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SCHERERVILLE | Members of the Lake County Advancement Committee got a behind the scenes look Friday into federal investigations targeting public corruption.
Northwest Indiana is missing a great economic opportunity.
Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or experience the fallout of any number of tragedies induced by lives of crime.
Corrupt government officials sometimes pay a hefty personal price for their misdeeds. Just ask former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose 2008 attempt to sell President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and shake down a children's hospital earned him 14 years in federal prison.
HAMMOND | The public corruption trial for Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist, his wife and stepdaughter has been rescheduled to Oct. 20, federal court records filed Friday state.
First the bad news: Lake County estimates show less than 13 percent of registered voters bothered to visit the Tuesday primary polls.
HAMMOND | A former Lake Station city court clerk indicted on public corruption charges has been granted permission to travel to Chicago for work, Hammond federal court records show.
It's sad when public officials must show their willingness to do the right thing by signing toothless documents promising they won't act like conniving, entitled thieves and will train their underlings to avoid such behaviors.
HAMMOND | The clanking of shackles around wrists and ankles of elected officials charged with public corruption sends a sensory message, whether intended by law enforcement or not.
INDIANAPOLIS | Former Schererville Town Judge Deborah Riga, who served 13 months in federal prison for public corruption, will have to wait at least five more years before she can apply to work again as an attorney.
What's the going rate for public corruption?
HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors announced that new information will be made available Thursday regarding their ongoing probe into public corruption in Northwest Indiana.
Federal Judge James Zagel speaks Thursday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. Zagel, who sentenced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, said he doesn't believe the public has entirely lost faith in government.
HAMMOND | The last of the three indicted former Lake County Sheriff's Department officers changed his plea to guilty in Hammond federal court Friday.
HAMMOND | Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot entered a not guilty plea to federal corruption charges Wednesday morning.
HAMMOND | Two of three indicted Lake County sheriff's officers changed their pleas to guilty Tuesday in Hammond federal court, acknowledging they could face maximum sentences ranging from 11 to 33 years in prison.
HAMMOND | A federal judge assigned to the public corruption case of the three Lake County sheriff officers has recused himself from one of the cases, according to filings made Monday.
Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot's public corruption case will go to trial because he did not intentionally take money that was not his, his attorney said Monday.
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