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$500M Indy justice center relies on novel funding

August 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will pay an annual fee to a private-sector consortium that will design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility. According to the Ballard administration, the project won’t require a tax hike.
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Owner of controversial Geist billboard sues city

July 11, 2014
Scott Olson
The company is seeking nearly $1 million from the city after it was forced to remove the billboard, even though it conformed to zoning guidelines for the property.
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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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Indy's Evolution: Johnson County steps up growth chaseRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Dan Human
The county south of Indianapolis was king of the suburbs in the 1970s, but now has fallen far behind Hamilton to the north in population and income, and in recent years slipped behind Hendricks County to the west.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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Institute analyzing proposed sites for criminal justice complex

March 10, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
The Indiana University Public Policy Institute is analyzing proposed sites for a Marion County Criminal Justice Complex and may reveal its findings by the end of this week.
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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Some attorneys not sold on proposed justice complex

January 15, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
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City inviting proposals for new courts-jail complex

December 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Marion County criminal-justice complex project could rival Indianapolis airport terminal in cost, entail public-private financing deal.
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Mayor champions plan to relocate justice center

December 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Mayor Greg Ballard and Marion County law enforcement officials on Wednesday morning expect to announce plans for a new criminal justice complex, moving operations currently located in the City-County Building and elsewhere downtown.
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Veteran-owned business push lags goalRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Dan Human
A city program to help veteran-owned businesses fell short of its goal for its first three years, and it looks like the fourth will be the same.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Marion County, Simon tangle over value of malls

October 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A years-long fight between Marion County and mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. has moved to the Indiana Tax Court as a judge weighs vastly different estimates of the values of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall.
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Dems, mayor reach budget deal that includes more police on streets

October 14, 2013
Scott Olson
The agreement funds a $15 million budget shortfall for 2014 and could result in a net gain of 80 police officers by 2015. The City-County Council overwhelmingly approved the budget Monday evening.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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Doctor charged with overprescribing painkillers

August 19, 2013
Mason King, Associated Press
Dr. Segun Rasaki, 49, prescribed drugs like hydrocodone and methadone to people who didn't need them, and submitted fraudulent insurance claims such as duplicate billings, according to court documents.
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Anderson Speedway fights bill for overdue taxes

August 1, 2013
Associated Press
Madison County officials say the company that owns the race track owes $125,000 in overdue property taxes. The Speedway believes it has been charged too much.
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Mayor's redistricting plan shot down by judicial panel

July 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
In a 3-2 decision issued Wednesday, three Democratic judges ruled to strike down the map and redraw new districts. Two Republican judges said the district map should stay.
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Officials weigh moving Hamilton County offices

June 22, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Space is at a premium in the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center, prompting officials to consider solutions running the gamut from an expansion of the existing building to a mass exodus from downtown Noblesville.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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