The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, which provides trash transfer station services for Evanston, has placed its executive director on administrative leave and says the state’s attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation into possible misuse of education expense funds at the agency.

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, which provides trash transfer station services for Evanston, has placed its executive director on administrative leave and says the state’s attorney’s office has launched a criminal investigation into possible misuse of education expense funds at the agency.

The board’s chairman, George Van Dusen, said in a memo to its board of directors published on the agency’s website that an external auditor discovered potential financial irregularities while conducting the agency’s annual independent audit and notified him about the issue last Friday.

Van Dusen’s memo says the agency’s executive committee placed Executive Director Brooke Beal on administrative leave with pay Monday pending the outcome of the board’s inquiry and the investigation by law enforcement.

Van Dusen says “a significant amount” of the education expense funds are unaccounted for.

He says that no past or present officer or member of the SWANCC executive committee had any inkling of financial improprieties until last Friday and that previous reports by outside auditors gave the agency’s accounting procedures a clean bill of health.

Van Dusen, who’s also Skokie’s mayor, says he’s “angry, frustrated and disappointed” about the possible misuse of funds and that it will not impact the agency’s operations in the 23 communities it serves. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Speaking of waste

    I have some dead 48" fluorescent light tubes that I want to dispose of…what is the proper way to get rid of them?

    I wish that there were a simple, 3-digit phone number that I could call for this sort of non-emergency question.

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