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Marquette Plan project showcased

HAMMOND | The public is about to get a preview of the city's ambitious Forsythe Park and Wolf Lake Improvement Project, its contribution to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky's sweeping Marquette Plan to open the Northwest Indiana shoreline to public use.

March 01, 2009 12:00 am
Hammond: City on the lake staging a comeback

Hammond: City on the lake staging a comeback

HAMMOND | The city may have been the last of the lakefront communities to submit a plan for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky's ambitious Marquette Plan to free up Lake Michigan shoreline for public use, yet it scored the largest grant -- $31.4 million -- to be awarded by the Northwest Indiana Region…

February 27, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Lake County housing still on the move

Lake County housing still on the move

The housing industry dropped like a stone nationwide, but some housing enthusiasts say Lake County's downturn barely rated a pebble, and they even expect a significant surge this spring.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am Photos

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Hammond reaching 'back to the future'

HAMMOND | City and community leaders are in agreement the Horseshoe casino's $485 million expansion, announced two years ago, is far and away the brightest light shining upon this struggling city at the most northwest corner of the state.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Airport growing into Gary's gem

GARY | Rudy Clay, mayor of the City of the Century, proudly counts the Gary/Chicago International Airport as the engine that is propelling the turnaround of not only this once-bustling city but the region.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Little Cal panel gets $24M

HAMMOND | As expected, the U.S. House late Wednesday approved a new round of federal funding that includes $24 million for the Little Calumet River Flood Control and Recreation Project.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Legal opinion sought in Port Authority dispute

HAMMOND | Saying the issue has disrupted city government, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. on Thursday said he is seeking a legal opinion from the Indiana attorney general on the City Council's practice of appointing its own members to the Hammond Port Authority.

February 27, 2009 12:00 am

Judge's lawsuit against City Council settled

HAMMOND | City Court Judge Jeffrey Harkin and the City Council have reached a settlement of the lawsuit filed by Harkin over the council's cuts to the court's 2009 budget.

February 26, 2009 12:00 am

Federal funding hike for levee under way

HAMMOND | The Little Calumet River Flood Control and Recreation Project is expected to receive a big financial boost as this year's Omnibus Appropriations Act makes it through the U.S. House of Representatives.

February 26, 2009 12:00 am

Port Authority calls police on councilman

HAMMOND | During a dramatic second act to Monday's contentious City Council meeting, the Port Authority on Tuesday refused to seat Councilman At-Large Robert Markovich whose appointment has been contested by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

February 25, 2009 12:00 am

Legal aid clinic funded by HDC

HAMMOND | City Corporation Counsel Joseph O'Connor recently confirmed the Hammond Development Corp. funded the Hammond Legal Aid Clinic in 2008.

February 22, 2009 12:00 am

Campaign finances undergo scrutiny

Officeholders and campaign finance committees may want to be on alert.

February 20, 2009 12:00 am

Levee construction gains momentum

MUNSTER | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has relented in insisting all right-of-entry be finalized before advertising construction contracts to complete the final legs of the federal levee system.

February 19, 2009 12:00 am

Hammond's Legal Aid Clinic funding in question

HAMMOND | No claim for payment to fund the Hammond Legal Aid Clinic reached the City Council for approval in 2008, leaving in question how the nonprofit clinic supported itself last year.

February 15, 2009 12:00 am

McDermott resigns state party post

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. on Friday resigned his post as deputy chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee.

February 14, 2009 12:00 am

RBA, Hammond seeking stimulus cash for buses

HAMMOND | Obtaining assistance from the much-anticipated stimulus package has become the No. 1 option for officials seeking to preserve bus service in Hammond past June.

February 13, 2009 12:00 am

McDermott resigns Dems' deputy chairman post

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. on Friday resigned his post as deputy chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee.

February 13, 2009 12:00 am

McDermott war chest still full

HAMMOND | At the close of 2008, campaign finance disclosure forms show Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.'s campaign war chest still standing at a whopping $217,097 despite having spent $196,006.

February 12, 2009 12:00 am

Council continues to deliberate wind turbines

HAMMOND | The city's proposed wind turbines will continue under review by the City Council until the Port Authority provides a full accounting of the project's cost.

February 11, 2009 12:00 am

Hammond council to address wind power

HAMMOND | The Hammond Port Authority's wind turbine project makes its way to the City Council on Monday.

February 08, 2009 12:00 am

City bus companies may merge by July

HAMMOND | The Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority will meet next week with Hammond officials on a transition plan to consolidate the Gary, Hammond and East Chicago transit services as instructed by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

February 07, 2009 12:00 am

Trustee, E.C. council lobby for township

NORTH TOWNSHIP | Township Trustee Frank Mrvan traveled downstate Tuesday for the Indiana Township Association's Lobbying Day to explore the momentum of the legislative bills proposing the elimination of township government.

February 04, 2009 12:00 am

Hinojosa stands firm for Markovich appointment

HAMMOND | To City Council President Homero "Chico" Hinojosa, the council's appointment of Councilman At Large Robert Markovich to the Hammond Port Authority is signed, sealed and delivered and not subject to change.

February 03, 2009 12:00 am
Bus crisis exacting human toll

Bus crisis exacting human toll

HOBART | Mary Cambridge's last ride home from work on a NWICA bus came Friday, nearly 12 weeks after she learned the county's largest on-demand bus service had plans to shut down.

February 01, 2009 12:00 am

Cid asks RBA, Where's plan?

HAMMOND | Speaking at the year's first meeting of the Team Hammond taxpayers group, Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, said she wouldn't support a food and beverage tax to bail out the county's ailing bus services.

January 30, 2009 12:00 am

Legal Aid Clinic still in business

HAMMOND | Following a contentious debate between Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Councilman At-Large Robert Markovich, the City Council on Monday voted 5-3 to approve a claim for $270,000 to fully fund the Hammond Legal Aid Clinic.

January 28, 2009 12:00 am

Gurley makes 'personal plea' for funding

HAMMOND | Kent Gurley, a Hammond resident and the treasurer of the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, on Monday made a personal plea to the Hammond City Council for a financial contribution to the financially strapped federal levee project.

January 27, 2009 12:00 am

McDermott vetos Port Authority appointment

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has vetoed a resolution appointing Councilman At-Large Robert Markovich to the Hammond Port Authority.

January 25, 2009 12:00 am

Legal Aid chief defends clinic

HAMMOND | In resubmitting a $270,000 claim for approval by the City Council, Legal Aid Clinic Director Kris Costa Sakelaris is firing back at critics of the clinic, defending the diligence of the three attorneys and paralegal staffing it.

January 25, 2009 12:00 am

Southmoor Road homeowners gain some ground

PORTAGE | The Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission on Wednesday agreed to explore the necessity of bringing the federal levee into the Southmoor Road neighborhood in Hammond.

January 22, 2009 12:00 am

Police release crime stats for Woodmar

HAMMOND | Several organizers of the newly created Woodmar Crime Watch point to concerns raised by homicides and robberies in the Woodmar neighborhood, but police say it's too early to say if crime in this generally staid area of the city is on the upswing.

January 21, 2009 12:00 am

Group will confer on crimes in Woodmar

HAMMOND | The newly established Woodmar Crime Watch group at its third meeting tonight is expected to discuss concerns stemming from several homicides and a rash of robberies in the Woodmar neighborhood.

January 20, 2009 12:00 am

Investigation continues into Hammond bar fire

HAMMOND | The cause of Sunday night's fire at the Edge Sports Bar and Restaurant remains under investigation, Chief Fire Inspector Kevin Margraf said Monday.

January 19, 2009 12:00 am

Martin Luther King, Barack Obama share accolades

GARY | The Gary Frontiers Service Club held its annual Martin Luther King memorial breakfast early this year, expanding the observance for good reason: Tuesday's inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, its "dream come true."

January 18, 2009 12:00 am

Construction firms up ante

Over the reservations of its treasurer, the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission is aiming to interview four prospective construction management firms to head up day-to-day operations on the federal levee project by Feb. 1 and hire one by March 1 or before.

January 18, 2009 12:00 am

Legal aid clinic funding is nixed

HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council has declined to authorize payment of a $270,000 claim to fund the Hammond Legal Aid Clinic.

January 16, 2009 12:00 am

Councilwoman eyes car keys

HAMMOND | Some city workers may lose their take-home cars if a proposal by 4th District Councilwoman Kim Poland succeeds.

January 15, 2009 12:00 am

Mrvan opens warming shelters

Beginning today through 8 a.m. Saturday, North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan is opening both trustee's offices as a warming shelter at the following locations: 5947 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, and 2105 Broadway, East Chicago.

January 15, 2009 12:00 am

North Twp. trustee readies to fight for job

HAMMOND | With Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Legislature gearing up to shrink local government, attention is expected to swing toward township trustees now that township assessors have been melded into county government.

January 11, 2009 12:00 am

Alternative funding for levee an attention-grabber

With Gov. Mitch Daniels' budget proposal showing only $2 million for the federal levee project, the Little Calumet commission's Ron McAhron on Thursday said ideas like that of Hammond City Council President Dan Repay are just what is needed now.

January 09, 2009 12:00 am

State, local officials float funding options for levee

MUNSTER | For the fourth straight month, the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission came under heavy fire from flood-weary homeowners, one of whom urged the commissioners to chain themselves to the desk of the General Assembly's speaker of the House to gain the Legislature's attention.

January 08, 2009 12:00 am

State nixes levee funding plan

HAMMOND | State officials threw cold water on the idea this week, but Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said Tuesday he will continue his push for state approval of a controversial financing tool to keep the struggling federal levee project afloat.

January 07, 2009 12:00 am

North Twp. Board to consider levee proposal

HAMMOND | Success at the state level appears dim, but the North Township Board today is expected to approve a resolution urging the state to allow the city of Hammond to use sales tax increment financing, or STIF, to help fund the federal levee project.

January 06, 2009 12:00 am

Official calls for meeting of levee 'stakeholders'

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., said last week that finishing construction of the Little Calumet River levee remains a top priority for the congressman.

January 04, 2009 12:00 am

Little Cal commission crafts budget estimates

PORTAGE | Down to about $50,000 in cash and with outstanding bills to pay, William Biller, who leads the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, called last week's infusion of $1.7 million a "godsend" when the commission's Finance Committee met Friday.

January 03, 2009 12:00 am

RDA throws lifeline to Little Cal commission

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority rescued the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission from shutting down operations Wednesday.

January 01, 2009 12:00 am

RDA throws financial lifeline to Little Cal Commission

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority rescued the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission from shutting down operations Wednesday.

December 31, 2008 12:00 am
Pawnshops offering bargains, not just loans

Pawnshops offering bargains, not just loans

Contrary to the perception, pawnbrokers say their customers are not just the down and out. The poor economy is expanding their base to the upscale.

December 30, 2008 12:00 am Photos

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Police arrest suspect in Panda Express robbery

HIGHLAND | An East Chicago man on Monday robbed a Panda Express employee on her way to make a bank deposit, Highland police Commander George Georgeff said.

December 29, 2008 12:00 am

RDA levee loan hits logjam

It remains unclear whether the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority will release the remainder of its $6 million loan to the beleaguered Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, which needs the money to keep the federal levee project moving.

December 29, 2008 12:00 am
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