenda Items

1. Call to Order Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Solid Waste Ordinance Discussion

4. Adjournment

Kankakee County Board Subcommittee Members: Bill Olthoff, Mike Mulcahy, Steve Einfeldt, George Washington, Stan James

Their phone numbers can be found here http://www.co.kankakee.il.us/boardmembers.html

6-3-15

Thank You Chairman Mike Bossert, Sheriff Tim Bukowski and States Attorney Jamie Boyd.

Great stewardship of county finances, NOT!! We suggest that Chairman Mike Bossert ask the consultants and attorney Chuck Helsten for the nearly one million dollars back they were paid over the last two years.

The Daily Journal: http://goo.gl/7GIRyB
Audit puts numbers to county debt crisis

Numbers speak for themselves. On Tuesday, they reaffirmed the Kankakee County Board needs to make drastic cuts to avert a growing financial crisis.

The accounting firm of Smith, Koelling, Dykstra & Ohm presented a comprehensive annual financial report for 2014 to the county’s finance committee.

That report showed excess spending of $3 million in the county’s general fund last year, bringing the fund’s debt total to $4.2 million.

“It makes it official what a bad situation we are in,” Finance Committee Chairman Mike LaGesse said.

By the end of last November, the county relied on restricted and borrowed funds to continue operating. It also has had three tax anticipation warrants since November 2013. About 70 percent of its recent tax anticipation warrant, received in December 2014, will go toward paying debts by July, and the county may have to request another warrant.

“You have run out of operating funds,” Smith, Koelling, Dykstra & Ohm audit manager Carmen Huizenga said. “There are no general operating funds available for spending.”

Huizenga also provided a breakdown of net expenses for 2014. Public safety accounted for $2.2 million in excess expenses, and transportation accounted for $2.3 million. Huizenga attributed those expenses to a decline in the county’s inmate housing program revenue and uncapitalized maintenance projects, respectively.

Meanwhile, general government expenses declined by $1.7 million, and court services dropped by $900,000.

Huizenga said no additional long-term debt was added in 2014. However, she labeled cash flow as the county’s primary issue.

The county has had three years of deficit spending in its general fund and no reserve funds are available, causing an excessive use of short-term borrowing.

It also has been unable to repay several vendors. Furthermore, it faces a declining sales tax base.

Those factors made Smith, Koelling, Dykstra & Ohm caution the committee about the county’s financial standing and advised making cuts wherever possible.

“We’re trying to find ways to cut expenses because the revenues are not matching the expenses,” LaGesse said. “We are talking to each department head. Some of them are about as low as they can go, but we still need to find ways to cut expenses.”

The report was sent to the full county board for assessment.

6-3-15

POWER would like to thank everyone who attended our Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition meeting last night, “The Battle Goes On”.

Continue attendance from all over the county shows county residents understand we must stay vigilant as long as Mike Bossert is chairman of the county board and Chicago garbage syndicate attorney, Chuck Helsten, is working behind the seen with the newly appointed county subcommittee on ways to educate Kankakee County residents on how great a deal it would be to have a mountain of garbage from Chicago/Cook County dumped in the Kankakee River Watershed i.e. Kankakee County.

Keep in mind Cook County has outlawed any new or expanding landfills in their county because of all the pollution problems landfills have caused.

http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=3&RecNum=10414

5-30-15

Read The Daily Journal article here http://goo.gl/tUvPbT

Former Kankakee sheriff chief gets 2 years for fraud

Tim Swanson was brought in by Sheriff Tim Bukowski. This is another example of the things that have gone on under Bukowski.

Other examples: Bukowski taking thousands of dollars of campaign donations from the LaCost family while looking the other way on their illegal gambling business in the county.

Former Grant Park Police Chief ran a scam to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from a web site advertising sex at a Manteno hotel. When he was caught by the Fed’s, Sheriff Bukowski said he knew nothing.

What Sheriff Bukowski does know is how to put his family and friends on his payroll including his sons, one of whom he pays $95,000 a year, not including benefits.

Don’t forget the millions of dollars deficit spending by the Sheriff’s department over the last few years helping the credit rating agencies to lower the county’s credit rating to junk.

According to county deputies, the Sheriff’s department is currently being ran by recently hand picked under sheriff Mike Downey who has no experience in law enforcement, never been on patrol. He was correction chief and wants to pad his pension

Sheriff Bukowski does not come to work many days and is only going to serve 2 years and one day of his 4 year term so he can appoint Mike Downey to Sheriff to finish his term.

Downey will then run for office and if elected will step down mid-term to appoint Chad Gessner as sheriff. Chad is the son of County Coroner Robert Gessner.

Got to keep the Sheriff’s position within the good-old-boy network. Too many skeletons in the closet to allow an outsider in. Cook County has nothing on Kankakee County.

5-29-15

Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting, The battle goes on!

The battle goes on!
POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM this Tuesday, June 2, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee. Our meetings usually last about one hour. The Kankakee County Board voted NO to restoring the landfill moratorium therefore keeping the for sale sign out on the front lawn of the county to any and all Chicago/Cook County garbage haulers to dump their garbage here. Even establishing a new sub-committee to work on the pursuit. Our county can do better then behind closed door deals with the Chicago garbage syndicate costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. . The Momence, Grant Park and Manteno areas should note most of the board members representing your area are pro Chicago dump, i.e Jim Vickery- 815-472-2815, Roger Hess- 815-472-6170 and Janis Peters- 815-468-7012. They all voted NO to restoring the landfill moratorium to the County Solid Waste Plan. It is known the Chicago garbage consultants and their attorney Chuck Helsten, who is on the county payroll, have targeted the northern part of Kankakee County as their preferred location for a mega Chicago garbage dump if they can get control of land in the area. Otherwise they will look elsewhere in the county for willing landowners with the western part of the county as a focal point. Citizens’ involvement will defeat Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and his cronies’ push to make Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump. See you at our meeting. Questions, call us at 815-258-2758.

5-6-15

POWER wishes to thank everyone who attended our Chicago Garbage Dump opposition meeting last night at Paul’s Restaurant. Once again people from all over the county attended our meeting.

Many things were discussed including the Illinois Attorney General investigation into Kankakee County’s failure to comply with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act regarding requested documents by POWER.

States Attorney Jamie Boyd says the county has a right to keeping everything secret regarding communications between the county and the Chicago garbage industry front men, consultants Burnham, Murphy, Brown and attorney Chuck Helsten even though county taxpayers paid these guys hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We don’t know how long it will take the Illinois Attorney General’s office to complete their investigation and issue a ruling. We will keep the public informed.

Also discussed at last night’s POWER meeting was the county sub-committee appointed for the sole purpose of changing the Kankakee County Solid Waste plan language seeking a garbage landfill to something less ominous sounding like seeking an Eco Campus or seeking an incinerator to burn garbage to generate electricity while not restoring the moratorium on seeking a Chicago landfill.

We will keep everyone informed when this so called sub-committee meets to put a spin on the language. Really, who do they thing they will be fooling? The battle goes on!

4-30-15

POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM this Tuesday, May 5, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

The Kankakee County Board at their April 7 meeting voted NO to restoring the landfill moratorium thereby keeping the for sale sign out on the front lawn of the county to any and all Chicago/Cook County garbage haulers to dump a garbage on local farmland.

Our county can do better then behind closed door deals with the Chicago garbage syndicate. They have already suckered the county board and Chairman Mike Bossert out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Questions, call us at 815-258-2758.

Please make it your business to be at our meeting.

Citizens’ involvement will defeat Kankakee Count Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s push to make Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump.

Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President & Co-founder

4-29-15

Seems the Kankakee County Board is finally getting some religion. It took only 5 months for the chickens to come home to roost after they voted to reelect Mike Bossert to chairman. Seems Bossert did not learn a thing from all his deficit spending during his previous term as chairman. Bossert has a great resume now to run for a state office. He would fit right in. Maybe this is why he likes to do business with all the Chicago boys called consultants and attorneys.

http://goo.gl/BokFzQ The Daily Journal

Kankakee County Board establishes new ‘financial emergency’ committee

By John Dykstra

A small contingent of interested individuals wait in the hall as the finance committee of the Kankakee County Board was in executive session for several hours Tuesday morning.

The Kankakee County Board’s finance committee on Tuesday voted to establish a special subcommittee that will oversee the county’s spending.

Finance Committee Chairman Mike LaGesse said he will name five board members within the next few days to serve on the subcommittee, which will focus on reducing nonessential spending and county credit card usage.

“We have 28 board members, and the finance committee is probably more on top of the county’s finances than the whole board,” LaGesse said. “I think it’s a good idea that those powers are delegated to the finance committee because we can get something done. It’s better to give this to a five-person committee.”

The formation of the subcommittee comes less than a week after county board Chairman Mike Bossert told county employees “more cuts are coming in one form or another.” LaGesse said the subcommittee will access “basically everything” from hiring to office supply purchases. That includes assessing payments to vendors.

“We are going to have to stretch some vendors to buy 30 to 60 days and get us through June,” said Steve McCarty, the county finance director. “We are pushing everybody as far as we can push them. We do not have a lot of options.”

The board will also limit credit card usage to county department heads. About 150 cards have previously been distributed, and most of them will become unusable.

Debbie Woodruff, the county’s auditor, said the cards are used for software, travel, training, meals and other county business-related costs. Board member Michael Hildebrand questioned some credit card purchases, including small payments on iTunes and at 7-Eleven.

“This doesn’t seem like good use of a credit card,” Hildebrand said. “We are in dire straits and we have people spending $1.90 for coffee.”

Tuesday’s actions result from a recent assessment by McCarty that showed the county falling deeper into a budget hole. McCarty made the assessment based on expenses that were made between January and March.

“It is early, and we are hoping and praying some things will change,” McCarty said.

“I believe we have made improvements but not enough to get out of the negatives,” he added.

The new subcommittee will meet immediately after board members have been assigned to it.

4-29-15

Kankakee Township joins 14 other townships in Kankakee county who have passed 60 ILCS 1/30-120, the NO garbage dump law. This leaves only two townships in Kankakee County who have not passed the law. They are Limestone and Bourbonnais Townships. Limestone Township Supervisor is Mike Bossert who is also the chairman of the county board. He is very pro making Kankakee County Chicago’s dump. The legal notice was published in yesterday’s Daily Journal, Monday.

4-25-15

http://goo.gl/yvZpuM

Great Daily Journal Editorial. Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and board members, George Washington Jr., Stan James, Jim Vickery, Mike LaGesse, Steve Einfeldt, Roger Hess, Steve Liehr, Mike Mulcahy, Bill Olthoff, Janis Peters, Todd Sirouis, Chris Tholen, Jim Tripp, Carol Webber are you listening?

Get their phone numbers here. http://goo.gl/UPhyix. Call them for their address or get their address and mail them a copy of this editorial.

The Daily Journal Saturday, April 25, 2015
Editorial: Let’s end landfill talk now and forever

Who are we now, and what do we want to be?

Those are the questions that need to resonate in Kankakee County.

Recently, in a 14-10 vote, the Kankakee County Board decided to leave the door open to a new landfill. For years, there was a bipartisan agreement in Kankakee County that, while we would take care of our own waste, we would not import trash.

That went by the boards when both Kankakee County and the City of Kankakee tried to site major landfills, all with the idea of hauling in massive amounts of Chicago trash to make money. Ultimately, a combination of local political pressure and court decisions stopped both proposals. But the spectre of trash for cash continues to haunt local politics and government. You can see why. If you are sitting on a board, trying to balance the budget, the cash looks tempting. It’s always easier to get smiles when you’re handing out money, rather than cutting jobs and slashing services.

Some of the votes to keep the door open to trash were even a bit far-sighted. Several board members wanted to look at the possibility of environmentally friendly waste-to-energy plants. That’s a plus in this sense. During the giant landfill debates, those who advocated such proposals were more or less shouted down as unrealistic Pollyannas.

But it is just as unrealistic to think that any major landfill proposal, even one that would meet environmental muster, would not face opposition. Fourteen of Kankakee County’s 17 townships are on record as opposing any landfill within their boundaries. Almost certainly, any plan would involve one government suing another.

Indeed, one of the best arguments now for reinstating the ban is simple — it would begin to put this divisive issue behind us. The landfill argument, you see, is all about a short-term view. It improves the bottom line right now. Whether it would improve the bottom line over a generation is another question.

A person, a potential developer or homeowner pulls into your town. He or she sits at the local diner, then turns to the waitress. “What is this town known for?” they ask. The answer you don’t want is “We’re Chicago’s dump.”

Indeed, the topic that needs to be taken up — Who are we now? What do we want to be?

4-24-15 The Daily Journal http://goo.gl/1C8i2x

OUTRAGE response:

The nearly $1,000,000 spent on consultants and outside attorneys by Chairman Bossert should not have been wasted. Imagine how this kind of money, saved in reserve, could help this situation.

The only secure revenue stream for the county is a well thought out plan of aggressive marketing of Kankakee County’s assets to businesses, industrial, technology, etc. i.e. growing the local economy which has been allowed to shrink for decades.

Yes, we do have many assets to attract businesses here if we stop waiting for the phone to ring as the Economic Alliance currently does. We have Kankakee Airport with a runway long enough for big jets, KCC, Olivet, I-57, two major rail lines, plenty of clean fresh water for the time being which in the days ahead will become very valuable and we are located not far from I-80 and Chicago.

Until the Economic Alliance and the County Board realize what needs to be done, we will continue to fight their irresponsible, knee jerk, and short term financial fixes like tax increases and mega garbage dumps for Chicago garbage.

4-22-15 Kankakee County Board says CAN’T. Others says CAN!

Waste Management CEO SAYS “NO LANDFILL DISPOSAL IN 10 YEARS”

Waste Management is putting their money where their mouth is. They have invested in several state of the art garbage to ethanol companies including Fulcrum Bio-Energy, http://fulcrum-bioenergy.com/ and Enerkem http://enerkem.com/about-us/history/.

These new state of the art technologies are built with PRIVATE INVESTOR FUNDS and TAKE GARBAGE FOR HALF THE RATE OF A LANDFILL. When you take garbage for half of the rate of a dump, garbage will show up at your door. This is the future.

The Chicago garage syndicate, Kankakee County has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a dump, have no interest in or any connection to any of the companies involved in state of the art technologies.

The Chicago boys are old school. The only thing they know is back up the truck and dump garbage into a mountain.

Will Kankakee County Board members ever get a clue? Will they stop allowing the boys in Chicago from taking advantage of county taxpayer money and the Chairman’s stupidity? Will county board members ever remove CAN’T from their vocabulary?

Read what the Waste Management CEO had to say below or at http://goo.gl/9UuI5L

  • Market Watch
  • March 22, 2012, 7:13 PM ET

Trash exec: no landfill disposal in 10 years

Give it a decade, and all your trash will be recyclable.

Well, it could be if you’re a customer of Waste Management Inc. That’s the pledge David Steiner, the trash hauler’s chief executive, made Thursday at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference.

Steiner says the company is moving steadily toward separating more of its recyclables from materials headed for landfills. The waste now going to the dump can be turned into fuel and soon all landfill material will be recycled, he said. Estimates show that 34% of all trash is now recycled, compared with 10% in 1980.

“Without government help, I guarantee you we’ll get there within 10 years,” Steiner said. He said that if government assistance were available, he could get there sooner.

Now, however, Waste Management isn’t getting aid, even though the company is a large producer of renewable energy, even bigger than solar. That is creating $10 billion in annual revenue, which could jump to as much as $30 billion, Steiner said.

– Russ Britt

4-16-15

Great editorial cartoon by Mr. York of The Daily Journal!

The Kankakee County Board Planning, Zoning & Agriculture Committee (PZA) will be meeting this Wednesday, April 22 ,9:00 AM at 189 E. Court Street, 4th Floor to discuss changing the wording in the County Solid Waste Plan from seeking a landfill to seeking an Eco Campus along with alternatives.

Eco Campus is a fancy way of saying garbage dump. The term Eco Campus is a made up term by Chicago garbage industry Attorney Chuck Helsten to help sell a dump to the residents of the county. He refers to the Rockford dump as an Eco Campus

Garbage is still dumped into a mountain as you can see from the Rockford dump video. http://goo.gl/YBSZwl. Gas leaking from the mountain of garbage that occurs as garbage mixes with other garbage, chemicals, etc. is partially captured for use. This is the same way dump operators have been doing things for decades along with recycling which we are already doing. A new fancy term for a landfill does not change anything.

How can some board members be so gullible or do they thing the public is that stupid? Call the county board members or please make it your business to be at this Wednesday’s meeting. You will be able to speak during public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Click here for all the board member’s phone numbers. http://goo.gl/UPhyix

The Momence, Grant Park and Manteno areas should note most of the board members representing your area are pro Chicago garbage dump. They want a dump in your area. i.e Jim Vickery, Roger Hess, Janis Peters.

Attorney Chuck Helsten and Chairman Mike Bossert are not fooling us and neither are they fooling the 15 Townships out of 17 who have passed (60 ILCS 1/30-120) the no garbage dumping law which will be defended all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court along with other legal issues that have taken place during the county board dump pursuit.

We strongly believe citizen involvement will win this issue! Questions call 815-258-2758.

Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President & Co-founder of OUTRAGE & POWER

4-15-15

We have been asked for the names and phone numbers of the Kankakee County Board Members and how they voted yesterday on restoring the moratorium on landfills to the county solid waste plan. All the county board member phone numbers can be found here: http://goo.gl/UPhyix .

Here are the 14 who voted NO to restoring the landfill moratorium thereby keeping the for sale sign out on the front lawn of the county to any and all Chicago/Cook County garbage haulers to dump a garbage on local farmland. (The Momence, Grant Park and Manteno areas should note most of the board members representing your area voted NO. They want a dump in your area. i.e Jim Vickery, Roger Hess, Janis Peters.)

The NO votes to restoring the landfill moratorium in Kankakee County were:

Chairman Mike Bossert, Steve Einfeldt, Roger Hess, Stan James, Mike LaGesse, Steve Liehr, Mike Mulcahy, Bill Olthoff, Janis Peters, Todd Sirois, Jim Tripp, Jim Vickery, George Washington and Carol Webber. Call them and let them know what you think about their NO vote.

The 10 YES Votes to restoring the landfill moratorium were:

Jim Byrne, Robert Ellington-Snipes, Larry Enz, Mike Hildebrand, Pat McConnell, Samuel Payton, Pat Polk, Jim Stauffenberg, Andy Wheeler and Vice-Chair Matt Whitis. Call them and tell them Thank You for their Yes vote.

The 4 absent county board members were: Sally Evans, Robert Reid, Jim Skutt, and Chris Tholen.

The County Board discussion was about an hour long and became heated. Even the States Attorney Jamie Boyd had to step in and tell some board members they were out of order. Watch part 1 here. http://goo.gl/7Q4nxb. Watch part 2 here. http://goo.gl/N7FCPm .

4-14-15

Watch the Kankakee County Board heated debate on the Chicago garbage dump issue.

The Kankakee County Board met this morning at 9:00 AM. The main thing on the agenda was the Kankakee County Solid Waste plan language which rescinded the dump/landfill moratorium in Kankakee County. The county board voted to rescind the moratorium at their June, 2013 board meeting only one year after they voted to put it in place for 5 years.

The discussion was about an hour long and became heated. Watch part 1 here. http://goo.gl/7Q4nxb. Watch part 2 here. http://goo.gl/N7FCPm .

Some board members voted against restoring the moratorium while also saying they would never voted for a landfill.

Talk about double talk!!

Several board members talked about garbage to energy alternatives as what the county should be seeking instead of a dump. However, they discussed 1990’s technology which burns garbage to generate electric. The garbage to energy industry state of the art plants turn garbage into ethanol, they don’t burn anything.

Two votes were taken with the second vote being the most important. The second vote on restoring the landfill moratorium failed 14 to 10 with 4 board members absent. Instead the board decided to send the issue back to the Planning, Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) Committee to discuss rewording the language. Some ideas mentioned were changing the words seeking a landfill to seeking an Eco Campus along with language seeking garbage to energy.

Eco Campus is a fancy way of saying garbage dump. The term Eco Campus is a made up term by Chicago garbage industry Attorney Chuck Helsten to help sell a dump to the residents of the county. He refers to the Rockford dump as an Eco Campus

Garbage is still dumped into a mountain as you can see from the Rockford dump video. http://goo.gl/YBSZwl Gas leaking from the mountain of garbage that occurs as garbage mixes with other garbage, chemicals, etc. is partially captured for use. This is the same way dump operators have been doing things for decades along with what we are already recycling. A new fancy term for a landfill does not change anything.

How can some board members be so gullible or do they thing the public is that stupid? Call the county board members if you do not like how they voted or what they said at the meeting. Click here for their phone numbers. http://goo.gl/UPhyix

The fight goes on. OUTRAGE and POWER will continue opposing any and all efforts to dump garbage in Kankakee County no matter what they call it.

Attorney Chuck Helsten and Chairman Mike Bossert are not fooling us and neither are they fooling the 15 Townships out of 17 who have passed (60 ILCS 1/30-120) the no garbage dumping law which will be defended all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court along with other legal issues that have taken place. Kankakee Township will be passing the no dump law at their meeting tonight bringing the total to 15 out of 17 townships to do so. Citizen involvement will win out!

Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President & Co-founder of OUTRAGE and POWER

815-258-2758

4-8-14

POWER would like to thank everyone who came out last night to our Chicago regional garbage dump opposition meeting. We continue to have a very good turn out from all areas of the county.

Many things were discussed last night including the recent notification to POWER by the Illinois Attorney General’s office. They will be investigating Kankakee County’s failure to comply with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act on providing documents relating to the behind closed door garbage dump deal with the Chicago consultants and Attorney Chuck Helsten.

Also discussed was the very important County Board meeting coming up this Tuesday, April 14, 9:00 AM, 4th Floor, 189 E. Court Street. Please mark your calendar.

On the agenda for this county board meeting will be a discussion of the Kankakee County Solid Waste plan language which rescinded the dump/landfill moratorium in Kankakee County. The county board voted to rescind the moratorium at their June, 2013 board meeting only one year after they voted to put it in place for 5 years.

Chairman Mike Bossert and board members Steve Liehr, Jim Vickery, George Washington Jr., and Mike LaGesse are leading the efforts to stop other board members from voting yes to restoring the dump/landfill moratorium to the County Solid Waste Plan at the April 14 meeting.

Restoring the moratorium would be respecting the residents of 14 townships out of 17 who voted to outlaw garbage dumping in their township per the state law governing townships.

Please make it your business to be at this meeting, bring friends and neighbors and speak during public comment. Public Comment is at the beginning of the meeting. You must sign a card to speak, found in a shelving unit on the wall by the microphone, as you walk into the room look left. Put the signed card on the desk up front which faces the room.

Chairman Mike Bossert and his pals can do better then behind close door deals to be Chicago’s garbage dump. Citizen involvement can get the moratorium language back into the County Solid Waste Plan.

If the moratorium is not put back in place, the for sale sign will still be out on the front lawn of the county to any and all garbage dump haulers in the Chicago/Cook County area. Questions call 815-258-2758.

See you this Tuesday, April 14.

Thanks!
Darrel W. Bruck Jr., President & Co-founder

Not sure which county board district you are in, ask us (815-258-2758) or look on your voter’s card.

Kankakee County Board Members District

Michael G. Bossert, Chairmanmbossert@k3county.net(815) 937-36429
R
Jim Byrne: Bradley areajbyrne@k3county.net(815) 929-379923R
Stephen Einfeldtseinfeldt@k3county.net(815) 937-102322R
Robert Ellington-Snipesrsnipes@k3county.net(815) 932-096318D
Larry Enzlenz@k3county.net(815) 932-783713D
Sally Evanssevans@k3county.net(815) 937-064312R
Roger Hess: Grant Park & North of Momencerhess@k3county.net(815) 472-61701R
Michael Hildebrandmhildebrand@k3county.net815-933-170216R
Stanley James: Aroma Park- St. Ann areassjames@k3county.net(815) 937-96915R
Michael J. LaGesse: Bradleymlagesse@k3county.net(815) 932-405021D
Stephen Liehrsliehr@k3county.net815-933-355428R
Patrick L. McConnellpmcconnell@k3county.net(815) 932-267927R
Mike Mulcahymmulcahy@k3county.net(815) 933-561514R
William H. Olthoffwolthoff@k3county.net(815) 939-117725R
Samuel Paytonspayton@k3county.net(815) 944-57844D
Janis Peters: Manteno area eastjpeters@k3county.net(815) 468-70128R
Patricia Polkppolk@k3county.net(815) 685-922019D
Robert Reid: Northwest Manteno Rockvillerreid@k3county.net815-509-96836R
Todd Sirois: St. Anne areatsirois@k3county.net(815) 427-9817
3R
James Skuttjskutt@k3county.net(815) 214-939926R
James Stauffenberg: Manteno areajstauffenberg@k3county.net(815) 468-65747R
Chris Tholenctholen@k3county.net(815) 936-904910
R
James Trippjtripp@k3county.net(815) 933-535024R
Jim Vickery: Momence area & east of Grant Parkjvickery@k3county.net(815) 472-28152R
George Washington, Jr.gwashington@k3county.net(815) 937-965217
D
Carol Webbercwebber@k3county.net(815) 426-242111R
Andrew Wheelerawheeler@k3county.net(815) 954-024515
R
Matt Whitis, Vice-Chairmanmwhitis@k3county.net(815) 933-775620R

4-3-15

Please vote out all incumbents especially Villages of Bradley, Bourbonnais and the Bourbonnais Township Park District!

There are many good reasons to get out and vote this Tuesday April 7 especially if you live in Bourbonnais Township. Bourbonnais Township includes the Villages of Bradley, Bourbonnais and rural areas east of Route 50 along with areas north and west of Bourbonnais.

In addition to the very important Village elections, the Bourbonnais Township Park District has three board positions on the ballot with 4 candidates seeking those positions. Only one incumbent is seeking reelection. She is Kim Bennett.

OUTRAGE does not know a lot about the three new people running for the Bourbonnais Township Park District Board but we do know a lot about incumbent Kim Bennett’s record. She was a big supporter of the push to borrow millions to buy the former Hidden Cove complex even though the public said NO. She also supported the push by the board to do an end around the voters’ 63% NO vote to the referendum by doing a deal to buy Hidden Cove from a middleman banker in the area.

We also know many area residents called her in opposition of the purchase and the end around deal only to get an earful from her.

OUTRAGE is asking Bourbonnais Township voters on April 7 to NOT VOTE for Kim Bennett for Bourbonnais Township Park District Board. Instead vote for the three new people. She needs to be gone like the other two incumbent board members who have chosen to not run again! Questions, please call 815-258-2758.

Please get out and vote this Tuesday, April 7 and bring all your neighbors, family and friends in the area. We need a high voter turn out! Voters have a real opportunity to make a difference, not only in the village elections but the Bourbonnais Township Park District election.

VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENTS! None of them deserve retention. Nothing will ever get better if we continually put the same people back in office!

3-31-15

Please share with everyone in Kankakee County.

POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 7, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee. Please mark your calendar.

Even though the Kankakee County Board has voted to pay an additional $100,000 to cut ties with their $20,000 a month Chicago garbage consultant, Chairman Mike Bossert and some board members are still pushing to get a Chicago regional dump.

Mike Bossert, Steve Liehr and George Washington Jr. are leading the efforts. They are working to stop other board members from voting yes to restoring the dump/landfill moratorium to the County Solid Waste Plan at the full county board meeting April 14. Restoring the moratorium would be respecting the 14 townships out of 17 who voted to outlaw garbage dumping in their township per the state law governing townships.

POWER will be getting ready for this very important vote. Citizens’ involvement will win this battle. Our county can do better then behind close door deals to be Chicago’s dump. Questions, 815-258-2758.

3-18-15

The Kankakee County Board Planning, Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) Committee met this morning at 9:00 AM. The main item on the committee’s agenda was discussing the Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan language which seeks garbage dump developers for establishing a Chicago regional garbage dump on local farmland.

Please watch the discussion by clicking on this link http://goo.gl/F7yA27

During the discussion, you will see some of board members, including Steve Liehr, Chairman Mike Bossert, and Committee Chair George Washington Jr., attempt to put “lipstick on a pig” as was rightly stated by County Board Member Andy Wheeler. We believe Mr. Wheeler’s comments were on the mark.

Facts are facts. A mountain of garbage dumped by hundreds of trucks daily is a dump/landfill even if there are attempts to recycle the things already being recycled in the county. All landfills leak according to the Federal EPA.

The term “Eco Campus”, some board members tried to use, came from the Chicago garbage consultants and their attorney Chuck Helsten as a way to soft pedal what they are really pedaling to the county behind closed doors with no input or any accountability to the citizens of the county. The Eco Campus term has been used by these same individuals wherever they go to sell a Chicago dump on local farmland. How stupid do they think Kankakee County residents are?

A garbage dump started today or started 35 years ago uses the same methods. Even States Attorney Jamie Boyd stated the Illinois EPA requirements are very minimal. Seems being up for reelection next year has Mr. Boyd’s attention.

In the end, after several comments on how clean and great a Chicago garbage landfill would be, especially if you call it something else, the committee voted to have the County Solid Waste Plan language, currently calling for Chicago dump developers, on the agenda of the Tuesday, April 14, full board meeting at 9:00 AM.

POWER and OUTRAGE are asking for the public to attend this meeting at 189 E. Court Street Kankakee, 4th floor. Get their 5 minutes early and sign up to speak during public comment.

Both the Northern and Western parts of the county are being looked at with the Grant Park and Manteno areas being the first choice. It all depends on finding a farmland owner willing to sell their farm for Chicago’s garbage so no area of the county can be completely ruled out.

This is the time to stand up and be counted. Attend the meeting; tell the board to change the Solid Waste Plan language back to the moratorium on landfills no matter what the Chicago garbage industry front men call them. We don’t want or have to be Chicago’s garbage dump.

Stop all the behind closed door deals and money changing hands. Respect the 14 out of 17 Townships, whose residents have voted to outlaw garbage dumping in their townships per the state law. Attorney Chuck Helsten must be fired.

3-11-15

Watch the first 20 minutes of the Kankakee County Board discussion on Chicago garbage consultant James D. Burnham’s contract. We apologize, the discussion went on longer then the memory of our phone could handle. This video is only the beginning of the discussion. http://goo.gl/HvzFM5
We have learned Chicago garbage consultant James D. Burnham may sue Kankakee County for an additional $330,000 in payments because of errors in the wording of the contract he signed with the county, June 2013 This major screw up could cost county taxpayers an additional $200,000. This was disclosed at yesterday’s full county board meeting. Outside attorney, Chuck Helsten showed up to speak to the board about their move to end the county’s contract with James D. Burnham and his firm. What was disclosed at the meeting was the fact the county is obligate to pay Mr. Burnham for at least 20 months. The resolution the county board passed June, 2013 calls for $10k per month and a bonus of $10k if Mr. Burnham finds someone to submit an application for a dump on local farmland. However that language was not put in the contract signed by Mr. Burnham. The contract itself says the full $20k is due each month and has no provisions about a bonus for finding a dump application. This is why Attorney Helsten made the board go into executive secession, meaning the public was kicked out. OUTRAGE has been told Attorney Helsten told the board, after the public was kicked out, Burnham can sue for the full $20k per month for 20 months so he would be owed $330,000 since the county stopped paying the Burnham’s bills after $70,000 because they did not have the money. When the public was allowed back into the meeting room, the county board voted to pay Mr. Burnham another $100,000 with the hope he would not sue them for the additional $230,000. OUTRAGE is hearing the contract error making the county liable for an additional $200,000 is States Attorney Jamie Boyd’s error. We don’t have absolute proof of that but the states attorney is supposed to be paying attention to the contracts the county is apart of. The county board, in addition to the $100,000 payment, also voted to remove all language from the settlement contract referring to further employment of Mr. Burnham and his firm. As a result there is no longer a promise to pay him $195.00 an hour and 10 cents for every ton of garage he can get dumped on local farmland for a 10 year period.
Vice-Chairman Matt Whitis and board member Andy Wheeler moved to revisit the County Solid Waste Plan language calling for a garbage dump to discuss putting the moratorium back in the plan. They will be taking up this matter at the Planning, Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) meeting next week, Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 AM in the county board meeting room., 189 E. Court Street, 4th floor. OUTRAGE & POWER plans on being there and we hope the public will too. Please call County Board members Matt Whitis 815-933-7756, Andy Wheeler 815-523-7367, Robert Ellington-Snipes 815-932-0963 and Larry Enz 815-933-7756. Thank them for their efforts on this matter. Thanks to everyone who showed up yesterday at the meeting.

3-7-15
OUTRAGE and POWER are asking residents of the county to attend this Tuesday’s, March 10, county board meeting. The meeting is at 9:00 AM in the county administration building, 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee on the north/west corner of Schuyler & Court, 4th floor. Get there 5 minutes early and sign up for public comment. Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting so you don’t have to stay for the full meeting if you are unable to. Last December, the Kankakee County Board directed their outside attorney, Chicago garbage players’ front man, Chuck Helsten to end all business with Chicago garbage industry consultant James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy including their two year, $20,000 per month contract. Attorney Helsten, instead of following the county board’s orders, has brought a new contract to the board to be voted on at this Tuesday’s county board meeting with the blessing of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd. The new contract calls for a $100,000 lump sum payment to Mr. Burnham’s firm of taxpayer dollars and further payment of $195.00 an hour plus a bonus of ten cents for every ton of garbage Mr. Burnham can get dumped from the Chicago area on local farmland for the first 10 years of a new dump.

This is not ending all business with the Chicago Garbage Industry Consultants as ordered by the board, it puts a new deal together for lots more money with no ending date!

If the full board votes in favor of this contract, it will mean the Manteno, Grant Park and Momence areas along with the Herscher/Reddick or St. Anne areas of the county will be under the threat of 300 to 500 semi-loads of garbage being dumped daily into a 200 feet high mountain from Chicago, Cook County and the suburbs. The location all depends on where the consultants can find a willing landowner to sell their farm for a dump. This contract has no ending date, NONE!! The county board must vote NO to this new contract and instead tell their conflict of interest, Attorney Chuck Helsten, to end all county business with Chicago garbage consultant James D. Burnham and his firm as he was ordered to do. The board must not listen to this latest push for a Chicago regional garbage dump by Chairman Mike Bossert. Once Attorney Helsten completes this tasked as ordered, he needs to be fired. Why should the county do business with an attorney who is suppose to be representing them instead does everything to represent the Chicago garbage industry consultants, Burnham and his associate Murphy? Mr. Burnham has never spoke to the board or submitted anything in writing to the board on what his firm has done over the last two years of his current $20,000 a month contract. NO ACCOUNTABILITY at all by Chairman Mike Bossert, Helsten, Burnham or his associates. The residents of Kankakee County cannot let this stand. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Chicago garbage Industry front men while the county is laying off sheriff’s deputies. See you at the county board meeting this Tuesday. Please make it your business to be there and speak up!

3-4-15

POWER wishes to thank everyone who came to our Chicago garbage dump opposition meeting last night. We are gratified by the turn out of residents from all over the county.

Thanks to all of you who donated to the cause and thanks to Paul’s restaurant for allowing us to meet there.

A very good discussion took place on the Chicago/Cook County garbage dump being pushed by County Board Chairman Mike Bossert and his Chicago garbage industry front man, Attorney Chuck Helsten.

POWER and OUTRAGE are asking residents of the county to attend this Tuesday’s, March 10, county board meeting. The meeting is at 9:00 AM in the county administration building, 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee on the north/west corner of Schuyler & Court, 4th floor. Get there 5 minutes early and sign up for public comment. Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting so you don’t have to stay for the full meeting if you are unable to.

The board will be voting on a new contract for Chicago garbage consultant James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy. This new contract is calling for a $100,000 lump sum payment by county taxpayers to Mr. Burnham’s firm and further payment of $195.00 an hour with a bonus of ten cents for every ton of garbage, Mr. Burnham can get dumped on local farmland for the first 10 years of a new dump.

This contract, if passed by the full county board at the March 10 meeting, could mean millions of dollars for Mr. Burnham and likely Attorney Chuck Helsten.

If the board votes in favor of this contract, it will mean the Grant Park, Manteno, Herscher, Momence areas of the county will be under the threat of 300 to 500 semi-loads of garbage being dumped daily into a 200 feet high mountain from Chicago, Cook County and the suburbs. This contract has no ending date, none!!

The county board must vote NO to this contract and instead tell their conflict of interest, Attorney Chuck Helsten, to end all county business with Chicago garbage consultant James D. Burnham and his firm. Mr. Burnham has never spoke to the board or submitted anything in writing to the board on what his firm has done over the last two years of his current $20,000 a month contract. NO ACCOUNTABILITY at all by Chairman Mike Bossert, Helsten, Burnham, all with States Attorney Jamie Boyd looking the other way.

We, the residents of Kankakee County cannot let this stand. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Chicago garbage front men while the county is laying off sheriff’s deputies.

See you at the county board meeting this Tuesday. Please make it your business to be there and speak up.

Darrel W. Bruck Jr. President & Co-founder

2-27-15

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Dump Opposition Meeting This Tuesday. Kankakee County to pay another $100k lump sum plus $195.00 an hour to Chicago/Cook County Garbage Consultants, James D. Burnham and Charles Murphy. Why, because Chicago garbage industry players’ Attorney, Chuck Helsten, says so?

What are we getting for the money? Not a dime more until Burnham and Murphy tell the county board and taxpayers what its for!! What have they done for the thousands the county has already paid them? There has been no accountability by Attorney Chuck Helsten, Burnham, Murphy and County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, NONE!

Chairman Bossert has county taxpayer money for the Chicago garbage industry players’ front men but not for sheriff deputies! Are we going to let this stand?

POWER will be holding a Chicago Garbage Dump Opposition Meeting 5:30 PM, Tuesday, March 3, at Paul’s Restaurant, 500 S. Washington Ave. Kankakee.

Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert continues to spend county money on Chicago garbage industry players’ front man, Attorney Chuck Helsten, who is now recommending a new contract for his Chicago garbage industry pals, consultant James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy.

The new contract, http://goo.gl/K8uhsV, calls for ending the current $20,000 a month contract and replacing it with a new contract calling for a $100,000 immediate payment to Burnham’s firm and new payments of $195.00 an hour for further Chicago/Cook County garbage consulting services. The new contract also calls for a payment of 10 cents per ton for every ton of garbage dumped in a future new garbage dump in Kankakee County for the first 10 years garage is dumped.

This is an incentive for Burnham and his firm to continue to work towards getting a Chicago garbage hauler to dump 300 to 500 semi-loads of garbage daily on local farmland. This 10 cent per ton incentive, over 10 years, could mean millions of dollars in the pocket of Burnham and likely Attorney Chuck Helsten’s pocket. This is how the Chicago garbage industry players work.

When Chairman Bossert was asked how this new contract fees were arrived at, Bossert said the outside attorney, Chuck Helsten put the new contract together. Legal documents show Mr. Helsten is playing both sides. He is being paid to represent the county while being paid to represent Chicago garbage industry players. http://goo.gl/Sv2FRR.

Helsten Is The Fox Guarding the Hen House with the Farmer’s Blessing, Chairman Mike Bossert. We The Citizens of Kankakee Country Are The Hens!

Consultant James D. Burnham or his associate Charles Murphy have never spoke before the board to explain what they are doing for all this taxpayer money. NOT ONCE! Nor have they turned in any written reports according to Freedom of Information responses from States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert.

What are we getting for the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to these consultant buddies of Attorney Chuck Helsten? Why would the county board pay one more cent or agree to a new contract with no ending date for potentially hundred of thousands of dollars more with people who have never spoken to them or explained what they are being paid for, just because Chicago garbage industry players’ Attorney, Chuck Helsten, says so?

The full Kankakee County board will be voting on Attorney Chuck Helsten’s grand plan to fill his buddies pockets and likely Helsten’s pockets too at their Tuesday, March 10, 9:00 AM meeting. Get their 5 minutes early to sign up to speak during public comment.

Helsten must go and NO new contracts with garage consultant James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy.

Chairman Bossert has county taxpayer money for the Chicago garbage industry front men but not for sheriff deputies! Are we going to let this stand?

Citizens’ involvement will stop Helsten’s and Bossert’s efforts. Please attend our meeting. Questions, call 815-258-2758.

2-24-15

Kankakee County Chairman Mike Bossert, at today’s county finance meeting, handed out a proposed new contract with Chicago garbage syndicate consultant, James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy, which was put together by Attorney Helsten who was a no show again. Watch Bossert in action here http://goo.gl/583VYi . Read the proposed agreement here. It has no ending date, just like the current contract. It goes on forever.

The new agreement calls for ending the current $20,000 a month contract and replacing it with a new contract calling for a $100,000 immediate payment to Burnham’s firm and new payments of $195.00 an hour for further garbage consulting services. The new contract also calls for a payment of 10 cents per ton for every ton of garbage dumped in a future new garbage dump in Kankakee County for the first 10 years garage is dumped.

This is an incentive for Burnham and his firm to continue to work towards getting a Chicago garbage hauler to dump 300 to 500 semi-loads of garbage daily on local farmland. This 10 cent per ton incentive, over 10 years, could mean millions of dollars in the pocket of Burnham and likely Attorney Chuck Helsten’s pocket. This is how the Chicago garbage industry players work.

When Chairman Bossert was asked how this new contract fees were arrived at, Bossert said the outside attorney, Chuck Helsten put the new contract together. Helsten is the Fox Guarding the Hen House with the Farmer’s Blessing, Chairman Mike Bossert. We the citizens of Kankakee Country are the Hens.

Consultant James D. Burnham or his associate Charles Murphy have never spoke before the board to explain what they are doing for all this taxpayer money. NOT ONCE! Nor have they turned in any written reports according to Freedom of Information responses from States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert.

What are we getting for the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to these consultant buddies of Attorney Chuck Helsten? Why would the county board pay one more cent or agree to a new contract with no ending date for potentially hundred of thousands of dollars more with people who have never spoken to them or explained what they are being paid for, just because Chicago garbage industry players’ Attorney, Chuck Helsten, says so?

Naturally, States Attorney Jamie Boyd has put his blessing on this deal and so did the committee. It will now go before the full county board to be voted on at their Tuesday, March 10, 9:00 AM meeting.

Please stand up and be counted, call Chairman Mike Bossert, Vice-Chairman Matt Whitis and your county board member. Don’t know who your board member is, call us at 815-258-2758 or look on your voter’s card. Tell them Helsten must go and NO new contracts with garage consultant Burnham and not a dime more until Burnham tells county taxpayers what it is for.

Chairman Bossert has county taxpayer money for the Chicago garbage industry front men but not for sheriff deputies! Are we going to let this stand?

Kankakee County Board Members:

Mike Bossert, Chairman 815-937-3642 Dist. 9

Matt Whitis, Vice-Chairman 815-933-7756 Dist. 20

Jim Byrne 815-929-3799 Dist. 23

Steve Einfeldt 815-937-1023 Dist. 22

Robert Ellington-Snipes 815-932-0963 Dist. 18

Larry Enz 815-932-7837 Dist. 13

Sally Evans 815-937-0643 Dist. 12

Roger Hess 815-472-6170 Dist. 1

Mike Hildebrand 815-933-1702 Dist. 16

Stan James 815-937-9691 Dist. 5

Mike LaGesse 815-932-4050 Dist. 21

Steve Liehr 815-933-3554 Dist. 28

Pat McConnell 815-932-2679 Dist. 27

Mike Mulcahy 815-933-5615 Dist. 14

Bill Olthoff 815-815-939-1177 Dist. 25

Sam Payton 815-944-5784 Dist. 4

Janis Peters 815-468-7012 Dist. 8

Pat Polk 815-685-9220 Dist. 19

Robert Reid 815-509-9683 Dist. 6

Todd Sirois 815-427-9817 Dist. 3

Jim Skutt 815-214-9399 Dist. 26

Jim Stauffenberg 815-468-6574 Dist. 7

Chris Tholen 815-936-9049 Dist. 10

Jim Tripp 815-933-5350 Dist. 24

Jim Vickery 815-472-2815 Dist. 2

George Washington, Jr. 815-937-9652 Dist. 17

Carol Webber 815-426-2421 Dist. 11

Andrew Wheeler 815-954-0245 Dist. 15

2-18-15

Kankakee County’s hired Chicago garbage industry players’ attorney, Chuck Helsten, after being direct by the Kankakee County Planning, Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) committee 2 months ago to negotiate an end to his garbage consultant pals’, James D. Burnham and Charles Murphy, $20,000 a month contract, is a no show and fails to provide the ending agreement for today’s PZA meeting as promised.

This Contract has been on going for 24 months as of March. Click on the link to hear Chairman Mike Bossert explanation to the PZA committee at this morning’s meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX1EbZMU4Gk

2-10-15

Corrupt Illinois
Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality
Kindling a fire to clear the tangled undergrowth of Illinois politics

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/78ndq5ty9780252078552.html

Everything that goes on in Chicago, Cook County and the state, goes on right here in Kankakee County.

To add insult to injury, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert has brought in the Chicago garbage bosses’ attorney, Chuck Helsten, to work a deal to dump garbage on local farmland.

States Attorney Jamie Boyd, when asked why a no bid contract for $20,000 a month and backdated two months before the county board gave the OK, was given to James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy, Boyd said “This is how it is done.”

Yes, if you want to play with the Chicago garbage industry boys, you have make sure their front man Attorney Chuck Helsten and his so called consultant pals pockets are filled.

Don’t forget all the friends and family Sheriff Tim Bukowski’s has on his payroll, most of whom were not laid off with the recent layoff. Funny how that works.

A book could be written just on what goes on in Kankakee County.

2-4-15

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POWER wishes to thank everyone who attended our Chicago garbage opposition meeting last night. We had another good turn out from all over the county.

It is very important for Kankakee County residents to call their county board members, Chairman Mike Bossert and Vice-Chairman Matt Whitis. Tell them to follow through with ending the $20,000 a month contract with consultant James D. Burnham and his associate Charles Murphy. Also tell them to end the county relationship with Attorney Chuck Helsten and his firm.

Mr. Helsten is being paid $300 an hour plus expenses by the county while he is also being paid to represent Chicago garbage industry players, http://goo.gl/Sv2FRR.

Cleary Mr. Helsten has a huge conflict of interest. Helsten and his firm stand to make millions from all sides if he can get a deal to dump Chicago garbage on local farmland. This is why he has not followed through to date on the county December 17 order to terminate the consultants’ contract. These consultants were brought in by Mr. Helsten.

Lastly, but equally important, is the Kankakee County Board must restore the landfill moratorium to the County Solid Waste Plan. This moratorium was put in place in 2012 and was repealed in 2013 when Mr. Helsten came to town bringing with him his Chicago garbage industry friends.

Keep in mind, former Governor Quinn signed into law a state ban on new or expanded landfills in Cook County, http://goo.gl/x5br1T

Call, Call, Call, See the phone list below! You can make a difference. Please stand up and be counted.

Not sure which county board district you are in? Ask us (815-258-2758) or look on your voter’s card.

Kankakee County Board Members

Mike Bossert, Chairman 815-937-3642 Dist. 9

Jim Byrne 815-929-3799 Dist. 23

Steve Einfeldt 815-937-1023 Dist. 22

Robert Ellington-Snipes 815-932-0963 Dist. 18

Larry Enz 815-932-7837 Dist. 13

Sally Evans 815-937-0643 Dist. 12

Roger Hess 815-472-6170 Dist. 1

Mike Hildebrand 815-933-1702 Dist. 16

Stan James 815-937-9691 Dist. 5

Mike LaGesse 815-932-4050 Dist. 21

Steve Liehr 815-933-3554 Dist. 28

Pat McConnell 815-932-2679 Dist. 27

Mike Mulcahy 815-933-5615 Dist. 14

Bill Olthoff 815-815-939-1177 Dist. 25

Sam Payton 815-944-5784 Dist. 4

Janis Peters 815-468-7012 Dist. 8

Pat Polk 815-685-9220 Dist. 19

Robert Reid 815-509-9683 Dist. 6

Todd Sirois 815-427-9817 Dist. 3

Jim Skutt 815-214-9399 Dist. 26

Jim Stauffenberg 815-468-6574 Dist. 7

Chris Tholen 815-936-9049 Dist. 10

Jim Tripp 815-933-5350 Dist. 24

Jim Vickery 815-472-2815 Dist. 2

George Washington, Jr. 815-937-9652 Dist. 17

Carol Webber 815-426-2421 Dist. 11

Andrew Wheeler 815-954-0245 Dist. 15

Matt Whitis, Vice-Chairman 815-933-7756 Dist. 20

1-28-15

Tim Swanson, former top cop in Kankakee County, pleads guilty to fraud, faces 20 years in prison See The Daily Journal story below our response.

Tim Swanson was brought in by Sheriff Tim Bukowski. This is another example of the things that have gone on under Sheriff Tim Buowski.

Other examples, taking thousands of dollars of campaign donations from the LaCost family while looking the other way on their illegal gambling business in the county for decades. When the Feds came in, Sheriff Bukowski said he had no idea what was going on. Everyone else in the county knew what was going on.

How about the Grant Park Police Chief who ran a scam to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from a web site advertising sex at a Manteno hotel. When this guy was caught by the Fed’s, Sheriff Bukowski said he knew nothing about it.

Seems all Sheriff Bukowski does is to put his family and friends on his payroll including his sons, one of whom he pays $95,000 a year, not including benefits.

Don’t forget the millions of dollars deficit spending by the Sheirff’s department over the last few years resulting in the credit rating agencies lowering the county’s credit rating to junk.

Insiders have told OUTRAGE, Sheriff Bukowski has health issues and does not come to work often so no one was watching the Sheriff’s Department budget and besides, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, who is in charge of enforcing the budget, looks the other way when it comes to Sheriff Tim Bukowski.

Information provide to OUTRAGE by county deputies, says the Sheriff’s department is being ran by recently hand picked under sheriff Mike Downey who has no experience in law enforcement, never been on patrol.

The deputies say Sheriff Bukowski does not come to work many days and is only going to serve 2 years and one day of his 4 year term so he can appoint Mike Downey to Sheriff to finish his term. Downey will then run for office and if elected will step down mid-term to appoint Chad Gessner as sheriff. Chad is the son of County Coroner Robert Gessner. Downey was correction chief and wants to pad his pension with the sheriff’s salary of $108,000.

Got to keep the Sheriff’s position within the good-old-boy network. Too many skeletons in the closet to allow an outsider in.

Tim Swanson, former top cop in Kankakee County, pleads guilty to fraud, faces 20 years in prison
Dimitrios Kalantzis
dkalantzis@daily-journal.com
815-802-5144 | Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:28 pm

Tim Swanson, the former chief of municipal police for the Kankakee County Sheriff’s department, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud, money laundering and tax evasion and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Swanson, 56, of Bourbonnais, had originally pleaded not guilty to seven federal charges in connection with a helicopter rental scheme he operated for at least seven years after obtaining two military helicopters during his tenure as police chief in Countryside, Ill., a western suburb.

He remains on bond pending sentencing May 29.

In his role as chief of municipal services in Kankakee County, Swanson also held posts as chief of both Grant Park and Momence. He oversaw the sheriff’s police aviation program as aviation manager.

According to federal prosecutors, Swanson solicited area law enforcement organizations and agencies to make financial donations to the Illinois Regional Air Support Service, a non-profit he created to rent out the two helicopters.

Swanson received more than $350,000 in donations and used a credit card he established for the nonprofit to make $186,000 in personal purchases. One of the organizations he received a $1,000 check from was the Kankakee-Iroquois Counties Law Enforcement Administration Association.

During his tenure with the sheriff’s department, he failed to report about $66,000 in donations to the nonprofit to the Internal Revenue Service while failing to report $58,206 in personal income in 2009 and $6,188 in 2010 on his income tax returns, according to court records.

Among the personal expenses he used the money for were payments to his wife’s Sears credit card and to purchase a company, Rotors & Wings LLC, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors will ask for $189,128 in restitution. They say that based on Swanson’s tax returns for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Swanson should have paid additional income tax of $27,371 for 2007; $9,437 for 2008; $16,886 for 2009, and $1,446 for 2010.

1-27-14

Protecting Our Water Environment & River, nfp, (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 and 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 associate Charles 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.

1-12-15

Please share the petition below with everyone who pays taxes to Illinois. The state is broke! The Illiana Tollway will wipe out over 2000 acres of some of the best farmland in the world and most of all it will not pay for itself leaving the Illinois taxpayers on the hook for making up the annual deficits. The state currently does not keep up the roads and bridges we already have. Please sign the petition to stop the Illiana Tollway by clicking below.

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1-7-15

2014, a year of accomplishments in the battle to keep a Chicago garbage dump out of Kankakee County but the battle continues.

12-18-14

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
Jon Krenek
jkrenek@daily-journal.com
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 committee.

“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 a landfill.

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?”

No more landfill consultant? OK, but that doesn’t mean no dumpwww.daily-journal.comKankakee 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.

12-17-14

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 consultant 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 Helsten’s schedule.

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 farmland.

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 Kankakee County.

12-16-14

Reminder special Kankakee County Board Planning, Zoning & Agriculture (PZA) Committee meeting will take place tomorrow, 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 discuss ending all contractshttp://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. Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd have been adamant about getting Chicago/Cook County to dump garbage here.

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

12-12-14

Jim Stauffenberg calls his fellow county board members an embarrassment because they listened to the public they represent and voted against Mike Bossert for Chairman. OUTRAGE has obtained Mr. Stauffenberg’s email below. It was sent by him to his fellow county board members after Mike Bossert had serious opposition to being reelected as Kankakee County Board Chairman. It seems Mr. Stauffenber is very unhappy with county board members’ opposition to Mike Bossert being chairman and the fact they did not following caucus tradition.

Mr. Stauffenberg represents the Manteno area and is a strong supporter of dumping Chicago/Cook County garbage on local farmland and the hundreds of thousands paid to Chicago garbage industry attorney Chuck Helsten and consultants James D. Burnham, Charles Murphy and Chris Brown.

Some people in the Manteno area have told OUTRAGE, Mr. Stauffenberg may have sold farmland or is about to sell farmland near Manteno for the Chicago dump. We know he did sell some of his farmland but have no way of knowing what the buyer’s intention is.

Everyone should take note of Staffenberg’s statement in his email below, “You guys let the public get to you.”

This statement goes to the heart of the matter of why OUTRAGE and POWER exists. Both OUTRAGE and POWER believe elected leaders are suppose to represent the public. With POWER it is about the County Board not representing the public opposition to a Chicago dump per the 14 townships out of 17 whose citizens voted to outlaw garbage dumping in their townships. Mr. Staffenberg seems to believe the public is to be damned.

There are 28 board members, 10 voted against Bossert at the Republican caucus meeting, 2 Democrats voted against Bossert at the full county board meeting. County Board member Robert Snipes voted Present as he did not want to vote for Bossert. This means Mike Bossert does not have the confidence of half of the board members

The County Board meeting to elect a chairman had an overflowing crowd with an overwhelming positive reaction to the speakers during public comment, all of whom spoke out against Bossert reelection as chairman and his push for a Chicago/Cook County garbage dump. There was even a loud boo when Bossert was reelected chairman. It is unprecedented in Kankakee County Board history to have a Chairman who does not have the support of half of the board or most citizens of the county.

We think Mr. Stauffenberg is the true embarrassment of the county and to the Manteno residents he fails to represent, not his fellow county board members who stood up for the public they represent and voted against Bossert for chairman. Everyone should call Mr. Stauffenberg at his home to tell him what they think about how he acts as an elected official. 815-468-6574.

See Mr. Stauffenber’s email below.

From: “Jim Stauffenberg” <jstauffenberg@homestarins.com>
Date: December 2, 2014 at 4:26:17 PM CST
To: “BobReid5628@aol.com” <BobReid5628@aol.com>, “Jbyrne1969” <jbyrne1969@aol.com>,<rlgmhess@aol.com>, “bourbtwp@comcast.net” <bourbtwp@comcast.net>, “patrick.mcconnell@comcast.net” <patrick.mcconnell@comcast.net>, “‘Stanley James'” <sajre100@comcast.net>, “Home Liehr” <sliehr@comcast.net>, <olthoffwm@daca.net>, “stephen@einfeldtconstruction.com” <stephen@einfeldtconstruction.com>, “James Skutt” <jskutt@k3county.net>, <jtripp@k3county.net>, “‘Mike Bossert'” <mbossert@k3county.net>, “‘Mike Mulcahy'” <mmulcahy@k3county.net>, “‘Patrick McConnell'” <pmcconnell@k3county.net>, “‘Jim Vickery'” <j.vickery@mchsi.com>, “‘Matt Whitis'” <mattcwhitis@sbcglobal.net>, “ToddSirois@sbcglobal.net” <ToddSirois@sbcglobal.net>, “‘Chris Tholen'” <catholen@yahoo.com>, <janismpeters@yahoo.com>
Subject: County Board Chairman
Lady’s/Gents,

After some time to think I would have to say I am rather disappointed in us as a republican party. Mike I don’t know what made you nominate Wheeler but in my mind it was the wrong thing to do. Once we came out of our caucus with Mike the choice we should have been unified on the board floor. You guys let the public get to you. In my 20 years as a board member I have never been so embarrassed about the way this went down. In essence we let the dems elect our board chairman. What a disgrace for our party and a slap the face for our chairman. We had our vote in caucus and that should have been the end of it. I just hope we can come back together as a party, but you that voted on the floor for Wheeler made us all look bad. Just my two cents worth.

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Jim Stauffenberg
HomeStar Bank and Financial Services
Insurance President
HomeStar Insurance Services LLC
303 Section Line Rd
Manteno, Il 60950

(815) 468-2435 Ext. 5310
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jstauffenberg@homestarins.com

12-10-14

Good morning everyone. OUTRAGE 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 OUTRAGE at 815-933-9696

12-2-14

It’s that time of year again when area taxing bodies pass their requested property tax levy payable next year. They tell the public what the requested increase is by legal notices or press coverage. A legal notice and a public hearing is only required if they are requesting a 5% increase or above. It is also the time of the year when OUTRAGE checks their numbers.

Area taxpayers need to know when reading this information; some area taxing bodies understate the actual increase in property taxes they are requesting by taking advantage of a grey area in the Truth in Taxation law. Thankfully most abide by the spirit and intent of the law and tell the truth.

To no ones surprise, area taxing bodies request the maximum increase allowed under the Tax Cap Law which this year is 1.5% plus growth from new construction if any. This applies to everything but debt service which is referred to as corporate use. Therefore, this year a good rule of thumb is any taxing body reporting an increase below 1.5% for corporate use is understating what they are actually doing. Especially laughable are those who are publishing legal notices stating an increase of less then 1%.

Note: The City of Kankakee and the Village of Hopkins Park are home rule communities and therefore are not subject to the Tax Cap Law.

Your property assessment only determines the portion of the total tax levy, billed by local government to property owners within their boarders, you must pay.

12-1-14

OUTRAGE would like to thank everyone who attended the Kankakee County Board meeting this morning. There was at least 75 people there overflowing into the hallway. The purpose of the meeting was to seat the three new board members and to vote for a chairman for a two year term.

Three people spoke under public comment. All stated they wanted a new chairman because they wanted and end to the pursuit of a Chicago garbage dump and business as usual under Bossert. One speaker talked about the lobbing of board members by the president of HomeStar Bank for Bossert’s reelection. All three speakers received a loud applause after they spoke.

Nominations were taken from the board members. Both Bossert and Wheeler were nominated forcing a roll call vote where each board member had to say who they were for.

7 of the 10 Republicans who voted for Wheeler at the Republican caucus, held several days before the meeting, broke with tradition of honoring the caucus vote which was 12 to 10 in favor of Bossert and instead nominated Wheeler and voted for Wheeler. One of Wheeler’s Republican supporters from the caucus was absent because of a funeral

It has never happen before in Kankakee County where the caucus vote was not honored. Matt Whitis was elected vice-chair in concession to the 10 Republicans who voted for Wheeler at the caucus. Mr. Whitis is one of them. We believe Whitis will make a difference and will not rubber stamp everything Bossert wants like Roger Hess did the last two years he was vice-chairman.

Only two of six Democrats voted for Wheeler, Larry Enz and Pat Polk.

When the final vote count showed Bossert had won by 18 to 9, the room erupted in a very loud boo.

Clearly business as usual in Kankakee County took a hit today. Pat yourselves on the back for attending this meeting, getting involved, calling your county board members and standing up. Your work is not done. We all must stay vigilant.

This is how your county board members voted. Please call them and let them know how you feel about how they voted. Find their phone numbers here http://www.co.kankakee.il.us/boardmembers.html
The list includes the new board members.

Bossert

James Tripp (R)
George Washington, Jr.(D)
Mike LaGesse (D)
James Stauffenberg (R)
Stanley James (R)
Jim Vickery (R)
William Olthoff (R)
Roger Hess (R)
Mike Bossert (R)
Chris Tholen (R)
Mike Mulcahy (R)
Robert Ellington-Snipes (D)
Stephen Liehr (R)
Robert Reid (R)
Stephen Einfeldt (R)
Janice Peters (R)
Sally Evans (R)
Sam Payton (D)

Wheeler
Larry Enz (D)
Matt Whitis (R)
Patricia Polk (D)
Patrick McConnell (R)
James Skutt (R)
Jim Byrne (R)
Todd Sirois (R)
Michael Hildebrand (R)
Andrew Wheeler (R)

11-30-14

Documents seem to show Kankakee County board member Jim Stauffenberg is skimming off the top? He is from Manteno. Exhibit A Exhibit B

Documents and information obtained by OUTRAGE shows Chairman Mike Bossert held a meeting in his office with county board members on the county insurance committee in violation of the Open Meetings Act. A quorum was present. This meeting was never posted nor was the press or the public ever notified.

A decision was made to hire a County Insurance Consultant, HomeStar Financial, which is managed by County board member James Stauffenberg, President, HomeStar Insurance.

During a full county board meeting held a few weeks after this meeting behind closed doors in Bossert’s office, Mr. Stauffenberg voted for the $25,000 a year Insurance Consultant agreement for his employer, receives compensation from his employer, HomeStar Bank for the county’s business and he has not disclosed any of this in his Statement of Economic Interest forms.

OUTRAGE has also learned States Attorney Jamie Boyd knows about this conflict of interest by James Stauffenberg and the meeting held by Chairman Bossert behind closed doors in violation of the Open Meetings Act. Mr. Boyd was preparing a bid document to go out to bid for County Insurance Consultant Services which he abruptly stopped after the Open Meeting Act violation meeting in Chairman Bossert’s office. Mr. Boyd seems to have no backbone when it comes to open, honest government.

Please, people, attend tomorrow, Monday morning’s 9:00 AM meeting to choose a county board chairman for two more years. The meeting will be held at the county building on the fourth floor, 189 E. Court Street, Kankakee. Get there early; sign a card to speak under public comment. We must not allow the county to continue on this path of skimming off the top, cronyism, nepotism, unethical and perhaps illegal behavior with taxpayers’ money.

11-29-14

Great Cartoon! 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 their pockets.

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 Kankakee.

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 and instead Mr. Wheeler must be elected. 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.

11-28-14

Kankakee County Corruption?

The following information has been reported to OUTRAGE. Take it for whatever you think it is worth.

If this information makes you angry and you care about the our county’s future, please call all the county board members NOW as they vote for chairman, this Monday morning, Dec. 1 at 9:00 am. You can find your Kankakee County Board District number on your voter’s card then look up your board member’s phone number here http://goo.gl/XpLwKq. You can also look at the Kankakee County Board District map here http://goo.gl/Py77jl for your board district number.

The County Board meeting to elect a chairman for a two year term, will take place at the county building at the corner of Schuyler and Court Street in Kankakee, 189 E. Court St., fourth floor board room. Public comment is at the beginning of the meeting. Get there 10 minutes early and sign a card to speak at public comment.

Here is what has been reported to OUTRAGE.

In the days before the Republican caucus to elect a chairman, County board member, Jim Stauffenberg, the manager of HomeStar Financial Services and also the Chairman of the County Finance Committee, began a phone call campaign to board members.

On these calls and at the urging of Chairman Mike Bossert…..Mr. Stauffenberg advised board members that “If Andy Wheeler” is elected, HomeStar Bank will pull the $3 million dollar loan to the County.” This is not only unbelievably shallow and unethical, it maybe quite illegal.

Chris Brown, Mr. Bossert’s consultant, also went to a Department head and said the same thing in the week before the caucus. OUTRAGE can’t help but wonder if this fits the definition, of an ongoing criminal enterprise (RECO) between Chris Brown, Jim Stauffenberg, Mike Bossert, and Jamie Boyd if all had knowledge of this campaign as we are being told? Further investigation into this needs to be done to determine if anything was done illegal because at this time we don’t know.

Back in 2008, County Board member, Jim Stauffenberg voted to give his own company a $25k per year no-bid contract for insurance broker services, and he does not disclose any income on his Statement of Economic Interest forms according to information OUTRAGE has been told. In addition, he has blocked any attempt for the County to go out to bid for insurance broker services during this budget crisis.

Andy Wheeler went around Stauffenberg’s broker services to figure out a way for the County to save $1.3 million dollars this year on health insurance, and Mr. Stauffenberg blocked Mr. Wheeler the entire time until it became known that Wheeler’s solution was valid. The county still has not gone out to bid.

Check out the email below…. These people are rotten to the core, and now maybe criminal or at the very least unethical. It seems there is a trail left, and all had something to lose monetarily by Any Wheeler becoming chairman as their gravy train would have ended

In addition, the very lucrative Kankakee County P&C and bond insurance business was not allowed to be bid out by County Board member Jim Stauffenberg and States Attorney Jamie Boyd.

Pat Gilmore, the broker for this business, holds political fundraisers for Boyd…and also has many split commission deals with County Board member Jim Stauffenberg. The insurance bills go to Gilmore’s business, and he in turn bills the County. The County does not see exactly what the insurance company is billing them for rather the county sees what Gilmore bills them. Why would this be allowed to happen?

Please see the email below.

>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Pat Martin [mailto:pmartin@homestarbank.com]
> Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 1:24 PM
> Subject: County Board Chairman
>
> Dear Alliance Board members, I wanted to make you aware of some
> political issues that may have very dire consequences for the Alliance.
> I will preface this by letting you know I did not include our County
> officials in this e-mail as it is a political County Board issue. I
> generally believe we have and should stay out of those issues unless
> there are some movements that would jeopardize the good of our County
> and or the relationships that would effect the Alliance.
>
> It has come to my attention and maybe yours that there is a push by
> Andy Wheeler, currently an Alliance Board Member, to become the next
> County Board Chair. The Caucus will be held Monday night as I understand
> it and Mr. Wheeler has been hitting the airways and face book in his
> efforts. While all of us are keenly aware the County has issues and
> there HAS to be improvement, I believe the direction and the leadership
> that the Alliance, Mike VanMill, in cooperation with the resources of
> the Planning department is and will be one of the major solutions for
> our County’s financial troubles. The relationships, retention and
> unbelievable growth in our industries, job opportunities…. is a
> testament to what we all believe could and has happened with the
> Alliance. There is close to a Billion dollars of expansion that should
> happen in the next 2 to 3 years and the main point of contact is Mike
> VanMill and the Alliance.
>
> The reason I bring this up is that Mr. Wheeler has made very clear he
> has every intention of eliminating the funding from the County for the
> Alliance as well as potentially eliminating the Planning department. I
> don’t think alienating the business community and taking away the very
> resource that our industry counts on is the direction that benefits the
> County especially with all the successes that finally are taking place.
> This would set the County way back and send a very negative message to
> all our business partners and connections. We cannot afford this
> direction!!
>
> I am not offering this e-mail as an endorsement of the current county
> leadership, I think there HAS to be improvement and we need to hold them
> accountable to make the tough decisions that have to be made. I am
> asking that if you are concerned as I am with the alternative that you
> contact your county board representatives and let them know your
> concerns. There is too much at stake to have the county potentially have
> a new leader that doesn’t see the value of what is being accomplished.
> New jobs, more sales tax, additional real estate tax, the construction
> trades busy and employed to name a few…….with a department that not
> only covers its own expenses annually but is an income generator for the
> County. Eliminating that is not the answer to County’s financial
> challenges. I can’t help but question Andy’s motives especially after
> hearing the support that Mayor Porter gave at the Alliance meeting
> yesterday.
>
> Again, I apologize for the political nature of this e-mail. This is not
> a Republican or Democrat issue, but a County and Alliance issue that
> could have very grave and negative consequences. Please let me know if
> you have questions, Thanks, pdm
>
>
>
> Pat Martin
> President/Chief Administrative Officer
> NMLS #767642
> HomeStar Bank and Financial Services
> 3 Diversatech Drive
> Manteno, IL 60950

11-26-14

For those who want to attend and perhaps speak during Public Comment at the beginning of the meeting, the full county board vote for Chairman will take place this Monday morning, Dec. 1 at 9:00 AM at the county building, 4th floor.

The county building is at 189 E. Court St. Kankakee on the North/West corner of Schuyler and Court St. You must get there 10 minutes early to sign a card if you want to speak during public comment at the beginning of the meeting. This is important!

11-26-14

OUTRAGE has been told Chairman Mike Bossert will appoint Chris Brown as Supervisor of Assessments and the county paid to send Brown to school so he can be appoint as Supervisor of Assessments, only time will tell if this is true. We have filed an FOI on this matter and States Attorney Jamie Boyd’s response was a five business day extension on answering until after the Board meets on Monday to elect a chairman for two years.

Chris Brown is County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s personal consultant for over 2 years, sometime billing the county under two different company names in the same month. We have all his invoices through the Freedom of Information act after two appeals to the Illinois Attorney General’s office because States Attorney Jamie Boyd refused to provide information.

11-25-14

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 online.

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

Jon Krenek
jkrenek@daily-journal.com
815-937-3370 |

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 canceling 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.

Landfill developer considers Kankakee County

www.daily-journal.com

A solid waste company is considering bringing a landfill to Kankakee County.

11-24-14

OUTRAGE is being told, Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s personal consultant Chris Brown is going to be appointed to a full time position with benefits on the County payroll when his consultant contract ends November 30, imagine that! We don’t know if this is true, only time will tell but anything is possible with Mike Bossert. Cronyism, nepotism and backroom deals are a way of life in Kankakee County.

11-24-14

Truth In Taxation for many local government bodies in Kankakee County does not comply with Webster’s meaning of truth.

This time of year local government determines how much they are going to raise their property tax bill to the community which will be payable the following year. They are suppose to report to the community the percentage increase in their tax levy they are requesting per the Truth In Taxation law. This is why a flurry of legal notices can be found in area newspapers this time of the year.

The Truth In Taxation law, simply put, requires local government to state how much they got last year, how much are they requesting payable next year and what is the percentage change.

Webster defines truth as 1. that which is actually so 2. accuracy. Sadly, based on Webster’s definition, there is little truth to be found in many of the reported requested property tax increases. Many understate the actual increase they are requesting.

The Truth in Taxation law has been on the books for years. Long before the TIF district law was created. TIF districts are areas set aside by City or Village government where all new construction will be kept off the tax rolls for up to 23 years. (State Rep. Dugan passed a law which extends a Manteno TIF district to 35 years.)

By keeping all the new construction in these areas off the tax rolls, no property taxes are paid to schools, libraries, park districts, County, City or Village government, etc. All the property tax dollars that would have been paid to local government are instead diverted back to retailers and commercial developers building in the TIF districts.

Many of the local government bodies who have a TIF districts within their boundaries underreport their actual property tax increase annually. They know how much is being diverted away from them by the TIF district so when they report how much they got last year in property taxes, they inflate that number with the dollar amount they did not collected from the TIF district.

By inflating the previous year’s number, the increase they are requesting payable next year is being reported as being much smaller then what it really is. They can only tax the property that is on their tax roll. They can only collect property taxes from property that is on their tax roll so inflating the dollar amount they got last year with money they did not receive is not truth or that which is actually so.

The County of Kankakee, Village of Manteno Bradley and Bourbonnais libraries, Kankakee Valley & Bourbonnais Township Park districts, Bourbonnais Fire District, Manteno School district all understate their property tax increases using the method above. They say since the Truth In Taxation law has not been updated since the TIF district law was created and therefore does not expressly forbid what they are doing, their version of truth is OK even if it is not in keeping with Webster’s definition.

This is a PR Stunt. When the taxing body submits their levy request to the County Clerk’s office, the County Clerk’s office must follow the Tax Cap Law which expressly forbids inflating last years number with TIF dollars when figuring the maximum increase a taxing district can get which is the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is less.

11-24-14

Local property taxes continue to go up and up unimpeded by home price declines, foreclosures and vacancies driving area home affordability down!

Generally speaking since most property assessments have gone down the main effect will be higher rates, not lower tax bills. The reason is almost all local taxing bodies pass property tax increases annually, taking the position they get a raise no matter what is going on in the economy.

Most report their increases accurately but sadly some don’t, choosing instead to sidestep the spirit and intent of the Truth in Taxation law. Thankfully, we are a Tax Cap County or the annual increases would be even higher.

The Village of Manteno, Manteno School District, Bourbonnais Township Park District, Kankakee Valley Park District, Kankakee County and the Bourbonnais Fire District are examples of local taxing bodies who choose to sidestep the spirit and intent of the Truth in Taxation law by not accurately reporting their requested annual property tax increase.

Until we elect people in office who will end the mentality of entitlement to a raise in property taxes annually no matter what, home vacancies and foreclosures will continue to rise because home affordability will continue to decline.

11-17-14

We believe Roger Hess Dist. 1, Jim Vickery Dist. 2, Todd Sirois Dist. 3, Stan James Dist. 5, Jim Stauffenberg Dist. 7, Mike Bossert Dist. 9, Chris Tholen Dist. 10, Mike Mulcahy Dist. 14, Steve Einfeldt Dist. 22, Jim Tripp Dist. 24, Bill Olthoff Dist. 25, and Steve Liehr Dis. 28 all voted for Bossert to be Kankakee County Board Chairman at tonight’s Republican Caucus.

We really believe these are the 12 Republican County Board members who voted for Bossert to be Chairman for two more years.

The full Kankakee County Board has the final say including six Democrat Board Members. They will be holding a special meeting the first week of December, probably December 1, to seat the three new board members and to vote for Chairman for the next two years.

Everyone should call their county board member. It is imperative that you do so and ask the Republican Board members if they voted for Wheeler at the Republican Caucus held tonight?

If they say no or you get their voice mail, make sure they know how you feel in no uncertain terms about the direction Bossert has taken the county i.e pursuit of a Chicago garbage dump, hundreds of thousands spent on consultants and failure to restore the moratorium language on locating a landfill in Kankakee County to the County Solid Waste Plan thereby leaving the Chicago Garbage Dump Welcome Sign on the county.

You can find your Kankakee County Board District number on your voters card then look up the phone numbers here http://goo.gl/XpLwKq. You can also look at the Kankakee County Board District map here http://goo.gl/Py77jlfor your county board district number.

There is still time to get them to change their vote if people will make the phone calls.

11-14-14

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

In 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 county.

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 voter’s 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.

York’s View: Nov. 14, 2014 www.daily-journal.com

11-7-14

Earlier this year, many of you requested your township to take action to outlaw garbage dumping per (60 ILCS 1/30-120) in your township.

As a result 14 townships out of 17 in Kankakee County did just that. This action sent a strong message to the Kankakee County Board and potential Chicago garbage dump applicants; the citizens oppose the locating of a Chicago regional garbage landfill within their townships. Only three townships have not passed this law as of yet. They are Limestone, Bourbonnais and Kankakee. We have been told Bourbonnais and Kankakee Townships will be joining the 14 townships that have passed the law.

You now have another opportunity to send a strong message on this matter. During the first week of December; the Kankakee County Board will be meeting to choose a county board chairman for the new term. The current Chairman, Mike Bossert is still very adamant about keeping the Chicago garbage industry consultants and attorneys on the payroll to recruit a Chicago landfill developer and he refuses to put the landfill moratorium language back into the Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan.

We are asking you to contact your Kankakee County Board member and ask them to nominate and vote for a new chairman who will restore the moratorium in the Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan on locating a landfill in Kankakee County and end all Chicago garbage industry consultant and attorney contracts.

The consultants are Chris Brown, James D. Burnham of JDB Consulting Services, Charles Murphy of Fox Valley Consulting Services. The attorneys are Chuck Helsten of Hinshaw & Culbertson and George Mueller of Mueller & Anderson Associates. All of these individuals and their firms are very tied to the Chicago garbage industry. See where all the money has gone here: http://goo.gl/5usWIW

County Board members need to hear from you well before the first week of December. 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 voter’s 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 . It is imperative that we get this change done or the threat of locating a Chicago regional garbage dump in your township will continue. We must have a County Board Chairman that respects the wishes of the citizens of the county.

11-1-14

Boyd got senior tax breaks; Says he wasn’t aware of it

Jon Krenek jkrenek@daily-journal.com
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014 11:49 pm at www.daily-journal.com

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd had received a senior citizen’s property tax break on his River Road home in Otto Township since purchasing it in 2011 — but it ended on Friday.

The senior homestead exemption was discovered last week by critics of Kankakee County’s public safety sales tax referendum and forwarded to The Daily Journal.

“I’m obviously not a senior citizen,” Boyd told The Daily Journal. “Today is the first time I’ve heard about it. If this is the case, it needs to be removed.”

To date, the senior homestead exemption has saved Boyd, 52, a total of about $1,146 in property taxes, according to The Daily Journal’s estimates.

The exemption allows property owners age 65 and older to deduct $5,000 from their assessments. Boyd’s home has a market value of about $183,000 and a taxable value of about $61,000, according to property records.

Boyd said he was under the impression the senior exemption would be removed when he closed on the home in 2011. Property records show the previous owner had a senior exemption on the property, which apparently was not removed by the Kankakee County Supervisor of Assessor’s office when the property transferred to Boyd.

Boyd’s former home on River Street in Kankakee, which he owned for several years, had only a general homestead exemption, which is available to all taxpayers, property records show. His new property also has the general homestead exemption, and Boyd said he believed it was the only exemption he had.

On Friday, Boyd contacted the assessor’s office to have the senior exemption removed. The Daily Journal reviewed his property records a second time and confirmed the change had been made.

As to the unpaid property taxes?

“If I get a tax bill, I’ll pay the bill,” Boyd said. “If I’m responsible, I’ll pay it.

10-30-14

A Freedom of Information Act investigation conducted by the Illinois Policy Institute has revealed potentially illegal activities being conducted by a group of school district superintendents from Kankakee County, along with the regional superintendent, in conjunction with private firms such as financial conglomerate Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and campaign consultant Unicom-ARC.

It’s perfectly legal for people working for local government to engage in politics on their own free time, but if they are using taxpayer resources or facilities for political campaigns it can be a criminal act.

Documents obtained through these FOIA requests suggest school officials are using school resources on school time to conduct a sophisticated campaign designed by Unicom-ARC to raise sales taxes on Kankakee County shoppers. Activities include campaign fundraising, canvassing and advertising strategy for an explicit “say yes” campaign to hike sales taxes.

The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act prohibits public officials from campaigning for or against any referendum question during public time, and also prohibits the use of public resources in such campaigns. The law is extended to local officials, including school districts, which must enact their own ethics policies that are “no less restrictive” than the state.

Illinois state law outlines election interference issues as follows: “No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated for political or campaign purposes to any candidate or political organization.” A person engaging in election interference “shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.” Anyone who engages in a subsequent violation “shall be guilty of Class A misdemeanor.”

Public documents obtained by the Illinois Policy Institute suggest that serious violations of state law have occurred in Kankakee County. The Illinois Policy Institute has provided these documents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the Illinois Attorney General, Kankakee County State’s Attorney and the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office. The documents can also be found online here.

Possible violations include:

Repeated improper use of public resources and facilities for meetings of a superintendent-led Kankakee County sales tax hike committee during regular school hours.

Improper use of public resources for the establishment and assistance of political fundraising efforts by Kankakee County superintendents on public property.

Improper use of public resources for the establishment and assistance of political canvassing efforts by Kankakee County superintendents on public property.

Suggestion of $25,000 or $50,000 payments to be made by various school districts to Steve Magruder of the International Brotherhood for Electrical Workers, or IBEW, for the apparent purpose of political campaigning in support of a pro-sales-tax-hike referendum.

Improper use of public resources to establish and recruit volunteers for pro-sales-tax-hike referendum “say yes” committees.

Establishment of advertising strategy in support of pro-sales-tax-hike referendum.

Potentially prohibited gifts from Unicom-ARC to local school districts in the form of flyer design work.

Failure to respond to FOIA request.

The Illinois Policy Institute believes these possible infractions are potentially serious violations of the following state and federal laws: (5 ILCS 430/) State Officials and Employees Ethics Act(10 ILCS 5/9-25.1) Illinois Election Code: Election interference

The Hatch Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 7321-7326

Freedom of Information Act

Issue No. 1: Extensive and repeated use of public resources during regular school hours by numerous school superintendents from Kankakee County – along with political consultants – who formed a sales tax hike committee to develop and execute a political electioneering plan to pass a countywide sales tax referendum in potential violation of state and federal laws.

General sales tax hike campaign meetings:

1 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Bourbonnais District Office

1 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Kankakee County Administrative Building (Mike Bossert)

9 a.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Bourbonnais District Office (Stifel reps)

10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Bradley School District 61 Office (Stifel reps)

1 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Bourbonnais District Office (Stifel reps)

1 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Bourbonnais District Office

11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Bourbonnais District Office

1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Bourbonnais District Office

1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Bourbonnais District Office

9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Bourbonnais District Office

11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, unknown location (Stifel reps)

1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Bourbonnais District Office

2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, unknown location

Facebook advertising meetings (Bourbonnais, Bradley, Manteno, St. George and Momence)

Noon Wednesday, Aug. 28, unknown location

1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Bourbonnais District Office

1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, unknown location

Fundraising committee meetings

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Bourbonnais District Office

9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Bourbonnais District Office

6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Bourbonais District Office

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, unknown location

Canvassing committee meetings

4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Bourbonnais District Office (Stifel reps)

4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, unknown location

On Aug. 9, an email from Scott Goselin showed that a PowerPoint presentation created by Unicom-ARC was given at a superintendents’ meeting on Aug. 7. An email with the presentation attached can be found on pages 163-188 of the document titled “Evidence #2 – Canvassing Presentation.”

The presentation outlines a large-scale sales-tax campaign involving all of the school districts in the county. The campaign includes fundraising and canvassing efforts, as well as community outreach and extensive marketing through mailers, newspaper ads, a speakers’ bureau and other media.

Issue No. 2: Improper use of public resources for the establishment and assistance of political fundraising efforts by Kankakee County superintendents on public property.

In a Sept. 7 email from Scott Goselin to the Kankakee County superintendents, in reference to the sales tax hike campaign, Goselin discusses the upcoming superintendents’ meeting on Sept. 10. Goselin writes: “Please bring a list of vendors for your district – past 3-4 years (construction and nonconstruction) so we can discuss further fundraising opportunities. We need about 40-50 vendors to help with fundraising costs.”

In another email sent on Sept. 10, Goselin asks for the contact information for vendors in all of the districts and refers to campaign volunteers on the fundraising committee “calling vendors and asking for money.”

An investigation should be conducted to determine if individual school districts shared vendor lists in order to solicit contributions from the companies for the sales tax campaign committee.

Issue No. 3: Improper use of public resources for the establishment and assistance of political canvassing efforts by Kankakee County superintendents on public property.

An email from Scott Goselin to Kankakee County superintendents on Sept. 26 included materials to be distributed to the county’s canvassing committee. The email, on page 27 of the document titled “Evidence #1 – Kankakee Canvassing Email,” included a script for canvassers that features explicitly pro-sales-tax-referendum language.

The document “Message[1]” instructs canvassers to attempt to convince undecided voters by telling them that the tax is “needed” and “just common sense.”

The other materials for the canvassing committee in the email prominently feature a logo that reads “Vote Schools Yes.” The materials say they were paid for by Friends of Kankakee County Schools, a pro-referendum citizens’ group that uses the same logo. This further suggests that the canvassing committee plans to advocate for the sales tax referendum using public resources, and coordination between school districts and the campaign committee.

Issue No. 4: Suggestion of $25,000 or $50,000 payments to be made by various school districts to Steve Magruder of the International Brotherhood for Electrical Workers, or IBEW, for purposes of political campaigning in support of pro-sales-tax-hike referendum.

In an email from Scott Goselin to Kankakee County superintendents and representatives from Stifel and Unicom-ARC on Sept. 7, Goselin mentioned “Notes from the meeting on Friday….” He also wrote: “Steve Magruder spoke to us about a (CWA – Community Work Agreement). This agreement seems to be better than the PLA he mentioned before. He is out of town for the next few days but he will try to send an example agreement for us to review. I did speak to him about the cap bid limit of $25K or $50K per district decision. He seemed ok with that but will have to check with his Board as well.”

All of the school districts involved should be investigated for potential illegal electioneering contracts with Steve Magruder and IBEW.

Issue No. 5: Improper use of public resources to establish and recruit volunteers for pro-sales-tax-hike referendum “say yes” committees.

In a June 24 email to the superintendents of Kankakee County, representatives from Unicom-ARC and Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Scott Goselin sent a timeline for the sales tax referendum campaign. The timeline, created by Unicom-ARC’s Rod Wright, was also distributed at the superintendents’ meeting on June 25. On the timeline, there are several references to possible Vote Yes activities. Tentative plans include “development of ‘Vote-Yes’ materials” from August to October and a “Vote-Yes Speakers Bureau” scheduled to begin in September.

An Aug. 9 email from Scott Goselin revealed that a PowerPoint presentation created by Unicom-ARC was given at a superintendents’ meeting on Aug. 7. The presentation can be found in the document “Bradley 61 Unicom,” as well as on pages 169-188 of the document titled “Evidence #2 – Canvassing Presentation.”

On page 184, the presentation refers to poll greeters as a part of the canvassing committee. The role of the poll greeters, as described in the presentation, is to “… greet voters as they arrive at polls, give voters handouts, ask for Yes votes …”

Issue No. 6: Establishment of advertising strategy in support of pro-sales-tax-hike referendum.

In an email from Aug. 14, Scott Goselin sent the school districts a document called “MySchoolGrid Services Basic[1].” The document promotes a Facebook advertising service. The email refers to a previous meeting when John Hickman, a Missouri-based technology entrepreneur, gave a presentation about implementing social media in the sales tax campaign.

Further emails refer to meetings where Hickman spoke with school district officials. An email from Scott Goselin sent on Sept. 17 names Bourbonnais, Bradley, Manteno, St. George and Momence as the districts that have taken part in the Facebook advertising campaign. All of the following Facebook pages appear to have one-sided information in support of the sales tax hike campaign.

https://www.facebook.com/BESD53

https://www.facebook.com/BradleySchools

https://www.facebook.com/manteno.schools

https://www.facebook.com/SGCCSD258

https://www.facebook.com/mcusd1

An investigation should be conducted in the districts involved to determine whether the Facebook advertising the school districts ran was explicitly in support of the sales-tax referendum as well as determining if any public funds were used to pay for the Facebook campaign.

Issue No. 7: Possibility that Unicom-ARC gave prohibited gifts to local school districts in the form of flyer design work.

Unicom-ARC creates “informational” brochures for school districts.

In an email from Rod Wright of Unicom-ARC to Kankakee County superintendents on July 23, a document called “KankakeeShort” was attached. The document gives the basic outline for an informational brochure. Wright’s email said that they will discuss producing the brochure at the next superintendents’ meeting.

Mariah Murphy, production coordinator at Unicom-ARC, sent Kankakee 111 Superintendent Genevra Walters a sales-tax flyer by email on Aug. 13. The flyer was created by Unicom-ARC.

Issue No. 8: Failure to respond to Freedom of Information Act request – Momence CUSD 1

In a response to our FOIA request, the district said that they were unable to search the emails for the key terms mentioned in the Illinois Policy Institute’s FOIA request because of the infrastructure of the district’s email system. Though district officials were clearly unable to send the requested emails, they also failed to send other requested documents that should have been readily available to district administrators.

The Illinois Policy Institute has filed a request for review on this issue with the Illinois Public Access Counselor.

– See more at: http://www.illinoispolicy.org/kankakee-county-superintendents-behaving-badly/#sthash.JVkWyjjQ.dpuf

10-25-14

Vote No To Both Sales Tax Increases!

Let’s not put more pressure on families in Kankakee County causing them to go over the fiscal cliff, loosing their homes and or businesses. We already have way too much of that happening now.

Vote No to School Facility Sales Tax “Shall a retailer’s occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) be imposed in The County of Kankakee, Illinois, at the rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?

Vote No to Public Safety Sales Tax “To pay for public safety purposes, shall Kankakee County be authorized to impose an increase on its share of local sales taxes by 1%?”

Vote No to each of these permanent sales tax increases. Don’t be fooled by the wording of these questions!

Why you should vote NO to both tax raising questions!

Permanent sales tax increase of 32%, sales tax increase from 6.25 cents per dollar spent to 8.25 cents per dollar spent! 2 cent increase divided by the current 6.25 cent sales tax = a 32% increase. Every gallon of gas you purchase will have a 32% sales tax increase along with most other products. These sales tax increases will cost taxpayers $15,400,000 annually and go up with inflation.

County Public Safety Sales Tax increase would be used to replace current Public Safety Funds allowing for more dollars to be spent on consultants and attorneys, i.e. Chicago garbage dump, courthouse, chairman consultant, etc. while keeping nepotism hiring practices by department heads, the sheriff’s department being the worst, all non patrol positions. http://goo.gl/hhZpnb

The Kankakee County Board has a poor record on managing taxpayer dollars causing the rating agencies to lower their credit rating to high risk. Two consecutive years of million dollar deficit spending and borrowing. $731,000 billed to the county to study the courthouse (second study in 8 years) and by Chicago garbage consultants, attorneys and Chairman Bossert’s personal consultant with another $245,500 possible at years end from on going contracts. http://goo.gl/5usWIW.

County Board already approved 2015 budget spending of $26.8 million, without the Public Safety Sales Tax increase, or 5 x Iroquois County’s 2015 budget of $5.3 million. Kankakee County is far smaller in square miles and only has 4 x the population. No need to give the Kankakee County Board an additional $7,700,000 annually of your money. Let them wait for the new taxes from the Wind Farm. http://goo.gl/mh7R9Z

School buildings and repairs are already being paid for by property taxes, no need for a $7,700,000 annual sales tax increase for schools.

Kankakee County Voters, We need to send a strong message to local government on November 4, if they want more tax revenue, the hard work of attracting business (jobs) to Kankakee County must be done instead of raising the sales tax 32%. We already have high property taxes. We don’t need to be like Cook County and have a high sales tax too.

Vote No To Both Sales Tax Increases!

10-18-14

The Kankakee County Board has a poor record on managing taxpayer dollars

causing the rating agencies to lower their credit rating to high risk. Two consecutive years of million dollar deficit spending and borrowing. $731,000 billed to the county to study the courthouse (second study in 8 years) and by Chicago garbage consultants, attorneys and Chairman Bossert’s personal consultant with another $245,500 possible at years end from on going contracts.

Here are all the invoices and cancelled checks we have obtained through the Freedom of Information Act thus far. States Attorney Jamie Boyd has heavily redacted documents give us after two appeals to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to get him to comply with the law. Give each PDF time to download as some are up to 27 pages.

Chris Brown, County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s personal consultant. Mr. Brown has used several company names. Total amount invoiced county taxpayers that we know of is $157,000 which includes through November. Browns Invoices 1st group 2nd group 3rd group

DLR Group, Courthouse study consultants, total fees $380,000. 2013 Invoices 2014 Invoices to date

James D. Burnham, Chicago garbage dump consultant. Billed fees $180,000. His $20,000 a month contract is still on going. He has not billed the county in 2014 that we know of because according to Chairman Mike Bossert, he understands the county’s financial problems. Mr. Burnham’s $20,000 a month fee for 2014 are accruing since the board has not cancelled his contract. Take note his invoices go bad to April, 2013, two months before the county board approved his contract. James D. Burnham 2013 Invoices

Attorneys Chuck Helsten and George Mueller, Chicago garbage dump attorneys. Billed fees $14,000 that we know of.Chuck Helsten Invoices George Mueller invoices

Grand Total of all the fees billed to the county taxpayers $731,000 that we know of. With another $245,500 possible at years end from on going contracts.

9-10-14

Kankakee County Board agrees on contract with Sheriff’s Police Union. Spending money they don’t have.

The issue is not whether the sheriff employees deserve a raise. The issue is the Kankakee County Board, under the leadership of Chairman Mike Bossert and States Attorney Jamie Boyd, has bankrupted the county therefore there is no money for a raise. As the FOP has reported through their radio ads, hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses for consultants has been spent by the board i.e. garbage dump consultants, courthouse consultants and a personal consultant for Chairman Bossert which has been on the payroll starting in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ4AR81E6ZY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9n2HOYS7eQ

Don’t forget the two Chicago garbage industry attorneys on the payroll. How many county employees could have been paid with all this money 10, 12 or more? Don’t forget about all the friends and family Sheriff Bukowski has on the payroll which do not patrol. They all have office jobs. How about the under sheriff who retired to collect a full pension but did not leave his job? The Sheriff kept him on the payroll as a consultant (double dipping).

We are sure the FOP is well aware of all the wasteful spending that has gone on. I am also sure the FOP knows full well the public should not be asked to bail out the county board when the public and the business community have suffered hundreds of foreclosures, lost of employment, and no economic development (jobs) by the taxpayer funded, through the county board, Economic Alliance.

Voters cannot and must not reward such terrible mismanagement by the county board by voting for a 16% sales tax increase (1 cent tax increase per dollar spent divided by the current tax of 6.25 cents per dollar spent = a 16% increase), instead we must send a message that county leadership must do better, must do the hard work of real economic development (jobs) to raise revenue, instead of making Kankakee County Chicago’s garbage dump and 23 year property tax breaks for big box stores which means they don’t pay anything to the county, schools, etc. for 23 years.

If you or your friends and family are not registered to vote this November, please get registered and Vote NO to all sales tax increase referendum on the November ballot.

7-11-14

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.

(Note: As reported by The Daily Journal, $50,000 is being planned as the budget to educate the voters to pass the November referendum.)

OUTRAGE does not have this kind of money to fight this referendum but we do plan on running radio and print ads with the donations we receive. Please send donations to OUTRAGE 2943 Chippewa Dr. Bourbonnais or donate online at our web site www.outragenews.org. Click on the PayPal donate button. You do not have to have a PayPal account, just use your credit card. 100 cents on the dollar will be spent in opposition. We are a General-Not-For-Profit corporation.

7-9-14

The Kankakee County board voted to put a referendum on the November ballot to raise the sales tax 16% from the current 6.25% to 7.25%.

They are crying they don’t have enough money to run the county. They want to maintain a $35,000,000 budget, seven times the budget of Iroquois County. There is no reason what’s so ever to have a budget this large in Kankakee County, NONE!

Keep in mind Sheriff Bukowski has put many family and friends on the county payroll in his department in administration and clerical positions. Almost all other areas of county government have friends and family on the payroll of department heads. We have become Nepotism County, NO Different then Cook County.

Look what Bossert and Boyd have spent on three consultants and two attorneys, all connected to the Chicago garbage industry, to recruit a Chicago garbage hauler to dump garbage into a mountain on local farmland, $315,000 plus that we know of. States Attorney Boyd fails to comply with Freedom of Information requests on whom and what these guys are doing for all the taxpayer money. These contracts are on going, they have not been cancelled.

Are you willing to pay 16% more in sales tax to keep Nepotism County going?

Are you willing to pay 16% more in sales tax to keep the garbage dump consultants and attorneys on the county payroll with NO Bid Contracts all done behind closed doors?

Are you willing to pay 16% more in sales tax to keep all of Sheriff Bukowski’s family and friends on the sheriff’s payroll and perhaps hire more?

Are you willing to pay 16% more in sales tax to keep the county budget at $35,000,000 when Iroquois county operates just fine on $5,000,000?

Kankakee County is far smaller in square miles and only has 4 times the population. Remember corn fields don’t commit crimes, people do and they live mostly within city/village boundaries which have their own police departments.

Don’t fall for the bull you know what, Vote NO this November! Let’s get the Kankakee County budget down to $25,000,000 and we will have at the very least a $5,000,000 surplus with out any tax increase.

A NO vote will send a message if the county wants more taxes then do some real economic development. Bring in some new jobs and tell Mike Van Mill to stop waiting for the phone to ring and instead to resign. Hire someone from out of the area to hit the road and attend every business, industrial, technology forum or trade shows there are. Set up a table and sell our area’s assets, Olivet, KCC, Kankakee Airport, I-57, fresh clean water (for the time being), close to I-80 and Chicago and two significant rail lines.

6-19-14

OUTRAGE has been informed one of the consultants on the county payroll, Chris Brown, his wife has been appointed to the Kankakee County Republican Party as the finance chairman for political fund raising.

Keep in mind, Consultant Chris Brown has been on the county payroll since 2012 and has been paid at least $118,000 that we know of. Mr. Brown has been billing the county under at least three different company names since 2012.

States Attorney Jamie Boyd has refused to comply with Freedom of Information Requests from POWER requesting all information on what Brown is doing for all the money he is billing the county for. We know one of his companies is currently billing the county for $5,500 a month. Boyd refuses to provide any documents, written reports or any information on what Brown and his companies are doing or have done for the county to earn taxpayer dollars. We also know the county is being billed by Brown, some months, more then once under different company names.

The secrecy around Consultant Chris Brown, now his wife and why they are so embedded in county government is very disturbing to say the least. In our opinion States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Bossert need to come clean with the public and stop all these behind closed door secret deals with taxpayer money.

With taxpayers being billed well over $315,000 by all three consultants and attorneys, that we know of, and all the secrecy about who and what these people are doing while the county is laying off people is really quite unbelievable. All are very tied to the Chicago garbage industry. Under the leadership of Boyd and Bossert, Kankakee County has become a small Cook County. Time for both Boyd and Bossert to come clean with the public or step down so we can get leaders that will operate in the open, front and center with the public.

6-11-14

Kankakee County wants you to vote to increase taxes this November!

This is a big joke! It will never pass. The public is not in the mood. Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert’s Daily Journal picture says it all. They tried to raise the sales tax before, 4 times to be exact, the last time was in 2002 OUTRAGE defeated them all four times and we will defeat them again. There is no reason why they have to have a budget 7 times the Iroquois County budget of $5,000,000 or $35,000,000 when Kankakee County only has 4 times the population and far fewer square miles.

The nepotism county that Kankakee County government has become must come to an end. It is time for Chairman Bossert to resign! He allowed a $2,000,000 deficit last year which wiped out all the county savings and resulted in the rating agencies to lower the county’s credit rating, not unlike what has happen to the state.

Bossert’s leadership has brought about no new economic development and runaway spending for friends and family on the county payroll. Voters must remain strong and vote NO to any tax increase referendum on the November ballot. (Giving Kankakee County Home Rule Authority would be like putting the fox in charge of security of the hen house, a big disaster.) OUTRAGE will publishing facts and figures on why voters must vote NO. We will be seeking donations to fund radio and newspaper ads in opposition. The voters will be told every story under the sun to get them to vote yes, so as we get closer to November, please voters, put your boots on.

5-7-14

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 our 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 cancelled.

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 plus expenses.

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?

5-5-14

If you do not get The Daily Journal, you have missed the articles below The Journal is doing a series of articles on the Chicago/Cook County garbage dump being pushed secretly by Kankakee County States Attorney Jamie Boyd and Chairman Mike Bossert.

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/landfill-opponents-target-secrecy-find-allies/article_e7202be6-7331-52a8-bf8c-1770a96602c1.html
http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/steam-rising-over-landfill-talk/article_8d8cb0e4-7758-53c0-ac03-6a17191a794a.html

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/landfill-guessing-game-grates-on-some/article_d19d5fe3-3dca-578a-95db-6cd03fe2fa75.htm

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/kankakee-county-landfill-search-secrecy-causing-stir/article_feb69b6c-389c-508b-97c8-d14e86bef9ff.html

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/new-county-effort-repeats-history/article_81036b2c-f501-5161-b8ce-fcade7b0fdd5.html

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/what-officials-learned-from-the-last-landfill-fight/article_ec9b3180-9a71-5e66-96a8-1657e31f54dd.html

http://www.daily-journal.com/opinion/columnists/local/joe-yurgine-why-a-landfill-s-risks-are-not-worth/article_dca1990c-6b65-5b42-9f3c-5b716c776a26.html

4-26-14

This editorial 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.

4-25-14

The opinion stated by Chicago garbage industry attorney Chuck Helsten, hired by Kankakee County Board Chairman Mike Bossert, in The Daily Journal article below about the 14 townships that passed an ordinance outlawing garbage dumping is just that his opinion.

“They have no legal weight,” said Helston, of the township ordinances. “It could be considered by you in the hearing process, but it is not controlling.”

The final decision on the matter would come through the appeal process. In this case it starts with the Illinois Pollution Control Board and if necessary goes to the Third District Appellate Court then if necessary the Illinois Supreme Court. There is no case law to backup what Attorney Chuck Helsten is saying, none.

The reason being is no county in the state of Illinois has ever sought to override a township ordinance outlawing garbage dumping by locating a landfill there anyway.

One thing that can be done by voters in the townships is to vote on the garbage dump issue at the county level by running for county board as an independent.

All of the even numbered county board districts are up for election this November plus district 11 do to a resignation. Check with the Kankakee County Clerk’s office for the procedure. The number of signatures you will need on a petition in most cases are less then 100. You will have to file with the Kankakee County Clerk’s office sometime in June but check with them for the exact date.

It is time to throw the incumbents out who are pushing this travesty and who are up for election this November. Incumbents who are up for election and pushing the garbage dump are Jim Vickery 2, Robert Reed 6, Chris Tholen 10, Michael Mulcahy 14, Michael Hildebrand 16, Mat Whitis 20, Stephen Einfeldt 22, Jim Tripp 24, James Skutt 26, and Steve Liehr 28.Districts 4, 8, 12 have new people running. District 18 incumbent is one of only two board members who voted NO to seeking a Chicago garbage dump and spending money on consultants and attorneys for that purpose.

Click here for today’s Daily Journal article on the garbage dump issue.

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/kankakee-county-would-trump-townships-on-landfills/article_f51a93b2-9060-55b6-9130-9ff345c53024.html?mode=jqm

4-9-14

Editors Note: Three more townships have pass the ordinance since this article was published bringing the total to 14 out of 17. They are Ganeer, St. Anne and Aroma townships.

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 brining the total to 11 out of 17 townships in Kankakee County. 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 community.

Thanks to all the great people that got involved and made it their business to get this done.