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IBJ rolls out politics website

November 6, 2013
Staff Report
The central Indiana business news authority has elevated the idea behind its popular Forefront section and created a website similarly focused on commentary about politics, policy and government.
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Redevelopment commission for Carmel in turmoilRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The city's big-spending redevelopment commission, which helped fund some of Carmel's most ambitious projects, now is facing a tight budget, a staff exodus and brow-raising audit.
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Central Indiana trustee pleads guilty to taking $270,000

October 31, 2013
Associated Press
Sandra Norman was charged with stealing the money by writing checks to herself, friends and her boyfriend since she became trustee in early 2011.
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Preservationists float ideas for reusing City Hall

October 30, 2013
Scott Olson
An upscale hotel, a brewery and an event center were among the proposals suggested by members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group is holding its annual conference in Indianapolis for the first time.
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Indiana's long fight for less government has politicians protecting own

October 30, 2013
Bloomberg News
Economists and politicians on both sides of the aisle have argued for years that streamlining government in Indiana could save millions of dollars, but vested interests and fear of change have stymied real reform.
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Marion County, Simon tangle over value of malls

October 29, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
A years-long fight between Marion County and mall developer Simon Property Group Inc. has moved to the Indiana Tax Court as a judge weighs vastly different estimates of the values of Lafayette Square Mall and Washington Square Mall.
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Indiana to seek better future deal on Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.
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Dems, mayor reach budget deal that includes more police on streets

October 14, 2013
Scott Olson
The agreement funds a $15 million budget shortfall for 2014 and could result in a net gain of 80 police officers by 2015. The City-County Council overwhelmingly approved the budget Monday evening.
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Developer seeks tax break on $16.2M apartment project

October 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Herman & Kittle Properties Inc. would save $452,000 in property taxes on the development, slated for 22.5 acres on the southwest side.
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Council to weigh probe of public safety lease deal

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The City-County Council will decide Monday whether to create a committee to scrutinize the Regional Operations Center, which Public Safety Director Troy Riggs vacated in September over safety concerns.
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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

October 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The 4-mile stretch of the Wapahani Trail will connect White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street near Eli Lilly and Co.'s 255-acre private park.
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Candidates scarce so far for Fishers' first city election

October 4, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Only two contenders have thrown their hats in the ring, with 10 positions open and just seven months to go before the fledgling city's debut election. Lack of defined district boundaries is a hurdle.
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Former City Hall could reopen for planning work

October 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city's development director hopes to launch a countywide planning effort, and he wants it to take place on the first floor of the vacant, century-old building at 202 N. Alabama St.
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Councilor takes aim at Browning's Broad Ripple apartment project

October 1, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
At-large City-County Council member Zach Adamson says that even if the apartments-and-grocery project gets an OK from city development officials on Wednesday, he might force an additional hearing.
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City planning division takes budget hit, cuts five staffers

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will rely more on public-private partnerships to hammer out long-term goals for neighborhoods, after laying off half its long-range planning staff.
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City-County Council, Ballard still split on budget

September 23, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council approved one piece of Mayor Greg Ballard's budget proposal Monday night, but they're no closer to agreement on the whole $1 billion spending plan.
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Fishers plans new development on train-station site

September 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Incentive deals are on the table to keep two high-potential businesses in Fishers, and the town is poised to pull the trigger on redevelopment of the Fishers Train Station property—where one of the firms could occupy third-floor office space.
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City votes to end tax break for tech staffing firm

September 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Metropolitan Development Commission voted Wednesday to cancel a tax abatement for Indianapolis-based tech staffing firm BCForward, since it didn't hit job-creation targets laid out in a 2009 economic development agreement.
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Indy faces $80K in fines for trash collector death

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
A workplace safety inspection prompted by the death of an Indianapolis trash collector has resulted in 10 violations and proposed fines of $80,000 for the city's public works department.
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Noblesville to developers: Pay fee, cut open space near parks

September 14, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Common Council members this month approved changes in the city’s land-use law that will allow residential developers within a half-mile of public parks to set aside less property as open space—for a price.
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Union calls for probe into unsafe operations center

September 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs removed about 150 workers from a city police department regional operations center Monday because city fire and building inspectors deemed the building unsafe.
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Zionsville believes in power of small loansRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The town has started supporting tiny business loans in its tax-increment financing district.
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Combatants draw partisan distinctions in debate over sheriff's budgetRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Marion County sheriff can't control the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, but Mayor Greg Ballard can't tell the sheriff how to operate jails or secure the City-County Building, and, much to his frustration, he's been unable to control the sheriff's spending.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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CIB prepared to give Pacers another $11 million

August 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is prepared to give the Pacers another $11 million to offset losses from operating Bakers Life Fieldhouse as it continues to negotiate a long-term contract with the team.
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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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