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Political donors boost Dems' coffers

Political donors boost Dems' coffers

CROWN POINT | Lake County's Democratic politicians are retaining their popularity among campaign donors this election season.

6 hours ago

E.C.'s Second Century is over

EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana attorney general is announcing it is time for this city to put Second Century, a failed, Pastrick-era public-private development deal, behind it.

7 hours ago

Lake property taxes are due next month

CROWN POINT | Lake County Treasurer John Petalas reminds property owners the final installment of 2014 property tax bills are due Nov. 10.

October 21, 2014 12:00 am

Lake sheriff cleans house at animal shelter

CROWN POINT | The Lake County sheriff has installed a new management and staff at his animal adoption and control center.

October 20, 2014 7:30 pm

Warning issued over turf war at Schererville polling place

SCHERERVILLE | The Lake County elections board has put a local Democrat on temporary job probation as a poll worker for the unauthorized removal of a Republican poll worker last spring.

October 17, 2014 4:29 pm

Lake County votes to hire 105 public safety dispatchers

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials invited 105 police, fire and emergency medical dispatch staff members Thursday to work for the county's new E-911 network.

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Uninsured inmates boost Lake jail medical bills to $8.3M

CROWN POINT | Lake taxpayers will pay $8.3 million in medical bills over the next two years for uninsured inmates at the Lake County Jail.

October 15, 2014 7:31 pm

Lake County budget squeaks by with GOP help

CROWN POINT | A late decision by Republican Lake County Council members permitted passage of a 2015 budget with the first across-the-board pay raises for county government employees in seven years.

October 14, 2014 7:00 pm

Denied Gary school board candidate ponders lawsuit

CROWN POINT | Lake County elections officials refused Tuesday to put Robert L. Buggs Sr. on the Nov. 4 ballot as a candidate for the Gary School Board.

October 14, 2014 6:45 pm

Lake County E-911 summit set

CROWN POINT | Lake County and suburban officials at odds over E-911 consolidation will meet Oct. 23 to attempt to settle their difference over the future of public safety communications.

October 13, 2014 11:30 pm

The great debate ... when everyone is present

CROWN POINT | Lake voters have dozens of choices to make in the Nov. 4 general election, but some question whether they have enough opportunity to comparison shop among opposing candidates.

October 12, 2014 12:00 am

Lake jail moves up the charts toward federal compliance

CROWN POINT | The Lake County sheriff said Friday the jail continues to get improving marks from the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 10, 2014 11:45 pm

Lake E-911 sides could meet next week

CROWN POINT | County and suburban officials at odds over E-911 consolidation Thursday traded messages of frustration and accommodation.

October 09, 2014 7:58 pm

Alarm bells sound as Lake officials discuss pulling back pay raises

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Council debate about reducing some employees' pay raises turned out to be a false alarm during a real false alarm.

October 09, 2014 6:10 pm

Lake official declares epoll a winner on first day of early voting

CROWN POINT | Lake County's election director said she is pleased with the debut performance of the electronic poll book on the first day of early voting.

October 08, 2014 7:00 pm

Calumet property values beset by 'carpet-baggers'

Calumet Township Assessor Jacquelyn Y. Collins said Gary's misfortunes have attracted real estate speculators who she said are attempting to manipulate property values for their own gain and, as a result, are wreaking havoc with assessing property values for the purpose of taxation.

October 08, 2014 6:35 pm
Cal Twp. coping with depressed market values

Cal Twp. coping with depressed market values

GARY | The Calumet Township assessor often places a higher value on taxable property than local real estate market, which reflects extremely low sales prices across most of its neighborhoods.

October 07, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Lake Council finishes heavy lifting on balanced 2015 budget

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council completed most of its work on a balanced 2015 budget Tuesday by heading off a potential court battle with Superior Court judges.

October 07, 2014 6:40 pm

Early voting begins Tuesday morning

Lake and Porter County election officials have a dozen ways for voters to get a head start on this fall's election.

October 06, 2014 11:30 pm

Lake commissioner floats E-911 peace plan

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Commissioner formally offered concessions Monday to Cedar Lake, St. John and Schererville to resolve an impasse over the upcoming consolidation of police, fire and emergency medical service dispatch centers.

October 06, 2014 7:45 pm

Lake County E-911 costs add up to a lot of grief

CROWN POINT | The cost of consolidating and upgrading Lake public safety communications has helped drive three suburban community away from the county's E-911 consolidation plan.

October 04, 2014 12:00 am

Attorney General hopes to connect E-911 opponents

Feuding local government officials may resolve a public safety communications crisis by sitting down talking to one another.

October 03, 2014 12:00 am
Calumet Twp. record strikes chord in assessor debate

Calumet Twp. record strikes chord in assessor debate

MUNSTER | Lake County assessor candidates took a break from sparring with each other in Tuesday's debate to direct critical attention at whether the Calumet Township assessor needs to lower assessed values in Gary and Griffith.

September 30, 2014 9:58 pm Photos

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Libertarian candidates night scheduled Friday in Highland

HIGHLAND | The Indiana Libertarian Party is inviting the public to meet its candidates for the Nov. 4 general election.

September 30, 2014 12:05 am

AG to E-911 factions: Unite or lose $2.6M

CROWN POINT | The Indiana attorney general's office has told both warring factions of Lake County's public safety community they must unite their E-911 plans or face losing more than $2.6 million in state funding next year.

September 29, 2014 7:30 pm
NWI woman to represent Indiana on Great Lakes Commission

NWI woman to represent Indiana on Great Lakes Commission

PORTAGE | Gov. Mike Pence has named the Northwest Indiana Forum's environmental specialist to represent Indiana on the Great Lakes Commission.

September 26, 2014 7:15 pm
Police want to question man over library incident

Police want to question man over library incident

ST. JOHN | Police said they need the public’s help to identify a man they want to question over an incident Wednesday afternoon at the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library.

September 26, 2014 7:15 pm
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Kay Nelson, director of Environmental Affairs, Northwest Indiana Forum is named to Great Lakes Commission.

September 26, 2014 4:06 pm

Lake assessor candidates will debate Tuesday

MUNSTER | The debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for Lake County assessor is back on.

September 25, 2014 8:15 pm

State tells sheriff to speed up when public wants records

CROWN POINT | The state's public records watchdog is condemning the Lake County Sheriff's Department for not promptly providing an inventory of county-owned equipment to the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

September 25, 2014 7:15 pm
Lake building E-911 from the floor up

Lake building E-911 from the floor up

CROWN POINT | Lake officials are building, equipping and staffing their new E-911 service in a burst of activity this month.

September 25, 2014 6:45 pm

Lake assessor candidate can't make debate; event canceled

MUNSTER | The Calumet Area Chapter of the League of Women Voters has canceled next week's debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for Lake County assessor.

September 24, 2014 6:50 pm

Hebron adopts shared ethic agenda

HEBRON | The town of Hebron is joining the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.

September 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Lake Council votes for a budget that is anything but final

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council gave tentative approval to a 2015 budget that needs considerable work in the coming months to ensure it stays balanced.

September 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Lake council brings police, jail officers into 3% pay group

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council voted Monday to extend its proposed 3 percent pay raise to hundreds of county police and corrections officers.

September 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Lake council provides $174K for veterans court

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council has put some serious money behind an effort to help U.S. military veterans fighting their own demons back home.

September 22, 2014 5:55 pm

Debate scheduled for Lake assessor race

MUNSTER |The Democratic and Republican candidates for Lake County assessor will hold a political debate at 7 p.m. Sept. 30  at Munster High School.

September 22, 2014 5:44 pm

Lake County considers more money for disabled

CROWN POINT | Lake County Commissioners are requesting the County Council appropriate an additional $140,000 next year to contribute to the Arc Northwest Indiana and Tradewinds.

September 18, 2014 5:17 pm

Pressure rises over Lake County government pay raises

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council is getting it from all sides in the debate over potential county employee pay raises in 2015.

September 18, 2014 11:10 am

Two politicians cannot pass school board re-exam

CROWN POINT | Lake elections officials have again denied two men the chance to run for this fall's school board elections.

September 17, 2014 3:24 pm

County goes on E-911 spending spree

CROWN POINT | Lake Commissioners approved spending $2.2 million Wednesday on computers and support equipment to be used by the county's new E-911 service.

September 17, 2014 12:14 pm

Lake cops hope to arrest political donations

CROWN POINT | Lake County police officers are trying to starve the re-election campaigns of several officials to force county government into granting them pay raises.

September 17, 2014 9:37 am

Lake E-911 mergers still need state's OK

CROWN POINT | Lake County's proposed consolidation of police, fire and emergency medical services is still awaiting state approval.

September 15, 2014 5:02 pm

Lake pay raise wouldn't be across the board

CROWN POINT | The Lake County Council has tentatively passed a 3 percent pay raise for most, but not all full-time county government employees.

September 11, 2014 8:30 pm

3 suburbs have Lake E-911 over a $2.6 million barrel

CROWN POINT | Lake officials may lose $2.6 million a year in public safety funds if Cedar Lake, St. John and Schererville won't merge their police, fire and emergency medical service communications by year's end.

September 11, 2014 3:55 pm

Council president picks a number in the pay raise debate

CROWN POINT | Lake County Council President Ted Bilski has a 3 percent solution for county employees wanting a pay raise.

September 09, 2014 2:41 pm
County Council, cops bicker over raises

County Council, cops bicker over raises

CROWN POINT | Lake County police officers and the County Council faced off Tuesday over the failure of contract talks to produce pay raises.

September 09, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Police union crosses swords with county over pay

CROWN POINT | Lake politicians could find their labor supporters have become angry protesters this fall if a dispute over county police lingers.

September 08, 2014 7:38 pm

Lake officials prefer bonds

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials continue to grow their public debt even as they plan to take in more tax revenue in 2015.

September 08, 2014 4:00 pm

Mayor finishes second in party caucus vote

GARY | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson lost Saturday to former county police officer Willie Stewart in the competition to be the city's next Democratic Party chairperson.

September 07, 2014 12:30 am
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