• April 21, 2017

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Honor rail commitments

    We all can agree Northwest Indiana needs an economic jump-start. How we accomplish that universal goal is something on which reasonable minds might disagree, but I think it is safe to say by a wide margin, people agree the best available option is double-tracking the South Shore and extending the line to the Munster-Dyer border.

  • April 12, 2017

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Rally around commuter rail expansion in NWI

    Northwest Indiana has before it one of the greatest economic development opportunities since the founding of U.S. Steel. Elected officials across the Region will be tasked with political obstacles at all levels of government. But as the stars slowly align, it is time to double down on double tracking the South Shore Line.

  • March 30, 2017

    Visclosky speaks on the future of steel at Congressional hearing today

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st--Vice-chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus--testified spoke at today’s caucus hearing on “America Rebounding: Steel in 2017 and Beyond.”

     

    Excerpts from his speech:

     

    “I believe that steelworkers in Northwest Indiana and across our country make the best steel in the world, and we must do all that we can to ensure that they can continue to do so.

     

    As we approach 2017 and beyond, I remain concerned about the staggering amount of excess steel capacity in the world and the predatory trade actions of foreign countries. This past year I testified before the International Trade Commission on eight separate occasions in support of American steelworkers and their families. These cases pertained to the illegal actions of 18 separate countries, including China. These countries operate in economies that involve state-owned enterprises that utilize illegal subsidies and preferential policies. I believe that these practices violate international trading standards, and as we move forward I will continue to testify before the ITC and ensure that our trade laws are fully enforced. . . .

  • March 30, 2017

    Steel rebounding but caucus still concerned with imports, overcapacity

    The U.S. Congressional Steel Caucus held its most optimistic annual hearing in years in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

    Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, and Vice Chairman Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, hosted “America Rebounding: Steel in 2017 and Beyond” to hear from steelmakers and union officials on the state of the U.S. steel industry.

    "As we approach 2017 and beyond, I remain concerned about the staggering amount of excess steel capacity in the world and the predatory trade actions of foreign countries," Visclsoky said in his opening remarks. "This past year I testified before the International Trade Commission on eight separate occasions in support of American steelworkers and their families. These cases pertained to the illegal actions of 18 separate countries, including China."

  • March 29, 2017

    EDITORIAL: Commuter rail builds firm foundation for growth

    Northwest Indiana stands to benefit greatly from twin commuter rail projects planned for the Region.

    The West Lake Corridor project will extend commuter rail service beyond the existing east-west route for the first time in more than a century.

    The double-tracking project will speed and improve service along the existing route, making the commute by train quicker and more pleasant.