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Military volunteerism is one of the proudest traditions permeating region and state history since Indiana's infancy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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