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EDITORIAL: Renew push for redistricting reform

EDITORIAL: Renew push for redistricting reform

Indiana has been talking earnestly about redistricting reform even since U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., a Munster native, was Indiana's secretary of state. It's time to act.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am Related
RICH JAMES: Too many negatives define Hoosier state

RICH JAMES: Too many negatives define Hoosier state

Just a week ago, the front page of this newspaper provided a microcosm of what Indiana is all about.

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Indiana tax cap policies pit local munis against one another

GARY | Indiana’s unique fiscal policies — particularly the property tax cap backed by the General Assembly and enrolled in the state’s Constitution by voters in November 2010 — now pit local communities against one another in a perpetual fight for funding.

April 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Crete president says amendments have clouded gaming picture

CRETE | Village President Michael Einhorn has been trying to follow the debate over expanding gambling, but said amendments to the proposal that might come before the General Assembly have complicated the matter.

March 25, 2014 4:54 pm
Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

Schools comply with new Indiana bullying law

While schools across the country encourage anti-bullying programs, Indiana is one of the few states that require them.

March 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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nwi.com Political Roundtable

nwi.com Political Roundtable

In the March 14 edition, The Times' Doug Ross and Robert Blaszkiewicz provide analysis of 2014 Indiana General Assembly, including the passage of a bill for South Shore extension funding and a deal to lower business taxes. Lastly, they discuss the gay marriage issue and a series of lawsuits …

March 14, 2014 5:37 pm
NIRPC wants local communities to use funds for transit

NIRPC wants local communities to use funds for transit

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.

March 07, 2014 2:30 pm Related

Lansing, South Holland want share of potential casino revenue

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.

March 05, 2014 9:45 am
RICH JAMES: GOP out of step on gay marriage

RICH JAMES: GOP out of step on gay marriage

Why is it that some Indiana Republicans think the state ought to be the cradle of conservatism?

June 30, 2013 12:00 am

Illinois House Republicans propose college tax credits

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.

June 13, 2013 7:37 pm
Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, speaks with lawmakers Friday while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

May 17, 2013 10:07 pm

Lower drunk-driving limit gets mixed reviews in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to toughen drunk-driving laws is getting mixed reviews among Illinois legislators, top state officials and local police.

May 15, 2013 8:15 pm
PHIL WIELAND: We're not the happiest, but it could be worse

PHIL WIELAND: We're not the happiest, but it could be worse

If you think of the region as something less than paradise on Earth, apparently you are not alone or even in the minority.

March 15, 2013 12:00 am

Lake Council appears ready to embark on taxing journey

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.

March 12, 2013 12:48 pm
RICH JAMES: Lake County running out of cheeks to turn

RICH JAMES: Lake County running out of cheeks to turn

If Lake County were a person, he’d probably be a punch-drunk fighter.

February 27, 2013 12:00 am

Casinos slam gaming bill reversals

A casino bill that riled local communities now is riling casino operators, following changes made by an Indiana Senate committee.

February 26, 2013 3:00 pm

Lake County officials talk income tax to balance spending

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.

February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Lake council contemplates new taxes on income and cars

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.

February 12, 2013 9:31 am

Pence: 'I am not legislator-in-chief'

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.

February 06, 2013 8:00 pm

Bill would pump up Lake Co. presence on NICTD board

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.

January 25, 2013 2:30 pm
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