1. The thing about this situation that makes absolutely ZERO sense, is the fact that a solitary city councilman was able to decide who received hundreds of thousands of tax dollars from the city - with absolutely no oversight!

    Now, I know that the City of Hammond has that jacked-up ordinance allowing councilmen to determine how to spend casino tax funds in their district. But it's one thing for a city councilman to say "I think $300,000 should be spent on X, Y & Z programs/services," but it is the fiscal responsibility of the entire city council to decide who receives contracts to provide those programs/services.

    That means that even though Salinas is the one who was bribed, there is plenty of blame to be shared by the rest of the city council. They have abdicated their fiscal responsibility responsibilities by permitting an environment ripe for such abuse!!!
    October 09, 2012 4:55 pm on Munster resident admits to bribing Hammond councilman
  2. The water filtration plant received only a fraction (a little less than $2 million) of its project funding from the RDA and it is NOT "controlled" by the RDA.

    October 08, 2012 9:58 am on East Chicago refuses to pay for faulty filtration plant fix
  3. "The correspondence also contains information, such as home and email addresses, and other personal and confidential information that must be redacted by law from public filings."

    Please send prayers and letters of support to:

    Jack A. Schaap
    14706 W. 90th Avenue
    Dyer, IN 46311

    (Address available from Lake County public records.)
    September 28, 2012 3:06 pm on Court asked to seal correspondence in Schaap case
  4. This reminds me of the scene in "Crash" where the guy from the district attorney's office talks about how: "they just can't keep their hands outta the cookie jar."
    September 28, 2012 2:43 pm on Towers tries to swear in new trustee over Village Board objections
  5. McDermott will fund and operate College Bound until all his kids finish college (assuming he stays in office that long).
    July 30, 2012 9:21 am on Hammond increases College Bound scholarship
  6. Mr. Costas' statement cited drownings which occurred within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, not not the entire Lake Michigan basin - as your comment would suggest.

    July 26, 2012 9:25 am on GUEST COMMENTARY: Play at beaches, but play it safe
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