June 11, 2019
Northwest Indiana's efforts to rehabilitate brownfields in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago received a boost last week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program. A $600,000 grant will be used to conduct environmental site assessments, prepare cleanup plans, and implement community outreach activities.
Properties in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago will be investigated for environmental contamination that can be a barrier to the reuse of an abandon factory or commercial building, according to EPA. The award is the 12th grant to promote brownfield redevelopment and job training in Lake County. The current grant was awarded to a partnership of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the Regional Development Authority and Northwest Indiana Forum.
June 3, 2019
Munster’s Community Veterans Memorial was the perfect backdrop for a Memorial Day Service.
Hundreds of people stood, sat in chairs and relaxed on the grass as they listened to speakers, music and the traditional 21-gun salute. The latter was conducted with a ceremonial cannon.
May 28, 2019
Amid a rare black oak savanna, ponds and lupine, dignitaries unfurled a brown and white sign designating this ecological wonder to posterity.
It read simply: “Indiana Dunes National Park.”
May 27, 2019
Before gray skies swept over Northwest Indiana on a stormy Memorial Day, hundreds gathered to honor fallen service members, returned veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
From Valparaiso to Portage to Hebron and more, Region residents found their own expressions of remembrance in public parks, outside of museums and in city streets.
May 8, 2019
CHESTERTON — Tourism officials from two counties lauded those who make their communities friendly and inviting Wednesday afternoon, which attracts visitors and boosts local economies.
But it was Indiana Dunes National Park that was the star of the annual ROSE Awards Luncheon hosted by Indiana Dunes Tourism, which serves Porter County, and LaPorte County's Visit Michigan City LaPorte. The luncheon and awards ceremony was held at Sand Creek Country Club.
May 3, 2019
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
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
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
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
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.
April 8, 2019
Tourism officials say they aren’t sure what the economic impact will be from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s recent designation as the state’s first national park, but they are confident it will be significant. “It puts us in a very elite group,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer, who adds the Dunes is already the state's top tourist attraction. "We have 3.6 million visitors annually, so when you look at all the national parks, we’re right under Yellowstone, we’re 7th in the nation just in recreational visits."
March 28, 2019
Steel executives and the United Steelworkers union leader testified at the Congressional Steel Caucus hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday that the long-struggling industry has been recovering, largely as a result of tariffs. "I’m here today to say that the state of America’s steel industry is in a recovery," USW International President Leo Gerard told members of Congress. "We should be proud of the workers who over the past decades have demanded action by their government, and who produce the steel every day. They are the real heroes in this story."
March 27, 2019
A congressional committee led by Rep. Pete Visclosky is not pleased with $1 billion in defense funds being moved to pay for a southern border wall. Visclosky, D-Gary, chairman of the House’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, on Tuesday told the Department of Defense, it did not approve a transfer $1 billion from other programs to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border. While the Department of Defense is moving forward with moving those funds, Visclosky said bucking of precedent will be remembered.
March 25, 2019
Two members of Indiana’s congressional delegation aim for more transparency around a years-long special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged obstruction of justice, but one senator says it is time to “move on.” Indiana Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, and Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., both said they’d encourage more transparency from Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice as it reviews a report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said now that he investigation is complete, people should accept the report’s findings and “move on.”
March 19, 2019
Aging clay sewers, nearly as old as the city of Gary, will receive repairs and new linings in a $2.3 million project in the city’s Ambridge neighborhood. Officials, including U.S. Peter J. Visclosky and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, took part in a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the parking lot of the South Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center, 353 Tyler St.
March 15, 2019
Even as officials with Indiana Dunes Tourism were preparing their 2018 report on tourism in Porter County, they were getting a glimpse at what next year’s report might bring now that Indiana Dunes National Park has been rechristened. Social media impressions for the tourism bureau were about 2 million last year, but in the month since the park got an upgrade from being a lakeshore, that hit 708,000.
March 15, 2019
The South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor project passed a major milestone Friday when the Federal Transit Administration announced a project rating that moves it a step closer to receiving as much as $440 million in federal funding. The FTA's medium-high rating was revealed in the Department of Transportation's annual report on the Capital Investment Grant program. The grant for West Lake would cover nearly half the construction cost of $764 million, and a similar proportion of early financing costs of $127 million.
March 10, 2019
The web of commuter rail that spreads from downtown Chicago into the Illinois suburbs — 490 miles of track with 241 stations — stands in marked contrast to the single lining running along Lake Michigan's shore, covering 90 miles to South Bend, with 19 stations. That contrast was at the front of state lawmakers' minds four years ago when they reauthorized the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, with the idea that the RDA would focus on a transformative project that would take advantage of the Region's proximity to Chicago.
February 28, 2019
INDIANAPOLIS — The man who has represented Indiana in the U.S. House longer than any other congressman, 34 years and counting, has been awarded the state's highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in recognition of Visclosky's lifetime of service to the people of Northwest Indiana and the Hoosier state.
February 22, 2019
The headlines were about money for border security, but the federal government spending bill recently approved by Congress also included funding for commuter railroad projects like two planned by the South Shore Line. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release that the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation included $2.6 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which he supports.