News Clips

  • Indiana Dunes Now in 'Elite' Company

    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."

  • 'The state of America’s steel industry is in a recovery'

    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."

  • Visclosky objects to $1 billion in defense funds going to border wall

    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.

  • Indiana delegation seeks transparency during Mueller report review

    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.”

  • Sewer upgrade project begins in Gary

    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.

  • 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.