One Man Heads to the Supreme Court to Fight Winn. Landfill Expansion

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- After nearly two years of court battles, the Winnebago Landfill once again gets the go ahead from judges to move forward on an expansion project, the company says is needed to stay in business. 23 news reporter Raquel Moore tells us, the battle might not be over just yet.

After nearly two years of waiting, the Winnebago Landfill may finally get the green light to expand. The Illinois Appellate Court ruled this week in favor of the project., but lawyers for Marty Maggio, who filed the lawsuit holding up the expansion says they're not giving up.

"The next step is the Illinois Supreme Court, that's where we'll be going next," says Maggio's Lawyer, Michael Blazer.

Maggio claims the landfills owner, the Rock River Environmental Services, isn't doing anything to prevent strong odors in the area, and says neighbors weren't told soon enough about the expansion project.

"All of the nearby property owners are required to be served with notice of the filing of the application for approval, no later than 14 days after that application has been filed. It's our position that several property owners were not properly served with that notice," says Blazer.

Rock River Environmental Services President and CEO, John Lichty, says his company did everything by the book. He says the 222 acre expansion is needed to meet growing demands. Lichty says the landfill is almost full, and without the added space, they'll go out of business.

Linda Taylor, who lives a few houses down from the landfill says it may be a sight for sore eyes, but says she doesn't have a problem with it and is ready for the expansion to move forward.

"The landfill in particular we have no problems with at all. The guys who operate them have been really good to us as well. They clean the roads up wonderfully, and like I said before, I think we have one of the cleanest roads in the county," says Linda Taylor.


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