Hammond Government News

Ad targeted to inform students of Lifeline Law

INDIANAPOLIS | An advertising campaign targeting students at Indiana's residential colleges and universities is spreading the message about th…

August 27, 2014 5:15 pm

New bike trail leg bridges Munster, Hammond

New bike trail leg bridges Munster, Hammond

HAMMOND | A newly completed pedestrian and bike trail bridge symbolizes the benefits of cooperation between Hammond and Munster, officials of …

July 23, 2014 5:36 am Photos


Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

Gaming study may be last chance to save casino industry

INDIANAPOLIS | The fate of Indiana's gaming industry and the 14,000 Hoosiers it employs may hinge on decisions made this summer by a small gro…

July 19, 2014 7:00 pm Related

Appeals court rules Hammond demolition order improper

Appeals court rules Hammond demolition order improper

INDIANAPOLIS | A Hammond man may get to keep his home after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the city panel that ordered it demoli…

June 25, 2014 6:00 pm Related

Hammond Councilman misquoted

Hammond City Councilman Robert Markovich was misquoted in a story in some Thursday editions. Markovich said the council members who voted in s…

June 12, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond Council paves way for new hotel

HAMMOND | The City Council voted Monday to grant a 10-year tax abatement for the construction of a new Hampton Inn at 2842 Carlson Drive near …

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County a finalist for preschool pilot program

Lake County a finalist for preschool pilot program

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake County could be selected next month as one of the five counties participating in Indiana's preschool pilot program.

June 04, 2014 3:30 pm Related

Soderquist, Brakley trial reset for October

HAMMOND | The public corruption trial for Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter has been rescheduled to Oct. 20, fede…

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm

Hammond City Council cancels Monday meeting; meets next June 9

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council has canceled its Monday meeting, which would have fallen on Memorial Day. The next council meeting is June …

May 25, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond council reschedules Monday meeting to June 9

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council has canceled its Monday meeting because of the Memorial Day holiday.

May 23, 2014 12:05 am

State awards funds to raze abandoned homes

INDIANAPOLIS | Three Lake County cities are among the first in the state to benefit from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann's Blight Elimination Program.

May 22, 2014 7:12 pm

Prayer topic returns to Hammond council meetings

HAMMOND | A Hammond councilman wants to have a prayer before meetings a year after the practice ceased.

May 17, 2014 8:31 pm

Hammond demolishes dilapidated home

Hammond demolishes dilapidated home

HAMMOND │ The city Wednesday celebrated its 400th home demolition during the tenure of Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

May 14, 2014 8:00 pm Photos


U.S. Supreme Court preserves prayer at government meetings

U.S. Supreme Court preserves prayer at government meetings

INDIANAPOLIS | The Hammond City Council likely will again debate the merits of opening its sessions with prayer after a sharply divided U.S. S…

May 05, 2014 5:00 pm Related

Hammond Water Works Dept. continues hydrant flushing

HAMMOND | The Hammond Water Works Department continues its hydrant flushing program this week.

April 28, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond Sanitary, Recycling departments work Good Friday

HAMMOND | The Hammond Sanitary and Recycling departments will be working Good Friday.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond garbage, recycling pickups will run on schedule

HAMMOND | The Hammond Sanitation and Recycling Department will work on Good Friday.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Dyer council narrowly backs South Shore funding

DYER |  The Town Council narrowly approved a resolution supporting the South Shore commuter rail extension Thursday, following some negative f…

April 11, 2014 7:58 pm

Hammond commission resets meeting for April 14

HAMMOND | The Hammond Economic Development Commission meeting scheduled for today has been rescheduled for April 14.

April 07, 2014 12:00 am

Limits on rental property inspections headed to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | Cities and towns across Indiana, including several region communities, are one signature away from losing their ability to vigo…

March 11, 2014 5:30 pm

Lots left to do with little time remaining in legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly is likely to wrap up its work this week a day or two ahead of Friday's manda…

March 09, 2014 1:00 am

Region bills headed to governor's desk

INDIANAPOLIS | Several legislative proposals sponsored by Northwest Indiana lawmakers, and other measures set to affect the region, received f…

March 05, 2014 5:30 pm

Hammond development panel slated to meet Wednesday

HAMMOND | The Hammond Economic Development Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Department of Planning and Development, 649 Conkey …

March 05, 2014 12:05 am

Senate limits rental inspections, Lake tourism oversight

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate acted on 70 legislative proposals Tuesday, the final day for senators to approve or re…

March 04, 2014 2:28 pm

House greenlights South Shore Line expansion money

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House hopped on board the effort to extend the South Shore commuter rail line to Dyer.

March 03, 2014 7:00 pm

Hammond drops plan to privatize recycling department

HAMMOND | The Hammond Board of Public Works has rejected two bids to privatize the recycling department for the city.

March 02, 2014 8:15 pm

Munster funds study to improve traffic flow on Calumet Avenue

MUNSTER | The town has commissioned a high-level study of vehicular traffic on Calumet Avenue to determine the best synchronization of traffic…

March 01, 2014 11:00 pm

McDermott creates political action committee, eyeing statewide run

INDIANAPOLIS | Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has established a political action committee to support Democratic candidates running for st…

February 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Lawmakers ignore McDermott pleas to save rental registration program

INDIANAPOLIS | Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. ran into a stone wall of indifference Wednesday before an Indiana Senate committee, as he fo…

February 26, 2014 4:18 pm

House demands Lake County look at voting precinct consolidation

INDIANAPOLIS | The GOP-controlled Indiana House approved legislation Tuesday that would order Lake County to devise a plan to reduce the numbe…

February 25, 2014 7:15 pm

Hammond City Council moves leftover gaming money into new budget

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council on Monday approved appropriating about $4.4 million in leftover 2013 gaming dollars into the 2014 budget.

February 24, 2014 9:00 pm

Cedar Lake to rebid restroom facility project at Town Complex

CEDAR LAKE | The town plans to rebid the restroom facility project at the Town Complex.

February 24, 2014 12:15 am

Fight brewing over who gets $4M from Lake tax credit fix

INDIANAPOLIS | Nine Northwest Indiana Democratic state lawmakers decided Tuesday they will fight to return the $4 million expected to be saved…

February 11, 2014 2:47 pm

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptica…

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Munster business owner sentenced in bribery case

HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilma…

February 07, 2014 8:18 pm

Fix for Lake tax loophole, other measures win Senate approval

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly began its mid-session break Tuesday, after the Senate voted to send more tha…

February 04, 2014 6:00 pm Related

House votes to limit municipal rental inspections

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House voted 67-28 Monday to limit the ability of cities and towns to regulate rental properti…

February 03, 2014 7:45 pm

Senate refuses to give money from Lake tax fix to casino cities, county

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, was unable to persuade the Senate Monday to let Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and Lake County …

February 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Lawmakers advancing proposals quickly in short legislative session

INDIANAPOLIS | As the Indiana General Assembly nears the midpoint of its 2014 session, the Republican-controlled House and Senate this week ap…

January 31, 2014 2:00 pm Related

Closing Lake tax loophole could net RDA $4M

INDIANAPOLIS | The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority would get a $4 million budget bump under a plan to fix an income tax break…

January 30, 2014 6:30 pm

Landlords may get to hire their own property inspectors

INDIANAPOLIS | A House committee gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a revised plan allowing rental property owners to exempt their units from inspe…

January 28, 2014 6:45 pm Related


Ban on gun buy-back programs approved by Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate ignored pleas for local control from three Lake County lawmakers and voted 28-21 on Tu…

January 28, 2014 6:15 pm Related


Four military veterans to be honored at Hammond's Black History Month program

HAMMOND | In honor of Black History Month, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Hammond will hold a program Feb. 6 to honor four African-American me…

January 26, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond reports 5 percent drop in overall crime

HAMMOND | Criminal activity in Hammond continued its downward trend in 2013, as the city reported a 5 percent overall decrease in crime, accor…

January 25, 2014 9:15 pm

Hammond firefighters reject third contract offer

HAMMOND | The city’s firefighters have rejected a third — and Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. assures final — contract offer.

January 23, 2014 7:30 pm

Fatal Hammond fire shapes debate on rental inspections

INDIANAPOLIS | The three children killed this month in a Hammond house fire weighed heavily on Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. on Tuesday as he urg…

January 21, 2014 5:44 pm Related


Hammond mayor to speak at Lakeshore Chamber meeting

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. will address the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at its general membership meeting Jan. 29 at Dynasty Banqu…

January 21, 2014 12:00 am

Hammond firefighters contract terms incorrect

A story in some Sunday editions incorrectly listed some of the terms of a new Hammond firefighter contract.

January 20, 2014 4:00 pm

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