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Lawmakers show little appetite to reform local government

Lawmakers show little appetite to reform local government

INDIANAPOLIS | Prospects are slim that any of the 13 recommendations to reform local government, detailed in the Kernan-Shepard Report, will become law during the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly.

December 27, 2014 7:00 pm Related
Kernan-Shepard Report -- Recommendation No. 2

Kernan-Shepard Report -- Recommendation No. 2

In 2007, former Gov. Joe Kernan, a Democrat, and then-Chief Justice Randall Shepard, a Republican, spearheaded a six-month review of Indiana’s local government structure. The Times is updating readers on the status of each recommendation.

November 24, 2014 12:00 am Related
Kernan-Shepard Report — Recommendation No. 1

Kernan-Shepard Report — Recommendation No. 1

In 2007, former Gov. Joe Kernan, a Democrat, and then-Chief Justice Randall Shepard, a Republican, spearheaded a six-month review of Indiana’s local government structure. Their final report contained 27 specific recommendations to pare down the more than 3,000 units of local government and 1…

November 23, 2014 12:00 am Related

Porter County early voting site battle goes on

VALPARAISO | Despite both parties saying they wanted to be reasonable and find a compromise location for the early voting location in Valparaiso, neither side wanted to accept the other's proposals.

March 21, 2014 4:19 pm

Pence backs study of county government reforms

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are expected to study the structure of Indiana county government this summer with an eye toward establishing a single county executive.

April 28, 2013 1:03 am Related

Hebron fire chief hopes for new station by Christmas

HEBRON | Santa couldn't deliver a new fire station for Hebron last Christmas, but, with a big boost from the Porter County commissioners, he might be able to squeeze one in his sack for next Christmas.

March 28, 2013 7:00 pm

House backs study on structure of county government

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House wants to take another look at county government reforms recommended by the 2007 Kernan-Shepard Report on streamlining local government.

March 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Novak concedes to Repay after 3rd District Lake County commissioner recount

CROWN POINT | The 3rd District Lake County commissioner recount ended Thursday with North Township Board member Richard J. Novak conceding defeat to County Councilman Michael Repay 51 days after the spring Democratic primary ended.

June 28, 2012 6:45 pm

County seeks to fill vacancy on Redevelopment Commission

VALPARAISO | Porter County commissioners are seeking to fill a vacancy on the Redevelopment Commission in July.

June 22, 2012 12:00 am

County juvenile center getting security upgrade

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Juvenile Detention Center is about to get a security makeover.

May 06, 2012 8:45 pm

Dispatching red ink spurs talks on 911 in Porter County

Porter County municipal officials, state legislators and commissioners met Tuesday night to begin discussions of how cover a $2.1 million annual shortfall for Enhanced 911 that is expected to hit by the middle of next year.

April 24, 2012 10:40 pm

Daniels' legislative agenda is more than right-to-work

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels' final legislative session will be dominated by the right-to-work fight, but he laid out a legislative agenda Friday that could transform Indiana even more than the proposed labor policy change.

December 16, 2011 2:45 pm

Lake County officials end early retirement program

CROWN POINT | Divided Lake County government officials terminated an early retirement program Tuesday, unable to agree on terms of the proposed buyout.

November 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Porter County Council, commissioners to meet on funding plan

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council postponed action Monday on several budgets from the Board of County Commissioners and scheduled a joint meeting between the two bodies to discuss a strategic plan for funding several major items.

October 03, 2011 9:15 pm

Ethics ithn't jutht thome English noble?

As Stephen says on "The Colbert Report": "That brings us to tonight's word."

June 25, 2011 12:00 am
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