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Candidates for Porter Co. Council – District 4

Candidates for Porter Co. Council – District 4

Candidates Mike Jessen (R) and Don Ensign (D) discuss their goals and qualifications with The Times Editorial Board.

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EDITORIAL: We endorse Good for Porter commissioner

EDITORIAL: We endorse Good for Porter commissioner

Porter County voters have an opportunity to send a message to county government that it's time for change. That opportunity is the Porter County commissioner's race pitting Democrat Sylvia Graham against Republican Jeff Good.

October 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL: Nights around table build families

EDITORIAL: Nights around table build families

It might sound odd, but the dinner table could be one of the best tools in fighting drug abuse and a number of other societal problems.

October 06, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County Park Board position to be filled in 2015

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council has a board position that needs to be filled in 2015.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am

Full-time Expo Center jobs questioned

VALPARAISO | The need for a full-time assistant manager at the Porter County Expo Center was questioned Tuesday night as the County Council gave preliminary approval to the site's proposed 2015 budget.

September 23, 2014 8:00 pm
DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?

September 20, 2014 12:00 am

Official seeks release of HR report to aid with budgeting

VALPARAISO | Employee costs make up the vast majority of the general fund budget planning underway by the Porter County Council, but the group is going at its work without the benefit of a recent human resource audit.

September 13, 2014 9:00 pm

Request to use hospital money for county insurance DOA

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council on Wednesday unanimously rejected a request from the County Board of Commissioners to cover an employee health insurance shortfall with $5 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

September 10, 2014 12:47 pm

County seeking help in creating new foundation

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council is seeking applications from people interested in helping form a foundation to handle a portion of the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm

County waste fee targeted for 25 percent increase

VALPARAISO | The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is poised to boost the annual fee charged of each household from $15 to $20.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Hebron finally getting fire station addition

HEBRON | It took a couple of years, but Santa Claus finally is going to make good on that new fire station Hebron Fire Chief Chad Franzman has been asking for.

August 19, 2014 8:23 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County doesn't need another tax

Recently, the Porter County Board of Commissioners announced they intend to increase the Cumulative Capital Development tax rate. They have also just announced they intend to form a county drainage board with the primary objective of instituting a new tax to address various needed storm wate…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

DOUG ROSS: Commissioners want to burden public, not workers

If this were Porter County's version of "Sesame Street," I'd be singing, "One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn't the same."

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Porter County hears high-speed rail pitch

VALPARAISO | A 38-minute high-speed rail commute to downtown Chicago was part of the incentive offered to encourage the Porter County Council to approve a $20,000 contribution toward the cost of an environmental impact study of a route from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Tiny tax increase might not boost tax bill

GUEST COMMENTARY: Tiny tax increase might not boost tax bill

I know it is an election year and some officeholders are trying to score political points with the voters. But doing so with scare tactics does nothing but hurt Porter County's efforts to come together to solve our budget challenges.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am

Joint commissioner council meeting hears advice on hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | Porter County Board of Commissioners and the County Council met during a joint session Monday to hear from attorney Brian Burdick to gain insight on how to best deal with the $160 million in proceeds from the sale of Porter Hospital.

July 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Porter County budget cuts challenged by court request

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council will find itself in a difficult situation Tuesday when Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford appears before them seeking an additional full-time employee.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm

Most Porter County departments ignore order to cut 2015 budgets

VALPARAISO | Most departments throughout county government have failed to comply with a call to reduce their proposed budgets by 10 percent for next year in response to a worsening financial climate.

July 16, 2014 6:00 pm
EDITORIAL: Keep hospital proceeds in public eye

EDITORIAL: Keep hospital proceeds in public eye

Even as Porter County officials approach a decision on how to invest their nest egg, they are leaving unanswered many key questions.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
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