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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.
HAMMOND | A ranking member of a region street gang offered a cautionary tale to other would-be gang members Thursday ahead of his afternoon federal sentencing hearing.
Think you've got it rough, do you? Then you haven't heard about the life of Merrillville's Israel Pierce.
We hold police to higher standards of ethics and conduct for good reason. They carry guns, are trained to make life-and-death decisions and are expected to exercise good judgment in the process.
Desperate times indeed call for desperate measures in some cases. But a sign of good leadership in politics is tackling a desperate measure with thoughtfulness -- acting in the best possible interest of taxpayers.
Don't let the facts get in the way of a bad lawsuit. That's what we're being asked to swallow in a civil lawsuit pending in Hammond federal court.
Richard Gearhart, of Lowell, owner of Schererville-based Asset Preservation Specialists Inc., filed for Chapter 13 federal bankruptcy in March of this year, Hammond federal court records show.
A major government plan five years in the making shouldn't feel like the kind of high-pressure sales pitch one would face on a used car lot.
If you lock someone out after he or she already paid admission, an angry protest is sure to follow.
"Why is your daughter black?"
Community leaders dispelled a long-held perception that consensus on major public policy issues is not attainable in Northwest Indiana, organizers of the recent event said.
While Republicans on the national scene take their lumps over their role in the federal government shutdown, Lake County conservatives are expressing optimism for a strengthening foothold in local politics.
Lake County government — including most of its municipalities — is an absolute master at inventing excessive layers of bureaucracy, furthering inefficiencies and encouraging gridlock by way of foot dragging.
In November 2010, a member of the rarest of an endangered species in Lake County showed a glimmer of hope for the rest of the ultra-thin herd. A member of the Republicanis genus Conservitorus actually found an unlikely foothold in Lake County politics.
GARY | The promotion of a once-convicted felon to the rank of Gary police special operations commander illustrates an example of what's plaguing the department, a state-issued evaluation concludes.
GARY | Staffing deficiencies, a pervasive lack of respect for authority and low confidence in command are plaguing Gary Police Department operations, a state report culling department employees' views concludes.
The childish snits leading to government shutdown have been filled with plenty of grandstanding — much of it by the very people who caused this embarrassment.
"To the victor belongs the spoils." - This famous quote from former New York Sen. William L. Marcy has been ringing true in our political system for generations.
CROWN POINT | Civil War re-enactors brought about 100 spectators back in time Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, providing a firsthand look at the sights and sounds of the 150-year-old war.
CROWN POINT | Sounds of battle that plagued our nation 150 years ago will boom over the Lake County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday through a series of Civil War skirmish reenactments.
Anyone else out there have a job in which talking a suicidal man out of putting a bullet in his head is part of the job description?
Lake County officials might have placed the cart before the horse in their decision to first pass a local income tax before further exploring ways to cut costs.
Comic books and Hollywood famously provide heroes whose superhuman bodies withstand incredible violence — whose physical prowess is matched only by strength of character.
It's a wonder the upcoming generations in Northwest Indiana have any civility toward one another at all given the way they see some of the adults behave toward one another.
One shouldn't rake others over the coals for committing acts of folly if one isn't prepared to provide some measure of praise when those criticized end up doing something right.
When times are tight — and unavoidable but necessary expenses mount — does your family add more luxuries to the budget? Or do you cut frills to make ends meet?
If you're an employer running a retail business and discover one of your cashiers mishandling the house take, you at least consider firing the employee, don't you?
Lake County sure knows how to spice it up, and spice can be a good thing if it's awakening flavors in otherwise bland food.
It turns out Crown Point police might not be the animal-hating blood mongers some folks would have us believe. Police didn't arbitrarily decide to use two Siberian huskies for target practice last month after all.
Maybe it's not yet time to dial 911 on every aspect of Lake County government, but keep your smartphone on keypad mode just in case.
CROWN POINT | The quarter of a million dollars in new revenues set to hit Lake County solid waste district coffers in 2014 will come from the thawing of a long-frozen tax levy, the county treasurer said Tuesday.
As our children head back to school, they might be walking into buildings that bear the names of some pretty important folks in our history — and some who might be a bit more obscure but worth knowing.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County solid waste district should temper spending of new income tax revenues with frugality rather than using it for proposed employee pensions, a district board member says.
CROWN POINT | The path and funding mechanism for possible Lake County solid waste district employee pensions have not yet been decided, the district's top employee said Thursday.
If you're having trouble following the process Lake County government and law enforcement officials are using to consolidate emergency 911 dispatches into one central facility, you might find this checklist helpful:
Lake County's top solid waste district official said he wants all new income tax revenues to be directed to a fund for projects or operating expenses, not employee pensions.
About a quarter of a million dollars in new Lake County income tax revenues would help fund retirement benefits for solid waste district administrators and staff under a new proposal, a top district official said.
I learned an important lesson about community last week while visiting about the farthest place I could go from Northwest Indiana while still being within U.S. borders.
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