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Addition approved for Bethel Church

CEDAR LAKE | Bethel Church has won Plan Commission approval to construct a new building.

1 hour ago

Hebron accepts grant for eco-friendly lighting

HEBRON | The town received a $15,000 grant from the Porter County Economic Development Alliance to replace solar lights on four signs at the entrances to Hebron.

4 hours ago

Big changes to public pensions may be on horizon

INDIANAPOLIS | Region residents considering a career in state or local government, including public education, may want to begin working in the next few years or risk losing a guaranteed pension benefit at retirement.

6 hours ago

Porter County ups recycling fee by $5

VALPARAISO | For the first time since Porter County instituted a fee for recycling, businesses will have to pay along with residents beginning in January.

7 hours ago

Crete approves parking restrictions in industrial park

CRETE | The Village Board has approved the installation of “No Parking Anytime” signs in the Crete Park of Commerce industrial park located on the eastern edge of the suburb.

9 hours ago

BMV admits more overcharges, blames computer program

INDIANAPOLIS | Oops, they did it again.

11 hours ago

Calumet City approves road, construction projects

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved several road and construction projects at Thursday's meeting in Calumet City.

September 16, 2014 12:00 am

Donations to fuel Kouts firetruck repair

KOUTS | The town's Fire Department has gotten its money's worth out of a 1993 Kenworth semi trailer it had converted into a tanker truck seven or eight years ago and, with the help of a lot of pork chop dinners, hopes to get many more miles out of it.

September 15, 2014 8:30 pm

Cedar Lake may reconsider ambulance fees

CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake may want to revisit its ambulance fees, given new information regarding its responsibilities, the town’s attorney told the Town Council earlier this month.

September 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Portage may have to become creative to fund projects

PORTAGE | With the funding for three major projects still up in the air, city officials may have to get creative.

September 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Key lawmakers divided on more business tax cuts

INDIANAPOLIS | A split appears to be developing between two powerful Republican state senators over whether Indiana businesses need more tax cuts.

September 15, 2014 5:40 pm
Valparaiso School Board

Valparaiso School Board

Valparaiso School Board meets Sept. 18.

September 15, 2014 3:38 pm

Northcote Bridge work plugs last hole in dike for Munster

MUNSTER | Raising the Northcote Avenue Bridge over the Little Calumet River will close the “last hole in the dike” through Munster,” says Town Engineer Jim Mandon.

September 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Councilman suggests designating money for lake dredging

CEDAR LAKE | Councilman John Foreman is suggesting the town put aside a portion of its Lake County income tax revenues into a fund to dredge the lake.

September 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Cal City adopts accounting whistleblower policy

CALUMET CITY | Officials approved a policy to put procedures in place for financial "whistleblowing" at Thursday's Calumet City council meeting.

September 14, 2014 4:45 pm

Munster plans to tackle Centennial Park clubhouse woes

MUNSTER | Town officials have some big decisions to make about repairs to the sinking and shifting Centennial Park clubhouse.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Landscaping company wants to build new structure in Cedar Lake

CEDAR LAKE | T&J Landscaping wants to open a new building on Wicker Avenue.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Whiting signs South Shore expansion pact

WHITING | The Whiting City Council has committed financially to the proposed expansion project for the South Shore Rail line.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Lynwood police accept help to get body armor for their officers and dog

LYNWOOD | The Village Board this week accepted a pair of donations that will help provide their Police Department with body armor to keep officers safe while on duty.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Sauk Village honors 30-year firefighter who is leaving south suburb

SAUK VILLAGE | The Village Board paid tribute to a three-decade veteran of the Fire Department who is planning to leave the south suburb.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Portage council, commission take a close look at projects, financing

PORTAGE | The City Council and Redevelopment Commission took a close look at three projects Thursday night.

September 11, 2014 10:30 pm
Valparaiso Site Review Committee

Valparaiso Site Review Committee

Valparaiso Site Review Committee meets Sept. 16.

September 10, 2014 4:44 pm

Brentwood subdivision stormwater project to begin Oct. 1

PORTAGE | Contractors should begin mobilizing work on the Brentwood subdivision stormwater project on Oct. 1.

September 10, 2014 3:33 pm

Whiting named Green Community of the Year

WHITING | The city will receive a 2014 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Green Community of the Year Award at the association's annual conference today in Fort Wayne.

September 09, 2014 8:00 pm

Munster Council appoints interim town manager

MUNSTER | Filling an administrative void caused by the departure of former Town Manager Tom DeGiulio, the Munster Town Council appointed Assistant Town Manager Clay Johnson as Interim Town Manager at Monday’s meeting.

September 09, 2014 5:13 pm

Ill. attorney general orders Sauk Village to comply with FOIA request

SAUK VILLAGE | The Illinois attorney general’s office this week ordered Sauk Village officials to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request regarding a conference Village Clerk Debbie Williams and other officials attended last year in Washington, D.C.

September 09, 2014 1:40 pm

Tax abatements for E.C. buildling rehab stalled

EAST CHICAGO | City Council members tabled requests for tax abatements as American Crossroads Group, LLC seeks to rehabilitate a 100,000 square foot building on property at 3600 Michigan Ave.

September 07, 2014 8:30 pm

Wilkening named to vacant seats on BZA, planning board

CEDAR LAKE | The town has chosen an old hand to fill an open seat on the Plan Commission.

September 07, 2014 12:05 am

Highland awards pacts for new police station amid cost concerns

HIGHLAND | The Highland Town Council has selected 11 contractors to build the new police station, but not without concerns the project  could eventually go over its $10 million budget.

September 06, 2014 7:15 pm

Council, RDC to hold workshop on proposed $11.2 million bond issue

PORTAGE | There's little doubt that the city's police station could use an overhaul or that a new fire station along Central Avenue would be useful.

September 06, 2014 6:30 pm

Cedar Lake launching search for Ian Nicolini's replacement

CEDAR LAKE | The search for a new Cedar Lake town manager has begun.

September 06, 2014 6:08 pm

Hobart considers bond for street repairs

HOBART | The city is establishing financing to improve dozens of streets.

September 05, 2014 8:35 pm

Board offers another chance for dilapidated, century-old house

HOBART | A Hobart land owner has received an opportunity to improve an eyesore on his property before the city tears it down.

September 05, 2014 7:15 pm

Porter County Board position to be filled in September

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Board of Commissioners' office has a board position that needs to be filled in October.

September 05, 2014 12:00 am
Valparaiso City Council

Valparaiso City Council

Valparaiso City Council meets Sept. 8.

September 04, 2014 1:39 pm
Old Mill structure deemed unsafe; demolition urged

Old Mill structure deemed unsafe; demolition urged

MERRILLVILLE | The declining condition of the former Old Mill building has created a safety hazard the town looks to address by razing the facility.

September 03, 2014 9:00 pm Photos


Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

Lake County solid waste board terminates Langbehn's contract

The Lake County solid waste district terminated the contract of its longtime executive director Wednesday amid accusations he misled board members about a $751.14 designer purse and accessories given to a female subordinate.

September 03, 2014 7:45 pm Photos


Lake County officials ask, but may not receive budget wishes

CROWN POINT | Local government officials took advantage of the one day in the year when they can ask for salary increases, more employees and new office supplies and no one tells them no.

September 03, 2014 7:30 pm

Hobart cop wants access to disciplinary files of current, former officers

HOBART | A Hobart police officer who has been on administrative leave since February 2013 on Tuesday continued his attempt to acquire the disciplinary files of current and former officers by filing a public access request with the city.

September 03, 2014 5:54 pm

Portage takes first steps to lure company from Wisconsin

PORTAGE | The City Council on Tuesday approved the initial idea of establishing a small economic revitalization area along Ind. 149 in Portage hoping to luring business from Wisconsin.

September 02, 2014 8:45 pm

Council awards contract for sidewalk, concrete repairs

CALUMET CITY | The City Council awarded a contract for the city's sidewalk and concrete program that will oversee repairs across the south suburban community.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

Langbehn stands to lose highest statewide waste district salary

At least $107,000 in annual salary and compensation, a $600-per-month government funded take-home vehicle and a district credit card used for thousands of dollars in meal purchases and gas annually could all be at risk Wednesday.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am Related

Dyer awards contract for Canadian National Railway screen

DYER | The sole bid for Phase One of the Canadian National Railway tracks landscape screening project has come in over budget, but the Town Council accepted it anyway.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Will a designer purse end Langbehn's career?

Jeff Langbehn's 21-year tenure as director of the Lake County solid waste district has survived a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement, a failed trash-to-ethanol contract costing taxpayers thousands more and a nearly successful legislative attempt to strip his agency's taxing authority.

September 01, 2014 11:00 pm

Holladay Properties to market Portage property

PORTAGE | Holladay Properties will market city-owned property here.

September 01, 2014 7:00 pm

Lone bid open for Portage City Hall exterior project

PORTAGE | The city's Redevelopment Commission opened the single bid this week to complete restoration of the exterior of City Hall.

September 01, 2014 5:04 pm

Commission seeking bids on Robbins Road project

PORTAGE | More than two years after it was proposed, the city's Redevelopment Commission will seek bids on a project aimed to improve traffic flow at Willowcreek and Robbins roads.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Homeless shelter opening in East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO | A vacant, four-unit apartment building on Alexander Avenue is being converted into the city's first homeless shelter.

August 31, 2014 10:00 pm
Work connecting Portage Lakefront to South Shore nears completion

Work connecting Portage Lakefront to South Shore nears completion

PORTAGE | In just a couple of months, someone riding the South Shore will be able to stop at the Portage station and walk to Lake Michigan.

August 31, 2014 9:30 pm

Clean fill operation proposed for Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | The town’s Board of Zoning Appeals is backing a potential clean fill facility.

August 31, 2014 4:25 pm
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