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New lawsuits in fight over cold beer sales

INDIANAPOLIS | A coalition of Indiana convenience stores and gas stations is heading back to court hoping to overturn a state law that gives package liquor stores the exclusive right to sell cold beer.

July 15, 2014 5:30 pm

Lawmakers want to ban smoking on Illinois campuses

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A proposal to ban smoking on public college campuses is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am
Indiana Supreme Court strikes down Evansville smoking ban

Indiana Supreme Court strikes down Evansville smoking ban

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court struck down Evansville's smoking ban Tuesday, potentially setting up a challenge to the state law that bans smoking in most indoor places.

February 11, 2014 6:30 pm Related
Flat Rock Tap goes smoke-free

Flat Rock Tap goes smoke-free

Business owners often grumble after the imposition of smoking bans, such as when the state forbade lighting up in restaurants and most other workplaces in 2012.

February 02, 2014 6:00 am

Campus smoking ban rekindled in Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to ban smoking on all state-supported universities and community colleges received just enough votes Wednesday to advance out of the Illinois Senate.

May 02, 2013 6:30 pm

Illinois observes fifth year of smoking ban

SPRINGFIELD | Five years after the state banned smoking in public places, health advocates say the law has been a success.

January 05, 2013 5:30 pm

GOP introduces Statehouse agenda

INDIANAPOLIS | House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, announced Thursday a Republican governing agenda focused on jobs and education, but he also said legislation on social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage, will likely be heard during the 2013 legislative session.

October 04, 2012 6:00 pm
YOUNG VOICES: Smoke gets in your eye

YOUNG VOICES: Smoke gets in your eye

Whenever I think back to my favorite summertime memories, I realize smoke is somehow involved in most of them. Setting off fireworks in my friend’s driveway. Grilling burgers with my father. The last bonfire of the season. With so many fond memories centered around setting things on fire, th…

July 09, 2012 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Smoke ban a strike with bowling folks

MARK KIESLING: Smoke ban a strike with bowling folks

It might be a lucky strike, and it might not be.

July 01, 2012 12:00 am
Ban snuffing smoking in most public places starts today

Ban snuffing smoking in most public places starts today

Hoosiers will start breathing more easily today as a smoking ban in most public places and places of employment takes effect. But those in support of the measure say there's still work to be done.

July 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Legion votes to limit smoking to club room

PORTAGE | Portage American Legion Post 260 members voted by a ratio of more than 2-1 to seek an exemption from the new state smoking ban and to allow smoking in the club room of its facility.

June 13, 2012 12:00 am

Portage American Legion faces tough decision on smoking

PORTAGE | The state's new law banning smoking in public places starting next month is leaving members of Portage American Legion Post 260 in a quandary.

June 03, 2012 7:15 pm
Gary House race may hinge on question of priorities

Gary House race may hinge on question of priorities

INDIANAPOLIS | Should a state representative focus only on issues important to his or her district or push for legislation affecting all Hoosiers?

April 28, 2012 5:46 pm
YOUNG VOICES: Communism is one step closer

YOUNG VOICES: Communism is one step closer

Yet another victory has been achieved for the "common man" in the Indiana Statehouse. Finally, after six long years talking to the right people, state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has his wish: a smoking ban.

April 02, 2012 12:00 am

Smoking ban's big impact must not be discounted

Under the new smoking ban law, Indiana will now protect 95 percent of people while at work and also allow citizens to eat at any restaurant in the state without having to encounter cigarette or cigar smoke. That's a huge positive step -- one some media and smoking ban proponents failed to ac…

March 22, 2012 12:00 am
Governor signs Indiana smoking ban into law

Governor signs Indiana smoking ban into law

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana has joined the 39 other states, including Illinois, that ban smoking in most or all public places.

March 19, 2012 5:50 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Smoking ban will aid Hoosiers' quality of life

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Smoking ban will aid Hoosiers' quality of life

Our Indiana legislators made history this month when they voted in favor of legislation to ban smoking statewide — albeit with some much-debated exceptions.

March 18, 2012 12:00 am

Business owners should be able to decide on smoking

Did state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, join your editorial staff?

March 13, 2012 12:00 am

Term-limited governor says his work is not done yet

INDIANAPOLIS | With his eighth and final legislative session now in the rearview mirror, Gov. Mitch Daniels isn't planning to just coast through the last nine months of his second term.

March 12, 2012 6:30 pm

Legislative session started with strife, ends with results

INDIANAPOLIS | A 10-week legislative session that began Jan. 4 with protests and boycotts ended at 12:36 a.m. region time Saturday with agreements on history-making legislation that could fundamentally transform life for most Hoosiers.

March 11, 2012 5:15 pm
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