Thursday, October 2, 2014

 This is a word cloud made from 14 national news items from between 2008 and 2012 focused on Elkhart County and the travails the community faced during the Great Recession.

Five years ago, reporters from the New York Times, MSNBC, the Washington Post and other outlets came here to document the impact of the downturn.

Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
 In this May 30, 2007 file photo, vehicles pay tolls as they enter the Indiana Toll Road near Angola, Ind.

The toll road operators recently filed for bankruptcy protection, due in part to impacts of the recession.

Posted on Sept. 25, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.
 Cars and semis use the Indiana Toll Road by Cassopolis Street in Elkhart on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

A court document in the recent bankruptcy filing sheds additional light on toll road operations and the bankruptcy filing.

Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.
Recommended for You
 There are more ads and more barbs in the U.S. House race between Rep. Jackie Walorski and challenger Joe Bock. This is a screen shot from Bock's latest ad, which alludes to Walorski's role in the federal government shutdown last year. Walorski and other House GOPers pushed to defund or pare back Obamacare as part of a continuing spending resolution and Democrats rebuffed the moves, leading to the Oct. 1-16 shutdown.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.

Walorski criticizes apparent tax hikes Bock backed as a Missouri lawmaker, Bock blasts Walorski’s role in shutdown.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left; U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, middle; U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, right.
Posted on Sept. 11, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

The lawmakers emphasized, variously, the import of involving allies and seeking congressional authorization for the action.

 Adults help escort young children home from classes at Roosevelt School on Aug. 20, 2014. The group was walking along Benham Avenue in Elkhart's south central neighborhood.
Posted on Aug. 25, 2014 at 1:57 p.m.

Amanda Irons, a teacher at an alternative school, cites the importance of connecting with people in the neighborhood.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.
Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:10 p.m.

The Indiana GOPer made a preliminary list of 16 but apparently didn’t inspire enough of Maher’s wrath to make it further.

 U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., left, and Dan Coats, R-Ind.
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

A Methodist Indiana group, meanwhile, asks for a ’humane and generous’ response to aid the immigrants.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, right, with Lisa Wilken, who advocates on behalf of military sexual assault victims, in a screen grab from the lawmaker's latest political ad, on YouTube at
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

It’s the second ad of the political season for the GOP lawmaker, seeking her second term.

 In this archive photo, Laura Macias bags groceries at Cueramaro supermarket in Elkhart on Jan. 28, 2013. The Hispanic woman was discussing proposed immigration reform, a big topic for the growing Latino population in Elkhart County.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

The Latino population increased by 82.9 percent from 2000 to 2013, while the white non-Hispanic segment went up by 0.08 percent.

 Political commentator Bill Maher has his eyes on U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski as part of his Flip a District campaign. She's one of 16, all Republicans, on the list for possible targeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Photo is a screen grab from the YouTube video of the June 25, 2014,
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

The liberal commentator’s Flip a District campaign aims to unseat a Republican incumbent in November elections.

 In this archive photo, Krystal Anderson of Heart City Health Center, center, talks with Menessah Nelson, also of Heart City, while helping Kim Berkel of Elkhart navigate the Obamacare online exchange. The Heart City employees and others offered exchange assistance to the public on Feb. 24, 2014, at an informational session at Harrison College in Elkhart.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

Two courts offered contradictory rulings on whether enrollees may tap federal subsidies to help cover health insurance costs.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.

The Republican had $901,200 in campaign funds as of June 30, compared to $277,479 for Democrat Joe Bock.

Tim Vandenack
Tim Vandenack
In Indiana Buzz, reporter Tim Vandenack blogs on politics, immigration, elections, taxes, errant geese and more.

Tim Vandenack on Instagram
Follow @timvandenack for more photos.