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 Three U.S. lawmakers serving Elkhart County criticized President Obama for taking immigration reform steps unilaterally, without congressional involvement. They include U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left; U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, middle; U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, right.

The officials — Sens. Coats and Donnelly, among others — didn’t offer comments or criticism on the specific details of Obama’s measures.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.
 U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

Republicans will have a majority in the U.S. Senate following last week’s voting, matching the GOP majority in the U.S. House.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 12, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.
 Here are a few of the political signs from candidates who were on the ballot in Elkhart County in voting on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014.

The most and least engaged voters in Elkhart County, the most partisan voting precincts here and other election tidbits.

Tim Vandenack

Posted on Nov. 7, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
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 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, right, and Joe Bock, left, speak with backers after their Oct. 21, 2014, debate in Wabash. Walorski, a Republican, is seeking election to her second term and Bock, a Democrat, is challenging her.
Posted on Nov. 3, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 2 Walorski had raised $189,190 compared to $40,043 for challenger Joe Bock.

 A screen shot from the new television ad from Jodi Buoscio, Democratic hopeful for the District 21 seat in the Indiana House. She's challenging two-term Republican incumbent Tim Wesco.
Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 6:34 p.m.

A Democratic activist said “Buoscio’s successful fundraising” made the ad possible.

 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, left, and her challenger for the U.S. House seat, Joe Bock. Walorski is a Republican and Bock is a Democrat.
Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.

The two candidates face off Oct. 21 in Wabash and will also appear in back-to-back interviews on WNIT.

 Elkhart County Recorder Jerry Weaver, right, speaks at a candidate forum April 21, 2014, as one of his challengers, Jennifer Doriot, left, looks on. The forum, co-sponsored by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and The Elkhart Truth, was held ahead of the May primary.
Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.

Though award-winning recorder Jerry Weaver improved his office’s efficiency and reduced spending, voters booted him out in May. It raises questions about how informed voters are, some say.

 The 2nd District U.S. House campaign continues. At top is a screen shot from a website run by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski's campaign critical of her challenger Joe Bock, At the bottom is a screen shot from a new ad from the Bock campaign critical of Walorski, on YouTube at
Posted on Oct. 10, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.

Also, Walorski is running a website critical of Bock and a proposed Rochester debate in the race is off.

 The Great Recession hit Elkhart County hard, very hard. The numbers show that by some measures, it's impact was unprecedented, dating at least back to 1990.
Posted on Oct. 3, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

For our Five Years Later series, we already looked at how things are now. Here’s a preview of what’s next and a look at the recession years.

 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.
Posted on Oct. 1, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.

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.

 In this May 30, 2007 file photo, vehicles pay tolls as they enter the Indiana Toll Road near Angola, Ind.
Posted on Sept. 25, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.

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

 Cars and semis use the Indiana Toll Road by Cassopolis Street in Elkhart on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 8:01 p.m.

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

 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.

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