Local Government

Passengers likely would shoulder chunk of transit system costsRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Federal transit data suggests passenger fares would generate about one-fourth of the money needed to operate a suburban rail and expanded bus system proposed for the region.
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City-County Council Republican to propose tougher smoking ban

November 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
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Homeless advocates pitch local sales-tax hike

November 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said it wants Marion County taxpayers to create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for housing and services.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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City balks at Jack in the Box plans for Meridian Street siteRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Urban design guidelines prohibit new drive-throughs along Meridian or Pennsylvania streets in the downtown vicinity.
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New Republican councilor beat long odds

November 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican Jeff Miller's wife died three months before the Nov. 8 election, but he kept campaigning for City-County Council—and won in a district that leans Democratic against an incumbent.
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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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Incumbent defeats Speedway exec in Terre Haute

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Duke Bennett was elected for a second term Tuesday, defeating Democrat Fred Nation, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive.
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South Bend elects 29-year-old former Rhodes scholar

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
South Bend residents elected former Rhodes scholar and Democrat Pete Buttigieg as mayor as he easily defeated Republican Wayne Curry.
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Few polling problems reported in Marion County

November 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters are deciding Tuesday who will lead their cities for the next four years, providing an early barometer of their mood heading into a presidential election year.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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City's original Carnegie library hits the century markRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The branch at 2822 E. Washington St. was one of five libraries in the city built with funds from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.
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City files nuisance charges against property owner

November 3, 2011
The complaint alleges that David J. Williams' properties have been the subject of more than 400 violations and have generated more than 30 police reports for criminal activity.
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Carmel's Palladium subsidy multipliesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Carmel will subsidize its new performing arts complex to the tune of $5.5 million this year, nearly triple the amount provided last year.
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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

October 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.
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Kilroy’s gets liquor approval for Broad Ripple location

October 20, 2011
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission voted 3-0 to give Kilroy's a liquor permit for the location at 821 Broad Ripple Ave. despite protests from a neighborhood group.
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Johnson County eyes fee increases to offset cuts

October 15, 2011
Associated Press
Residents of a central Indiana county could pay more to own dogs or have work done at their homes and could buy a beer at county-owned property under proposals designed to bolster coffers.
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Startup dangles visas in return for funding, jobsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new enterprise in the Muncie area hopes to capitalize on wealthy foreigners’ thirst for U.S. residency.
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City plans more bike lane construction

October 7, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard has rolled out plans for an additional 75 miles of trails and bike lanes to be built throughout Indianapolis by 2015.
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Two injured on motorcycle sue Indy over police crash

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Two people who were seriously injured when an allegedly intoxicated Indianapolis police officer collided with their stopped motorcycle are seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the police department and the city in at least the third civil suit over the case.
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City seeks new operator for recycling program

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is soliciting proposals for its drop-off recycling program with the aim of boosting participation in the initiative.
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Delaware County closing office building on Fridays

October 4, 2011
Associated Press
Facing steep budget cuts, the county northeast of Indianapolis will be shutting down its main government building on Fridays and cutting the work week of nearly 150 employees.
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