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Lake County taxpayers get new bill for rise in homicides

CROWN POINT | The cost of the recent rise in Lake County's homicide rate is still being counted.

April 03, 2014 6:00 pm

Niemeyer bids farewell to House, hopes to return as senator

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, who is leaving the Indiana House to run for the Senate, was lauded Thursday by his soon-to-be former colleagues.

March 13, 2014 6:00 pm

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 final approval Wednesday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

March 05, 2014 5:30 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Income tax should fund basic expenses first

GUEST COMMENTARY: Income tax should fund basic expenses first

The chief responsibility of any county council is to manage the fiscal affairs of county government. It cannot be a council’s second or third priority; it must be our top priority.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County prepares to pay E-911 director six figures

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are prepared to pay Lake County's new E-911 director $112,000 annually for the next three years to steer consolidation of emergency police and fire communications.

June 06, 2013 6:45 pm

Lake spending remains on hold while impact of income tax is measured

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members remained cautious about future spending requests Tuesday despite last week's passage of the local option income tax that promises tens of million of dollars in new revenues.

May 14, 2013 9:25 pm
Lake County Council passes income tax

Lake County Council passes income tax

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council passed a county income tax Monday.

May 06, 2013 6:47 pm Photos


Lake commissioners to hold tax veto meeting May 10

CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners will be in a position to veto a local income tax next week if the County Council approves one.

May 01, 2013 6:48 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
Action on Porter County jail medical service contract delayed

Action on Porter County jail medical service contract delayed

VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain hopes to have a recommendation at the next county commissioners meeting for providing round-the-clock medical service for inmates, but commission President John Evans warned that Lain also better include a recommendation on how to pay for it.

February 19, 2013 5:00 pm Photos


Hamm to replace Repay on Lake County Council

HAMMOND | Longtime Hammond firefighter and former City Council member David Hamm was chosen Saturday morning to replace Mike Repay as the Lake County Council's 1st District representative.

December 08, 2012 12:24 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Putting the X into Christmas carols

PHIL WIELAND: Putting the X into Christmas carols

Christmas carols can help your holiday mood, unless your office Muzak station just played "Feliz Navidad" for the 912th time in the past two hours. In that case, I understand if you are looking forward to reindeer steaks on Christmas Day.

November 30, 2012 12:00 am

Lake County Council passes $107.5 million budget

CROWN POINT | Three months of budget talks ended Tuesday when the Lake County Council passed a balanced $107.5 million budget but kept the gate open for borrowing up to $15 million to continue operating.

October 09, 2012 6:45 pm

Lake County Council balances budget

CROWN POINT | The majority of the Lake County Council held firm Thursday in balancing the county's budget in time for final budget adoption next week.

October 04, 2012 7:15 pm

County Council president defends independent review of Valpo school budget

VALPARAISO | Porter County Council President Dan Whitten is questioning the motives behind a proposal to strip his board of the newly charged task of reviewing and signing off on the budget for the Valparaiso Community School Corp.

August 31, 2012 6:00 pm

Porter County finances in pink of good health thanks to hospital sale reserve

VALPARAISO | County Council members were told Tuesday that the county is in a strong financial position, but sustaining optimal cash reserves might entail some $2.8 million in cuts or additional revenue.

August 21, 2012 9:15 pm
Lake County officials being lined up for Philpot trial

Lake County officials being lined up for Philpot trial

CROWN POINT | Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot may have to confront fellow county government officials and former employees in his upcoming fraud trial.

August 10, 2012 7:00 pm

Valpo ethics panel to discuss alleged violation

VALPARAISO | The city's Ethics Commission is expected to discuss a complaint filed against the Valparaiso Community Schools board by former School Board member Brigid McLinn.

August 07, 2012 3:22 pm

EDITORIAL: Paying consultants to fill budget shortfalls perpetuates county's wasteful ways

Lake County commissioners would have us believe they are "working" on a solution to a potential $15 million budget shortfall in county government's 2012 and 2013 budgets. But they're really not working on anything at all. In typical wasteful form, they're paying someone else to work on the issue.

August 03, 2012 12:00 am
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