News Clips

  • 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.

  • 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.