Yet another elected official in Northwest Indiana walked into the federal courthouse in Hammond wearing shackles Thursday. It is, sadly, a familiar story.
The end of the racketeering lawsuit against East Chicago's former Robert Pastrick administration brings welcome cash to the city, and it finds the city in a new era.
It says a lot about the state of local government in Indiana that local officials in some communities grumbled about being forced to comply with the nepotism and conflict-of-interest reforms forced on them by a new state law.
INDIANAPOLIS | A new state law that took effect Sunday signals the end of Northwest Indiana's tradition of nepotism in local government jobs.
KOUTS | The Kouts Town Council wasted no time complying with the state's new nepotism law, but the cleaning and televising of some sewers will require a little more thought.
HAMMOND | The City Council will weigh ordinances that set a more restrictive nepotism policy for employees and a new ambulance fee tonight.
When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law House Bill 1005, banning conflict of interest and nepotism in local governments, he was implementing long-overdue reforms recommended by the bipartisan Kernan-Shepard report of 2007.
INDIANAPOLIS | Starting next year local government employees will no longer be permitted to serve as elected officials of the governments they work for.
INDIANAPOLIS | With his eighth and final legislative session now in the rearview mirror, Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't planning to just coast through the last nine months of his second term.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels will get to sign into law one of his top legislative priorities after the Republican-controlled House voted 62-19 Tuesday to ban conflicts of interest and nepotism in local government.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House is expected to consent next week to changes the Senate made to legislation banning local government employees from serving as elected officials of the governments they work for.
INDIANAPOLIS | A proposal to ban local government employees from serving as elected officials of the governments they work for appears likely to become law.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 39-11 on Monday to limit nepotism and conflicts of interest in local government employment.
INDIANAPOLIS | Separate committees of the Indiana House and Senate have approved legislation this week prohibiting local government employees from serving as elected officials of the governments they work for.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels' final legislative session will be dominated by the right-to-work fight, but he laid out a legislative agenda Friday that could transform Indiana even more than the proposed labor policy change.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced Monday enactment of a right-to-work law is its top legislative priority for 2012, though the state's largest business group also will push for an indoor smoking ban, local government reform and changes in tax law and education policy.
State Board of Accounts auditors and the Indiana attorney general's office are following up -- as they should -- on the former township trustee and her deputy in LaPorte County's Michigan Township, who are accused of spending more than $100,000 in excess salaries and unauthorized bonuses and…
Porter County Clerk Karen Martin's decision to hire her daughter skirts the county's nepotism policy but does not violate it, a Times review of the matter concluded.
Porter County Clerk Karen Martin hired her daughter about a week after taking office -- knowing her daughter had been fired from the clerk's office six years before for alleged misconduct, a Times investigation found.
VALPARAISO | Concerned about the ongoing debate over nepotism in city government, the city's Ethics Commission chairman has called for an ethics education session with the council.
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