Limiting who is on the ballot.
Lake Superior Court Judge Jesse Villalpando refused Wednesday to restore Hammond School Board member George Janiec to the May 3 primary ballot. The judgment is a victory for incumbent Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who nearly lost to Janiec in 2007. McDermott complains Janiec created an illegal conflict of interest by using his position as a School Board trustee as a springboard for a second campaign to win City Hall. However, two other school officials remain on the May 3 ballot — LaBrenda King-Smith, a Gary School Board trustee and Democrat running for the 5th District City Council seat, and Michael Stills, a Lake Station School Board member, who is among five Democrats voters could nominate for an at-large City Council seat.
A state road which is partially closed must now be funded by a private company.
Ameristar Casino wants to help the state fund a new Cline Avenue Bridge in a bid to reverse the state's earlier decision to build a permanent detour directly through a residential neighborhood. The city of East Chicago ceded Dickey and Riley roads to the state in order to allow the permanent detour to be built. The casino is willing to put up "somewhere north" of $10 million in order to give casino patrons the access they enjoyed before the bridge was closed in November 2009.
The local Chamber of Commerce determines ordinances.
The Hammond City Council has adopted an ordinance limiting property owners to one garage sale a year and forcing them to get city permission beforehand. The ordinance was initally proposed by the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, whose executive director wrote a letter to Kalwinski outlining its opposition to people who "open up shop in their yard or garage."