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The Times' Robert Blaszkiewicz and Crista Zivanovic discuss the leadership change in the Gary Police Department, Gov. Mike Pence's lobbying efforts to expand Healthy Indiana, Pence's objection to the state housing undocumented children immigrants, and a twist in the corruption case against L…

July 31, 2014 6:49 pm
Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Corrupt government officials sometimes pay a hefty personal price for their misdeeds. Just ask former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose 2008 attempt to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and shake down a children's hospital earned him 14 years in federal prison.

July 12, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Feds: Lake Station mayor gambled away campaign, food pantry cash

Feds: Lake Station mayor gambled away campaign, food pantry cash

LAKE STATION | An 11-count federal indictment filed Wednesday alleges Mayor Keith Soderquist and his wife, Deborah Soderquist, improperly used money from the city's food pantry and his re-election campaign at local casinos. 

April 16, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Lake County Surveyor Van Til admits guilt in plea agreement

Lake County Surveyor Van Til admits guilt in plea agreement

HAMMOND | Lake County Surveyor George Van Til has agreed to plead guilty to using his office's employees and resources to get re-elected.

December 02, 2013 12:55 pm Photos

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Judge denies Van Til request to see witness statements

Judge denies Van Til request to see witness statements

HAMMOND | A federal judge has denied Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's request for an advance look at witness statements in his criminal corruption case.

July 16, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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Feds: Van Til indicted for using public employees, resources for campaign work

Feds: Van Til indicted for using public employees, resources for campaign work

HAMMOND | Lake County Surveyor George Van Til defrauded taxpayers by ordering county employees to perform political campaign work on the county dime and using county equipment, prosecutors said Friday.

May 17, 2013 9:37 pm Photos

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U.S. Attorney David Capp announces three indictments as a result of investigations of public corruption.

U.S. Attorney David Capp announces three indictments as a result of investigations of public corruption.

U.S. Attorney David Capp announces three indictments as a result of investigations of public corruption, including charges against Lake County Surveyor George Van Til.

May 17, 2013 3:13 pm
Feds hand down public corruption indictments

Feds hand down public corruption indictments

Laser sights are displayed Friday during a news conference held by the U.S. attorney's office. A Pennsylvania gun dealer is accused of conspiring with former Lake County police officers to purchase machine guns and laser sights, meant for law enforcement or military use, then sell them for p…

May 17, 2013 3:14 pm
Van Til indicted for using public employees, resources for campaign work

Van Til indicted for using public employees, resources for campaign work

U.S. Attorney David Capp announces three indictments as a result of investigations of public corruption, including charges against Lake County Surveyor George Van Til.

May 17, 2013 3:13 pm

6 former Illinois education officials face charges

CHICAGO | Six former education officials from the Chicago area, including a former district superintendent and a Chicago Public Schools administrator, have been charged with corruption, authorities announced Wednesday.

August 22, 2012 6:15 pm
Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado

Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich enters federal prison in Colorado

LITTLETON, Colo. | Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered a federal prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption, the latest chapter in the downfall of a charismatic politician that seemed more like a bizarre reality TV show than a legal battle.

March 15, 2012 1:23 pm

Philpot attorney claims feds haven't backed up fraud allegations

HAMMOND | Prosecutors have not turned over any evidence of false or misleading statements in Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot's public corruption case, his attorney says in a new filing.

January 17, 2012 12:00 am

Justice isn't served when corrupt politicians are caught

The only way to stop the corruption in politics is to take away our politicians' lifetime jobs and allow them to serve only two terms in office and out they go without any pensions, and this goes for everyone in politics.

January 14, 2012 12:00 am

Court denies Pabey's request to vacate or reduce prison time

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld former East Chicago Mayor George Pabey's convictions and five-year prison term for conspiracy and embezzlement of public funds.

December 29, 2011 1:30 pm Related

It's the familiar struggle between givers, takers

In response to Terry McCullough's Oct. 2 column:

October 16, 2011 12:00 am

Juxtaposition of articles proved Daniels was right

An amazing coincidence occurred on Sept. 23. An article regarding local pols decrying Gov. Mitch Daniels' criticism of Northwest Indiana corruption appeared directly beneath two very insightful articles regarding Northwest Indiana corruption under the headline "INDICTED." Couldn't have been …

October 12, 2011 12:00 am

Clean up corruption to help burnish region's reputation

After reading the article, "Daniels' region criticism not sitting well with local pols," I am surprised region politicians are not aware — or don't want to admit — that the region has a reputation for corruption. Just recently there is an article that highlights four of our public servants i…

September 29, 2011 12:00 am
Two indicted sheriff's officers change to guility pleas in federal court

Two indicted sheriff's officers change to guility pleas in federal court

HAMMOND | Two of three indicted Lake County sheriff's officers changed their pleas to guilty Tuesday in Hammond federal court, acknowledging they could face maximum sentences ranging from 11 to 33 years in prison.

September 27, 2011 7:30 pm Related

Judge delays Blagojevich sentencing indefinitely

CHICAGO | A federal judge indefinitely delayed on Monday the sentencing for ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on multiple corruption convictions, including attempted extortion for trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign donations …

September 26, 2011 12:30 pm
McDermott calls Marion County Republicans 'perverts'

McDermott calls Marion County Republicans 'perverts'

PROVIDED BY WJOB-AM 1230 Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. responded to Gov. Mitch Daniels' criticism of Northwest Indiana in his new book by comparing Marion County Republicans as "perverts." Here are some cuts from the mayor's Friday WJOB-AM 1230 show with Jim Dedelow.

September 23, 2011 6:35 pm
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