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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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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Greenwood mayoral rivals run from big-spender labelRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Greenwood's three mayoral candidates are distancing themselves from current Mayor Charles Henderson, who lost in the May primary in large part because of his unpopular proposals for adding amenities to the southern suburb designed to attract new businesses.
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Government pension performance stings citiesRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The pension fund that holds benefits for public employees has seen improved investment returns over the last two years, but the hammering it took during the depths of the recession continues to deal a blow to cities, counties and other employers.
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Former City-County Councilor Plowman found guilty

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City County Councilor Lincoln Plowman, found guilty Thursday afternoon of federal bribery and attempted extortion charges, will await sentencing on home detention.
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Pan Am Plaza damage subject of court battles

September 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The owner of Pan Am Plaza’s parking garage, which the city partially closed on Wednesday over safety concerns, has fought legal battles over the damage with Indiana Sports Corp. and Central Parking System.
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Jury hears closing arguments in Plowman case

September 15, 2011
Scott Olson
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman is accused of using his official position to collect $6,000 to help gain zoning approval for a new strip club. He's charged with bribery and attempted extortion.
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POULAKIDAS: Raise demands for city-county councilorsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kostas Poulakidas / Special to IBJ
Why is not our expectation that councilors come up with original ideas and solutions to the daily problems our communities face so we know they are qualified?
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Video shows former councilor taking money from FBI agent

September 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Prosecutors showed video in court of a former Indianapolis City-County Council member taking what they say was a $5,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent seeking help opening a strip club in the city.
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Change of direction prompts City Market leader's resignation

September 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Jim Reilly, who oversaw a major renovation of the historic building, will step down from his second stint as executive director on Sept. 13 while City Market officials explore outsourcing leadership duties.
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Former City-County Councilor’s trial gets under way

September 6, 2011
Scott Olson
An attorney for Lincoln Plowman, a former City-County Council member on trial for attempted extortion, says his client was seeking payment for his services, not soliciting a bribe from an undercover agent posing as a strip-club operator.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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