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City plans to borrow $135M for Rebuild Indy

August 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials said Thursday that they intend to spend $350 million over the next three years to improve streets, sidewalks, trails and bridges. More than a third would come from a proposed bond issue.
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Indianapolis aims to become top center for cricket

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Midwestern city best known for its basketball and auto racing is gearing up for a proper game of cricket — the ball-and-bat sport most Americans know only from British films or by surfing through international sports channels.
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Ballard veto hints at plan to increase police on streets

June 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Instead of freeing up $6 million in Rebuild Indy funds for new recruits, city officials will soon debut a plan to move 100 officers from desk jobs to patrol, according to the mayor.
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City to host USA Cricket championships in 2014

June 14, 2013
The tournament is slated for the new Indianapolis World Sports Park on the far-east side for three years beginning in 2014, the USA Cricket Association said.
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Commission OK'd land bank deals with charities

May 29, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City development officials were outraged last year to learn that the Indy Land Bank allowed investors to circumvent a public bidding process for real estate by working through a not-for-profit entity. Yet they continued to approve Land Bank transactions with not-for-profits.
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City fires indicted DMD employees, hires special attorney

May 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The city terminated two employees indicted this week on fraud charges stemming from a bribery scheme involving the Indianapolis Land Bank. It also hired a veteran attorney to review city policies and handle communications about the scheme.
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Republicans to question Ballard's $6M sports park

April 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council's GOP caucus will grill the mayor's staff in a private meeting Monday evening about plans for the park, which caught many of them by surprise last week.
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Mayor Ballard joins infrastructure task forceRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is among 17 mayors of large U.S. cities that joined a new infrastructure task force convened by the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Ballard: New $6M complex will help attract world sports

April 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard revealed in India Tuesday that Indianapolis hopes to host the inaugural United States Cricketing Championship next year. The venue would be a little-discussed park on the east side undergoing a $6 million transformation.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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Ballard plans to strengthen panhandling ordinance

March 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to ban all forms of panhandling in the city's busiest downtown area following long-running complaints from convention officials and city boosters about people begging for money along downtown streets.
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Ballard plans new redevelopment effort for Market Square site

March 7, 2013
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City speech scheduled for Friday, plans to call for new proposals for the downtown site that previously was home to Market Square Arena. The city expects the proposals to include a high-rise building with a major retail component.
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Mayor ups push to reform schools, hopes to halt family flightRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Concerned that a shortage of high-quality schools is fueling a loss of population in Marion County, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration and a series of community groups have drawn up a preliminary plan to help replicate the city’s most successful schools.
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Ballard postpones India trip

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trade mission will be rescheduled following bomb blasts that killed 11 in sister city.
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Ballard: Don't measure trade missions by new jobsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
About to embark on his eighth trade mission since 2008, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is committed to keeping up the city’s international profile, regardless of whether that results in a major economic-development deal.
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Ballard won't levy charter fee, despite fiscal squeezeRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard is nationally recognized as a rigorous charter authorizer, picky about which schools open and willing to shut down the under-performers. But there is a cost to the city’s education work and Ballard may have to consider how much of it can be supported by the city’s maxed-out general fund alone.
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City set to hike entertainment, visitor taxes

January 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis City-County Council leaders have agreed to increase visitor and entertainment taxes to avoid what one councilor called a drastic reduction in services.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: Council Dem Mahern plays role of antagonist

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council Vice President Brian Mahern emerged as the chief foe of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s redevelopment agenda.
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Ballard may wrest management of fieldhouse from Pacers

December 22, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis recently agreed to pay $10 million to help Pacers Sports & Entertainment run Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another year, but Mayor Greg Ballard wants to find out in the meantime whether the city can get a better deal on the venue’s management.
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City unveils plan to convert vehicle fleet from gas, diesel

December 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard outlined plans to shift the city's fleet of cars, heavy trucks and even police cruisers to a mix of electricity and natural gas by 2025.
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Seven more charter schools on tap for Indianapolis

December 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard’s office has approved seven more charters—more than half as many as he approved in his previous five years in office.
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Mayor reaches preliminary pact with police, firefighter unions

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
After saying in August he would revoke raises for police officers and firefighters, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has agreed in principal to a new contract that would delay a 3 percent salary hike by six months.
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Ballard to nix parts of council budget

October 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to sign a $1 billion budget plan approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council earlier this month, but only after using his line-item veto powers to kill major portions of it.
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Democrat-controlled committee OKs tapping CIB for $15M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The plan—opposed by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and members of the CIB—now advances to the City-County Council.
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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.

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  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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