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September 14, 2014 12:00 am
U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

U.S. attorney discusses public corruption

SCHERERVILLE | Members of the Lake County Advancement Committee got a behind the scenes look Friday into federal investigations targeting public corruption.  

September 12, 2014 7:30 pm
COMMENTARY: Public corruption deters economic growth

COMMENTARY: Public corruption deters economic growth

Northwest Indiana is missing a great economic opportunity.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

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.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

Cost of corruption weighs heavily on state budgets

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.

July 12, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Soderquist, Brakley trial reset for October

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.

May 30, 2014 2:30 pm
MARC CHASE: Wary voters snuff out possible corruption smoke

MARC CHASE: Wary voters snuff out possible corruption smoke

First the bad news: Lake County estimates show less than 13 percent of registered voters bothered to visit the Tuesday primary polls.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

Public corruption suspect permitted to travel to Chicago for work

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.

May 02, 2014 1:45 pm
MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

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.

April 22, 2014 12:00 am
Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

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.

April 19, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

Photos

Former S'ville judge not returning to courtroom anytime soon

Former S'ville judge not returning to courtroom anytime soon

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.

April 08, 2014 8:30 pm Related
DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

DOUG ROSS: 2 public corruption cases, 2 different sentences

What's the going rate for public corruption?

August 16, 2013 12:00 am Related
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April 19, 2013 12:00 am

U.S. attorney plans 'public corruption' announcement

HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors announced that new information will be made available Thursday regarding their ongoing probe into public corruption in Northwest Indiana.

October 03, 2012 2:43 pm
Blagojevich Judge James Zagel

Blagojevich Judge James Zagel

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.

April 19, 2012 7:08 pm
3rd Lake County sheriff's officer changes plea to guilty

3rd Lake County sheriff's officer changes plea to guilty

HAMMOND | The last of the three indicted former Lake County Sheriff's Department officers changed his plea to guilty in Hammond federal court Friday. 

October 07, 2011 8:30 pm
Philpot enters not guilty plea, placed on supervised release

Philpot enters not guilty plea, placed on supervised release

HAMMOND | Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot entered a not guilty plea to federal corruption charges Wednesday morning.

September 28, 2011 1:15 pm Photos

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Two indicted sheriff's officers change to guility pleas in federal court

Two indicted sheriff's officers change to guility pleas in federal court

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.

September 27, 2011 7:30 pm Related

Federal judge recuses himself from 1 of 3 county cop cases

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.

September 26, 2011 6:30 pm
Philpot to fight public corruption charges in court

Philpot to fight public corruption charges in court

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.

September 26, 2011 4:30 pm
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