U.S. Rep. discusses local development, wage concerns at League event
MICHIGAN CITY – More than 73,000 fewer children were enrolled in school last year in Indiana’s First Congressional District than were in enrolled in 1970, according to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky.
“That’s a lot of families who aren’t here now,” said the Congressman, who was the keynote speaker at the League of Women Voters of La Porte County’s annual meeting at Pottawattomie Country Club Saturday.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Mike Braun (R-Ind) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA.
On June 14th, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling trains. The solicitation notes the potential safety concerns with crossings that are blocked by trains, including that emergency response vehicles may be significantly delayed from responding to an incident or transporting patients to a hospital.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant through their Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program that will improve railroad safety in LaPorte County.
The $2,831,705 grant has been awarded to Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad and will be used to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the City of La Porte. According to the project description, the project will support freight delivery efficiency and community safety by replacing the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track. This upgrade will ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.