Local Government

Downtown green space dedicated to former mayor Hudnut

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard announced Friday that Capitol Commons will be rededicated in honor of William Hudnut, the Republican who began the push to revitalize downtown during his four terms as mayor from 1976 to 1992.
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Mahern wants council members to disclose free game tix

January 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council is poised to approve a huge increase in ticket taxes on professional sports, and one council member wants to make sure those voting on the hike disclose the freebies they get for Pacers and Colts games.
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Ex-councilor Bateman agrees to plead guilty to fraud charges

January 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Paul C. Bateman Jr., a former Democrat city-county councilor, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to 13 counts of money laundering and wire fraud for his part in defrauding an Indianapolis physician of $1.7 million.
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Founder returning to lead city's environmental officeRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Anna Jetmore-Vargas, who started the office in 2008, had most recently worked at the environmental consulting firm Kerameda Inc.
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Democrats alter City-County Council posts, GOP member steps downRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
John Barth replaces Brian Mahern, a fierce opponent of some of Mayor Ballard's policies, as council vice president.
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Indianapolis government workers in line for raisesRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
The merit raises for non-union employees come as the city tries to trim expenses by 5 percent.
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Fishers Town Council elects new leadership

January 8, 2013
The seven-member council chose John Weingardt as president and Pete Peterson as vice president. Weingardt replaces Scott Faultless, who had been president since 2001.
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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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Mayors organize to tackle regional issuesRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The leaders of 18 central Indiana cities and towns have formed a group that intends to address regional concerns, starting with a proposed $1.3 billion, 10-year mass transit plan.
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Celadon plans $5.2M driver training center, 182 new jobs

January 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based trucking carrier Celadon Group Inc. plans to build a $5.25 million driver-training center and add 182 workers to its 633-employee local work force by 2016.
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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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Bloomington earns green distinction for city hall

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
Other than bragging rights and a plaque on the wall, what's the value of energy and environmental design certification for the city and taxpayers?
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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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Three suspects charged in Richmond Hill explosion

December 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Marion County prosecutor says homeowner Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bobby Leonard, have been charged with multiple counts of felony murder and arson.
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Fishers to kick in $8M toward new I-69 interchange

December 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Fishers Town Council voted Monday to spend $8 million in local funds toward construction of an Interstate 69 exit at 106th Street that will cost an estimated $25 million to build.
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Parks foundation gets $10M from Lilly Endowment

December 17, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has received a record-setting $10 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to upgrade 13 parks in Marion County, the foundation announced Monday.
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Johnson County officials repeal public smoking ordinance

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Johnson County commissioners voted unanimously this week to repeal a tough new public smoking ordinance less than a month before it was scheduled to go into effect.
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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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CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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Face-lift nearly complete at Eagle Creek golf courses

December 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eagle Creek Golf Club received a long-awaited face-lift this year under a contract that will rescue the city from most of its expenses stemming from the previous operator’s loan default.
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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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State's local income tax system isn't keeping up with demandRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
A report by the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute recommends streamlining the system.
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Central Indiana city looks to relax business sign rules

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
Greenfield officials are proposing new measures to relax the city's strict sign standards in an effort to be more friendly to businesses.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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