Local Government

IndyGo unveils design of $20M downtown transit center

February 27, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the hub, which Mayor Greg Ballard noted Thursday in his annual State of the City address, is set to begin this fall with completion expected by the end of 2015.
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City-County Council approves 'ban the box' proposal

February 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council passed a "ban the box" ordinance by a wide margin Monday night. The ordinance says the city and its contractors may not use prior criminal convictions as a screening tool in hiring.
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Potholes devouring municipal budgets locally, across U.S.

February 24, 2014
Bloomberg News
About three-fourths of U.S. states and many cities, including Indianapolis, have outspent their maintenance budgets dealing with the extreme weather.
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Delph gains names recognition in fight with own party

February 23, 2014
Associated Press analysis
When conservative state Sen. Mike Delph took to Twitter about gay marriage and ultimately lost his formal vestiges of power within the Senate Republican caucus, he gained something far more valuable in the world of politics.
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Indy officials work to strengthen rental-property inspection bill

February 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A proposal under consideration by the Legislature would curb rental-property inspection programs, but local officials worked with its author to let cities set up landlord registries.
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Zionsville sticks with big-box ban despite growth push

February 15, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Even as retail development continues to proliferate just outside Zionsville’s borders, town officials say they remain committed to an 8-year-old zoning ordinance banning big-box stores.
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Proposed criminal justice complex draws five bidders

February 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the meantime, city officials are arranging to meet with lawyers, judges and residents who are concerned about moving jails and courts from downtown's core.
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Prominent criminal lawyer: Airport site for complex 'cannot work'

February 12, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said the airport site hasn’t officially been selected, although it did score highest among sites the city evaluated.
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Companies rethink hiring policies for former criminals

February 7, 2014
Bloomberg News
State and local lawmakers around the country, including some in Indianapolis, are supporting efforts to increase the hiring of ex-offenders.
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City committee again delays vote on MSA tower’s financing

February 4, 2014
Scott Olson
Members of the Metropolitan and Economic Development Committee said they needed more information on Flaherty & Collins' proposed $81 million high-rise project on the former Market Square Arena site.
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Indy political, business leader Beurt SerVaas dies at 94

February 3, 2014
SerVaas was elected to the City-County Council in 1962 and served for more than 40 years, including 27 as council president. He was one of the architects of Unigov, the consolidated city-county government plan credited with revitalizing Indianapolis.
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Airport site identified as 'preferred' for criminal-justice complex

February 3, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
An airport location and the former GM metal-stamping property near downtown are the top two sites listed for a Marion County jails-courts complex in a market survey of 14 potential sites conducted for the city by real estate services firm CBRE.
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Sheriff's challengers prepare for high-profile political fight

February 3, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County Sheriff John Layton faces heavy criticism from two challengers, Republican Emmitt Carney and Democrat Mark Brown.
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Mass-transit bill clears Senate committee, with changes

January 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mass-transit bill for metro Indianapolis cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday morning, but left open many questions about how such a system would be funded. An amendment to the bill nixed the use of light rail.
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Cold prompts shutdown of local government Tuesday

January 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said City-County government will be closed Tuesday due to the forecast of "dangerously cold temperatures." He also imposed a two-hour delay for local government on Wednesday.
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Ballard, Curry split on gun-violence billRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry opposes a measure that would create a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence for crimes committed with a firearm. Mayor Greg Ballard and his public safety director support it.
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Indiana business tax changes still worry some mayors

January 23, 2014
Associated Press
Some local-government officials around the state remain concerned about changes Indiana lawmakers are considering to the state's property tax on business equipment.
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City, state to scrutinize charter curriculum that questions evolution

January 22, 2014
J.K. Wall
A Texas-based education organization with approval to open two Indianapolis charter schools teaches creationism and Christian-based character virtues, according to an article by Slate.com. It has prompted an expedited review of the group's curriculum by Indianapolis and state education officials.
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City close to maxing out $7.3M snow-removal budget

January 21, 2014
Mason King
The city spent about 70 percent of its annual budget on just the first 10 days of the year. With the Department of Public Works' Indy Snow Force scheduled to work on the latest snowfall through 11 p.m. Tuesday, the city is nearing its cap.
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Design of new downtown fire station to get first review

January 21, 2014
Scott Olson
Construction of the new fire station on East 10th Street would help clear the way for a $43 million apartment and retail project on Massachusetts Avenue where the Indianapolis Fire Department's headquarters now stands.
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Councilor gives panhandling proposal more time

January 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The sponsor of a panhandling ordinance plans to pull it from City-County Council consideration for a second time Tuesday night. Councilor Jeff Miller said he'll reintroduce it in February with easier-to-understand language.
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Foes of $25M Broad Ripple project go to court

January 20, 2014
Scott Olson
The local group wants a judge to overturn the city's decision to grant zoning variances for the apartment-and-retail project. In the meantime, developer Browning Investments is moving forward with its plans.
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Website operator for cities expandingRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Dan Human
An Indianapolis company that manages websites and processes payments for dozens of cities and towns plans to raise $2 million to grow.
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U.S. Attorney Hogsett ends mayoral run speculation

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
The former Indiana secretary of state said he intends to remain in his position as the top federal prosecutor for much of the state through 2016.
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Some attorneys not sold on proposed justice complex

January 15, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Moving the Marion County Jail, courts and other criminal justice functions to a consolidated site outside of downtown could gut businesses in the Mile Square and play havoc with legal offices, attorneys say.
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