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Hammond firefighters to seek grant to defray cost of radios

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council has authorized the Hammond Fire Department  to apply for a federal grant to help buy new radios.

April 19, 2014 12:05 am

Hammond garage destroyed by fire

HAMMOND | An attached garage on a home in Hammond was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, fire officials said.

April 17, 2014 8:42 am
Neighbor rescues Hammond woman from burning home

Neighbor rescues Hammond woman from burning home

HAMMOND | Fire officials are calling a Hammond man a hero after he rescued his neighbor from her burning home Wednesday morning.

March 26, 2014 2:05 pm

Board of Public Works retries bids to privatize recycling

HAMMOND | The Board of Public Works and Safety will re-advertise bids in an effort to privatize the city's recycling department.

March 15, 2014 8:00 pm
Official: Inspection might have prevented tragic Hammond fire

Official: Inspection might have prevented tragic Hammond fire

HAMMOND | Had city officials been given an opportunity to inspect the rental house at 644 Sibley St. prior to the fatal fire Wednesday night, the residence likely would have been declared uninhabitable.

January 10, 2014 9:36 pm Photos

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Three young children killed in Hammond fire

Three young children killed in Hammond fire

HAMMOND | Space heaters being used in a home without heat are believed to have caused a Wednesday night house fire that killed three young children, officials said.

January 09, 2014 6:53 pm Video Photos

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Hammond city councilman may reintroduce proposal limiting paid positions for city employees

HAMMOND | City Councilman Bob Markovich pulled a proposal Monday to bar Hammond employees from serving in more than one paid position in the city.

March 14, 2013 9:30 pm

Opinker returns as Hammond City Council president

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council voted in familiar leadership for 2013, renaming Councilman Michael Opinker to another term as president.

January 18, 2013 7:30 pm

Hammond city councilman sees conflict of interest in union hall project

HAMMOND | A Hammond city councilman contends the architect who is helping United Steelworkers Local 1010 with the union's move to a new hall in the city has a conflict of interest in the project.

January 05, 2013 5:52 pm

Hammond budget proposal contains 1 percent raise for city employees

HAMMOND | A 2013 budget proposal received by the Hammond City Council on Friday provides funding for 1 percent raises for all city employees.

September 04, 2012 9:30 pm

Hammond City Council sets fees for false alarms

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council set new fines Monday for false alarms to the police and fire departments. The fines will increase for repeat violations.

August 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Hammond City Council to weigh creating new fund, increasing alarm fees

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council will consider setting up a new account to hold cash police officers seize when making arrests.

August 25, 2012 8:05 pm

Hammond begins contract negotiations

HAMMOND | City administrators and labor leaders are heading to the bargaining table as the Hammond's major union contracts come up for renewal.

August 20, 2012 6:06 pm

Hammond City Council considers increasing fines for false alarms

HAMMOND | Fines for false alarms to the Police and Fire departments will increase under a proposed ordinance before the Hammond City Council.

August 16, 2012 8:30 pm

McDermott cancels starting negotiations with firefighters union after charges against councilman

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has canceled a meeting to start contract negotiations with the city's firefighters union in protest over pending charges within the labor organization against City Council President Michael Opinker.

August 11, 2012 7:42 pm

Hammond firefighters union formalizing charges against city councilman

HAMMOND | The Hammond firefighters union intends to file charges within the labor organization against City Council President Michael Opinker tied to the controversial overhaul of the city's health insurance program.

June 16, 2012 7:34 pm

New option in mix for proposed health insurance overhaul in Hammond

HAMMOND | A less expensive health insurance option for city employees is in the mix as Hammond looks to trim its medical costs.

May 29, 2012 7:45 pm

Hammond gaming dollars fund Dumpsters, neighborhood cleanups

Editor's Note: An abbreviated version of this story appeared in some Sunday editions. The complete report appears below.

May 08, 2012 12:00 am
Hammond City Council president experiences week as mayor

Hammond City Council president experiences week as mayor

HAMMOND | With his boss in China, City Council President Michael Opinker got a crash course last week in being mayor.

March 24, 2012 8:30 pm Photos

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Hammond City Council president experiences week as mayor

Hammond City Council president experiences week as mayor

Hammond City Council President Michael Opinker confers with Community Development Director Owana Miller on Thursday before speaking at the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities annual awards breakfast. Opinker filled in for Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. last week while McDermott was on a business …

March 22, 2012 10:20 am
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