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Councilors poised to ban criminal-history questionRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Democratic City-County Councilor Vop Osili said he expects to draft a “ban the box” ordinance this spring or summer.
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Mass Ave business owners split over proposed district tax

April 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Opponents of a proposed tax to pay for improvements throughout the cultural district have accused tax advocates of rigging the proposal to ensure its passage.
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Mayor Ballard joins infrastructure task forceRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is among 17 mayors of large U.S. cities that joined a new infrastructure task force convened by the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Mayor drops plan to privatize City-County Building

April 17, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
City rejects proposals from four private-sector real estate teams and signs a 10-year lease extension with the existing building manager.
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Food trucks find patchwork of rules in northern suburbs

April 13, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.
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Passage to India: Ballard leading weeklong trade trip

April 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis delegation will hit the cities of Hyderabad and New Delhi. Visits will focus on information technology, life sciences, and research groups, organizers said.
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Indianapolis controller leaving for education group

April 10, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will lose its controller a few months before the 2014 budget is due to be presented to the City-County Council.
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City struggles to close gap on $30M in budget cuts

April 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis leaders made a pact to cut 5 percent from the already-adopted 2013 budget, but the reality might prove too difficult to stomach.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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Mayor Ballard accepts fate of mass-transit billRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard sat out an April 2 hearing on mass transit because he knew the issue would be shifted to the Legislature’s back burner.
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RACE: Zoning overhaul might not go far enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Indy Rezone won't change the city's timid approach to planning.
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State audit finds Beech Grove finances in disarray

March 12, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Dennis Buckley requested the audit in March 2012 after uncovering a range of problems, including missing files and delinquent loans in the Main Street program.
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Land bank bill likely heading for study committee

March 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said his bill on land banks may have tried to tackle too many issues involving abandoned housing, including Indiana’s tax-sale process.
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Ballard plans to strengthen panhandling ordinance

March 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to ban all forms of panhandling in the city's busiest downtown area following long-running complaints from convention officials and city boosters about people begging for money along downtown streets.
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Ballard plans new redevelopment effort for Market Square site

March 7, 2013
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City speech scheduled for Friday, plans to call for new proposals for the downtown site that previously was home to Market Square Arena. The city expects the proposals to include a high-rise building with a major retail component.
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Judge turns away challenge to smoking ordinance

March 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A federal judge has denied a challenge by bar owners to a smoking ordinance passed last year by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council.
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Councilor's party switch shrinks Democrats' edge

March 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jose Evans, twice elected as Democrat, announced Tuesday he would become a member of the Republican Party and caucus with Republican councilors, taking the Democratic majority from 16-13 to 15-14.
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Charter schools bill would strip Indy council's authorityRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
A bill moving through the state legislature would remove the City-County Council's ability to veto mayor-sponsored charter schools.
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City mulls creation of 'high tech district' for ExactTarget

February 25, 2013
Cory Schouten
ExactTarget Inc. could get a 10-year tax break on an unspecified investment in new equipment if the City-County Council agrees to designate several parcels tied to the Indianapolis-based company as a "high technology district."
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Ballard postpones India trip

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trade mission will be rescheduled following bomb blasts that killed 11 in sister city.
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City reports rise in parking meter profit, revenue

February 21, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis estimates it earned about $1 million more from parking meters in 2012, with meter revenue almost doubling from the previous year, the Department of Public Works announced Thursday.
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Indiana town takes unusual step to gain control of utilityRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Scott Olson
Mooresville’s bid to purchase water operations likely will be decided in court.
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Drywall contractor charged with underpaying employees

February 15, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis drywall contractor faces criminal charges that he underpaid his employees working on a government housing project, and then falsified documents to cover it up, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.
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Mass-transit measure passes key House hurdle

February 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The House Ways and Means Committee cleared the bill, which would allow voters to decide whether to add 0.3 percent to local income tax rates to pay for a proposed central Indiana mass-transit system.
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