• February 14, 2017

    Merrillville tables vote on South Shore project contribution

    MERRILLVILLE — The Town Council has delayed taking action on a resolution that would decrease its investment to the South Shore Line’s West Lake Corridor project, but it looks like reducing its pledge isn't feasible.

    The council decided Tuesday to table voting on the resolution that would drop Merrillville's annual contribution of its County Economic Development Income Tax proceeds from 22 percent to 8 percent for the project. Multiple council members indicated additional discussion is needed about the matter.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky traveled Tuesday to the Region specifically to attend the meeting, and he said an interlocal agreement Merrillville approved for its investment is binding and can't be legally changed.

  • January 16, 2017

    Visclosky: Recommit to King's legacy

    The freezing rain before sunrise Monday did nothing to extinguish the spirits of those who marched to the Hammond Civic Center, even if it extinguished the candles.

    The City of Hammond's annual march and ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, "Dream With a Purpose," brought young talent from all over the city and residents seeking a renewed sense of self.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, asked the crowd to recommit itself to King's legacy and start peacefully protesting as he did with marches and other nonviolent dissent. He pointed out that one of the big victories of the Civil Rights Movement – the Voting Rights Act, in which U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., played a big role – has been gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 14, 2017

    New leadership renews target on Planned Parenthood funding

    With a new administration and Republican control in the House of Representatives and the Senate, promises to defund Planned Parenthood because of concerns over abortion are closer to a reality, proponents and opponents say.

    Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, as well as a local legislator and a public health professional are vehement in their opposition.

  • January 12, 2017

    ArcelorMittal USA secures tariffs of up to 94 percent

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined imports of steel plates from Brazil, South Africa and Turkey have been hurting U.S. steelmakers, a decision that will result in tariffs of up to 94 percent.

    ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor and SSAB from Lisle, Illinois, requested the tariffs on cut-to-length steel plates. The United States plans to impose tariffs as high as 50 percent on imports from Turkey, 74.52 percent on imports from Brazil and 94.14 percent on imports from South Africa.

  • January 8, 2017

    Visclosky predicts great future for Region

    MICHIGAN CITY — The future is great for Northwest Indiana, particularly if the country continues to regulate the dumping of foreign steel and investments in transportation are made, said U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

    Visclosky spoke Saturday at a town hall meeting in Michigan City with about 50 people in attendance at City Hall.

  • January 8, 2017

    Congressman prepares for Trump

    SCHERERVILLE — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, told a public forum Sunday night the expansion of the South Shore commuter rail system is one of the keys to Northwest Indiana's economic future.

    "Young people in many instances do not stay. We need investments to change that."

  • December 16, 2016

    West Lake commuter rail plan celebrated, but 'more work to do'

    CHESTERTON — The South Shore Line's governing body gave the railroad's plan to build the nine-mile West Lake Corridor its official endorsement Friday — "a day 30 years in the making," according to the South Shore's president.

    "It's a historic day, it's a day for celebration," Michael Noland said about publication of a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the West Lake Corridor project, which would extend the South Shore south from Hammond to Dyer.

  • December 16, 2016

    Hammond plan for South Shore extension OK'd

    The $600 million South Shore line extension from Hammond to Dyer won the approval Friday of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board, clearing the way to begin working on federal approval and funding.

    Called "Hammond Option 2," and suggested by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, NICTD will build the Gateway Station about two blocks west of the current Hammond station on Hohman Avenue, south of Gostlin Street in North Hammond.

  • December 11, 2016

    Legacy Project inspires outstanding citizens

    MUNSTER — An idea to engage and inspire youth and young adults to become outstanding and involved citizens took root in this community last spring, becoming an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project that has blossomed throughout the Hoosier state.

    On Sunday afternoon, the exact date Indiana became a state in 1816, 13 students from five Munster schools received accolades in a ceremony at Eads Elementary School for completing the DOC 200 project organized by the Munster Junior Historical Society.

  • December 10, 2016

    NIRPC celebrates 50 years of building up the Region

    The largest gatherings of Region elected officials happens several times a year on a Thursday morning in Portage, when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission gathers mayors, council members, surveyors and more from the three-county area.

    This month, the organization wrapped up celebration of 50 years in existence, marking the anniversary of the creation of its predecessor, the Lake-Porter County Regional Transportation and Planning Commission, by Gov. Richard Branigin in 1966. It was authorized by legislation passed in 1965.