HIGHLAND | The Highland Town Council has selected 11 contractors to build the new police station, but not without concerns the project could eventually go over its $10 million budget.
More capital expenditures and more hiring is anticipated in local government over the next six months, as municipal leaders face ongoing broader issues that have local impact.
CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are standing at the ticket window pondering whether to pay $2 million a year to ride the South Shore commuter train expansion.
Jim Collins, author of the highly praised "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't," has written a companion monograph that applies to the “social sectors” — government and nonprofits. Some of his insights are very instructive.
Homewood Village President Rich Hofeld is to be commended for offering to help Glenwood ease the pain of losing its Walmart store.
While I affirm the merit of reforming the structures of government, the single most effective reform is in whom we select to serve us in it.
Wednesday's opening of the new Columbia Avenue bridge on the Hammond-Munster border shows what can happen when local governments work together.
The most imaginative, the most commendable policymaking often begins with: "What if?"
HIGHLAND | This week's Highland Chamber monthly meeting included Michael Griffin, Highland Clerk Treasurer, as the Speaker. Michael spoke about the new Lake County Income Tax starting in October.
Down the hallway from a bumper sticker that reads "Back Off. I’m a Scientist," resides Neal H. Haskell, a world renowned forensic entomologist in the Evans Arts and Sciences Building at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.
Michael Griffin is Highland's clerk-treasurer.
Highland is one of the many communities that contributes to what is right in the region. As a 102-year-old incorporated community, Highland is finding new life pursuing redevelopment and economic development as well as reinvesting in its quality of life resources cherished by residents and n…
The current funding debate regarding the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the transition in leadership at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission makes me think anew of regional approaches to governance.
Walter Isaacson's compelling biography of Steve Jobs is difficult to put down. It is at once a study of innovation, a chronicle of the nascent period of the information economy and a case study of one of America's great companies, Apple.
Local governments are holding their breath to see how the first general reassessment since the implementation of property tax caps in 2008 will ultimately affect revenues.
Democrats did rather well on Tuesday, electing an overwhelming number of their party to municipal office. For most, it was the result of hard work, whether incumbent or new office seeker. More and more, the people are looking for those they feel will do the job and less to labels. Democrats…
Michael W. Griffin
Local governments remain under pressure from tax caps, the state's austerity budget and new mandates dealing with immigration and other matters.
Michael Griffin, candidate for Highland town clerk-treasurer
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