VALPARAISO | The Porter County Election Board wants more information before deciding how to deal with the anonymous complaints filed about county Councilman Jim Biggs's campaign finance reports.
It says a lot about the state of local government in Indiana that local officials in some communities grumbled about being forced to comply with the nepotism and conflict-of-interest reforms forced on them by a new state law.
INDIANAPOLIS | A new state law that took effect Sunday signals the end of Northwest Indiana's tradition of nepotism in local government jobs.
The state appellate court has upheld a decision that Portage resident Margaret Hammond was fired from the Porter County clerk's office for just cause and is thus ineligible for unemployment benefits.
HAMMOND | Three former employees of the Porter County clerk's office filed lawsuits in federal court claiming they were wrongfully fired by Clerk Karen Martin out of political retaliation and discrimination.
Nepotism can come in many flavors, from a smoothie to a rocky road.
Porter County Clerk Karen Martin's decision to hire her daughter skirts the county's nepotism policy but does not violate it, a Times review of the matter concluded.
Porter County Clerk Karen Martin hired her daughter about a week after taking office -- knowing her daughter had been fired from the clerk's office six years before for alleged misconduct, a Times investigation found.
VALPARAISO | Newly elected Republican Porter County Clerk Karen Martin said her request to restructure the office will not have much of an impact on most of her 41 full-time employees.
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