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 widens child lead threshold, raises family support

By: - July 5, 2022

The Indiana Department of Health on Friday adopted an emergency rule expanding what it considers “elevated” lead levels in a child’s blood, and introduced family education and case management for children with the neurotoxin in their blood.  “Reducing the blood lead threshold in Indiana has been a years-long process that has required partnerships with healthcare […]

As Indiana considers second tax refund, some wonder: where’s the first?

By: - July 5, 2022

With Indiana lawmakers poised to authorize a second, $225 tax refund to taxpayers in a special session this month, some Hoosiers are still waiting for the first $125 refunds promised late last year. As of June 22, Indiana had issued about $245.6 million in refunds, according to the Department of Revenue. That’s about 45% of […]

Indiana readies $12 million voting machines investment

By: - July 4, 2022

In March, state lawmakers handed the Secretary of State a July 2024 deadline. That's five years shorter than the previous December 2029 deadline, and will be in time for the 2024 presidential elections.

Indiana abortions jumped to multi-year high in 2021

By: - July 1, 2022

Indiana recorded more than 8,400 abortions in 2021 – the most since at least 2014, according to a state Department of Health report released Friday. The tabulation comes as Indiana lawmakers prepare for a weeks-long special legislative session this month, which will likely narrow access to abortion. Almost 57% of those procedures took place between […]

Rokita: Celebrate Fourth with property claims

By: - June 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is encouraging Hoosiers to mark the Fourth of July by visiting his office’s unclaimed property website,, “to discover any unclaimed money that could light up their holiday weekend,” a news release Thursday. “Amidst fireworks and cookouts, it’s a great time for Hoosiers to recover what is rightfully theirs,” Rokita […]

Law firm earns $520k off Holcomb-legislature fight

By: - June 29, 2022

The Indianapolis-based law firm that represented Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in his lawsuit against the Indiana General Assembly made more than half a million dollars off the legal fight, according to financial records. Holcomb’s administration paid Lewis Wagner LLP $518,420.01 for its services between July 2021 and June 2022, according to the state Auditor’s Office.  […]

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Indiana rejecting fewer absentee ballots

By: - June 29, 2022

Indiana’s 92 counties rejected less than 1% of absentee ballots in May’s midterm primary elections, hundreds less than in 2018.  Recent state guidance stemming from a 2020 legal decision might’ve helped, but voting rights advocates are still sounding the alarm over other ballot practices and a system they say doesn’t provide continuity statewide.  “There’s an […]

Secretary of State hopeful Morales seeks unity as opponents campaign off controversy

By: - June 29, 2022

“I have a vision for the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State that delegates believed in and overwhelmingly endorsed at the convention,” Republican nominee Morales wrote in an emailed response to the Chronicle. “My job now, though, is to bring everyone together to focus on November and deliver that same message to Hoosiers across the state.”

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Indiana gas taxes rise July 1 as revenue soars

By: - June 28, 2022

In June, Indiana was $33 million in gas tax revenues ahead of its April 2021 projections, according to the state’s Office of Management and Budget.

Conservation law nonprofit adds longtime Hoosier Environmental Council attorney

By: - June 28, 2022

In her new role, Ferraro will lead the Conservation Law Center's litigation work, and will contribute to state and national legislative efforts to conserve public and wild land, plus at-risk species and ecosystems.