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.

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Did Statehouse drama doom battered Indianapolis bus project?

By: - November 7, 2022

Indianapolis’ public transportation authority last week finalized a controversial cost-cutting change in a bid to save a financially precarious bus rapid transit project with built-in infrastructure help. IndyGo and transit advocates argue three consecutive years of legislative efforts by state Republicans to kill the project led to costly delays, while opponents say the undertaking was […]

GOP portends ‘red tsunami’ at dinner days before election

By: - November 4, 2022

Republican leaders celebrated their party’s dominance over Indiana governance and predicted more red success Thursday at an annual dinner days before the Nov. 8 midterm elections. “We continue to turn out our voters, not just in Indiana, but all of America can feel the red wave building,” Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer told a […]


Indiana GOP governor headed to Egypt for UN Climate Change conference

By: - November 3, 2022

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will attend the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Egypt next week, where he’ll talk about Indiana’s work with renewable energy infrastructure — days after breaking ground on a second phase of the controversial Mammoth Solar Farm project in northwestern Indiana. “I’ll be able to highlight what we’re […]

Indiana gas sales tax set to increase Tuesday

By: - November 1, 2022

A monthly gas sales tax will rise beginning Tuesday in Indiana, after a brief autumnal reprieve, to 23.1 cents per gallon. That’s up a cent from last month and up more than 5 cents from November last year. The sales tax is recalculated each month based on gas prices. Gas cost $3.29 a gallon on […]


Nine young Hoosiers win “I voted” sticker contest

By: - October 31, 2022

Coming to an “I voted” sticker at an Election Day voting location near you: designs by nine young Hoosiers, Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan’s office announced Monday. Nearly 1,000 kindergarten through 12th graders participated. “Introducing young Hoosiers to voting is crucial to the success of our state,” Sullivan said in a news release. “I […]

Task force recommends state cash, bad landlord crackdown, to ease housing crisis

By: - October 28, 2022

An interim study committee examining solutions to Indiana’s housing crisis on Thursday approved a lengthy list of recommendations for future legislation — including state funding for housing-related infrastructure and a vague pledge to hold accountable negligent landlords peddling “substandard” housing. There are 16 early-stage ideas on the draft list. But despite their broad strokes and […]

U.S. Sen. Todd Young mocked on social media for gas price messaging mishap

By: and - October 27, 2022

U.S. Sen. Todd Young faced a social media pile-on this week after a post bashing gas prices. But behind the mocking, millions of Hoosiers are still struggling to stretch their dollars amid inflation. The Indiana Republican is up against Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, and Libertarian James Sceniak on Election Day, Nov. 8. […]

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Morales and Wells go head-to-head in sprint for Secretary of State seat

By: - October 25, 2022

The race for Indiana Secretary of State has taken on new importance this year — the first chance Hoosiers will have to select a new chief elections officer since former President Donald Trump undertook a well-documented effort to overturn the result of the 2020 elections. Republicans usually cruise to an easy victory in the race […]

Indiana communities wait uneasily as lawmakers eye food and drink tax change

By: - October 24, 2022

Language reshaping how Indiana communities participate in a food and drink tax worth roughly $90 million a year was a step away from becoming law last March, before state legislators excised it last-minute. But one of its most dedicated proponents says he’ll try again this year, prompting resistance — even resentment and defiance — from […]

Housing task force eyes state help for infrastructure costs

By: - October 21, 2022

A study committee trying to find solutions to Indiana’s housing affordability problems on Thursday examined whether state government could front infrastructure costs for new housing — instead of builders, buyers and municipal governments. “[We should] take a look at infrastructure and how the state can help local communities and developers at all levels achieve infrastructure […]


State energy group takes cautious approach in industry transition to renewables

By: - October 20, 2022

A state panel tasked with charting Indiana’s energy future on Wednesday approved recommendations that at times pit budget-friendliness and reliability against a shift toward alternative fuel sources that is already in progress. “Over the last two years, we’ve worked on a bipartisan basis to hear from experts and stakeholders to craft recommendations for a comprehensive […]

Indiana has nine congressional races in Indiana: what you need to know

By: and - October 19, 2022

Indiana sends nine representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. – and all are up for election on November 8, along with the rest of the 435-member chamber. Just one race is expected to be competitive: Indiana’s First Congressional District, which a Republican could represent for the first time in 94 years. […]