Joliet Landfill Closure Sets Off Illinois Political War

Date: January 13, 2005

Source: News Room

Chicago's landfills have become the centerpiece of political controversy in the state after Gov. Rod Blagojevich shut down the Land Reclamation Services landfill several weeks ago. The landfill reopened this week after a judge required that the landfill remove all illegal waste by Jan. 31 and provide the state with a list of its customers. Blagojevich ordered the landfill closed after he allegedly received word that a distant cousin of his wife boasted that his family connections allowed him to take any materials at the site. Fallout from the closure has led to charges and counter-charges between the governor's political director and a Chicago alderman who is also Blagojevich's father-in-law.
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