HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilman in exchange for city work, court records show.
HAMMOND | A Munster man who pleaded guilty to bribing a former Hammond city councilman could face 18 months to two years in prison, according to court records.
HAMMOND | The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit dismissed a former Hammond councilman's appeal in a federal bribery case, according to court records.
HAMMOND | The lawyer for former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas is withdrawing as his attorney from Salinas' appeal.
What's the going rate for public corruption?
HAMMOND | Former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas pleaded for leniency Tuesday, hoping his 20 years in public service would abate a stiff prison sentence for his federal bribery crimes.
HAMMOND | Former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas is scheduled to be sentenced at 3 p.m. Tuesday on federal charges of bribery and willful failure to file a tax return.
HAMMOND | Family and friends of former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas are asking a federal judge for leniency as Salinas awaits sentencing for bribery and willful failure to file a tax return for the 2006 tax year.
HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors are recommending former Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas serve 46 months in prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
CROWN POINT | Prominent Lake County Democrat George Van Til's indictment Friday on felony fraud charges has local politicos wondering just how many more black eyes the party will take in the federal government's ongoing corruption probe.
HAMMOND | The pool of candidates vying for the vacant 2nd District seat on the Hammond City Council began to form Thursday.
HAMMOND | The day after Al Salinas resigned from the Hammond City Council, one potential candidate confirmed he will run for the 2nd District in the 2015 primary, instead of the caucus slated for June.
Disgraced Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas resigned from office Monday, just a few hours after pleading guilty to taking more than $10,000 in kickbacks for steering city work to a contractor.
HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council may soon have a vacancy as beleaguered Councilman Al Salinas agreed to plead guilty last week to two federal charges.
HAMMOND | Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Thursday involving bribery and tax charges.
Ricardo (Streetwise) Moreno's letter to the editor Tuesday should have said Hammond Councilman Al Salinas Jr. spent $77,511 in city casino money on Dumpsters in 2011.
Hammond has a history of spending its casino revenue well, putting it toward infrastructure improvements rather than committing it for operating costs. Some additional controls are in order, however.
HAMMOND | Indicted Hammond City Councilman Al Salinas will no longer oversee gaming dollars allocated for the district he represents following the City Council's vote Monday to place additional controls on the funds.
So many public corruption indictments have been handed down against public officials in Lake County over the years that voters run the danger of expecting local government officials to be corrupt. That should prompt action by good, decent, honest officials to shore up the public's trust.
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