Indianapolis Business Journal

FEBRUARY 22-28, 2010

This week, find out how President Obama's stimulus efforts could help small business and what Sen. Evan Bayh's impending retirement might mean for federal funds going to Indiana. In Focus, read about how commercial real estate brokers are coping with hard times. And in A&E etc., Lou Harry socializes at a new Broad Ripple restaurant.

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Lilly asks shareholders to lower takeover barrier

Eli Lilly and Co. directors have recommended that shareholders toss out the
drugmaker's most potent protection against unwanted takeovers: an 80-percent supermajority vote threshold for any shareholder
mutiny to succeed.

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New electronic radio ratings system rattling nerves

Local radio operators are bracing for a potential ratings shake-up. The introduction of Arbitron Co.’s Portable People Meter
in the Indianapolis market this summer is expected to tighten the ratings race and could dramatically affect how much advertisers
are willing to pay for radio spots.

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Simon’s $10 billion bid for bankrupt General Growth roils retailing

Simon Property Group Inc. already is known for playing hardball with mall tenants over rent. So national retailers like The
Gap Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. will be bracing for future lease negotiations if the nation’s largest mall owner succeeds
in a $10 billion bid to take over its nearest rival, the bankrupt General Growth Properties Inc.

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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholes

A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze
more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more
money than they cost to implement.

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FEIGENBAUM: Sen. Bayh’s call for civility reverberates at Statehouse

In the most significant retirement decision announced in Indiana since Reggie Miller hung up his sneakers, Democratic U.S.
Sen. Evan Bayh said Dec. 15 he would not seek a third U.S. Senate term. That decision also sent shock waves through
the ranks of Democratic lawmakers in Indianapolis, none of whom had any advance word.

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Tobacco programs will be protected

With respect to your editorial in the Feb. 1 issue supporting the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation agency, your intent is
pure and laudable, but I fear you miss the point.

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More mobility options mean opportunity

The Central Indiana Transit Task Force unveiled a comprehensive plan for mass transit. It’s a combination of expanded
bus service and light rail that addresses the challenges of urban residents seeking job opportunities across the metro areas.

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WellPoint hits bottom with customers

Even before WellPoint dissatisfied President Obama over its rate increases in California, it wasn’t doing so hot satisfying
its actual customers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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