News Clips

  • Federal grant will assist brownfield remediation

    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 Memorial Day service full of music, remembrance

    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.

  • 'America just got better': Indiana Dunes National Park celebrated

    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.”

  • Memorial Day celebrations bring reflection, remembrance to the Region

    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.

  • Indiana Dunes National Park star of tourism awards ceremony

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.