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County employees look for better pay day

CROWN POINT | Lake County government employees have watched their elected officials lavish tens of million this year on everyone but them.

July 12, 2014 8:20 pm

Police arrest suspect in White Castle stickup

HAMMOND | Police arrested a local man Thursday night in connection with a Tuesday holdup of the White Castle Restaurant on Indianapolis Boulevard.

July 11, 2014 11:27 am

Lake officials open E-911 bids

CROWN POINT | There was no shortage this week of companies competing for contracts to build Lake County's E-911 public safety communications system.

July 09, 2014 5:38 pm

Townships get seats at public safety tax table

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council agreed Tuesday to provide eight suburban and rural fire and emergency medical service providers a share of the county's public safety income tax revenue.

July 08, 2014 7:15 pm

Lake officials contribute $2 million to South Shore expansion

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to give to $2 million annually the expansion of  the South Shore commuter train.

July 08, 2014 3:30 pm

Prison can't hold these Lake pols

Two icons of Lake County's ethically challenged political scene are moving closer to freedom.

July 08, 2014 2:36 pm

Lake County and vendor debate E-911 purchases

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials promised disciplined, comparison shopping to equip their new E-911 service.

July 05, 2014 8:00 pm

Visclosky makes another whistle stop for South Shore money

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are standing at the ticket window pondering whether to pay $2 million a year to ride the South Shore commuter train expansion.

July 03, 2014 5:22 pm
7-year-old mystery finally has face, but no ID

7-year-old mystery finally has face, but no ID

GARY | Authorities have renewed hope of finding a family who lost a young woman to a homicide in Gary more than seven years ago.

July 02, 2014 4:48 pm

GOP won't oppose seven Dem incumbents this fall

CROWN POINT | Republicans have opted not to oppose six incumbent Democratic elected officials this fall.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Calumet Township drops lawsuit blocking Griffith's departure

GARY | The Calumet Township trustee has dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 state law that could cut millions in assistance to Gary's neediest residents and let the town of Griffith leave the township.

July 01, 2014 7:00 pm

Lake highway boss knows $2.2 million for road work only scratches surface

CROWN POINT | Lake officials are planning to reconstruct, pave and seal nearly 76 miles of county highways and roads this summer and fall.

July 01, 2014 6:30 pm

Move to discipline Hobart cop hits roadblock

HOBART | The city's pursuit of a police officer accused of misconduct came to a brief halt early Monday after the city's hearing officer was accused of being a less than neutral referee.

June 30, 2014 5:00 pm

Tax Transformers: The Age of Reassessment

CROWN POINT | Alert the police. Northwest Indiana tax officials are reassessing again.

June 28, 2014 10:15 pm

Reassessment teams hit the streets this week

CROWN POINT | Indiana begins sending out field examiners Tuesday to reassess property for taxing purposes.

June 28, 2014 6:12 pm

Injured spectator loses lawsuit against RailCats

INDIANAPOLIS | The Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit by a spectator struck by a foul ball at a Gary SouthShore RailCats game in 2011.

June 27, 2014 7:20 pm
Joy, confusion showered on NWI same-sex marriages

Joy, confusion showered on NWI same-sex marriages

The same-sex marriage mill has been busy in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. Rural Jasper and Newton County officials still were waiting for their first couples, after a federal judge Wednesday ruled Indiana's ban on same-sex matrimony was unconstitutional.

June 26, 2014 6:00 pm Video Related

Lake official wants to block suburban E-911 plan

CROWN POINT | The Lake County E-911 chairman said he is building a back-up emergency call center in East Chicago as a bulwark against a rival public safety dispatch service proposed by Cedar Lake and Schererville town officials.

June 26, 2014 5:00 pm
No break in the clouds over controversial air show

No break in the clouds over controversial air show

FAIR OAKS | At least 10 inches of rain in the past 30 days grounded what was to be the 2014 South Shore Air Show at its new venue here, tourism officials said.

June 25, 2014 5:49 pm Photos


Lake E-911 officials tell St. John they want change of scenery

ST. JOHN | County officials have a message for St. John town officials who want to opt out of their E-911 communications network — you are too far away.

June 23, 2014 5:48 pm

Ogden Dunes joins the Shared Ethics commission

The Town of Ogden Dunes is joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

June 23, 2014 12:02 pm

Lake debates what to do with jailed voters

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are debating how to accommodate voting among the county's jailed population.

June 22, 2014 11:45 pm

Selling no-man's land at tax sales a losing game

The Lake County treasurer's office is preparing its 2014 parade of neglect.

June 21, 2014 8:45 pm

Calumet Twp. trustee taking appointments for assistance

GARY | Residents who repeatedly demand assistance from the Calumet Township Trustees' office will now need appointments to be served.

June 19, 2014 8:00 pm

Lake approves emergency replacement of Arbogast bridge

GRIFFITH | The Lake County Drainage Board approved the emergency replacement of the Arbogast Street bridge over Cady Marsh Ditch.

June 19, 2014 6:30 pm

Lake judge wants similar student truancy programs

CROWN POINT | Lake Juvenile Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. said many schools in the county have begun coordinating efforts to reduce school truancy.

June 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Three to vie for Lake Democratic Party boss

CROWN POINT | The battle for control of the Lake County Democratic Party is set.

June 18, 2014 7:45 pm

Official proposes county fairgrounds facelift

CROWN POINT | A Lake County official hopes to give the Lake County Fairgrounds a new look and purpose.

June 18, 2014 6:45 pm

Lake County officials in search of union workers to build E-911 tower

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials are declaring their own emergency to find someone to build a communications tower for the county's new E-911 service.

June 18, 2014 6:33 pm

Lake officials commit millions to inmate healthcare

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Board of Commissioners agreed Wednesday to spend as much as $6.1 million over the next year and a half on health care for Lake County jail inmates.

June 18, 2014 3:45 pm

Gloves are off -- GOP intraparty fight is on

CROWN POINT | Two factions of Lake County's Republican Party were sparring Tuesday while Democrats were not only sitting ringside for the event, but also playing referee.

June 17, 2014 9:09 am

Assessor parcels out advice to lower taxes

CROWN POINT | Lake County Assessor Jolie A. Covaciu said she has a tip that could save some taxpayers hundreds of dollars.

June 16, 2014 7:03 pm

State rewards Hammond, Lake Station for best traffic enforcement

Several Lake County police departments wrote so many traffic tickets last year the state is putting an $18,000 wager down that they can step up enforcement to an even higher level.

June 16, 2014 6:58 pm
Lake to sue tax-delinquent Gary School Board member

Lake to sue tax-delinquent Gary School Board member

CROWN POINT | Lake officials plan to sue to recover more than $566,000 in delinquent property taxes and late penalties owed by a Gary School Board member.

June 16, 2014 5:00 pm
Gary school official owes $566,000 in property tax

Gary school official owes $566,000 in property tax

GARY | One of the city's own school board members is one of the many derelict property owners whose tax avoidance has helped push the district into closing six of its public schools.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos


Higgs to run for new City Council term

Higgs to run for new City Council term

HAMMOND | City Councilman Anthony W. Higgs said this week he will run next year for a fourth term representing the 3rd District.

June 13, 2014 6:25 pm

Lake officials accept S'ville E-911 challenge

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials said they are confident a challenge by Schererville to opt out of a county E-911 network and form a parallel system won't put county consolidation plans in jeopardy.

June 12, 2014 6:00 pm

Anne Herbert announces 3rd District City Council run

HAMMOND | A city activist announced this week she will run for the 3rd District City Council seat in next spring's Democratic municipal primary.

June 11, 2014 8:15 pm

Chesterton joins the ethics commission lineup

CHESTERTON | The Shared Ethics Advisory Commission president is welcoming this town's decision to join its training program.

June 11, 2014 4:55 pm
NWI is in the lens of African TV documentary

NWI is in the lens of African TV documentary

MERRILLVILLE | "What advice do you give to other nations where corruption is rampant?" Youssouf Bah, a cameraman for Gangan Television, asked Tuesday afternoon during his first interview of local officials in a documentary on American culture.

June 10, 2014 7:00 pm Video Photos


Judges summon payday bonuses for court employees

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council bought time and some peace with much of the local judiciary by fattening their court budgets by $360,000.

June 10, 2014 6:00 pm

Sheriff, commissioners in a tug of war over vehicles, lawnmowers

CROWN POINT | Lake County Board of Commissioners may have evicted Sheriff John Buncich from his work-release center, but the battle rages on over who keeps county-owned vehicles and equipment used in the defunct program.

June 09, 2014 7:00 pm

Suburban E-911 holdsouts and county are on different frequencies

CROWN POINT | Being out of the Lake County E-911 union doesn't seem like an emergency to Cedar Lake, St. John or Schererville leaders.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
Former GOP official accused of voting as Dem

Former GOP official accused of voting as Dem

HAMMOND | Lake County Republicans say they are upset their one-time standard-bearer, George T. Janiec, voted as a Democrat in last month's primary.

June 05, 2014 7:12 pm

Mandate threat shakes loose new money for local judges

CROWN POINT | Lake County's fiscal officials are cutting a $300,000 bargain with Lake Superior judges to avoid being dragged into court and being charged even more.

June 05, 2014 6:40 pm

Lake officials warn 3 towns of possible public safety nightmare

CROWN POINT | Lake officials fear a public safety crisis in three suburban towns if they don't soon join the new county E-911 system.

June 05, 2014 5:00 pm
Ex-megachurch pastor blames underage victim, wants out of prison

Ex-megachurch pastor blames underage victim, wants out of prison

HAMMOND | A former minister of First Baptist Church of Hammond is gambling he can get out of prison by branding as a seductress the underage girl he molested.

June 03, 2014 8:20 pm

Lake judge interviews now set for early July

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission will resume its search next month for a new Lake Superior Court, Civil Division judge.

June 02, 2014 7:08 pm

Lake police dog sniffs out accused gunman

GARY | A Lake County police officer and his dog, Zombie, captured an armed Gary man last week.

June 02, 2014 11:45 am

Report has a TIF with local business tax breaks

Business tax breaks are sweetening the Albanese Confectionery expansion in Hobart and putting a frothier head on a growing Three Floyds brewery in Munster.

May 31, 2014 10:30 pm
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