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Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:16 am

Editor’s note 7/7/16

 If you think Gov. Bruce Rauner is having trouble getting his Turnaround Agenda approved, try backing significant garbage reform in Springfield. Though earlier mayors (Karen Hasara, Tim Davlin) tried and failed to get all the trash picked up, more recent administrations (Houston, Langfelder) have only attempted to patch up a bad system. Springfield’s unusual garbage plan depends on individuals contracting for pickup with private haulers, unlike most cities which pick up everybody’s waste. Springfield’s system leaves thousands of residents – city hall can’t or won’t say how many – without trash pickup service, so older neighborhoods continue to be plagued with garbage in alleys and fly dumping. After recent city council action we now have higher rates, more bandaids, new pledges to enforce an unenforceable system – and no solution to the inherent problems of a private-pay system. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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