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HAMMOND | The clanking of shackles around wrists and ankles of elected officials charged with public corruption sends a sensory message, whether intended by law enforcement or not.
This FBI evidence truck, with a billboard-sized logo, was parked outside of the Calumet Township trustee's office earlier this month as the government searched the local government office in Gary. Merrillville-based FBI Supervisory Agent Bob Ramsey acknowledges the truck sends a public, visu…
CHICAGO | A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in corruption cases is facing federal charges after authorities say he stole $370,000 from Riverdale.
HAMMOND | Lake Station's mayor, his wife and his stepdaughter entered a Hammond federal courtroom in shackles Thursday, all three pleading not guilty to a total of 15 criminal charges spanning two public corruption indictments.
Military volunteerism is one of the proudest traditions permeating region and state history since Indiana's infancy.
Eight-grade history students from Hammond's St. John Bosco School tour the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit Tuesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
St. John Bosco School history teacher Jacob Biscan views photos and historical narratives regarding the 99th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, a 1,000-man Hoosier fighting regiment in which hundreds of men from Northwest Indiana served during the Civil War. Biscan and eighth-grade history students…
St. John Bosco School history teacher Linda Loera, far right, speaks with some of her eighth-grade students Tuesday about the route President Abraham Lincoln's funeral trail took through Northwest Indiana following the president's April 1865 assassination in Washington, D.C. A model of the f…
Who knew Lake County government could exercise a measure of fiscal restraint?
It's clear the Lake County GOP needs some serious counseling for an acute case of split personality disorder.
It's become an all-to-common scene in Lake County: Box-laden dollies being tugged up the metal ramps of moving trucks as folks seek greener pastures elsewhere.
Northwest Indiana loves the grit of folks who go against the grain.
I want to board the train.
GARY | Politicians love attention -- but not the kind Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin received Thursday from federal and state investigators.
GARY | FBI and IRS agents raided the Calumet Township trustee's office Thursday, removing several boxes of evidence and at least one computer as part of a federal investigation of the office.
FBI agents assist in loading evidence Thursday into a law enforcement van parked outside the Calumet Township trustee's office in Gary.
Local political observers predict a visit by FBI agent to Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office will complicate her efforts to beat Democratic opponent Kimberly Robinson. But Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Daily Insight, says Elgin might be able to portray it as something other t…
An unmarked law enforcement car blocks off Sixth Avenue and Connecticut Street in Gary on Thursday as the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Indiana State Police conduct an investigation of the Calumet Township trustee's office.
An Internal Revenue Service agent enters the Calumet Township trustee's office at 610 Connecticut St., Gary, on Thursday morning.
Local political observers say the FBI's visit to Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office on March 27 could complicate her efforts to beat Democratic opponent Kimberly Robinson. But Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Daily Insight, says she can portray it as something other than a negat…
The smoking gun implicating a Winfield GOP precinct committeewoman in crimes against her party is finally revealed.
GRIFFITH | A major oil company has enlisted Griffith police to ensure union pickets didn't create a safety concern at the entry to the company's town terminal.
Members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 picket near the Main Street intersection to Engridge's Griffith terminal Tuesday afternoon.
You better watch what and who you "Like" on Facebook. You never know who might use a simple tap of the mouse against you.
HAMMOND | A Gary councilman said he is "deeply sorry" for willfully failing to file income tax returns in a letter to a federal judge filed Friday in federal court.
HAMMOND | The story of Abraham Lincoln's presidency — told through the eyes of his trusted friend and bodyguard — is coming to the Indiana Welcome Center this weekend.
When do we stop creating more laws and demand prosecutors and judges enforce a plethora of legal measures already on the books?
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin, a north Lake County Democrat, isn't the only region official opening herself to scrutiny by creating a perception of using taxpayer resources for personal benefit.
A Calumet Township-owned Ford Explorer SUV, parked in the township's garage last week, is assigned to Trustee Mary Elgin as a take-home vehicle.
A Winfield Township-owned Chevrolet Suburban is parked Friday in front of Township Trustee Roland Brauer's private business on Broadway in Crown Point. The vehicle, meant for township government business, is used by Brauer as a take-home car.
A Winfield Township-owned Chevrolet Suburban (center vehicle) sits on the driveway of Township Trustee Roland Brauer's Winfield residence Monday. The vehicle, intended for township government business, is used by Brauer as a take-home vehicle.
Sometimes you swing for the fences but take solace in a single.
Are we truly appreciating the living connections with our past before they themselves pass into history?
HAMMOND | A group portraying a region fighting unit from America's bloodiest war will continue live demonstrations Sunday during a special Civil War exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Civil War re-enactors Mike Kaptian, of Dyer, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, both in the foreground, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to John and Merri Loker, both of Valparaiso, and their 8-year-old grandson Andrew Christman. The re-enactors, who portray an ac…
Mike Kapitan, of Dyer, left, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to spectators Saturday at the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln Civil War exhibit. The exhibit at Hammond's Indiana Welcome Center commemorates Northwes…
As the mayor of the region's biggest city eyes a run for higher office, he might want to consult a neighboring school district on social media etiquette.
Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin keeps driving home the need for the very state law she seeks to relegate to the scrapyard.
Michael Miller, left, who portrays Crown Point's Civil War Col. John Wheeler for a Lake County-based re-enactment group, and Charlie Wheeler, the great-great-grandson of Col. Wheeler, pose behind a Civil War veteran headstone in July at Historic Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point. Photos of the…
Get the chip off your shoulder, Region Rats. Many of you sorely underestimate the meaningful roles your forefathers played in one of our nation's most pivotal eras.
The Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit is scheduled for display through April 30 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
If pictures truly say a thousand words, a photo from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's State of the City address last week should generate enough verbiage to fill this column — and region political reform advocates — with hope.
HAMMOND | The draw of Northwest Indiana volunteers to the Civil War banner of Abraham Lincoln goes on display Monday through a special exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this years Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhib…
Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, affixes panels to The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this year's Civil War exhibit, exploring Northwest Indiana's…
Alan Rowe, coordinator of local history partners for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The traveling exhibit will be included this year in the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit …
The Faces of Lincoln, a traveling exhibit of the Indiana Historical Society, will be included in this year's Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln opens Monday and runs through April. It tells the sto…
Who knew doing the right thing actually pays off? It happened in Lake County this week to the tune of about $1.3 million in taxpayer savings, according to government estimates.
It takes sharp, active minds and reduces them to voids in which fathers don't know daughters and wives don't know husbands.
Marsha Moore, 42, of Portage, holds a photo and U.S. Army scrapbook that belonged to her stepfather, Raymond Moore. He died of Alzheimer's disease in 2008 after a five-year struggle with the brain-degenerative disease.
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