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Bill Dolan

Selling no-man's land at tax sales a losing game

The Lake County treasurer's office is preparing its 2014 parade of neglect.

June 21, 2014 8:45 pm
McDermott brands election complaint as empty speculation

McDermott brands election complaint as empty speculation

CROWN POINT | Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is asking Lake County elections officials to dismiss a complaint about campaign payments to his wife, Marissa McDermott.

December 11, 2013 1:45 pm Photos


YOUNG VOICES: Good people overpower bad in face of tragedy

YOUNG VOICES: Good people overpower bad in face of tragedy

For three long years, my family's life has been on hold. Will we lose or keep the home we have lived in for 55 years? The verdict came a few weeks ago — arriving hand-in-hand with winter’s chill.

November 18, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Hammond, neighboring towns should work through sewer contract without terse posturing

Tearing up a contract before its life is complete is rarely a good way to do business.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

RICH JAMES: Powell's tax collection work not rocket science

This is a bit confusing, so let me see if I have this right.

July 10, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Study on library services needed

EDITORIAL: Study on library services needed

The examination of long-term debt at Northwest Indiana libraries has brought to light some interesting developments and a reminder of what could be.

June 20, 2013 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL: Dispose of waste, not taxpayers' cash

The Lake County Solid Waste Management District Board is looking for options for disposing the county's trash. The board should make sure it doesn't dispose money in the process.

June 19, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Massive municipal debt should make us all queasy

MARC CHASE: Massive municipal debt should make us all queasy

Not all debt incurred by government is dangerous or irresponsible. Taking on debt for capital projects — including roads, needed building renovations and so on — with a clear and identified plan for repayment is an accepted practice of doing government business.

May 30, 2013 12:00 am

Man pleads guilty in fatal M'ville shooting

CROWN POINT | A Merrillville man admitted to a fatal shooting last year as part of a plea agreement that reduces his potential imprisonment.

May 29, 2013 5:00 pm

Chiefs, politician clash over choice of E-911 vendors

CROWN POINT | Before Lake County can merge the emergency networks of its 17 municipalities, everyone has to agree on a vendor.

May 17, 2013 6:00 pm

E-911 becoming Lake County's squawk box

ST. JOHN | Efforts to open a clear line of communication among Lake County's police and firefighters were troubled by static over government policy Wednesday.

May 16, 2013 11:45 am

Dyer man gets 12 years for burning down officer's home

CROWN POINT | A judge sentenced a Dyer man to 12 years of prison and home detention for burning down the home of a Lynwood police officer and her three children.

April 12, 2013 1:35 pm

EDITORIAL: Manage government workforce better

In county government, as with businesses, the employees are the biggest cost. But county government hasn't followed the private sector's lead yet in managing that cost, or those employees, well.

April 08, 2013 12:00 am

Million-dollar supplements spur income growth in government employees

CROWN POINT | Lake County government officials continue to fortify the salaries of their favorite employees with supplements.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

County government jobs desireable, tough to get

County government jobs in Northwest Indiana look attractive, if you can get one.

March 30, 2013 10:33 pm

EDITORIAL: Speak up, train to fight unethical behavior

Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and others offered valuable insight Friday at the annual Ethics in Government breakfast meeting: If you don't report corruption, you're an enabler.

March 19, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Griffith offers wrong answer on Calumet Twp.

RICH JAMES: Griffith offers wrong answer on Calumet Twp.

I can’t believe Griffith is at it again, wanting to break away from Calumet Township.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Calumet Twp. is poster child for reform

Most of Indiana's 1,008 townships have such small budgets and low visibility that many people don't even know what township they live in, much less what the township government's responsibilities are. And then there are statistical outliers like Lake County's Calumet Township.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake County Council needs to do what's right

WILLIAM NANGLE: Lake County Council needs to do what's right

To err is human, and that’s what I’ve done. Lake County's attorney, John Dull, pointed out in an email to me Monday that I was wrong in suggesting he is “passing the buck” by his seeking to have communities throughout the county sign an interlocal agreement facilitating consolidation of 911 …

July 10, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Amnesty is good for county, taxpayers

Offering forgiveness of tax penalties to collect property taxes from delinquent taxpayers is a great way to offer a single chance to make good before properties are subject to tax sales.

June 10, 2012 12:00 am
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