• May 3, 2019

    East Chicago to get $100K for 5 new school buses

    The School City of East Chicago will soon get $100,000 to replace five school buses, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release.

    The money will come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, which gives rebates up to $20,000 for school systems to replace older diesel buses built before 2007.

  • April 30, 2019

    No new child care facilities in Navy budget as thousands are relegated to waitlist

    WASHINGTON — Navy and Marine Corps leadership were grilled Tuesday on Capitol Hill about why they had not planned for new child care facilities in the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget as thousands of families wait for openings.

    “What is the problem here about not providing more day care services? You’ve got 7,800 — over 8,000 people under your commands waiting for day care here. And there’s no plans in [fiscal year 2020] to increase that capacity,” said Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., chairman of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

  • April 28, 2019

    Union local mourns 392 steelworkers who have died on the job in East Chicago

    While mournful bagpipe music warbled, family members laid down flowers to mourn lost loved ones at Workers Memorial Day in Hammond. United Steelworkers Local 1010, which represents steelworkers at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East Chicago, paid tribute Thursday to the 392 colleagues who have died on the job there since the former Inland Steel mill opened in 1902.

  • April 17, 2019

    Portage looks to economic, cultural benefits from the Dunes becoming Indiana's first national park

    The City of Portage is basking in the spotlight with the recent federal designation of the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which stretches 15 miles along Lake Michigan, as a national park. The provision made the Indiana Dunes the 61st national park in the U.S. and the first in Indiana. From the city’s point of view, the designation offers a great deal of opportunity when it comes to economic growth, culture and tourism.

  • April 12, 2019

    Visclosky Announces Two LWCF Grant Awards in Northwest Indiana

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) under the National Park Service has awarded two grants in Northwest Indiana. First, a $200,000 grant award will support renovations at Imagination Glen Park in the City of Portage. Specifically, the grant award will support efforts to remodel the concession building and restrooms, and add an open-air shelter to the building. The grant award will also replace fencing at the existing ballfields, replace lighting fixtures, develop a multi-use trail connecting park facilities, and add benches and tables.