INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers have a new person to call on when they need help navigating Indiana's complicated public access laws.
Getting and keeping a job can help keep reformed criminals out of prison. The honest income makes a difference. But a criminal record can be a barrier to employment. Some employers are naturally skittish about hiring ex-convicts.
INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Gov. Mike Pence has now acted on all 295 legislative proposals submitted to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly — signing 291, allowing one to become law without his signature and vetoing three.
INDIANAPOLIS | Led by state Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, the Indiana Senate last week voted to maintain a requirement schools publish their annual financial reports in widely read newspapers instead of on poorly trafficked websites.
As state laws go, Indiana's Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act have left their dentures in the glass on the nightstand. Those laws lack the teeth they need to enforce them.
To gain and maintain the trust of the public, government must be open and transparent in the way it conducts the public's business. If government officials huddle behind closed doors or refuse to release public records, they won't enjoy the public's trust. And trust is a necessity to govern.
INDIANAPOLIS | Secretary of State Charlie White on Thursday released a 238-page report compiled by his predecessor that is partially the basis for a felony voter fraud case pending against White.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Legislature might make the state's Freedom of Information Act less open.
Sunshine Week is a perfect time to examine the state of public access to government. Unfortunately, too many public officials remain opaque when it comes to government transparency.
Indiana's laws governing public access to government meetings and records are strict and solid. They have substance and are built on principle. But there is something they lack -- teeth.
Should Indiana allow civil penalties for intentional disobedience of the state's open meetings and open records laws?
One day long ago, I walked into the Gary city clerk's office and asked to see a court file.
In doing God's work, Eva Williams, of East Chicago, serves ecumenical organizations at the local, state and national levels.
LEXINGTON, Va. | Eleanor Patricia Kennedy, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University, has earned honor roll status for the winter term. Honor roll status represents a term grade average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
HOLLAND, Mich. | Several students from the region have been named to Hope College's dean's list for the second semester of the 2009-10 academic year. To be named to the dean's list, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
ANDERSON, Ind. | Ashli Nycole Woodard, of Highland, has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester of the 2009-10 academic year at Anderson University.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. | Melissa Frank, of Dyer, has graduated with a bachelor's in nursing from the University of St. Francis, the university has announced.
HOLLAND, Mich. | Two men from Lynwood have recently graduated with bachelor's degrees from Hope College.
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