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South Shore funding took unplanned route through Legislature

INDIANAPOLIS | When the Indiana General Assembly convened 10 weeks ago, no one expected region lawmakers would return with $4 million to help the local match to obtain federal funds for the South Shore Line extension to Dyer.

March 15, 2014 7:00 pm

Region bills headed to governor's desk

INDIANAPOLIS | Several legislative proposals sponsored by Northwest Indiana lawmakers, and other measures set to affect the region, received final approval Wednesday by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

March 05, 2014 5:30 pm

House greenlights South Shore Line expansion money

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House hopped on board the effort to extend the South Shore commuter rail line to Dyer.

March 03, 2014 7:00 pm

NWI legislators all back South Shore expansion

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana's legislative delegation stands united in supporting expanding the South Shore Line, but members are skeptical the state will play a significant role in extending the commuter train to Dyer -- despite the best efforts of some region lawmakers.

February 09, 2014 6:00 am Related

Landlords may get to hire their own property inspectors

INDIANAPOLIS | A House committee gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a revised plan allowing rental property owners to exempt their units from inspection by local government officials.

January 28, 2014 6:45 pm Related

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State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon

State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon

12th House DistrictState Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-MunsterRepresents: Munster, Hammond (south side), Highland, GriffithExperience: State representative since 2006; former director, Lake County Drug Free AllianceCommittees: Government and Regulatory Reform (ranking Democrat); Commerce, …

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
Unclear track ahead for South Shore extension

Unclear track ahead for South Shore extension

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana lawmakers will have to be creative and quick during the 10-week legislative session that begins Monday if the state is to play a role in extending the South Shore Line into south Lake County.

January 04, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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This year's challenges, opportunities and successes drive high expectations for 2014

This year's challenges, opportunities and successes drive high expectations for 2014

The Affordable Healthcare Act has dominated the news in Northwest Indiana – and everywhere else in the country – but there has been little substantive change so far. That may change in the coming year. While Indiana and many of its lawmakers stand against the expansion of Medicaid, many busi…

November 24, 2013 1:18 pm
Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

Most Indiana lawmakers back Chamber of Commerce policy positions

INDIANAPOLIS | A new vote analysis of the 2013 legislative session shows the Republican-controlled General Assembly — except for a handful of region Democrats — was practically a wholly owned subsidiary of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

July 05, 2013 7:45 pm Related

Pence signs school safety grants, 40 other measures into law

INDIANAPOLIS | School corporations can each seek up to $50,000 in matching state funds to hire local police as school resource officers under a new law signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

May 07, 2013 2:00 pm Related

Taxpayers may get hit with 'convenience fee' under new pay-to-pay law

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers soon may be forced to pay a "convenience fee" when using a credit or debit card to pay municipal or utility charges under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

April 30, 2013 12:45 pm Related

Pence OKs legislative study of South Shore Line

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers this summer will review possible expansion plans for the South Shore Line and consider changes to the membership of its operating board, under a measure signed into law last week by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

April 21, 2013 11:30 pm Related

Eight NWI lawmakers to decide on thaw of Lake levy freeze

INDIANAPOLIS | Eight state lawmakers from Lake and Porter counties, along with two senators from outside the region, have been tapped to decide whether the General Assembly lifts the Lake County property tax levy freeze.

April 18, 2013 7:16 pm Related

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Rogers ensures public records remain accessible

INDIANAPOLIS | Led by state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, the Indiana Senate last week voted to maintain a requirement schools publish their annual financial reports in widely read newspapers instead of on poorly trafficked websites.

April 14, 2013 8:30 pm Related

South Shore study on track to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers would be required to examine the future of the South Shore Line and its operating board under legislation approved Monday by the Indiana Senate.

March 25, 2013 6:00 pm Related
RICH JAMES: Show compassion for Lake County's troubled vets

RICH JAMES: Show compassion for Lake County's troubled vets

This is one of those stories that gives government a bad name.

March 25, 2013 12:00 am

Munster lawmaker: Restore tuition benefit for vets' kids

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, will continue fighting for legislation awarding free college tuition to the children of all disabled veterans, despite a warning by a top House Republican that her proposal is too costly.

March 21, 2013 7:15 pm Related

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Senate panel scuttles plan for Lake veterans court

Senate panel scuttles plan for Lake veterans court

INDIANAPOLIS | The creation of a Lake County veterans court by the General Assembly may take at least another year after a Senate committee stripped the provision from an Indiana House bill.

March 14, 2013 7:15 pm Photos

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RICH JAMES: McDermott deserves credit for library stance

RICH JAMES: McDermott deserves credit for library stance

Tackling what’s tough is difficult. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. knows that. And that’s why he deserves credit for his latest undertaking.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am

Funding fight endangers Lake County veterans court

INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers are seeking a different funding source for a proposed Lake County veterans court after a plan to pay for the program with drug use prevention funds was met by spirited opposition in an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday.

March 06, 2013 8:58 pm
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