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Porter County Council - District 3 Candidates (R)

Porter County Council - District 3 Candidates (R)

Incumbent Karen Conover and Russell Barone are the candidates (R) for Porter County Council.

April 16, 2014 5:17 pm

EDITORIAL: Fighting substance abuse is team effort

Everyone in Porter County knows the drug problem needs to be addressed. The difficulty lies in determining how best to do it.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Support for Porter County foundation might be growing

VALPARAISO | Porter County Councilman Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd, said he supports seeking input from a variety of charitable nonprofit community foundations on how best to invest the $159 million in proceeds from the 2007 sale of the former county hospital.

April 01, 2014 6:48 pm

County's health insurance challenge worsens

VALPARAISO | A majority of the members on the Porter County Council approved a budget for 2014 that fell short of the funding needed for employee health insurance.

March 25, 2014 4:00 pm
DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

DOUG ROSS: After winning jackpot, how to invest it?

If you had won Tuesday's $400 million Mega Millions jackpot, how long would it take you to decide what to do with that money? I'm guessing it would take you a lot less time than for Porter County officials to reach a decision on the $140 million jackpot they received when they sold Porter Ho…

March 21, 2014 12:00 am Video
GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

GUEST COMMENTARY: Pandering to workers doesn't help taxpayers

I was surprised by Porter County Commissioner John Evans’ assertion that running Porter County Government efficiently is somehow unfair — or worse, inconsiderate of our county employees.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Let department heads manage staffs

The Porter County Council, which called on department heads to cut their budgets, now is dragging its feet on Auditor Bob Wichlinski's plan to address pay disparities among cross-trained employees.

March 10, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

GUEST COMMENTARY: County workers shouldn't be political pawns

After a few days out of town, I spent a few hours reviewing recent news articles and editorials. I find it necessary to spend a few minutes to address the continuing assault on our county employees by some individuals for no other reason than to score political points as they face re-election.

March 07, 2014 1:00 am
Outpatient building could be pulled from hospital abatement

Outpatient building could be pulled from hospital abatement

VALPARAISO | The debate over the starting date of the tax abatement at Porter Regional Hospital became even muddier Tuesday as a result of a smaller, medical office building at the site not owned by the hospital.

March 04, 2014 2:05 pm
Porter County auditor told to prove staff cuts work before pay revamped

Porter County auditor told to prove staff cuts work before pay revamped

VALPARAISO | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski was called a trailblazer this past week for reducing staff and seeking longer office hours in the wake of a call from the County Council for department heads to reduce spending to ease the county's growing financial problems.

March 01, 2014 3:35 pm
Councilman disappointed over continued battles with hospital

Councilman disappointed over continued battles with hospital

VALPARAISO | Porter Regional Hospital reported Thursday night it has exceeded the employment and investment expectations for the 10-year tax abatement granted by the county.

February 27, 2014 9:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Porter County needs human resources pro

The overpayment of a Porter County maintenance employee, to the tune of nearly $17,000, has prompted a lot of finger-pointing among county officials wondering how this happened and how it went undetected so long.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Hospital tax appeals cost county $100K over three years

VALPARAISO | Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder said the county has spent nearly $100,000 since he took office three years ago to respond to tax assessment appeals filed by Porter Regional Hospital.

February 24, 2014 3:00 pm

County salary error could result in lawsuit

VALPARAISO | Porter County's attempt to collect nearly $17,000 in over paid salary from one of its employees was met with talk of potential litigation.

February 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Porter County discovers $17,000 overpay error

VALPARAISO | A maintenance employee at the Porter County Expo Center and Sheriff's Department received nearly 50 percent more pay in 2013 than he was supposed to, yet the error did not come to light until the year's end.

February 13, 2014 6:15 pm
MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?

February 13, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Budget cuts should lead to restructuring

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski eliminated one-fourth of his staff to meet his office's share of the burden for getting the county's budget balanced. That's a severe cut.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am

Conover retiring after 32 years as trustee

CENTER TOWNSHIP | For the first time in 33 years, Center Township will have a new trustee.

February 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Newcomer seeks 1st District County Council seat

Newcomer seeks 1st District County Council seat

VALPARAISO | A Republican primary race has shaped up for the 1st District seat on the Porter County Council.

February 05, 2014 6:11 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.

February 04, 2014 12:00 am
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