Lake County Government
Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?
The South Shore Line commuter rail extension to Dyer is chugging along. But it needs to pick up more speed to meet the local funding match.
Former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til is a friend of mine. He's been my friend since 1968. What happened to him is a tragedy. However, he lied to me, and he lied to you, and he abused the public trust.
It was some eight years ago when it seemed government across Northwest Indiana – particularly Lake County – had reached an ethical low.
Watching the reactions to former Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's guilty plea has been interesting. The comments I've read and heard say a lot about people's outlook on life, not just their political views.
At least five people should be giving extra thanks during their Thanksgiving dinners for newly approved, lucrative Lake County government contracts that further carve into taxpayers' wallets.
Lake County government — including most of its municipalities — is an absolute master at inventing excessive layers of bureaucracy, furthering inefficiencies and encouraging gridlock by way of foot dragging.
Lake County officials might have placed the cart before the horse in their decision to first pass a local income tax before further exploring ways to cut costs.
As chairman of the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission, it is my responsibility to set the record straight.
CROWN POINT |It's open bidding season on some of the oldest and most lucrative service contracts in Lake County government.
The budgeting process continues in Lake County, and the Lake County Council is in a unique position this year to go beyond what is expected and pass a budget that includes no further borrowing.
One shouldn't rake others over the coals for committing acts of folly if one isn't prepared to provide some measure of praise when those criticized end up doing something right.
I'd rather be a roofer on a sweltering July day than a member of the Lake County Council right now.
Lake County sure knows how to spice it up, and spice can be a good thing if it's awakening flavors in otherwise bland food.
Maybe it's not yet time to dial 911 on every aspect of Lake County government, but keep your smartphone on keypad mode just in case.
What is the biggest deterrent to economic development in Northwest Indiana?
The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission has three more members — Hobart, Lowell and LaPorte County. It's a sign the government ethics bandwagon is gaining momentum, but it still isn't rolling fast enough.
Write this down please, noting the date, time and where you were when you read it. I am in firm agreement with a north Lake County government leader — one who operates north of Ridge Road — on a particular issue. His suggestion of creating clearer city ordinances should spread like wildfire …
Some people do the right thing only when someone else is walking behind them with a large stick, ready to swing it at any misstep. This can be true in crime, foreign policy and local government.
A federal grand jury indicted Roosevelt Powell and two other men in fall 2006 on felony charges of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of government funds and eventually added the charge of filing a false income tax return.
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