• September 12, 2017

    Visclosky Announces Grant Award for City of Hammond Fire Department

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant to the City of Hammond Fire Department under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

    The $621,164 grant award will be used to assist in the purchase of ninety-five self-contained breathing apparatuses, along with additional spare air cylinders, face pieces, and rapid intervention team emergency air kits. The funding will also support training on how to use the equipment and fit testing for all personnel. In addition to personal protective equipment, FEMA’s AFG program generally awards grants to support professional training, equipment for wellness and fitness programs, modifications to facilities, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

  • September 8, 2017

    RDA confirms funding for West Lake, double tracking; NICTD seeks fed rating today

    The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved a resolution formalizing the RDA's financial commitments to the South Shore commuter line’s West Lake and Double Tracking bond issues.

    The board also formally accepted reports from KPMG and Farr Associates which, along with the resolution, will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) today by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

  • September 5, 2017

    EDITORIAL: Momentum continues for Region rail expansion

    It's always encouraging to see the stock rising for plans putting our Region on course to economic transformation and growth.

    And the recent Indiana visit of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao presented a green arrow pointed firmly upward for the future of Northwest Indiana commuter rail expansion and improvement.

    Last week, Chao attended a two-hour briefing in South Bend, hearing the merits of the proposed South Shore Line expansion from Hammond to Dyer, double tracking from Gary to Michigan City and realignment of tracks in South Bend.

  • September 5, 2017

    Indiana officials call DACA decision 'cruel and heartless'

    The potential end of a federal citizenship program was called "cruel" by some Indiana officials but seen as an opportunity for immigration reform.

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving a six-month time frame for Congress to draft its own immigration proposal, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 2, 2017

    Unions voice still heard in political circles

    Union membership may be declining nationally but their voice in political circles has not grown quiet.

    Even as the country's labor landscape continues evolving and some jobs move offshore, mostly in manufacturing and traditional union strongholds, unions have not let up on advocating for their members. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s 2016 Election Cycle Analysis of big labor political spending estimates unions spent $1.7 billion during the 2016 election cycle.