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Universal curbside recycling program looks iffyRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Finding a way to cover the cost of expanding the program with revenue from sales of recycled goods such as aluminum, plastic and glass has proved tough, even as commodities prices rise with the improving economy.
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Embattled prosecutor Brizzi plans new business

December 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said he plans a new business in reputation management. He will also work as an attorney from offices in Hamilton County and Indianapolis.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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Fourth Artsgarden walkway gets final approval

December 23, 2010
Scott Olson
Construction on the walkway that will connect the downtown PNC Center with the Indianapolis Artsgarden should begin in March. Plans to pave the gravel parking lots on the former site of Market Square also received approval.
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CIB seeking bids for stadium, convention security

December 23, 2010
Request for proposals calls for providing 24-hour security at both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as providing armed guards for special events. The CIB plans to award contracts in mid-March.
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CIB finances faring better than expected

December 13, 2010
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, through the first nine months of the year, was running $12.3 million ahead of budget, by posting $6.5 million more revenue than planned while cutting $5.8 million in expenses.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Deputy mayor keeps thick skin

December 9, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Huber_watch_videoMichael Huber has learned not to take critics' barbs personally as he oversees some of the city's biggest deals.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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North of South financing clears first hurdle

December 2, 2010
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission has approved an $86 million city loan to help fund the $155 million mixed-used development near the downtown campus of Eli Lilly and Co. The project still needs approval from the City-County Council.
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City looking for consultants to ramp up green programs

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Sustainability in November put out two requests for consultants or teams to implement environmentally friendly initiatives.
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Local parking vendor eyes contract with ACS

November 17, 2010
Scott Olson
T2 Systems Inc., which makes software to manage the enforcement of parking violations and the collection of fines, is hopeful it can continue providing the service under a new parking-meter manager.
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City-County Council OKs parking privatization

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council members voted 15-14 Monday night to clear the way for Indianapolis to lease its parking meters to a private firm, a move proponents say will upgrade the system even as it generates revenue for infrastructure improvements.
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Chicago's experience causes other cities to redo parking deals

November 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Indianapolis' City-County Council could vote Monday night on its proposed 50-year agreement with Xerox Co.’s Affiliated Computer Services, which was revised after public outcry over the original proposal.
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Daniels appoints new social services chief

November 10, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has accepted the resignation of Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Anne Murphy and has appointed the agency's chief of staff, Michael Gargano, to replace her.
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City names new controller, communications director

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jeff Spalding, a former financial administrator at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, has been named controller for the city of Indianapolis.
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Library cuts 37 employees in effort to reduce deficit

November 4, 2010
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's decision to reduce its work force is in response to expected revenue annual shortfalls of up to $4 million through 2013. The cuts follow a reduction in hours last month.
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Democrats win prosecutor's race, other Marion County seats

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Terry Curry has been elected Marion County prosecutor, defeating Republican candidate Mark Massa in a close race. Democrats also won the sheriff's race and other countywide seats.
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In rough economy, state candidates tout biz skills

November 1, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Candidates might brag about their business credentials in any campaign year, but in the lead-up to Tuesday’s election, some say it’s been particularly intense.
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Downtown apartment developers take divergent paths to financing

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. spent more than a year securing a $5 million bank loan to expand an existing project; Buckingham Cos. turned to the city to finance its ambitious project just north of the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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New parking meter plan could yield Indianapolis more cash

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The revised plan calls for less money up front, more over the life of the contract and more flexibility to terminate the 50-year deal early.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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City-County Council approves 2011 budget

October 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The CIB's $73.1 million budget, which included a $10 million payment to the Pacers for the operation of Conseco Fieldhouse, passed by a 15-14 vote.
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Some council members still unsure about CIB budget

October 25, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Capital Improvement Board’s controversial spending plan will face its final trial Monday night as the City-County Council takes up the city’s $1.1 billion budget for next year.
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Prospects for City Market brightening at lastRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
New tenants include fresh-item vendors such as a florist and produce shop, in addition to more healthful prepared foods such as juice, crepes and freshly prepared soup.
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Tax caps give township reform effort new lifeRestricted Content

October 23, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A push to eliminate township government will return to the Statehouse next year—this time with a better shot at success. Township reforms, which have been vigorously debated but never passed, have been touted as a way to make government more cost-effective.
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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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