Local Leaders Remember Joe Kernan

Jul 29, 2020

Many leaders in South Bend agree that Joe Kernan helped shape South Bend into the city that it is today.

A representative for Joe Kernan has confirmed that the former South Bend Mayor and Indiana Governor has died.  A spokeswoman says there will be no public services at this time for Kernan due to COVID-19. 

(Photo: City of Anderson Government on Facebook)

Several city council members in Anderson held a public hearing online Thursday night to let the community respond to a Facebook video from the Anderson mayor. Some say the video included racial slurs.

The meeting wasn’t an official Anderson City Council meeting because there was no quorum.  Only four of nine members attended the Zoom meeting – two Democrats and two Republicans.  Despite not being able to take any official action, the four held a public discussion over a Facebook Live video shared on July 4th by Anderson Democratic Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr.

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Biden Mocks Rival Buttigieg's Record As Small City Mayor

Feb 8, 2020
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Joe Biden is escalating his criticism of Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg. Biden is mocking Buttigieg's experience as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg Gains Backing From Indianapolis Mayor

Feb 6, 2020
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Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid has gained the backing of Indiana's other highest-profile Democrat as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined in filing the paperwork to place the former South Bend mayor's name on the state's May primary ballot.

FBI Arrests Muncie Mayor Amid City Investigation

Nov 18, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Muncie mayor has been arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing federal investigation that's resulted in the city's former building commissioner pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.

An FBI spokeswoman says Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested at his home Monday morning and was in custody. FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender referred questions to the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, which said it would release information about charges against Tyler later Monday.

Michigan City Mayor Does Not Win Reelection

Nov 5, 2019

The LaPorte County GOP party chair, Mitch Feikes, confirms to WVPE that the Democratic incumbent mayor of Michigan City, Ron Meer, did not win his bid to be reelected. Meer has been at the center of controversy after the top brass of the city's police department resigned. That was followed by multiple subsequent media reports that Meer is facing felony charges. 

WATCH VIDEO: Elkhart Elects First African American Mayor

Nov 5, 2019
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Less than two hours after the polls closed in Elkhart, history was made. Democrat Rod Roberson learned that his mayoral opponent, Republican Dave Miller had conceded the election. Roberson is a former Elkhart council member who now becomes the city's first black mayor. 

WATCH VIDEO: Mueller Wins South Bend Mayoral Race

Nov 5, 2019
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Unofficial vote totals from the St. Joseph Co. Clerk's office indicate that with over 99% of precincts counted, Democrat James Mueller winning the race for South Bend mayor over Republican Sean Haas. Mueller got about 65% of the vote while Haas received approximately 34.9%.

Mueller told his supporters, “I want to give credit to my opponent and my grade school friend Sean for making this race more competitive, but it is important that we won resoundingly to send a message that Trumpism has no place in South Bend.”

A Conversation With South Bend's Mayoral Candidates

Oct 29, 2019

South Bend voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to choose a new mayor for the city. WVPE's Michael Linville is speaking with both candidates looking to replace Pete Buttigieg who is not seeking re-election as he pursues a presidential run.

Here are Michael's conversations with Democrat James Mueller and Republican Sean Haas. 

You can listen to it here.

Today a spokesman for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced a deadline extension for individuals who want to serve on the city's Board of Public Safety.  The board and its role has come under more scrutiny following the June 16th police killing of Eric Logan. As of today's announcement, the city has received fewer than ten applications. That's up from just two applications received as of last week. 

Here's the statement from the Mayor's Office:

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did more than ride off into the sunset when his term in office ended last month. He got on his bicycle and rode around Lake Michigan.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel pedaled for some 900 miles through four states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin - all the way around the lake.

Emanuel wrote on his Facebook page that completing the loop around Lake Michigan was a "long held dream" of his.

(SOUTH BEND) - Last night South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg posted a letter to Twitter that he sent to the Islamic Society of Michiana. The letter is in response to the deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that occurred Friday.

In the letter he says, "the act of terror was intended to put fear in our hearts, and that the fear was designed to travel around the world."

He goes on to say, "I write to tell you that the City is absolutely committed to your safety and well-being."

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Neese Not Seeking Second Term In Elkhart

Dec 18, 2018
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Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese says he will not run for a second term.

Neese was first elected in 2015. He had previously served as an Indiana State Representative and a member of the Elkhart City Council.

Neese’s administration is under increased scrutiny over disciplinary issues within the Elkhart Police Department. He also faces hiring a new police chief after asking Ed Windbigler, whom Neese appointed in 2016, to resign.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he will not seek a third term in a Monday morning press conference.

Buttiegieg said he has been consulting with colleagues, friends and family about his decision.

“Through that consultation and that discernment, I know now that the time has come for me to prepare the city for new leadership again. And when my present term in office comes to a close a year and two weeks from now, at the end of 2019, I will not be seeking a third term as mayor.”