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Eldon Strong

New tax creates surplus for Lake budget makers

CROWN POINT | Budget makers for county government started work Thursday with a $10 million surplus and almost as many suggestions of how to spend it.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Strong serves with integrith, concern, humility

Confidence in elected officials is really not at an all-time high. From a “pass-nothing” U.S. Senate down to local politicos heading off to jail by the dozens, voters are truly sick and tired of business as usual. It is time to elect, re-elect or retain leaders who understand what being a pu…

August 21, 2014 12:00 am

Lake Co. board green-lights south county quarry

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Drainage Board voted 2-1 Wednesday to approve the Singleton Stone quarry over the objections of south county farmers and residents.

August 13, 2014 6:30 pm

EDITORIAL: Income tax revenue isn't a catchall for new county spending

The lines just keep getting longer for sectors of local government begging for a piece of the revenue generated by the Lake County local option income tax.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am

County employees look for better pay day

CROWN POINT | Lake County government employees have watched their elected officials lavish tens of million this year on everyone but them.

July 12, 2014 8:20 pm

Townships get seats at public safety tax table

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council agreed Tuesday to provide eight suburban and rural fire and emergency medical service providers a share of the county's public safety income tax revenue.

July 08, 2014 7:15 pm

Lake E-911 officials tell St. John they want change of scenery

ST. JOHN | County officials have a message for St. John town officials who want to opt out of their E-911 communications network — you are too far away.

June 23, 2014 5:48 pm

Lake officials warn 3 towns of possible public safety nightmare

CROWN POINT | Lake officials fear a public safety crisis in three suburban towns if they don't soon join the new county E-911 system.

June 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Lake council talks pay raises for employees

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members said Tuesday they are considering pay raises next year for all county government employees.

May 13, 2014 7:47 pm
MARC CHASE: 'Little guys' face important vote in 2014 elections

MARC CHASE: 'Little guys' face important vote in 2014 elections

Are you a "little guy" feeling stomped upon by bigger local government?

May 01, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

It's sad when public officials must show their willingness to do the right thing by signing toothless documents promising they won't act like conniving, entitled thieves and will train their underlings to avoid such behaviors.

April 22, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

Who knew Lake County government could exercise a measure of fiscal restraint?

April 15, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Lake County GOP should invest here

RICH JAMES: Lake County GOP should invest here

I don’t know how Lake County Republicans can get anyone to take them seriously.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County Council hit by flurry of overtime pay requests

CROWN POINT | If this winter's snow and cold hasn't gotten you down yet, just wait until you get the bill.

February 06, 2014 7:30 pm

Lake County officials hope to tow cop pay raises through bureaucratic drift

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council members want to approve pay raises for county police and corrections officers if state accountants will let them.

January 09, 2014 7:45 pm

It will be incumbent on dozens of Lake officials to run again in 2014

CROWN POINT | A lot of old faces will populate the new year's upcoming election ballot.

January 04, 2014 5:00 pm

Everybody wants a piece of county government's casino action

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are as generous with their casino revenues as they have to be.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Controversial Illiana makes strange bedfellows

MARC CHASE: Controversial Illiana makes strange bedfellows

Do you want to see multiple competing political interests — the ones typically bent on ripping out each others' throats — join hands in a semblance of harmony? Just propose an interstate tollway through the serene rural area of an otherwise industrial county.

December 12, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County Council says no to Illiana Expressway

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council approved a resolution Tuesday opposing construction of the Illiana Expressway.

December 10, 2013 6:45 pm

Cid already hearing road noise on the Illiana

CROWN POINT | Lake Councilwoman Christine Cid wishes someone would give her an electoral positioning system to navigate the Illiana Expressway debate.

November 12, 2013 2:44 pm
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