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Indiana Commission On Local Government Reform

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

DOUG ROSS: What would Unigov mean for Lake County?

Lake County has more municipalities, libraries, school districts and other units of local government than you can shake a stick at — and don't tell me you haven't been tempted.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am Video Related
EDITORIAL: Van Til's plea offers ethics, reform lessons

EDITORIAL: Van Til's plea offers ethics, reform lessons

Lake County Surveyor George Van Til has signed a guilty plea, saving the taxpayers the cost of a trial and prompting yet another discussion about ethics in government and government reform.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Elections aren't best way to hire auditors

EDITORIAL: Elections aren't best way to hire auditors

The abrupt resignation of Indiana state Auditor Dwayne Sawyer on Tuesday prompts us to remember that office will be on the ballot next November.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am Video Related
EDITORIAL: Study on library services needed

EDITORIAL: Study on library services needed

The examination of long-term debt at Northwest Indiana libraries has brought to light some interesting developments and a reminder of what could be.

June 20, 2013 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL: Legislature must focus on unfinished work

On two issues -- sentencing reform and local government reform -- the Indiana General Assembly took a step in the right direction this year, but not far enough.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Review entire structure of county government

EDITORIAL: Review entire structure of county government

The Indiana General Assembly appears to be planning to take another look at the structure of county government this summer. It's a good idea.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am Related
RICH JAMES: Griffith offers wrong answer on Calumet Twp.

RICH JAMES: Griffith offers wrong answer on Calumet Twp.

I can’t believe Griffith is at it again, wanting to break away from Calumet Township.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Trust Local campaign could use good bait

DOUG ROSS: Trust Local campaign could use good bait

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahua is championing the Trust Local campaign for home rule that seems to be picking up steam among Indiana municipalities. It offers an opportunity for local government reform, but are the locals willing to pay that price?

January 16, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Calumet Twp. is poster child for reform

Most of Indiana's 1,008 townships have such small budgets and low visibility that many people don't even know what township they live in, much less what the township government's responsibilities are. And then there are statistical outliers like Lake County's Calumet Township.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Township takes step toward efficiency

The Portage Township trustee's office is reportedly the first township in Indiana to go to a paperless assistance program. This is long overdue step.

December 16, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Push forward with library consolidation

Having jettisoned the Hammond Health Department a few years ago to cut costs, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. wants the city's library system to merge with the Lake County Public Library system.

October 07, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Griffith's woe is symptom of bigger problem

The Indiana General Assembly's unfinished business includes addressing the heavy tax burden Calumet Township places on Griffith. That issue must be taken up again in the 2013 session.

March 16, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Poster child for county government reform

EDITORIAL: Poster child for county government reform

The feud between the Porter County Council and the Board of Commissioners would be settled if local government reform were to be enacted finally in Indiana.

February 26, 2012 12:00 am Related

EDITORIAL: Local government reforms make sense

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's legislative agenda for local government reform should have been introduced earlier, for more thorough public discussion than this short session allows. However, there are elements of her plan that make sense.

January 09, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Griffith's solution is a symptom, too

Griffith is offering a $6 million "lovely parting gift," as they say on the game shows, to Calumet Township in hopes of being able to escape the heavy financial burden of supporting township government there each year. It is a salve but not a cure for the wider problem.

October 26, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

DOUG ROSS: Reforming government from within, without

Joe Kernan is both a former and a reformer. He's an ex-governor and was co-chairman of the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform. He hasn't given up the fight.

October 18, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: A textbook opportunity for government reform

EDITORIAL: A textbook opportunity for government reform

Once again, Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid has voiced her opinion on an issue affecting county employees -- including herself. This time it's about employee compensation.

September 04, 2011 12:00 am Related
EDITORIAL: Go for real government reform, not half measures

EDITORIAL: Go for real government reform, not half measures

Griffith's efforts to withdraw from Calumet Township because of its high costs should be instructive not just for Griffith's plight but for local government reform efforts in Indiana.

August 14, 2011 12:00 am Related
DOUG ROSS: Legislators need to sort out ethical issues

DOUG ROSS: Legislators need to sort out ethical issues

The General Assembly has done the easy work on implementing the Kernan-Shepard report, but now it's time to make the tougher choices. Lawmakers need look no further for inspiration than the recent news from the Lake County clerk's office.

July 26, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Restructure local government for efficiency

The Griffith Town Council tried unsuccessfully in the 2011 legislative session to get the state's permission to secede from Calumet Township. Now that the frenzied session is over, it's time to look not just at the secession attempt but the reasons behind it.

June 19, 2011 12:00 am
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