News Clips

  • Dunes tourism brought in $476.4M to Porter County in 2018, report says

    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.

  • South Shore extension closer to fruition and $440 million from feds

    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.

  • Rail projects top infrastructure investments

    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.

  • Visclosky receives Indiana's highest honor for longtime service to Region and state

    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.

  • New fed budget funding keeps South Shore projects chugging along

    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.

  • EDITORIAL: New national park designation will boost Indiana Dunes visits

    Just before 219 Day was celebrating all things Region on Saturday, the Region gained something big, and overdue, to celebrate. We now have a national park that is officially designated as such. That will bring international recognition to the Region and an economic boost.

  • Visclosky votes for omnibus budget bill

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is announcing that he voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation. In a statement released today, Visclosky made note of the following:

    “The law includes $95 million for the International Trade Commission, which negates the Administration’s budget request that was $7.4 million less than this funding level,” the statement said. “This is also $1.3 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level, and aims to enable the ITC to fully investigate unfair trading practices that are harmful to steelworkers and the American steel and manufacturing industries.”

  • Visclosky testifies for steel tariffs of up to 302 percent

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission in support of more tariffs on Chinese steel. The federal agency is weighing tariffs with anti-dumping margins of up to 302 percent and subsidy offsets of up to 111 percent on Chinese-made cast iron soil pipe.

  • Region's political leaders split over Trump's second State of the Union

    MUNSTER — Political leaders in the Region were predictably divided after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Republicans loved the speech, while Democrats panned it.

  • Steel industry hails Buy American executive order

    The steel industry is hailing a Buy American, Hire American executive order as a boon for steel mills and the steel industry. It widens requirements for the federal government to purchase American-made steel for projects. The order encourages federal agencies to expand Buy American mandates beyond direct government purchases and also apply the required use of American-made steel and other goods to loans, grants, interest subsidies and other forms of federal assistance.