CROWN POINT | While the line for discounted wristbands was long, lines for the rides themselves were short and sweet. Food vendors were just heating up grills and preparing deep fryers for the long haul.
CHICAGO | A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.
VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.
The crash that killed Gary tattoo artist Diamond Cody Cooper remained under investigation Thursday, but police said it's clear the driver of a Jeep Patriot pulled out in front of Cooper's motorcycle.
ST. JOHN | Griffith-based Walsh and Kelly was the apparent low bidder on a project to repair 20 miles of St. John streets.
GARY | A man asked a clerk at a Walgreens in Gary to unlock a display Wednesday, grabbed all the items inside and fled, police said.
HIGHLAND | A stubborn three-alarm fire Thursday at the Porte De L'eau apartment complex in Highland heavily damaged a building and displaced 22 families, officials said.
LOWELL | The Town Council tabled consideration of an agreement with the Tri-Creek School Board on Monday that would put a resource officer back into the schools.
GARY | A Gary woman faces a murder charge after a man was found strangled in a bed at her residence in the 1400 block of West 16th Avenue on July 13.
The Indiana Bulldogs know drama.
PORTAGE | The FBI has widened its investigation into Portage Mayor James Snyder to include plane tickets and travel expenses he funded through the city and/or its utility department from campaign funds.
CROWN POINT | Lake County prosecutors will be able to amend the grand jury indictment against a Lake County police officer to include a charge of conversion, thanks to a ruling Thursday by Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez.
GARY | A Chesterton woman was charged with neglect of a dependent after police allege she left her 7-month-old child in a car for hours while she was intoxicated inside a strip club.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced an 18-year-old Gary man to 61 years in prison Thursday for two crimes he admitted committing in Gary on March 17, 2013.
VALPARAISO | Teachers, administrators, and professionals gathered at Strongbow Inn on Thursday to hear from Lisa Petrovich, a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn. for the past two decades and learn how to provide safe and secure learning environment…
GRIFFITH | The town's massive road and alley project is right on schedule and within its budget, Public Works Director Rick Konopasek said.
CHICAGO | 10th Ward Alderman John Pope will lead the process of appointing a board for Hegewisch's Babe Ruth League following the resignation Wednesday of its members.
MERRILLVILLE | The town has already identified more than 100 vacant and abandoned homes in Merrillville, and officials believe there are many more that will be added to that list.
MICHIGAN CITY | More than 100,000 people are expected to make Michigan City their destination this weekend for the 6th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix and other festivities related to the powerboat race.
PORTAGE | North Shore Health Centers was one of two Indiana health centers awarded federal funding to expand behavioral health services.
HAMMOND | A Gary man was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in Hammond, police said.
STEGER | Lawrence Hunt was eager to explain his work to Kevin Casey, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Budget cuts will force the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday weekend, agency director Amy Martin says.
SPRINGFEILD, Ill. | There's a chance you could walk away from the Illinois State Fair this year with more than just saltwater taffy, political ephemera and a tummy ache. You could snare a recording contract.
LINCOLN | Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says a coalition of supporters from Illinois' agricultural community is backing his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.
Cook County Sheriff's Police will conduct enforcement efforts starting Thursday night focusing on DUI and seat belt violators in Cook County, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Thursday.
CROWN POINT | A judge temporarily halted a Republican-inspired law that could have eliminated dozens of Lake County's big-city Democratic precinct committeemen next week.
VALPARAISO | 1st Source Bank has donated the home at 403 Indiana Ave. to Habitat for Humanity.
VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso man was arrested on charges he played a role in scamming people who thought they had won a Publishers Clearing House award.
CROWN POINT | First Financial Bank, Verizon and Samsung Mobile will host a Smartphone Workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Bank’s Broadway location. 11890 Broadway.
PORTAGE | A 23-year-old man faces drug and gun-related charges on an accusation of firing a handgun numerous times in his backyard at 2443 Odell St.
CHICAGO | Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said the city plans to develop about 300 acres around 116th Street and Stony Island Avenue into a series of trails for hikers and mountain bikers — giving them a challenging, yet natural, terrain to ride.
CROWN POINT | As a juvenile, Timothy S. Shannon bounced around the criminal justice system, accumulating multiple arrests in Lake and Cook counties.
VALPARAISO | Smoke from the grill and the scent of burgers and hot dogs wafted through ValPLAYso Thursday during the annual Picnic with the Firemen.
CROWN POINT | Lake County will be calling police, fire and emergency medical dispatchers this month as they prepare to staff their E-911 service.
VALPARAISO | Police on Thursday have released surveillance photos from a local store hoping the public can help identify a man and woman wanted for questioning in two shoplifting incidents.
MERRILLVILLE | Revenue growth across the board drove NiSource Inc. net income up 9.1 percent in the second quarter, following on a strong first quarter where revenues leaped due to the severe winter weather.
GARY | A 33-year-old woman was stabbed in the face with an unknown object Tuesday in Gary, police said.
SPRINGFIELD | U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Thursday called on federal rail officials to investigate frustrating delays along the Amtrak route connecting Carbondale and Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD | Despite a landmark new law and money to hire more workers, Illinois continues to struggle to shorten the time it takes to determine if Illinoisans are eligible for state-paid nursing home care.
THROWBACK THURSDAY | The Times is celebrating our region's rich history. Check out our gallery on nwi.com and share an historic photo(s) with us today by emailing Celebrate@nwi.com
VALPARAISO | A 1992 graduate of Valparaiso High School, Drew Tursman, is the man who came up with the name of Valparaiso’s iconic, community-build park – ValPLAYso.
PORTAGE | The Portage Area Bridge O-Rama Committee has announced its year-end winners from the annual bridge tournament.
MICHIGAN CITY | Volunteers are needed participate at Lakefront Art Festival on Aug. 16 and 17. Volunteers get free admission for the entire day at the festival.
WESTVILLE | Purdue University North Central invites prospective students to Enrollment Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12. This event welcomes current and prospective students who want to register for the fall 2014 or spring 2015 semesters.
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