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Lake County Government

MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

If a Times reporter collected a local government paycheck on the side, would that hamper your trust in the journalist's ability to fairly cover local government news?

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Income tax revenue isn't a catchall for new county spending

The lines just keep getting longer for sectors of local government begging for a piece of the revenue generated by the Lake County local option income tax.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Judicial employees don't merit special treatment

RICH JAMES: Judicial employees don't merit special treatment

What is it with some of the judges in Lake County?

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Lake County needs to join era of ethics

EDITORIAL: Lake County needs to join era of ethics

Lake County government is now alone in declining to pay for ethics training for employees. That's shameful. Porter and LaPorte counties have already committed to joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am Related
MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

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?

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Commit to funding South Shore extension

EDITORIAL: Commit to funding South Shore extension

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.

February 07, 2014 12:00 am Related
GUEST COMMENTARY: Open primaries would clean up government

GUEST COMMENTARY: Open primaries would clean up government

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.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Lame excuse to avoid ethics issue is unethical

RICH JAMES: Lame excuse to avoid ethics issue is unethical

It was some eight years ago when it seemed government across Northwest Indiana – particularly Lake County – had reached an ethical low.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

DOUG ROSS: What sentence would fit Van Til's crimes?

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.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am Video
MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

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.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Budget review equals toothless man gumming tough steak

MARC CHASE: Budget review equals toothless man gumming tough steak

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.

October 10, 2013 12:05 am
MARC CHASE: Open bidding needed, even if horse pushes cart

MARC CHASE: Open bidding needed, even if horse pushes cart

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.

September 24, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Lake's 911 Commission is working diligently

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lake's 911 Commission is working diligently

As chairman of the Lake County Public Safety Communications Commission, it is my responsibility to set the record straight.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County officials turn to bargain-hunting

CROWN POINT |It's open bidding season on some of the oldest and most lucrative service contracts in Lake County government.

September 17, 2013 6:00 pm

EDITORIAL: 'No more borrowing' should be County Council mantra

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.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: County Council does about-face on fiscal sanity

MARC CHASE: County Council does about-face on fiscal sanity

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.

September 12, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: 2014 income tax money isn't a windfall

RICH JAMES: 2014 income tax money isn't a windfall

I'd rather be a roofer on a sweltering July day than a member of the Lake County Council right now.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Lake County spice misses food, hits the eyes

MARC CHASE: Lake County spice misses food, hits the eyes

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.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: E-911 hope tempered by more folly

MARC CHASE: E-911 hope tempered by more folly

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.

August 22, 2013 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Ethics is learned skill, not common sense

RICH JAMES: Ethics is learned skill, not common sense

What is the biggest deterrent to economic development in Northwest Indiana?

August 21, 2013 12:00 am
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