Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie joins the Indiana Capital Chronicle after covering city government and urban affairs for the Indianapolis Business Journal for more than a year. She graduated from Northwestern University in March 2021, and has reported for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and student publications in Evanston, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Doha, Qatar.

Indiana’s high court takes on solar power case

By: - September 19, 2022

The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a utilities case that could reshape the future of solar power in the Hoosier state. CenterPoint Energy subsidiary Vectren Energy Delivery and Indiana’s utility regulator say a new subsidy scheme follows a 2017 state law, while utility consumer advocates say the methodology isn’t legal, and […]

All the information Hoosiers need to participate in democracy

By: and - September 15, 2022

Our newsroom doesn’t take democracy for granted, and we hope you don’t either. This story is part of a collaboration called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms nationwide are drawing attention to threats to democracy. We hope it reminds us all to value our democracy and work to protect it. Below, learn about the mechanics of […]

Hoosier law experts denounce SCOTUS Dobbs leak

By: - September 14, 2022

Hoosier law experts on Wednesday denounced the May leak of the draft United States Supreme Court decision that in June sent the question of abortion back to states, during an event focused on the nation’s highest court, hosted by the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. “It was such a shocking, shocking breach of trust,” said Notre […]

Morales walks back early voting limits idea

By: - September 13, 2022

Diego Morales, the Republican candidate for Indiana Secretary of State, is walking back a proposal to cut early voting as well as softening comments on the 2020 election. The Secretary of State is Indiana’s highest election official. Morales previously said he wanted to slash the state’s 28-day early voting period in half, and called the […]

Indiana’s casinos brought in $700 million in taxes last fiscal year

By: - September 9, 2022

Indiana’s 12 casinos raked in $2.5 billion from July 2021 through June 2022 and sent $700 million of that haul to the state in taxes, according to an Indiana Gaming Commission annual report released this month. Higher-than-expected gambling collections previously bolstered the state’s rosy July revenue report. “It was … a privilege to lead an […]

Election harassment? Indiana officials say not here

By: - September 8, 2022

Election skepticism and harassment are on the rise across the country, but Indiana officials say they haven’t noted a difference locally. In a national survey of nearly 600 election officials released in March, the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice found that 17% of local officials had personally experienced threats, with over half of yesses reporting […]

Bipartisan PAC wants to “jump-start” political marketplace

By: - September 5, 2022

A bipartisan Indiana political action committee that aims to fund moderate political candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are hosting a kickoff event later this month. The goal? Tame polarizing partisanship into more collaborative, dialogue-heavy politics. “We intend, through our PAC, to support candidates on either side of the spectrum, Republicans or Democrats, who we think […]

Rokita: No “woke” ESG criteria allowed in pension investments

By: - September 2, 2022

Indiana and its investment managers can’t make government employee pension system investments based on environmental, social or governance criteria, Attorney General Todd Rokita wrote in an advisory opinion released Thursday. Under state law, Rokita said, those decisions can only take Indiana employees and retirees’ financial interests into account. “Woke big businesses are collaborating with their […]

Group asks agencies to reject Indiana’s $100 million EV charging plan

By: - September 1, 2022

A coalition of Black civil rights groups, nonprofits, business-owners and religious leaders called Wednesday on the federal government to reject Indiana’s plan for a $100 million-plus investment in the state’s electric vehicle charging network. “That plan must include all voices from the community, and especially the voices of those who have been underserved or overly […]

Abortion providers file lawsuit against Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

By: and - August 30, 2022

A group of Indiana abortion care providers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in state court challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban that is set to take effect in just 16 days. The suit — filed in Monroe County Circuit Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health […]

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Holcomb waives fuel; work hours rules after oil refinery fire

By: - August 30, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb temporarily dropped several fuel regulations and work hour restrictions in an executive order Monday evening, aimed at limiting disruption to the state’s fuel supply following a fire last week at a BP oil refinery plant. The BP plant in Whiting, Indiana, is the United States’ sixth-largest refinery, according to the Indiana […]

Indiana’s death row: no drugs, no movement

By: - August 30, 2022

Eight men languish on Indiana’s death row as the state struggles to obtain the drugs needed to conduct an execution. Its longest resident has lived 29 years awaiting execution; its most recent addition has waited eight.  The de-facto moratorium on executions in Indiana has some prosecutors doubting that even a successful sentencing will be carried […]