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NIRPC wants comments on public participation

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

HAMMOND | A public participation plan more than two years in the making will again get an airing when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission holds a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Hammond Public Library, 654 State St.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am Related

Everybody Counts files complaint about bus services

With federal court oversight of Lake County bus agencies ending just two months ago, a disability-rights agency claims it has spotted evidence Porter County agencies are not providing rides as required by law.

July 16, 2014 5:27 pm

Everybody Counts contests use of RBA funds

The disability-rights agency Everybody Counts is questioning why a local planning agency took $506,207 earned by a defunct bus system serving Hammond and distributed the bulk of it to bus providers in South Lake and Porter County.

June 04, 2014 6:30 pm

NIRPC, Everybody Counts reach settlement

Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission have reached a settlement that appears to end more than 16 years of litigation but that probably won't end the bitter disagreements between the two.

June 02, 2014 5:00 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: NIRPC's agenda includes stifling critics

In February, I said the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was letting the whole community down. Its historical lack of transparency and failure to engage residents in setting priorities and making decisions about taxpayer money was outrageous.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am
NIRPC asked to form committee to improve buses

NIRPC asked to form committee to improve buses

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission eased up on its public comment policy Thursday, allowing advocates for people with disabilities to push for more action on bus service in the region.

May 14, 2014 3:46 pm Photos

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Progress reported in NIRPC disability case

HAMMOND | Negotiators report "significant and substantial progress" has been made in resolving federal legal action filed by a local disability-rights group against the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

March 19, 2014 10:30 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Why Everybody Counts is suing NIRPC

The issue between Everybody Counts and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Authority is simple. NIRPC isn't complying with the terms of an agreement they signed in federal court, after a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of people with disabilities throughout Lake County.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am

NIRPC fights Everybody Counts charges

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has fought back against a local disability-rights group's charges that it is not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a 2006 federal consent decree.

January 22, 2014 10:30 am
Disability-rights group drags NIRPC back to court

Disability-rights group drags NIRPC back to court

The disability-rights group Everybody Counts is going back to federal court to compel the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission to comply with the terms of a 2006 consent decree.

December 02, 2013 4:30 pm
MARC CHASE: NIRPC should sharpen listening skills

MARC CHASE: NIRPC should sharpen listening skills

Last week, I wondered if a particular region government planning agency's board would give any weight to the concerns of south Lake County constituents regarding the proposed Illiana Expressway.

November 21, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Maximize full access for all, all of the time

GUEST COMMENTARY: Maximize full access for all, all of the time

Prejudice: Any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.

September 06, 2013 12:00 am

NIRPC plans vote on controversial plan by end of August

A Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission committee plans to reintroduce a controversial public participation plan for a vote of the full commission Aug. 29, most likely over the objections of a disability-rights group.

July 31, 2013 8:15 pm

EDITORIAL: Avoid potholes in Illiana approval process

Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Bob Alderman's support of the Illiana Expressway is spot-on, but make sure the highway's approval record is spotless.

July 23, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Cops aren't needed at NIRPC meetings

RICH JAMES: Cops aren't needed at NIRPC meetings

I’m not sure what makes Portage Mayor James Snyder tick, but it has become evident he needs a rewind.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am

Special NIRPC committee meets with disability rights group

PORTAGE │ A Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission ad hoc committee met Tuesday to discuss objections the disability-rights group Everybody Counts has with NIRPC’s public participation plan.

July 02, 2013 2:37 pm
PHIL WIELAND: Saving NIRPC from those alligator jaws

PHIL WIELAND: Saving NIRPC from those alligator jaws

I can't help but wonder if Portage Mayor James Snyder was a fan of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom."

June 07, 2013 12:00 am

Hammond paratransit service gets 1-month reprieve

HAMMOND | A last-minute deal brokered by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission will allow Triple A Express to continue serving the Regional Bus Authority’s complementary paratransit riders, at least through the month of July.

June 29, 2012 10:22 pm

Roy Dominguez joins board for Everybody Counts group

MERRILLVILLE | Former Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez has joined the volunteer board of directors for Everybody Counts, a local nonprofit agency which advocates for the rights of people with disabilities.

June 27, 2012 12:00 am

Project develops action plan for regional transit

Surviving area transit agencies and other groups are striving to fill the gap in bus services for people with disabilities that will occur when easygo Lake Transit buses stop running at the end of this month.

June 15, 2012 3:30 pm
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