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Hobart officer back on unpaid leave

HOBART | Officer Kirk Homoky has been placed back on unpaid administrative leave.

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Porter County hears high-speed rail pitch

VALPARAISO | A 38-minute high-speed rail commute to downtown Chicago was part of the incentive offered to encourage the Porter County Council to approve a $20,000 contribution toward the cost of an environmental impact study of a route from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Council OKs judge's help wanted request

VALPARAISO | After some hesitation, the Porter County Council agreed to approve Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford's request for $11,979 to pay for a new employee.

July 22, 2014 11:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Hospital deal ends tax value sore spot

We're glad to see the feud over the value of Porter Regional Hospital settled. 

July 07, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Cut Porter's budget, but be judicious

Porter County government department heads are being told to cut their 2015 budgets by 10 percent. That looks good for the politicians, but it doesn't address the fact that some government functions are already more lean than others, nor that some are more vital than others.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am
Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

Jessen tops Polarek for County Council seat

As election results showed Michael Jessen mounting a bit of a lead for the District 4 Porter County Council race, County Council President Dan Whitten teased that he could start picking out furniture.

May 06, 2014 9:59 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Porter County needs human resources pro

The overpayment of a Porter County maintenance employee, to the tune of nearly $17,000, has prompted a lot of finger-pointing among county officials wondering how this happened and how it went undetected so long.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?

February 13, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Budget cuts should lead to restructuring

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski eliminated one-fourth of his staff to meet his office's share of the burden for getting the county's budget balanced. That's a severe cut.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Porter County should like peace in a jail pod

For years now, Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain has pleaded for enough jailers to open the third wing, or pod, of the Porter County Jail to ease overcrowding. The Porter County Council has consistently turned a deaf ear to his pleas.

October 08, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Porter County officials, start talking

The Porter County Council agreed last week to spend $1.1 million in interest from the county's nest egg to fund equipment and software upgrades for the E-911 system. That's understandable.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am

Councilman says Porter County TIF could force new income tax

VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilman Dan Whitten, D-at large, said he believes the proposal to establish a tax increment finance district in the area of the new hospital is unfair to taxpayers and could lead to the need for a new local income tax.

April 22, 2013 8:00 pm

Porter County Council ousts its leaders

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council has a new president and vice president, after members voted 4-3 on Monday to oust their current leaders and elect new officers.

March 11, 2013 9:00 pm

Disciplined Hobart officer restored to full duty Monday

HOBART | Disciplined Hobart police Officer Kirk Homoky has had his badge and service revolver returned to him, interim Police Chief Vance Thompson said Friday.

January 25, 2013 6:08 pm

Questions remain on status of disciplined Hobart police officer

HOBART | Disciplined Hobart police Officer Kirk Homoky remained on desk duty and not on patrol Wednesday, interim Police Chief Vance Thompson said.

January 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Lake officials get out the credit card

CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners resisted as long as they could Wednesday before voting to borrow $15 million to balance county government's 2013 budget.

November 21, 2012 3:30 pm

PHIL WIELAND: Would a vampire reality show reflect poorly on county

More real than any reality show ever seen on TV before: it's Porter County Government on Parade.

November 16, 2012 12:00 am

Whitten, Blaney owe county employees an apology

I would like to make a few comments regarding the letter sent to employees by Dan Whitten and Laura Blaney.

November 04, 2012 12:00 am
County candidates square off in forum

County candidates square off in forum

VALPARAISO | Candidates for contested Porter County Council and commissioner seats pretty much agreed with each other Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.

October 23, 2012 8:45 pm

Porter County adopts budget relying on reserve funds

VALPARAISO | A fractured Porter County Council approved a $38 million budget for 2013 that relies on reserve funding.

October 15, 2012 8:15 pm
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