The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on Friday sent a strong message to state legislators that proceeds from closing a tax loophole should go to local communities and be used for mass transit, including buses.
Municipal officials in both Lansing and South Holland have long been on the record as saying they are not interested in a casino, but they are more than willing to share in the profits if one is built in a nearby community.
Why is it that some Indiana Republicans think the state ought to be the cradle of conservatism?
SPRINGFIELD | Although most colleges and the state legislature are on summer vacation, Republicans in the Illinois House this week proposed two tax incentives to help middle-class Illinois families afford higher education.
Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, speaks with lawmakers Friday while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to toughen drunk-driving laws is getting mixed reviews among Illinois legislators, top state officials and local police.
If you think of the region as something less than paradise on Earth, apparently you are not alone or even in the minority.
CROWN POINT | Lake County Councilman David Hamm, D-Hammond, told fellow council members Tuesday they must immediately begin discussing passing an income tax on county residents and employees.
If Lake County were a person, he’d probably be a punch-drunk fighter.
A casino bill that riled local communities now is riling casino operators, following changes made by an Indiana Senate committee.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials worry the only thing worse than passing a new tax would be passing one that leaves county government still millions of dollars in the hole.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council is researching a local option income tax in addition to a wheel tax for possible passage later this year.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence declared Wednesday he is not, and will not become, the state's "legislator-in-chief," shrugging off critics who claim he should be more directly engaged in House and Senate action.
A nearly unanimous Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board on Friday blasted a bill that would increase Lake County's representation on the board from its current two members to five.
Secede is too strong a word for what the town of Griffith wants to do to Calumet Township.
CHICAGO | Backers of Illinois' ban on concealed weapons vowed Wednesday to fight for continued controls on gun possession, a day after a federal appeals court struck down the nation's last such prohibition as unconstitutional and ordered the state to craft a law allowing it.
HOBART | A Lake Superior Court judge has ruled Hobart can join a lawsuit to end a property tax levy freeze under attack as strangling local government in the county.
SPRINGFIELD | A legislative panel is asking state health officials to clear the air when it comes to rules for outdoor smoking areas at taverns and bars.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers failed to address the state's massive pension problem Friday but did expel a legislator over bribery charges during a day of frustration for officials in a state government already burdened by a reputation for paralysis and corruption.
Griffith officials aren't giving up on their quest for relief from Calumet Township's heavy tax burden. Nor should they. But state lawmakers need to look at the bigger picture, not just Griffith's situation.
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