Government & Economic Development

Illinois lawmakers renew efforts to keep CME Group

December 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Illinois lawmakers have reportedly reached a deal on a package of bills designed to prevent financial giant CME Group Inc. from fleeing to Indiana or another state.
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City calls off Haverstick, Redcats tax incentives

December 8, 2011
Scott Olson
Two Indianapolis companies that received tax-abatement agreements from the city in 2007 have had the incentives canceled for failing to meet investment and employment goals.
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DeLaney calls for action to boost safety at convenience stores

December 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
State Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, said at a Wednesday morning press conference that he has asked the Indiana Department of Labor to convene a forum about worker safety with police, convenience store operators, Department of Labor officials and other interested parties.
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Indiana offers $300K to stage-collapse victims

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
The state is offering at least $300,000 to families of each of the seven people who died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, with more available for those whose loved ones spent days hospitalized before their deaths, Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Tuesday.
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Daniels says state discovers extra $300 million

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the state budget will see a one-time cash infusion of $300 million from tax collections that weren't properly transferred into the general fund.
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Judge removes Bosma from case over legislative walkout fines

December 6, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins
A Marion Superior judge has ruled that state courts don’t have the ability to interfere with the Indiana General Assembly’s constitutional authority to pass laws or its own internal rules, including how it compels attendance or imposes fines.
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Eight Indiana mail centers targeted for closure

December 5, 2011
Associated Press
Eight Indiana mail-processing centers in Indiana, including a newly identified one in Columbus, are among 252 nationwide the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing beginning next April in a cost-cutting move.
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Carmel also likely competing for CME Group

December 5, 2011
Scott Olson
A letter from Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard to a company that fits the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's description says the Indianapolis suburb is prepared to offer $150 million in incentives in return for 1,700 high-paying jobs.
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Rolls-Royce tax-incentives deal set for hearing

December 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
A plan to offer a 10-year tax abatement worth $23 million for Rolls-Royce Corp. to redevelop two plants on the west side and move thousands of office workers into downtown's Faris campus is scheduled for an initial hearing Wednesday.
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Military contractor plans new Indiana headquarters

December 5, 2011
Associated Press
Sellersburg-based Rivera Consulting Group Inc. announced Monday that would build a new facility in Clarksville and expects to add up to 85 jobs over the next three years.
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Determining jobless rate far from exact science

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
The key number used nationally to determine just how deep the problem is, the unemployment rate, is the subject of its own debate.
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Indiana communities run into higher salt prices

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
Communities across Indiana could have less money to pave roads and fill potholes because of rising road salt costs.
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Kokomo upshifting with Chrysler investmentRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
City north of Indianapolis feels the power of $1.3 billion upgrade of equipment in automaker's transmission plants.
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'Buy local' law to be tweakedRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
New requirement that local governments hire local bidders came under fire.
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Indianapolis courts Chicago Mercantile Exchange

December 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis' mayor has met with top executives of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to discuss bringing the 163-year-old financial market to Indiana's largest city. A move would mean hundreds of jobs for Indianapolis.
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Lugar: Obama failing on Brazil trade, cedes clout to China

December 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said President Barack Obama is missing opportunities to strike closer ties with Brazil, allowing China to steal market share from U.S. companies in Latin America’s biggest economy.
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Indiana lawmakers want cursive mandatory in schools

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Terre Haute Sen. Tim Skinner and Oldenburg Sen. Jean Leising said they plan to submit bills when lawmakers return to Indianapolis in 2012 that would require the writing style be taught.
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Ex-aide running for Indiana seat Pence is giving up

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Andrew Phipps, a former aide to Republican Rep. Mike Pence, is joining the field for the congressional seat that Pence is giving up to run for governor.
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Plowman receives 40-month federal sentence

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A federal judge on Thursday afternoon sentenced former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman to 40 months in prison for attempted extortion and bribery.
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Prosecutors recommend 6-1/2 years for Plowman

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
The former City-County Councilor, convicted in September on federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday afternoon.
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Food company closing in Indiana has unpaid bills

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
An organic food company that is closing its eastern Indiana preparation center was offered up to $3.5 million in state tax credits to open its plant, but it owes more than $31,000 in property taxes and sewer bills.
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GOP governors group names Daniels policy chairman

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Daniels' policies have frequently been emulated by other Republican governors including Wisconsin' Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich.
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Indiana Republicans push drug tests for welfare money

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Two Indiana Republicans want welfare recipients to pass drug tests before they can receive benefits but similar measures have run up against Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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After hiking taxes, Illinois now considers easing them

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave for more tax-friendly states, including Indiana.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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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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