historic Lake County Courthouse

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday we bring in Giles Bruce of the "Times" of Northwest Indiana" to talk about the stories he put out in print and online -- including his account of a heroin addict who overdosed and could have died on a South Shore Line train, had it not been by quick work by first-responders that included the commuter railroad's police chief.  Giles has the latest on "Stephanie."

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She's been the home of many Lake County documents, as well as the place for many minor and major  court cases to be heard.  She's also witnessed lots of weddings (especially some celebrity nuptials in the early 20th Century) -- and the "Grand Old Lady," as the Lake County Courthouse is called, is still standing.  But -- she needs a lot of attention to keep her standing tall and proud. 

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Today:   We talk with Andy Downs, of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, about the impact of precinct consolidation on Hoosier counties -- and Lake County, in particular.  The Indiana Secretary of State resented a precinct consolidation plan, following up on a state legislative mandate to bring all precincts  to a minimum of 600 active voters.   How many counties in the state have gone through the procedure in the past?  Andy looks at the implications on political party activities.