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.
John Buncich was first elected Lake County sheriff in 1994 – a generation ago by most standards.
Lake County Auditor Peggy Holinga Katona and Treasurer John Petalas hope to swap offices next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So Tom Philpot is going to prison. I can hear rejoicing and see heads shaking as Philpot becomes political history in Lake County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake County Coroner Tom Philpot is grasping at what might be the last straw.
Voting in Lake County's largest Democratic organization resulted in a couple of surprises Monday night.
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.
Readers think we spend our time rubbing elbows with college and professional sports stars and getting the VIP treatment while earning a fat paycheck.
If your lawyer told you it was safe to fling yourself into the Grand Canyon, I doubt many of you would take the advice.
Lake County history is replete with characters who never have held public office yet wielded extraordinary political power.
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.
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