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Lake County Surveyor

Don't dump grass clipping near streams, surveyor says

CROWN POINT | Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. is asking the public not to dump yard waste near regulated drainage ditches.

August 06, 2014 6:35 pm
State candidates say they're not using gov't equipment in campaigns

State candidates say they're not using gov't equipment in campaigns

INDIANAPOLIS | The two state officeholders seeking election in November insist they are not using government-owned equipment for campaign purposes, even though the State Ethics Commission recently concluded they could.

August 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL: IU study a reminder of corruption's cost

The revolving door between Northwest Indiana local government offices and the Hammond federal courthouse often makes our region the butt of public corruption jokes locally and abroad.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: State should close door on top elected officials campaigning on the public dime

To avoid violating ethics rules, Indiana's seven statewide elected officials should write their own.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

Ethics panel OKs state officers using gov't equipment for campaigning

INDIANAPOLIS | The seven statewide elected officials can use state property for campaign purposes, so long as they approve a policy statement authorizing themselves to do so.

July 10, 2014 12:18 pm Related
Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

HAMMOND | The clanking of shackles around wrists and ankles of elected officials charged with public corruption sends a sensory message, whether intended by law enforcement or not.

April 19, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Workshop will help contractors comply with stormwater ordinances

Lake County contractors, builders and developers are invited to workshop on how to comply with the Clean Water Act and local stormwater ordinances. 

April 03, 2014 9:00 am

Workshop April 23 to cover Clean Water Act compliance

CROWN POINT | Lake County contractors, builders and developers are invited to a workshop on compliance with local stormwater ordinances April 23 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

April 01, 2014 12:00 am

Lake County surveyor posts documents online

CROWN POINT | Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. has posted online the location of hundreds of official surveying monuments to make his office's documents more available to the public.

March 17, 2014 7:45 pm

EDITORIAL: New surveyor should push for reform

The new Lake County surveyor should focus on the office's main priorities and do as much as possible to remove politics from that office.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

Drainage work scheduled in Schererville

SCHERERVILLE | An upcoming project will replace a crumbling culvert associated with the Spring Street Ditch in Schererville, town officials said.

January 01, 2014 8:15 pm
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
Van Til formally pleads guilty to public corruption

Van Til formally pleads guilty to public corruption

HAMMOND | George Van Til provided the ultimate letter of resignation from his elected county office Thursday, formally pleading guilty in Hammond federal court to felony crimes against taxpayers.

December 05, 2013 1:45 pm Photos

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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
RICH JAMES: Krieg is Lake GOP's unofficial mud-thrower

RICH JAMES: Krieg is Lake GOP's unofficial mud-thrower

Eric Krieg has every right to speak his mind. It would just be nice if he would get something right once in a while.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am

Lake County Surveyor to face federal trial in two weeks

HAMMOND | Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's federal wire fraud case is scheduled to go to trial in two weeks. 

November 25, 2013 8:45 pm
DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

DOUG ROSS: Feds should launch Bennett investigation

The latest allegations against former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett — that state computers and possibly staff were used for his campaign fundraising — sound like something that might have happened in Lake County.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Surveyor continues drainage project along Kaiser Ditch

MERRILLVILLE | Work to enhance Kaiser Ditch wouldn't be as effective in alleviating drainage issues in Merrillville if the town weren't completing its own project addressing flooding issues, Lake County Surveyor George Van Til said.

September 04, 2013 9:00 pm

Van Til trial postponed until Dec. 9

HAMMOND | A federal magistrate has postponed the public corruption trial of Lake County Surveyor George Van Til to give him more time to prepare his defense.

July 25, 2013 6:15 pm
Judge denies Van Til request to see witness statements

Judge denies Van Til request to see witness statements

HAMMOND | A federal judge has denied Lake County Surveyor George Van Til's request for an advance look at witness statements in his criminal corruption case.

July 16, 2013 5:30 pm Photos

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