“THE FIRST STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF ETHICS IS A SENSE OF SOLIDARITY WITH OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.”  -ALBERT SCHWEITZER
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The work of the Commission has received widespread media coverage. Thanks are owed to local media for their strong support of our efforts to promote ethical decision making. Articles in print and other citations of media coverage are listed below. Please note that the print articles and the same articles from the Internet, where links are provided, may have slightly different titles, and some online articles may only be provided for a limited period of time. MEDIA COVERAGE in 2015 January 7, 2015 Post-Tribune article by Amy Lavalley, titled, “Commissioners mull joining ethics group.”   January 27, 2015 TIMES editorial, titled, “Pay more than lip service to ethics.” http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-pay-more-than-lip-service-to- ethics/article_c3978f77-1541-597f-b9b1-781f2e8395ad.html February 9, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan, titled, “Commission publishes ethics code.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/commission-searches-for-virtue-in-local- government/article_50528398-276d-5c8a-a4fa-0dc5051f6f5f.html  February 14, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan, titled, “Ethics summit slated at Avalon Manor.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/march-ethics-summit-slated-at-avalon- manor/article_b81f5660-90be-5507-8c59-52a82f02d740.html  February 15, 2015 Post-Tribune article, titled, “Lake County officials sue Indiana over law.” February 22, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan, titled, “Can NWI light the way to better Hoosier ethics?”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/forum/can-nwi-light-the-way-to-better-hoosier- ethics/article_db0eb0e7-078f-57d9-a276-bae37bf144aa.html  February 22, 2015 TIMES column by Doug Ross, titled, “AG Zoeller draws ethics inspiration.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/forum/can-nwi-light-the-way-to-better-hoosier- ethics/article_db0eb0e7-078f-57d9-a276-bae37bf144aa.html  February 24, 2015 TIMES article by Rob Earnshaw, titled, “Valparaiso close to joining region ethics commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/valparaiso/valparaiso-close-to-joining-region-ethics- commission/article_8872f651-4051-5142-bc1c-309e4be84e87.html  March 6, 2015 www.heraldargus.com article, “Biernacki to represent county on Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.”  http://www.heraldargus.com/news/area-briefs/article_f5a2abee-c396-11e4-8b5d-c3d911d4ecb6.html  March 12, 2015 TIMES article by Rob Earnshaw, titled, “Valpo joins region ethics commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/valparaiso/valparaiso-joins-region-ethics- commission/article_f26b0c84-1542-5f89-bfaf-1b1e3c0fce43.html  March 13, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan, titled, “Ethics crowd conducts soul-searching activities.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/ethics-crowd-conducts-soul-searching- activities/article_7c537eb0-dd90-568f-a773-68eb47270574.html  March 13, 2015 Post-Tribune article by Jerry Davich, titled, “Summit defines ethics in a county that too often defies ethics.” March 18, 2015 TIMES editorial titled, “Lake County, especially, should join ethics movement.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-lake-county-especially-should-join-ethics- movement/article_67b6b8b4-b4ad-58b6-95b0-f6bca2a758e8.html  March 22, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Shared Ethic[s] Commission seeks to grow its mission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/special-section/now/shared-ethic-commission-seeks-to-grow-its- mission/article_b75b2b4f-bab4-5f6f-b0df-7531b50ccf39.html  March 29, 2015 TIMES article titled, “Kaper appointed to Shared Ethics Advisory Commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/cedar-lake/kaper-appointed-to-shared-ethics-advisory- commission/article_56a332b9-5ab6-596b-a6db-9e9fe9ba12e9.html  March 29, 2015 TIMES column by Bob Hesse titled, “Read about candidates before you vote.” http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/bob-heisse/bob-heisse-read-about-candidates- before-you-cast-your-vote/article_e165746c-3fc4-57fc-a3cb-929d94095d2d.html   April 12, 2015 TIMES article by Chas Reilly, titled, “Hardaway faces Vorkapich in  Merrillville’s 2nd ward primary.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hardaway-faces-vorkapich-in-m-ville-s-nd-ward- race/article_428e674e-ab14-5fbd-9f72-c5014d747efa.html  April 16, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Commissioners announce ethics push.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/lake-commissioners-announce-new-ethics- push/article_e507f350-6adb-59bc-aab4-afc5fd81842b.html  April 19, 2015 Post-Tribune article by Teresa Auch Schultz titled, “Etihics in forefront for rivals.” April 20, 2015 Post-Tribune article by Carrie Napoleon titled, “Lake County joins ethics commission.” April 26, 2015 Post-Tribune article by Karen Caffarini titled, “Challenger in second bid for rival’s ward 2 council seat.” April 27, 2015 TIMES article by Chas Reilly titled, “Candidates describe Lake Station visions.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/candidates-describe-visions-for-lake- station/article_f98ddd78-33c7-5011-9015-e57aca91e608.html  April 30, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Nearly half of candidates signed ethics vow.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/half-of-nwi-candidates-sign-ethics-pledge/article_9f3c901f- 7806-5a0e-a45c-d55e6f9d9cee.html  May 3, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Candidates who signed the ethics pledge.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/candidates-who-signed-the-ethics- pledge/article_04eeb5bd-feba-5179-aa07-57d9f02a9acc.html  May 5, 2015 TIMES correction titled, “Candidates omitted from shared ethics list.” May 8, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Lake officials vote on joining Shared Ethics Commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/lake-officials-prepare-to-join-ethics-family/article_9a8b2713- f6e5-526a-a98c-a163ef165530.html  May 13, 2015 Times article by Bill Dolan titled, “Lake officials join ethics panel,  with reservations, criticisms.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/lake-officials-join-ethics-commisison-but-with- reservations/article_98a21834-ec95-544c-9cdb-fdf57e4a7906.html May 14, 2015 HP: Howie Politics Indiana article by Rich James titled, “Lake County grapples with ethics.” May 24, 2015 TIMES article by Rich James titled, “Comments water down yes vote on ethics.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/rich-james/rich-james-comments-water-down-yes- vote-on-ethics/article_fdabc7b6-265b-5db3-9933-dd0276c663a0.html  May 27, 2015 TIMES article by Chas Reilly titled, “Merrillville joining ethics commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville-joining-ethics-commission/article_e18251b8- 5c8e-59cd-984b-b45f1a13a871.html  May 29, 2015 TIMES editorial titled, “Legislature creates needed government reforms.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-legislature-creates-needed-government- reforms/article_b49ba304-c2fb-526f-bebd-e61d915ae42b.html  May 31, 2015 TIMES article by Mary Wilds titled, “Lowell looks to fill spot on Shared Ethics Advisory Committee.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/lowell-looks-to-fill-spot-on-shared-ethics-advisory- commission/article_595bcfd7-5f62-51ae-bf9b-9d5839d1a817.html  May 31, 2015 Post Tribune article by Karen Caffarini titled, “Merrillville close to joining ethics group.” June 12, 2015 TIMES article titled, “Merrillville joins ethics group; residents sought for panel.” http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville-joins-ethics-group-residents-sought-for- panel/article_6a5ff889-40f5-5073-bcf3-fd97065a9bad.html  June 15, 2015 Post Tribune article by Karen Caffarini titled, “Town seeking volunteer for ethics board.” August 25, 2015 TIMES guest column by Cal Bellamy titled, “Commission promoting civility in local government.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/guest-commentary/guest-commentary- commission-promoting-civility-in-local-government/article_5b6df914-bd43-5005-84f9- 4dd0890fd226.html  September 6, 2015 TIMES article by Phil Weiland titled, “IT great for gadget guy, but it means long hours.” [about Adam Graper, SEAC Webmaster]    http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/inbusiness/newsletter-featured-story/on-the-job- adam-graper-information-technology-director/article_3069eb4d-0cf2-50df-bd7a-13d033fb4c9d.html  September 20, 2015 TIMES article by Doug Ross titled, “Another crooked politician goes straight to prison for misdeeds.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/doug-ross/doug-ross-another-crooked-politician- goes-straight-to-prison/article_89491b07-6fd1-507c-8c5d-dd9900a9cf96.html  September 20, 2015 TIMES article titled. “M’[errill]ville makes appointment to Shared Ethics Commission.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/merrillville/merrillville-makes-appointment-to-shared-ethics- advisory-commission/article_5e5b8dd9-6bf8-5405-ac6e-6dca2490bdec.html  September 30, 2015 Post Tribune guest opinion by Cal Bellamy titled, “With local election ahead, this is the time for ethics in government.”  October 1, 2015 TIMES editorial titled, “Leaders, learn from Lincoln’s leadership.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-leaders-learn-from-lincoln-s- leadership/article_247fe034-c1cc-5527-94d5-531d6915a4f4.html  October 6, 2015 TIMES guest commentary by Cal Bellamy titled, “Focus on ethics in local leaders.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/guest-commentary/guest-commentary-this-is- time-for-ethics-in-local-government/article_ae74104d-9d95-5bd2-b1d1-b0e5c943295f.html October 7, 2015 TIMES photo correction to article on October 6.  http://www.nwitimes.com/corrections/correction-photos- switched/article_3c4abe16-c288-5a2d-8835-6dff2c31217d.html  October 11, 2015 TIMES guest commentary by Harold Abrahamson titled, “Support student success by honoring successful alumnus.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/guest-commentary/guest-commentary- support-student-success-by-honoring-successful-alumnus/article_97b11d66-326b-5149-931b- 8dc3505b7af0.html  October 25, 2015 TIMES article by Chas Reilly titled, “Anderson faces Peralta for Lake Station mayor.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/anderson-faces-peralta-in-lake-station- mayoral/article_db5e8f0f-ea0d-5c4c-a363-c8c26b179d2e.html  October 31, 2015 TIMES article by Chas Reilly titled, “Budgetary issues key concern in Lake Station race.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/budgetary-issues-key-concern-in-lake-station- race/article_98c4efba-321e-5fd7-964d-8a6c0be8a34c.html  November 1, 2015 TIMES article [list] titled, “2015 candidates sign ethics pledge.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt- and-politics/nwi-candidates-sign-ethics-pledge/article_123f5040-0954-593f-9c10-eee0f54e5479.html November 12, 2015 Herald Argus (LaPorte) article by Leigh Morris titled, “Dedication to ethical behavior in local government.”  http://www.heraldargus.com/news/opinion/guest_editorials/dedication-to-ethical-behavior-in-local- government/article_3a6d2d94-88b8-11e5-9a3d-1334b388f4db.html    November 18, 2015 TIMES “Getting to Know” article titled, “Nonprofit pro gets new job at IUN.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/iun-names-experienced-administrator-new-dean-and- director/article_ad7953b8-5431-5441-87e3-60cc12657482.html December 1, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “County employees attending ethics classes.” http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/county-government-conducting-integrity-classes-for- employees/article_261e8170-78c3-54fb-94ea-4b904907f6d7.html  December 30, 2015 TIMES article by Bill Dolan titled, “Double dippers, pols who hire kin on notice.”  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/state-on-lookout-for-lake-s-ethically-challenged- pols/article_accd38ea-f38c-5df3-bc9b-281bbd998da0.html