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East Chicago residents have asked a federal judge to let them be part of the Environmental Protection Agencys lead and arsenic clean-up agreement with chemical companies. Residents and their lawyers filed a motion in federal court last week to intervene in the EPAs consent decree with Dupont and Atlantic Richfield . That decree is basically a settlement, signed in 2014, saying Dupont and Atlantic Richfield will pay for the EPA to clean up the affected area. Now, attorney David Chizewer says...

With Jennifer McCormicks  defeat of current State Superintendent  Glenda Ritz on Tuesday, the Ritz administration now has two more months in office. McCormick will be sworn in in January. The unexpected election result came in the middle of huge education policy transitions in the state.  Responsibility for that will transfer from Ritzs administration to a new, unknown administration under McCormick. The creation of a new state assessment Last legislative session, the General Assembly passed...

South Bend will join a national coalition of cities working to use data and technology to improve public spending and services. Bloomberg Philanthropies started the What Works Cities initiative last year. Now its more than halfway to helping 100 mid-sized cities use data to streamline how they serve and govern residents. South Bend is one of the smallest cities in the program, with a population of around 100,000 people. Mayor Pete Buttigieg often says they have big-city problems with small...

Republican Jennifer McCormick has ousted Democrat Glenda Ritz to become the states leading education official. With 54 percent of the vote,  the Associated Press reports McCormick has won the race  for state superintendent of public instruction, with 84 percent of polls reporting . We have a lot of work to do, McCormick says. But were ready to get to work. She says her top priorities include repairing relationships between the Department of Education and the Republican-controlled Legislature...

Holcomb Wins Gubernatorial Race

Nov 8, 2016

Republican Eric Holcomb will become Indiana’s 51st governor. The Associated Press called the race for Holcomb as he led Democrat John Gregg 52 percent to 45 percent, with about 95 percent of the precincts reporting. Holcomb’s victory marks the fourth consecutive win in the governor’s race for the GOP. He will replace Republican Mike Pence, who left a re-election bid to run for vice president alongside Donald Trump. We’re going to keep Indiana on the right trajectory because folks, you ain’t...

Indiana’s next attorney general is Curtis Hill, a Republican from northern Indiana who has been the Elkhart County prosecutor since 2002. With 95 percent of polls reporting, the Associated Press reports Hill has defeated Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, with 63 percent of the vote. Hill will be stepping into the position after two-term Attorney General Greg Zoeller stepped down to make an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. House seat. During the campaign, Hill pledged to protect Hoosiers from government...

Right To Hunt And Fish Approved By Voters

Nov 8, 2016

Indiana passed a constitutional amendment to protect a Hoosier’s right to “hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.” The Associate Press projects the amendment will pass with 80 percent of voters favoring, 20 percent opposing and 52 percent of precincts reporting. The constitutional amendment, known on the ballot as Public Question 1, states: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife...

Statewide education referenda results

Nov 8, 2016

Eight school districts posed 10 different referenda questions on ballots around the state, asking voters to increase property taxes to help fund local schools. There are two types of referenda questions: construction and tax levys. Construction referenda seek money to fund a specific project like a school renovation. If a tax levy referendum passes, the money goes into the districts general fund and helps pay for teachers, utilities and any other expenses. READ MORE: Heres a list of all...

U.S. Attorneys To Closely Monitor Elections

Nov 7, 2016

A state lawmaker is raising concerns about intimidation at the polls. And a number of state and federal agencies will be on-call Election Day to help curtail voter intimidation and fraud. State Rep. John Bartlett, the ranking Democrat on the House Elections Committee, sent a letter to Indiana’s two U.S. attorneys. In it, he says he’s worried about possible voter intimidation this year after comments made by Donald Trump urging his followers to “go and watch” in some areas. U.S. Attorneys...

Pence Joins Holcomb For Southern Indiana Rally

Oct 30, 2016


Governor and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stopped in southern Indiana Sunday to rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb. Around 200 people gathered in an old gymnasium in Jeffersonville for the rally – part of the Indiana GOP’s “Proven Leadership” tour. Attorney General candidate Curtis Hill told the crowd that courageous leadership is needed to turn the state around, and 9th Congressional District candidate Trey Hollingsworth committed to supporting Donald...

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