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  • Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:29:08 GMT
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
  • Fitzgerald airs first campaign ad

    Fitzgerald airs first campaign ad

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:37:18 GMT
     Ed Fitzgerald is the Democratic candidate for governor is airing his first television ad but voters are not tuned in.
     Ed Fitzgerald is the Democratic candidate for governor is airing his first television ad but voters are not tuned in.
  • Lathrop announces move to downtown Toledo

    Lathrop announces move to downtown Toledo

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:24:34 GMT
    Lathop Company announced it will move from its Maumee site on Dussel Drive to downtown Toledo by spring, 2015.
    Lathop Company announced it will move from its Maumee site on Dussel Drive to downtown Toledo by spring, 2015.
  • Toledo considering buying--not renting--Government Center

    Toledo considering buying--not renting--Government Center

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:36:29 GMT
    Toledo has operated city government out of One Government Center on Jefferson Street since 1983. The rent’s been very affordable at $7 a square foot but the state has let the maintenance go and wants to increase the rent. The building is 22-floors tall and Toledo occupies 8-floors. But now Mayor Collins is thinking the city might rather buy the building for a buck than rent. The mayor’s chief of staff, Bob Reinbolt says, “So we’re doing our cost analysis and we’re looking at it.” A lot of the...
    Toledo has operated city government out of One Government Center on Jefferson Street since 1983. The rent’s been very affordable at $7 a square foot but the state has let the maintenance go and wants to increase the rent. The building is 22-floors tall and Toledo occupies 8-floors. But now Mayor Collins is thinking the city might rather buy the building for a buck than rent. The mayor’s chief of staff, Bob Reinbolt says, “So we’re doing our cost analysis and we’re looking at it.” A lot of the...
  • Lucas County Republicans sue Husted in court

    Lucas County Republicans sue Husted in court

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:29:04 GMT
    The Lucas County Republican Party is putting pressure on the secretary of state to fill the open positions on the board of elections by filing a writ of mandamus with the state supreme court.
    The Lucas County Republican Party is putting pressure on the secretary of state to fill the open positions on the board of elections by filing a writ of mandamus with the state supreme court.
  • Cleveland to rock GOP 2016 convention

    Cleveland to rock GOP 2016 convention

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:20:21 GMT
    The Republican National Committee will hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland, Ohio, it announced Tuesday.
    The Republican National Committee will hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland, Ohio, it announced Tuesday.
  • Children's Services renewal levy likely to be rejected

    Children's Services renewal levy likely to be rejected

    Monday, July 7 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-07 21:41:11 GMT
    Children's Services may not get the change to the levy it says it needs to fill gaps in funding.
    Children's Services may not get the change to the levy it says it needs to fill gaps in funding.
  • LaSalle sale to save taxpayers millions

    LaSalle sale to save taxpayers millions

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-06-24 21:22:19 GMT
    The sale of the La Salle building downtown will save Toledo taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
    The sale of the La Salle building downtown will save Toledo taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
  • TPS will seek another levy vote

    TPS will seek another levy vote

    Monday, June 23 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-06-23 21:39:02 GMT
    Toledo voters approved a school levy, last fall, and it appears they may be asked to approve another next fall.
    Toledo voters approved a school levy, last fall, and it appears they may be asked to approve another next fall.
  • Winter road salt expensive but delivered

    Winter road salt expensive but delivered

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-06-17 21:36:01 GMT
    Road salt is costing some communties tens of thousands of dollars more this year that the year before because of high demand.
    Road salt is costing some communities tens of thousands of dollars more this year that the year before because of high demand.
  • Recycling fire sparks health concerns

    Recycling fire sparks health concerns

    Monday, June 9 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-06-10 01:56:51 GMT
    Last month’s fire at Stickney Recycling in North Toledo has fire crews and some union members concerned for their health.
    Last month’s fire at Stickney Recycling in North Toledo has fire crews and some union members concerned for their health.
  • Toledo requests to keep red light cameras

    Toledo requests to keep red light cameras

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-05-28 19:29:53 GMT
    Toledo’s mayor is fighting to keep red light cameras on city street corners.
    Toledo’s mayor is fighting to keep red light cameras on city street corners.
  • Spitzer owner willing to pay up

    Spitzer owner willing to pay up

    Monday, May 26 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-05-26 20:43:04 GMT
    The owner of the 117-year old Spitzer building appears ready to pay what he owes then do some work to get the building open, again.
    The owner of the 117-year old Spitzer building appears ready to pay what he owes then do some work to get the building open, again.
  • Toledo getting state money to pay for roadwork

    Toledo getting state money to pay for roadwork

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-05-21 22:44:30 GMT
    State grants will help Toledo city pay for seven road projects even though there are many more roads that need to be fixed.
    State grants will help Toledo city pay for seven road projects even though there are many more roads that need to be fixed.
  • Pressure mounts as fire union demands Sykes resign

    Pressure mounts as fire union demands Sykes resign

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-05-20 22:05:24 GMT
    Local 92, the Toledo Firefighter’s union, stood with its public safety brothers, Tuesday, and fired off a letter to councilman Larry Sykes (D) demanding he resign.
    Local 92, the Toledo Firefighter’s union, stood with its public safety brothers, Tuesday, and fired off a letter to councilman Larry Sykes (D) demanding he resign.
  • Police union officially demanding Sykes resign

    Police union officially demanding Sykes resign

    Monday, May 19 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-05-19 23:39:04 GMT
    The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association is demanding councilman Larry Sykes (D) resign, in a letter officially sent to the councilman, Monday.
    The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association is demanding councilman Larry Sykes (D) resign, in a letter officially sent to the councilman, Monday.
  • Gas tax hike could help fix roads

    Gas tax hike could help fix roads

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-05-13 22:15:16 GMT
    Toledo has worked up its road improvements budget for this year but some believe raising the state's gas tax could help the city pay for road work.
    Toledo has worked up its road improvements budget for this year but some believe raising the state's gas tax could help the city pay for road work.
  • Sink hole swallows truck tire

    Sink hole swallows truck tire

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-05-07 20:02:28 GMT
    A Toledo neighborhood is inconvenienced by yet another sink hole.
    A Toledo neighborhood is inconvenienced by yet another sink hole.
  • Billing issue delays fire station construction

    Billing issue delays fire station construction

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-05-06 20:38:47 GMT
    Construction has been delayed on a new fire station because of apparent cost over runs of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Construction has been delayed on a new fire station because of apparent cost over runs of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Union still has interest in Marina District property

    Union still has interest in Marina District property

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-29 20:45:46 GMT
    It has been nearly three years since Dashing Pacific bought 69 acres of land along the Maumee River and still no development but a local building trades union may still be interested in the property if the Chinese investors do not build.
    It has been nearly three years since Dashing Pacific bought 69 acres of land along the Maumee River and still no development but a local building trades union may still be interested in the property if the Chinese investors do not build.
  • Potholes for pools: Idea floated to open two more city pools with road money

    Potholes for pools: Idea floated to open two more city pools with road money

    Monday, April 28 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-28 22:24:22 GMT
    An idea to open two more pools this summer by diverting $261,000 in road repair money may not float.
    An idea to open two more pools this summer by diverting $261,000 in road repair money may not float.
  • Move to allow medical marijuana in Ohio

    Move to allow medical marijuana in Ohio

    Monday, April 28 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-04-28 22:22:07 GMT
    Ohio could be next to secure medical marijuana rights through an amendment being proposed to the state’s constitution called the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.
    Ohio could be next to secure medical marijuana rights through an amendment being proposed to the state’s constitution called the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.
  • Police to target panhandlers

    Police to target panhandlers

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:56:18 GMT
    Toledo mayor D. Michael Collins (I) sent an email to police chief William Moton, Monday, requesting the police crack down on aggressive panhandlers.
    Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins sent an email to Police Chief William Moton on Monday, requesting the police crack down on aggressive panhandlers.
  • Voters urged to support Issue One

    Voters urged to support Issue One

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:09:11 GMT
    Roads and bridges in northwest Ohio need fixing and that takes money. So a line up of local leaders is urging support of a bonding issue up for vote in May as the way to get that work done. It's called
    Lucas County commissioners approved a resolution supporting Issue One which will make nearly $2 Billion dollars in road repair money available to Ohio community over the next 10 years.
  • Effort to decriminalize pot in Toledo

    Effort to decriminalize pot in Toledo

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:33:17 GMT
    Toledo could be the test case for legal marijuana in Ohio. The group Northwest Ohio NORML will soon circulate a petition in order to get the measure on the November ballot. The group wants to decriminalize
    The Northwest Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will circulate a petition to get a measure on the November ballot to decriminalize pot in the City of Toledo.
  • BOE meets with Sec. of State reps tomorrow

    BOE meets with Sec. of State reps tomorrow

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-04-08 18:24:25 GMT
    The Lucas County Board of Elections is still under scrutiny by the Ohio Secretary of State's office. Secretary Jon Husted (R)  wants to make sure the BOE is ready for the May 6th primary. Intervention
    The Secretary of State has created a Transparency Committee to monitor operations at the Lucas County Board of Elections and will meet with board members at a special meeting Wednesday at 10am.
  • Loss of JEDZ could be costly

    Loss of JEDZ could be costly

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:33:54 GMT
    Toledo's economic development director will lobby lawmakers, Tuesday, to make a change to a bill that could end up costing the city a million dollars a year. Toledo uses an economic development tool
    Toledo will lobby state lawmakers, Tuesday, to amend a bill that would effectively kill Joint Economic Development Zones; those zones generate a million dollars a year, for Toledo.
  • County/City could relocate government

    County/City could relocate government

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:01:33 GMT
    Government/Politics.com site Got It Covered Emmy Winning Local Gov't Series County/City Could Relocate Government Posted by billhormann in Business, Local Business, Local News, Local Politics
    High rent could force Toledo city government, and Lucas County government, to move from it 22-story building on Jefferson Street, downtown.
  • Council passes $244 Million budget

    Council passes $244 Million budget

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:23:17 GMT
    Toledo has a spending plan for the next year.  That plan includes opening some city pools but it also relies on balancing the budget by taking money from road repair. Council passed this year's budget
    Toledo has a spending plan for the next year.  That plan includes opening some city pools but it also relies on balancing the budget by taking money from road repair. Council passed this year's budget
  • Toledo City Council and the "surplus"

    Toledo City Council and the "surplus"

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-03-27 12:12:02 GMT
    Toledo city council tabled a vote on the 2014 budget, Tuesday night, over a dispute with regard to an assumed surplus. Members were shocked to learn that the $418,000 budget excess was not a spendable
    City council will vote next week on a balanced budget proposed by Mayor Mike Collins but they are confused by some of the numbers the administration is presenting.
  • Sykes wants city to consider Sin Tax

    Sykes wants city to consider Sin Tax

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:43:03 GMT
    Smokers in Toledo are the target of what could be a sin tax imposed by the city.   But can the city pass such a tax? Toledo needs money to balance it's budget and, it has become popular for governments
    City councilman Larry Sykes is asking Toledo consider imposing a sin tax on cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes to raise money to fund city programs.
  • Shelters plead for more money

    Shelters plead for more money

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-03-18 21:08:43 GMT
    Toledo City Council has two weeks to pass a balanced budget  but homeless shelters say they need more money. Tuesday, several emergency shelters said, without more money, the people that rely no shelters
    Several emergency shelters in Toledo asked city council to consider filling the financial gap that may be left when the federal government likely cuts back on Community Development Block Grant monies.
  • City pools may have a PAL

    City pools may have a PAL

    Monday, March 10 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-03-10 22:09:05 GMT
    There may be new life to city pools, this summer. Last week, the Collins administration announced pools would not open.  But now there appears to be a real chance they could open, after all. Finding
    Mayor Collins considering a plan to open city pools this summer with help from the Police Athletic League and funding from the law enforcement trust fund.
  • Perrysburg to spend more fixing potholes

    Perrysburg to spend more fixing potholes

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:03 PM EST2014-03-05 22:03:03 GMT
    Perrysburg is scrambling to fix roads.  The dilemma is do the work now or do it later. Doing the work now could keep the cracks from growing.  Doing the work later will likely cost more as more extensive
    Perrysburg mayor Mike Olmstead asking council to spend $1 million out of rainy day fund to fix potholes.
  • Gallagher out; Kaczala in at Lucas County BOE

    Gallagher out; Kaczala in at Lucas County BOE

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 5:58 PM EST2014-03-04 22:58:30 GMT
    The Lucas County Board of Elections has a new director, tonight, just two months before the May primary. This morning, the board fired director Meghan Gallagher, who had been on the job since March 2012,
    The Lucas County Board of Elections voted 3 to 1 to remove Meghan Gallagher as director and replace her with Gina Kaczala.
  • Time, not weather, at bottom of pothole problem

    Time, not weather, at bottom of pothole problem

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 8:13 PM EST2014-02-27 01:13:12 GMT
    Potholes are all that anyone is talking about, in Toledo, and many people are blaming the weather. Again Wednesday,  crews were busy battling the bumpy roads, laying more cold patch into the minefield
    Too many potholes are forcing crews to do quick patches, and that means the work is not being done the best way possible.
  • City seeks control of land near old Jeep plant

    City seeks control of land near old Jeep plant

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 6:06 PM EST2014-02-25 23:06:31 GMT
    An eyesore of a building at 946 W. Central Ave, near the old jeep plant, is about to come down. The old WH Management building has been there for 100-years.  Knocking down the old building will create
    City of Toledo wants control of five-acre site next to Overland Industrial Park that could help the Port Authority market that property.
  • Flood threat not closing some Grand Rapids stores

    Flood threat not closing some Grand Rapids stores

    Monday, February 24 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-02-24 20:24:56 GMT
    Flooding may eventually be a problem in the Village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, but there's another problem facing downtown businesses and it isn't water. The threat of water has created a sense of panic
    Flooding may eventually be a problem in the Village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, but there's another problem facing downtown businesses and it isn't water. The threat of water has created a sense of panic
  • Clarion razing could call developers to Toledo

    Clarion razing could call developers to Toledo

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-02-19 21:59:05 GMT
    The Clairon Hotel sits along Reynolds Road near the old Southwyck mall site.  Mayor D. Michael Collins (I) wants to knock it down because he believes it will inspire more development in the corridor
    Mayor Mike Collins wants to tear down the vacant Clarion Hotel in South Toledo to encourage a new home store and other development along Reynolds Road.
  • Potholes winning the war

    Potholes winning the war

    Monday, February 3 2014 5:10 PM EST2014-02-03 22:10:39 GMT
    Drivers in Toledo are frustrated by the bad roads.  Crews are doing their best to fix the potholes, but  their best just can't keep up. Work crews get a street done one week, and the next week, new bigger
    City workers are fighting the battle against potholes but losing the war.
  • Erie Street Market back in play

    Erie Street Market back in play

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 5:52 PM EST2014-01-29 22:52:48 GMT
    The Erie Street Market has been in the news a lot over the last few years.  Toledo has tried to use it as a marketplace and tried to sell it. Today, its doors are closed, but the city is changing how
    The Collins administration is asking council to allow the city to contract with a realty firm that can market the Erie Street Market for sale.
  • Snow days not a calamity?

    Snow days not a calamity?

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 5:17 PM EST2014-01-29 22:17:13 GMT
    School districts are struggling with the weather and making sure students learn what they need to know. The the concern over calling too many snow days may be overblown. So far this winter, Toledo Public
    A Harvard study argues school districts are better off declaring snow day cancellations than opening during bad weather.
  • UT Student housing plan upsets neighbors

    UT Student housing plan upsets neighbors

    Tuesday, January 14 2014 4:52 PM EST2014-01-14 21:52:05 GMT
    Another student housing project near the University of Toledo has some people in the neighborhood upset.   Resident fear the student housing will turn into something different. Toledo City Council is
    Resident who live near a proposed student housing development near the University of Toledo fear those apartments will eventually become Section 8 homes.
  • Appeals court sets aside internet rules

    Appeals court sets aside internet rules

    Tuesday, January 14 2014 3:22 PM EST2014-01-14 20:22:22 GMT
    In a setback for the Obama administration's goal of Internet openness, a federal appeals court Tuesday set aside Federal Communications Commission rules designed to ensure that transmission of all Internet
    Appeals court deals a blow to Obama Administration's effort at internet openness.
  • NW District station under repair/ to reopen

    NW District station under repair/ to reopen

    Monday, January 13 2014 3:24 PM EST2014-01-13 20:24:03 GMT
    It could take another couple months to complete but work on the northwest district police station is underway. The station on Sylvania Avenue in West Toledo has been closed since July, 2012, but workers
    Northwest District Police Station on Sylvania Avenue is undergoing renovations and repairs before it reopens in April.
  • Storm cost could be tens of millions of dollars

    Storm cost could be tens of millions of dollars

    Wednesday, January 8 2014 6:14 PM EST2014-01-08 23:14:38 GMT
    This week's second major snowstorm coupled with a record shattering arctic blast has cost Northwest Ohio a lot of money. Businesses were closed for two days and that meant lost hours and lost sales and
    The snowstorm and arctic blast may have cost NWOH tens of millions of dollars in lost wages, revenue and production.
  • Roads "dangerous, unsafe" says sheriff

    Roads "dangerous, unsafe" says sheriff

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 6:04 PM EST2014-01-07 23:04:10 GMT
    Lucas County will remain under a Level Three snow emergency until at least midnight, Tuesday. Sheriff John Tharp says the roads are dangerous and he must protect public safety. Normally, downtown streets
    Roads in Lucas County are considered dangerous and unsafe by the sheriff so he has imposed a Level Three snow emergency until at least midnight.
  • Snowplows frustrate shovelers

    Snowplows frustrate shovelers

    Monday, January 6 2014 5:33 PM EST2014-01-06 22:33:23 GMT
    People spent all day, Sunday, trying to stay ahead of the snow by clearing their sidewalks and driveways. But some Toledo residents believe they wasted their time because their hard work was quickly plowed
    Toledo residents who shoveled their sidewalks were upset when snowplows pushed the snow back onto their clear pathways.
  • Collins announces new administrative directors

    Collins announces new administrative directors

    Monday, December 16 2013 6:08 PM EST2013-12-16 23:08:31 GMT
    Mayor- elect D. Michael Collins announced the team that will lead his new administration.  It includes a new police chief  but the team also includes some familiar faces. Mike Collins wants to mix the
    Mayor-elect D. Michael Collins has announced 14 new administrators for his mayoral cabinet.
  • Promedica announces move downtown

    Promedica announces move downtown

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 3:29 PM EST2014-02-05 20:29:06 GMT
    Promedica announced it is looking to move its headquarters into the old steam plant building along the Maumee River in downtown Toledo.  That move is generating a buzz. The steam plant is one of those
    Promedica announced plans to move its headquarters into the Key Bank building and the old Steam Plant in downtown Toledo, relocating 700 employees.

Bill Hormann is a 7-Time Emmy award winning Weekend Anchor/Reporter covering the local political and government beats. He came to 13abc in December, 2003. Since he's been in Toledo, Bill has won 23 national, regional, state and local journalism awards. Among Bill's honors are Emmys for "Best Anchor" and "Best Newscast," a National Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in political coverage and a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for political coverage. During his career, Bill has earned more than 30 awards for stations in Kansas, Maryland, Ohio and Washington, DC.