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CIB drama goes from bad to worseRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
I am truly disgusted after reading the latest in the perennial saga of the CIB.
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Tourism should not be our focusRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
If a city really wants to attract people to its city (to live and visit), it has to become a better city, but to become a better city it has to know what it is and what it wants to be and what it can be.
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CIB executive director out-earns governor, mayor combinedRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Cory Schouten
Barney Levengood, executive director of the financially-struggling Capital Improvement Board, is one of the state's highest-paid public employees, and some wonder if his pay should be cut.
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Visible progress in the city hides other troublesRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Indianapolis still looks like a city with momentum, despite the dismal economy. But appearances can be deceiving.
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Stop funding CIBRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Well-intentioned or not, competent or not, the so-called "leaders" [sports columnist Bill Benner] referenced in your [May 4] column failed miserably in representing the best interests of taxpayers and instead presided over an unconscionable transfer of wealth from "We the people" to a small number of professional sports owners and players.
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Here's a sustainable plan for the CIBRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Brian Williams
A reasonable and workable solution to the financial challenges confronting Marion County its Capital Improvement Board should include the following:
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Here is a sustainable plan for the CIBRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Brian Williams
A vibrant Indianapolis powers a dynamic Indiana and the governor, the mayor and the members of the General Assembly should all recognize that.
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City built on leadership, cooperation is in dangerRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Bill Benner
No matter how the Capital Improvement Board funding mess plays out, we're left with resentment coming from all directions and an unprecedented splintering of the long-standing bipartisan cooperation that helped propel our city forward.
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CIB's deficit is a state problem, not a local oneRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Casting the CIB's deficit as an Indianapolis problem is simplistic and inaccurate because it overlooks the millions of dollars in state tax revenue generated by those venues and an endless list of vendors that do business with them.
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General Assembly is shame of IndianaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
When we read that all the Democrats in the House voted against all the Republicans in the House on a given issue, we know independence has been cruelly killed by the leadership of each party. The same applies to the Senate.
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Competing interests to collide in final days of sessionRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The two principal matters that all agree must be resolved are the biennial budget and a plan to return the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency.
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No playoffs, but plenty of positives for PacersRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Bill Benner
Without question, the Pacers' road back to contending status remains decidedly uphill, but they have the talents of Danny Granger and other strong players and have worked hard to gain community support.
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Daniels strangely quiet as fiscal issues festerRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Indiana General Assembly session will end with a focus on what has dominated discussion since Organization Day back in November: fiscal issues.
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CIB rescue plan counts on new hotel being big successRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Marion County Capital Improvement Board's bailout depends on the success of Indianapolis' new downtown JW Marriott convention hotel.
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Detroit reminds us not to squander what we haveRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill Benner
My prevailing thoughts upon returning from Detroit were how fortunate Indianapolis is when it comes to hosting these kinds of events, and how a thriving downtown is essential to (A) success of the region and (B) national perception.
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CIB solution may be wrapped into state budgetRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
The Legislature has been behaving as expected lately: little public sound and fury, but action beginning to stir behind the scenes.
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ICVA seeks extra $15M to market new centerRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says it needs more sales and marketing firepower to fill an expanded convention center and adjacent hotels. That means asking the city's Capital Improvement Board—one of ICVA's primary sources of funds—for a budget increase of up to 50 percent at the worst possible time.
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CIB can't count on mall fundersRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
If the Capital Improvement Board comes, hat in hand, looking for help, we trust the investing companies will carefully weigh the benefits they've derived from the city and its thriving downtown before delivering an answer.
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Indians concerned about possible ticket taxRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Some local officials wrestling with the Capital Improvement Board's $37 million deficit think part of the profit made by the Indianapolis Indians could be used to narrow that deficit, but Indian officials balk at that idea because they say they've already paid more than their share.
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CIB could ask for $34 million in write-offs from Circle Centre investors to ease deficitRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A group of mostly local companies that made big investments to help launch Circle Centre mall soon could be asked to write off a portion of profits they agreed to redirect into the construction of Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Are we victims of 'group think'?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
John Guy
"Group think," a powerful and controlling force, was present as the Capital Improvement Board built Lucas Oil Stadium and Eli Lilly and Co. developed and marketed Zyprexa.
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Don't ask the ColtsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Colts are our "heroes," the bedrock of our community (at least for the few months per year that most of them spend here). Why should these esteemed athletes help the city?
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It's time for Colts, fans to pay upRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
I agree 100 percent that Colts' owner Jim Irsay should step up to the plate to help bail out the Capital Improvement Board debt and that Colts' ticket holders should be taxed.
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Pacers: We've lost money 9 of last 10 yearsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Swamped by financial losses that go back to the time Herb and Mel Simon bought the Indiana Pacers in 1983, team officials are now looking for a new game plan—one that may involve financial assistance from taxpayers and visitors.
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Credit crunch creates bond crisis for CIBRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Capital Improvement Board's $43 million in debts must be settled soon, or the entity may not be able to survive.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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