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Bernanke's speech at Economic Club a coup for city

September 17, 2012
Scott Olson
The chairman of the Federal Reserve is scheduled to speak at the Economic Club of Indiana's Oct. 1 meeting, an event that should put Indianapolis in the national spotlight given the Fed's recent and controversial decision to try to stimulate the economy.
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Rising gas prices put a crimp in Americans' spending

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
The Federal Reserve this week took steps to boost economic growth. But those stimulus measures are also pushing oil prices up. If gas prices follow, consumers will have less money to spend elsewhere.
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Banker takes stage as choir conductorRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
BMO Harris executive vice president will lead Indianapolis Symphonic Choir season debut.
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North-side office building falls into foreclosure

August 27, 2012
A nearly 100,000-square-foot office building on East 46th Street in Indianapolis is in foreclosure after lenders found the owner in default on a $4.5 million loan. A hearing to appoint a receiver to manage the property has been set for Sept. 5.
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Old National to close nine branches in Indianapolis area

August 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
Evansville-based Old National Bank will close nine Indianapolis-area branches near the end of the year and consolidate them into nearby branches in a move to streamline its operations.
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National, state foreclosure starts on the rise

August 9, 2012
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The number of homes that received an initial notice of default — the first step in the foreclosure process — increased 6 percent in July compared to the same month last year. Foreclosure starts rose 83 percent in Indiana.
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KeyCorp's big bet on Indianapolis paying offRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Greg Andrews
Over the last three years, Key has invested millions to add 13 central Indiana branches, bringing the total to 46.
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RENNINGER: Community bankers fret a lot these daysRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Mike Renninger / Special to IBJ
Several strong headwinds make future viability of many smaller institutions a questionable proposition.
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Some banks beginning to raise dividendsRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Some of the most telling signs that banks finally may be recovering from the economic downturn are their decisions to begin increasing dividends.
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Old National reports higher profit, revenue

July 30, 2012
Loan growth in the consumer and real estate sectors helped Evansville-based Old National Bancorp report higher profit and revenue in the second quarter, the company said Monday morning.
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Treasury gives TARP banks more time to consider their optionsRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Banks now have until October to avoid having preferred shares auctioned by federal government.
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Six banks that owe Treasury walk TARP tightropeRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Six of the 17 Indiana banks that relied on the federal government to shore up their balance sheets in the recession have yet to repay, and the U.S. Treasury isn’t going to wait forever.
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First Internet Bancorp reports higher earnings

July 19, 2012
First Internet Bancorp, parent of Indianapolis-based First Internet Bank, said Thursday that profit rose 55 percent in the second quarter compared with the year-ago period.
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PNC earnings sink on soured home mortgages

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said Wednesday its second-quarter net income shrank 41 percent, as the bank set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to buy back home mortgages.
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Regional investing conference heavy on Indiana banksRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Event organizers say Wall Street isn't the only place to drum up interest in stocks.
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Old National names ex-Indiana chief justice as director

July 9, 2012
Associated Press
Old National Bancorp has appointed former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard to its board of directors.
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Heartland Bancshares approves acquisition by HorizonRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
The deal, effective July 17, will give the Michigan City bank its first presence in Central Indiana.
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Bank of Montreal targets Midwest, Indy for growth

June 26, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Bank of Montreal's 2011 acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley Corp. is finally helping it make in-roads in the U.S. Midwest. It has identified five U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, where it aims to add new branches or make acquisitions.
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AUDIO: Wiretaps capture Durham, co-defendants scrambling

June 15, 2012
Greg Andrews, Mason King, Cory Schouten
Durham wiretap audio video
                           iconA series of government-recorded phone calls have provided some of the most riveting courtroom moments during the fraud trial of Tim Durham and two co-defendants.
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MainSource Bank snags prime former Borders space

June 6, 2012
Cory Schouten
MainSource Bank plans to open its first Indianapolis branch in part of the former home of Borders at the southeast corner of Meridian and Washington streets downtown.
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South-side medical office building in foreclosure

May 18, 2012
Munster-based Citizens Financial Bank claims the owner of the building at 1340 E. County Line Road owes $4.1 million on a loan originating from 2002 and is seeking to have a court-appointed receiver manage the building's operations.
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Greenwood sues bank to collect $917,000 letter of credit

May 18, 2012
J.K. Wall
The City of Greenwood says a Minnesota bank owes it more than $900,000 to pay for street and sewer improvements left undone by the bankrupt developer of a mobile home park along U.S. 31.
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JPMorgan Chase takes fire for 'hedge,' $2 billion loss

May 12, 2012
Associated Press
More than three years after the financial industry almost collapsed, the colossal misfire has been cited as proof that big banks still do not understand the threats posed by their own speculation.
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Hundreds losing jobs at local Aurora Bank office

April 25, 2012
Scott Olson
The bank said it will terminate all 450 employees at its office on the northeast side of Indianapolis as the troubled residential mortgage servicing provider prepares to sell a large portion of its assets.
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Ex-bank exec Alley to take over Indiana revenue office

April 13, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Former Fifth Third Bank president Mike Alley will take over as the state's revenue commissioner. He'll replace John Eckart, who resigned last week amid controversy over misplaced local option income taxes.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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