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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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Marion County could get windfall from property tax saleRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The sale of tax-delinquent properties brought in $13 million above the city’s expenses.
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Mayor has monumental plan for Georgia Street, delays name change

September 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard temporarily calls off plans to rename the historic street to instead focus on a project that would line it with 30 monuments saluting famous Hoosiers.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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LA firm to oversee construction of city's sewage tunnel

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Aecom, a global firm that also is one of the companies rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City, designed the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, the linchpin of a tunnel system the city will build to handle sewage overflows during rain storms.
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City-County Councilor Nytes named library CEO

September 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jackie Nytes was chosen as the next CEO of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library on Thursday night by the system's board of trustees.
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Township board OKs small claims court move

September 22, 2011
The Center Township Board on Wednesday approved a plan to move the township's small claims court from the City-County Building to the Julia M. Carson Government Center on Fall Creek Parkway despite a judge's objections.
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Councilor launches opposition to Georgia Street renaming

September 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Democrat City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield has submitted a resolution that urges Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to "cease and desist from all efforts to rename Georgia Street."
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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