• June 12, 2017

    Flooding reduction eyed in Calumet Township project

    A front-end loader moved around sections of cement sewer line at 41st Avenue and Chase Street as federal and local officials gathered Monday to mark the start of a $1 million Calumet Township drainage improvement project.

    "This project is a great example of our state and federal partners working together to benefit this community and the nation," Col. Christopher Drew, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

    Drew was joined by U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, and Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr., to launch the project.

  • June 7, 2017

    Council approves double-track funding

    MICHIGAN CITY — Members of the Michigan City Common Council approved the city's funding portion of the $290 million South Shore double-track project on Tuesday night with a 6-3 vote.

    The approved resolution allows the city to take money from the South Side Tax Increment Fund (TIF) and apply it to the double-track project. 

    The decision was made after the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission decided to pay the remaining $6.7 million in cash and $5.39 million in a bond toward the project, satisfying the city's contribution of a little more than $12 million. That $12 million is a part of the $18.25 million in total funds that La Porte County would be responsible for. The balance was previously approved by the county. Included in the project for the city is a proposed parking structure with an estimated cost of $10 million.

  • June 1, 2017

    EDITORIAL: 'Buy American' clause is worthy push

    The phrase, "Buy American," gets used so often, it has become cliche in our economic dialog.

    Thankfully, we have state and Region congressional delegates with a penchant for putting worthy worn phrases into actual practice.

    During a visit last week to Indiana University Northwest in Gary, U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., vowed to push for "Buy American" clauses in any infrastructure bills that come before Congress.

  • June 1, 2017

    Congressional Steel Caucus backs import probe

    The Congressional Steel Caucus is backing the U.S. Department of Commerce's Section 232 investigation into whether imports threaten national security.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, vice chairman of the caucus, and its bipartisan membership sent a letter of support saying that it was necessary for American steelworkers to make metal for aircraft carriers, armored vehicles, submarines and other military uses. They argued the United States could be vulnerable to foreign pressure in wartime if it failed to sustain its domestic steel industry.

  • May 30, 2017

    East Chicago lakefront prepares for facelift

    The first glimpse of a revitalized lakefront in East Chicago should be visible by next year, in the form of some rock reef to adorn the shoreline and the introduction of new plants and wildlife.

    East Chicago kicked off the $2.4 million project at Jeorse Park on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Dozens of people were on hand at the ceremony including U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville; Rep. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago; and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland.