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RICH JAMES: Term limits kick out good people, too

RICH JAMES: Term limits kick out good people, too

Lake County Auditor Peggy Holinga Katona and Treasurer John Petalas hope to swap offices next year.

July 03, 2013 12:00 am

Observors: Van Til's indictment adds to region's political corruption stain

CROWN POINT | Prominent Lake County Democrat George Van Til's indictment Friday on felony fraud charges has local politicos wondering just how many more black eyes the party will take in the federal government's ongoing corruption probe.

May 18, 2013 5:15 pm

Judge: Philpot will not be released pending the outcome of his appeal

HAMMOND | A federal judge on Tuesday denied former Lake County Coroner Tom Philpot's request to be released on bond pending appeal of his criminal convictions, federal court records show.

March 26, 2013 6:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Government employees need ethics training

There's a difference between what's ethical and what's legal. What former Lake County Clerk Tom Philpot did — stealing child support money — was illegal. But it was unethical as well.

February 28, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Justice is served, once more, in Lake County

When U.S. District Court Judge James T. Moody sentenced former Lake County Clerk Tom Philpot on Thursday, it was good news for ethics in government. 

February 22, 2013 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Prison isn't only place where guard changes

DOUG ROSS: Prison isn't only place where guard changes

So Tom Philpot is going to prison. I can hear rejoicing and see heads shaking as Philpot becomes political history in Lake County.

February 22, 2013 12:00 am

Judge: No new trial for Philpot

HAMMOND | A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request for a new trial for former Lake County official Thomas Philpot while agreeing to dismiss two of the five counts against him.

February 20, 2013 8:09 am

Philpot supporters inundate court with letters

HAMMOND | Fifty family members, longtime friends, former podiatry patients, neighbors, business associates and political leaders have written letters to a federal judge in support of former Lake County official Tom Philpot seeking leniency as he faces sentencing on five counts of embezzlement.

February 07, 2013 8:07 pm

MARK KIESLING: If you can't do the time, don't do the job

There are 24 hours in a day, eight of which we spend asleep, but apparently some candidates for public office feel they can jam the 16 remaining hours with two full-time jobs.

October 31, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Philpot provides incentive for ethics training

Yet another politician has been removed from office because of public corruption. Former Lake County Clerk Thomas Philpot was convicted on five counts of theft and fraud charges.

August 28, 2012 12:00 am
Philpot guilty on all five counts

Philpot guilty on all five counts

HAMMOND | A U.S. District Court jury convicted Lake County Coroner and former county Clerk Thomas Philpot on Friday on five counts of theft and fraud charges.

August 24, 2012 4:06 pm Photos

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MARK KIESLING: Methinks Philpot doth protest too much

MARK KIESLING: Methinks Philpot doth protest too much

Lake County Coroner Tom Philpot is grasping at what might be the last straw.

April 27, 2012 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Hammond voting may show which way political winds are blowing

MARK KIESLING: Hammond voting may show which way political winds are blowing

Voting in Lake County's largest Democratic organization resulted in a couple of surprises Monday night.

March 07, 2012 12:00 am
PHIL WIELAND: Get ready for some more Amazing predictions

PHIL WIELAND: Get ready for some more Amazing predictions

The new year dawned full of promise and hope and other delusions, which means it's time again for the soothiest of soothsayers, the man who puts the "dam" in Nostradamus, the Amazing Wielando.

January 06, 2012 12:00 am

AL HAMNIK: Good memories are forever fleeting in this business

Readers think we spend our time rubbing elbows with college and professional sports stars and getting the VIP treatment while earning a fat paycheck.

October 10, 2011 10:00 pm
MARK KIESLING: Mr. Philpot, you should've known better

MARK KIESLING: Mr. Philpot, you should've known better

If your lawyer told you it was safe to fling yourself into the Grand Canyon, I doubt many of you would take the advice.

October 05, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Indictments may induce cooperation from inside the pen

MARK KIESLING: Indictments may induce cooperation from inside the pen

Lake County history is replete with characters who never have held public office yet wielded extraordinary political power.

September 26, 2011 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Indictments deliver one-two punch to local Dems

MARK KIESLING: Indictments deliver one-two punch to local Dems

With a pair of indictments handed out Thursday by the U.S attorney in Hammond, the federal government has dealt what could be a devastating one-two punch to the Democratic power structure in Lake County.

September 23, 2011 12:00 am Related
MARK KIESLING: Surprise! Hammond mayor race gets nasty

MARK KIESLING: Surprise! Hammond mayor race gets nasty

In a lot of Lake County, the Democratic primary is the real election and what happens in November is just an expensive sideshow.

March 11, 2011 12:00 am
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