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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes failure creates the perfect opportunity to get back to one's roots — to discard the distractions of ill-advised ventures.
At its worst, it's like plugging your nose and sucking air through a narrow cocktail straw.
By the time a 2001 chest X-ray detected a mass in then-47-year-old Donald Koppers' lung, it may have been too late, according to region physicians.
The biggest cause of death in the region often follows a circuitry of life choices and genetics, with the final kill switch thrown by the victims themselves.
Many of Northwest Indiana's top killers lurk in our refrigerators, drive-thru lines and convenience stores.
Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?
Perhaps Lake County Republicans aren't endangered species after all. Maybe it's time to retract the characterization I've made in past columns of a minuscule number of conservatives wandering the region.
HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilman in exchange for city work, court records show.
Have you validated your children's feelings lately? Do you listen to them, speak with them about what they're doing at school, with friends or during hours when you're not around?
For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.
Using claims of racism — a true scourge on society — as a shield against good fiscal governance is deplorable. So is wasting taxpayer money to legally defend the waste of the same taxpayer money.
For Glen Ellis, it's a felony drug conviction and subsequent release from prison.
Plenty of government blunders in the region deserve bitter-cold responses.
HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a convicted bank robber with a criminal history spanning four decades to nearly 22 years in prison this week.
Conventional wisdom dictates rampant political corruption radiating from certain members of a county political party — coupled with excessive government taxing and spending — should create the perfect environment for fresh faces to sweep into elected offices.
Few words inspire such a literal holding of noses as the word "landfill."
HAMMOND | A Hammond bank robbery suspect led a 40-year life of crime, including a past murder conviction, his attorney conceded in Hammond federal court documents filed Friday.
HAMMOND | To keep the faces fresh and the customers interested, operators of a prostitution business imported and rotated women in and out their region-based spas on a regular basis, federal court documents unsealed this week allege.
What if state excise police conducted a gambling raid at a business in your town within the past year, that gambling case remained pending, and the same business sued your town within the past two years regarding a separate contract dispute? Would you expect the business owner would be named…
Last week's polar vortex threw a stone-cold uppercut into the region's chin, shutting down schools, roads and snarling any traffic caught in the middle of the snowy deluge.
HAMMOND | Three more East Chicago street gang members pleaded guilty Friday for their roles in a violent wave of murder, drug sales and street violence.
HAMMOND | An Illinois man will have 18 months in federal prison to think about his financial betrayal of region business owners who had tried to help him, a judge concluded Friday.
It's pretty hard to find humor in the deep-freeze winter deluge burying us Regionites recently, but a state employee deserves thanks for thawing some of the agony with a little laughter.
Anyone who's ever undertaken the operations of a small business knows the figurative land mines scattering the path to success.
Though all the moves haven't resonated as popular with the predominantly left-leaning government leaders of Lake County, it's hard to argue with the taxpayer-friendly streamlining Indiana has witnessed under fiscally conservative leadership in Indianapolis.
EAST CHICAGO | It survived an attempted hostile takeover by a former mayor and five years during which a state legal battle froze its revenue.
HAMMOND | More than half of Hammond's streets have been rebuilt by a floating pot of gold -- in the form of what is now the Horseshoe Casino boat -- since the mid-1990s, according to city records.
Have you ever met a person whose purity of heart and sense of sacrifice literally rivals belief? My skeptical personality often denies the existence of such people.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul makes for a poor fiscal model, leaving Peter poorer and less apt to sustain a financially healthy populace.
Do you want to see multiple competing political interests — the ones typically bent on ripping out each others' throats — join hands in a semblance of harmony? Just propose an interstate tollway through the serene rural area of an otherwise industrial county.
Adoption is one of the most magical things one can experience. It enriches the lives of adopted children and adoptive parents in profound ways.
HAMMOND | The second Gary City Council member in as many years is accused by prosecutors of violating federal tax laws.
HAMMOND | George Van Til provided the ultimate letter of resignation from his elected county office Thursday, formally pleading guilty in Hammond federal court to felony crimes against taxpayers.
Take care who you dub an extremist. Sometimes seemingly extreme political positions bring about the middle-of-the-road compromises most of us desire.
ST. JOHN | Police continued searching Tuesday afternoon for four or five men who investigators believe entered a home in the 12300 block of Second Avenue and tussled with a resident before fleeing.
Hoosier state education officials are providing quite the example these days for our children. It's a relief teachers -- not politicians -- are the ones dealing directly with our kids.
Do what is right. Avoid what is wrong.
At least five people should be giving extra thanks during their Thanksgiving dinners for newly approved, lucrative Lake County government contracts that further carve into taxpayers' wallets.
Last week, I wondered if a particular region government planning agency's board would give any weight to the concerns of south Lake County constituents regarding the proposed Illiana Expressway.
"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion ..."
HAMMOND | A Michigan City woman admits to her role in a scheme to stage phony car accidents in the region in order to collect insurance payouts, court records filed Friday show.
Certain elements of our society, usually "progressive leaders," dub some naysayers to particular government projects NIMBYs.
My Grandad could drink, smoke and swear like a sailor -- probably because from 1942-1945 he was one.
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