While I affirm the merit of reforming the structures of government, the single most effective reform is in whom we select to serve us in it.
It was some eight years ago when it seemed government across Northwest Indiana – particularly Lake County – had reached an ethical low.
INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Tony Bennett improperly used taxpayer-funded equipment to support his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign for state superintendent of public instruction, according to a complaint filed Thursday by Indiana's ethics watchdog.
Does anyone in local government care -- really care -- about ethics? That’s a fair question, and the answer might surprise you. I am pleased to report more than 2,500 people are involved in promoting ethics in local government right here in Northwest Indiana.
Cigs 4 Less store and retail manager Kareem “Buck” Waz takes pride in not only offering the widest selection of smoking necessities, but also takes pride in treating the Dyer shop’s customers like part of the family.
MERRILLVILLE | The possibility of joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission will be a topic during the Town Council's workshop session this month, but it appears Merrillville leaders don't share the same opinion about enrolling in the group.
I worked for the town of Lowell for 25 years and serve on the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.
HOBART | An area couple forged and cashed checks they had stolen from a house in Valparaiso, police said.
The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission has three more members — Hobart, Lowell and LaPorte County. It's a sign the government ethics bandwagon is gaining momentum, but it still isn't rolling fast enough.
HOBART | A Griffith woman attempted to cash a counterfeit check for nearly $3,000 at Walmart in Hobart, police said.
INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson is taking no public action against the employee who issued a campaign message on the Republican's office Twitter account.
INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson admitted Saturday her official Twitter account was used for campaign purposes Friday, but Lawson — contradicting her spokeswoman — insisted she didn't do it.
INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Connie Lawson does not believe she violated state ethics rules by issuing a campaign message Friday from her seemingly official "@SecretaryLawson" Twitter account.
HOBART | Four Chicagoans were caught attempting to pass counterfeit $100 bills at the Hobart Target store, police said.
Indictments, convictions, prison sentences. Is this all there is to local government in Northwest Indiana?
Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's name was added Friday to the long list of Northwest Indiana public officials indicted on federal public corruption charges.
“Where there is not community, trust, respect, ethical behavior are difficult for the young to learn and for the old to maintain.”
Rich James' Mar. 20 column about ethics appears to express puzzlement as to the definition between right and wrong.
Given the time I've spent covering public corruption trials, you’d think I could easily define ethics.
Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and others offered valuable insight Friday at the annual Ethics in Government breakfast meeting: If you don't report corruption, you're an enabler.
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