Porter County Council
Candidates Mike Jessen (R) and Don Ensign (D) discuss their goals and qualifications with The Times Editorial Board.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council has a board position that needs to be filled in 2015.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even as Porter County officials approach a decision on how to invest their nest egg, they are leaving unanswered many key questions.
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