Blog-banner_News

Interim Committee on Environmental Affairs discusses recycling options

Last legislative session, the General Assembly passed a measure that sets a statewide goal for recycling municipal waste and requires Indiana recycling organizations to post periodic reports on their recycling efforts. The law sets in place a goal for Indiana to recycle at least 50 percent of its municipal waste, and defines municipal waste as any garbage, refuse, industrial restroom waste, office waste or another similar material.

In order to meet this statewide recycling goal, the Interim Committee of Environmental Affairs met on Thursday to discuss the various options and best practices that will reduce municipal waste and increase recycling services in local communities.

Community leaders from various nonprofits and businesses met at the Statehouse to discuss the best practices for paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, compost, and manufacturing material recycling efforts. Industry leaders recommended policy proposals such as “Pay-as-you-Throw” and single-stream recycling in order to meet the demands of the recycling goal with limited fiscal responsibility to the consumer and taxpayer. Successful policies in states like Minnesota and Delaware were discussed as models for Indiana to follow, with education and outreach playing a pivotal role in each scenario.

PowerPoint presentations heard in the committee can be found below:

Continue reading

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN PORTER, LAPORTE AND ST. JOSEPH COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

PORTER COUNTY

Valparaiso

Porter County Government Center
155 Indiana Ave Ste. 105, Valparaiso IN 46383

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

Portage

North County Government Complex
3560 Willow Creek Rd. Portage, IN 46368

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

Chesterton

Chesterton Town Hall
790 Broadway – Rm. 107 Chesterton, IN 46304

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm

Saturday, October 25 & November 1 only 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to noon

For more information, go to the Porter County Elections Website.

LAPORTE COUNTY

LaPorte

Circuit Courthouse
813 Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

Michigan City

Superior Courthouse
300 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

 For more information, go to the LaPorte County Government Online website.

 ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

South Bend

County-City Building Lobby
227 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

Mishawaka

County Services Building
219 Lincoln Way West, Mishawaka, IN 46544

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, go to the St. Joseph County Office of Voter Registration.

 

 

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN MONROE COUNTY

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

MONROE COUNTY

Monroe County Voting Office

401 w 7th Street, Suite 100

Bloomington, IN 47404

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 830am to noon

For more information, visit the Monroe County Government Website.

 

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN LAKE COUNTY

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

LAKE COUNTY

Crown Point

Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office

2293 North Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30 to noon

East Chicago

County Clerk’s Office

3711 Main Street, East Chicago, IN 46312

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Gary

County Clerk’s Office

15 West 4th Avenue, Gary, IN 46402

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Hammond

County Clerk’s Office

232 Russell Street, Hammond, IN 46320

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

St. John

St. John Township Assessor’s Office

9155 Wicker Avenue, St. John, IN 46373

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

Winfield

Winfield Township Trustee’s Office

10645 Randolph Street, Winfield, IN 46307

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Website.

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN DELAWARE AND MADISON COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Delaware County Building

Election Office, 1st Floor Room 100

100 W. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to Noon

For more information, visit the Delaware County Government Website.

MADISON COUNTY

Madison County Government Center, 2nd Floor

16 East 9th Street, Anderson, IN 46016

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday form 8:00am to 4:00pm

Friday, October 31 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:30am to Noon

For more information, contact the Madison County Government Website.

 

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN CLAY AND VIGO COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

Clay County

Clay County Courthouse

609 E. National Ave. Brazil, IN 47834

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Clay County Clerk’s Website.

Vigo County

Vigo County Courthouse

33 South Third Street Terre Haute, IN  47807

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm

Saturda,y October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Vigo County Clerk’s Website.

ballot-image-630x286_resize

Early Voting for Marion County

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person at the Marion County Clerk’s Office or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

Use the Delaware Street entrance for easy access to the office. Reimbursed parking is available at the pay lot on either the north or south side of Market Street at Alabama. You will have to pre-pay the lot’s fee, but it will be refunded to you by presenting a voucher available at the Election Board office.

Marion County

Marion County Clerk’s Office

200 E. Washington St., W122

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Early Voting Hours:

October 7 through October 24

Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm

October 27 through October 31

Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 10am to 5pm

Monday, November 3 from 8am to Noon

For more information, visit the Marion County Clerk’s Website.

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN CRAWFORD, DUBOIS, HARRISON, ORANGE, PERRY AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

CRAWFORD COUNTY

Crawford County Clerk’s Office

715 Judicial Plaza Drive, English, IN 47118

Early Voting Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to noon

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Crawford County Clerk’s Office Website.

DUBOIS COUNTY

Dubois County Courthouse

1 Courthouse Square, Jasper IN 47546

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed 11:00am to noon)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Dubois County Government Website.

HARRISON COUNTY

Harrison County Government Building

300 North Capitol Avenue, Room #203

Corydon, IN 47112

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to noon

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Harrison County Government Website.

ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County Courthouse

1 Court Street, Paoli, IN 47454

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to noon

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Orange County Government Website.

PERRY COUNTY

Perry County Courthouse

2219 Payne Street Tell City, IN 47586

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to noon

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Perry County Government Website.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Washington County Clerk’s Office

99 Public Square Suite 102 Salem, IN 47167

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to noon

For more information, visit the Washington County Government Website.

ballot-image-630x286_resize

EARLY VOTING IN DUBOIS, GIBSON, KNOX, PIKE, SPENCER AND WARRICK COUNTIES

Early voting starts October 7, 2014 and runs through Monday, November 3, 2014 at NOON. Registered voters may vote in-person, or send an absentee ballot by mail.

When you arrive at an early voting location, you will be asked to complete an application to vote absentee. Any person casting a vote before Election Day is considered an absentee voter under Indiana law since your ballot won’t be counted until Election Day. After you present your ID and your application is approved, you will be handed a ballot to complete on site. You then seal your ballot in a security envelope and it is safely stored until it’s counted on Election Day.

DUBOIS COUNTY

Dubois County Courthouse

1 Courthouse Square, Jasper IN 47546

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed 11:00am to noon)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Dubois County Government Website.

GIBSON COUNTY

Gibson County Courthouse

101 N. Main Street, Princeton, IN 47670

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Gibson County Government Website.

KNOX COUNTY

Knox County Voter Registration Office

111 North 7th Street, STE 27, Vincennes, IN 47591

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8am to Noon

For more information, visit the Knox County Government Website.

PIKE COUNTY

Pike County Courthouse

801 E. Main St. Petersburg, IN 47567

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to noon

Monday, November 3 from 8:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Pike County Government Website.

SPENCER COUNTY

Spencer County Courthouse

200 Main Street Rockport, IN 47635

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm (closed noon to 1:00pm)

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:30am to 3:30pm

Monday, November 3 from 9:00am to Noon

For more information, visit the Spencer County Government Website.

WARRICK COUNTY

Warrick County Election Office

One County Square, Suite 220 Boonville, IN 47601

Early Voting Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, October 25 and November 1 from 8:00am to 3:00pm

Monday, November 3 from 8am to Noon

For more information, visit the Warrick County Government Website.

Blog-banner_News

Indiana’s unemployment numbers dip in August

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Indiana’s August unemployment rate decreased slightly to 5.8 percent in August.

National unemployment rates have fallen to 6.1 percent with Indiana below the national average at 5.8 percent in August of 2014. Both the national and Indiana unemployment rates declined at the same rate in August, both falling 0.1 percent from the previous month. Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan all saw declines in their unemployment rates. Illinois’ unemployment rate declined 0.1 percent to 6.7 percent in August. Kentucky and Michigan’s unemployment rates both fell 0.3 percent to 7.1 percent and 7.4 percent respectively. Ohio’s unemployment rate remained constant in August, holding at 5.7 percent from July to August.

County with the highest unemployment rate: Lake at 7.7%
County with the lowest unemployment rate: Dubois at 3.7%

Employment Report (LAUS)

Jobs Report (CES)