News Clips

  • U.S. Congressman Visclosky holds community forum

    MICHIGAN CITY – United States Congressman Pete Visclosky was in Michigan City on Saturday evening, hosting a town forum in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall. Visclosky represents Indiana's first congressional district. During the forum, Visclosky addressed issues facing Hoosiers within the first district in Indiana, as well as issues facing the nation as a whole. Visclosky also opened the floor to questions from the audience gathered in Common Council Chambers.

  • Martin Luther King Jr's legacy remembered in Hammond event

    Dignitaries celebrating slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at the Hammond Civic Center early Monday said his work on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was his greatest accomplishment. "He changed the way we look at the 14th Amendment. He literally changed the way we look at the Constitution," Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said.

  • Visclosky talks steel imports, infrastructure, new tax laws and soil cleanup at town hall meeting

    EAST CHICAGO — At his first scheduled town hall meeting Friday, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky tackled myriad regional and national issues including steel imports, infrastructure, the new tax laws and the cleanup of arsenic- and lead-contaminated soil in the city’s residential neighborhoods. More than 30 residents gathered at the East Chicago Council chambers at City Hall for the 10 a.m. meeting with the 1st District congressman.

  • Daisy Girl Scouts explore nature

    Daisy Girl Scouts from Memorial Elementary School in Valparaiso learned about caring for our environment by protecting nature and recycling. Ranger Shane Griffin from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore taught the girls about the animals and plants of the dunes and about the biodiversity of our unique park.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, talked to the troop about the importance of recycling and composting to help protect the natural resources in our Region. The girls earned their “Using Resources Wisely” badge.

  • Region's tech talent believe more spotlight time needed to showcase NWI technology sector

    Jillian Straub can thank the steel industry for helping her tap her entrepreneurial side. Working in information technology for ArcelorMittal, Straub became friends with some of her colleagues, including one who had an idea for a website where users share referral codes and earn rewards each time a code was used. The website, www.getreferred.com, which began as a hobby project for Straub and her friends Marty Shankle, Gene Livshin and Donald Donovan, launched in June.

  • Editorial: Make Indiana Dunes a national park

    The Chicago area has many attractions, from Lake Michigan to architectural treasures, theater, music, dining and more. It has national historic landmarks and a national monument, the Pullman District. But to see a national park, you have to go elsewhere. That may not be true, though, for long. More than 100 years after the first director of the National Park Service endorsed making Indiana Dunes a national park, a bill to accomplish that was approved unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 1.

  • Celebrating 25 years, Islamic Center recalls overcoming early bigotry with peace

    Dr. Hakam Safadi managed to make light of what was once a very serious situation of bigotry and hostility. Safadi, a founding member of the Northwest Indiana Islamic Center, recalled the early days of his Muslim community in this area. In the early 1990s, a small group of Islamic believers bought property in Crown Point to build a spiritual home for its members.

  • Dunes Learning Center has educated Region youngsters about the environment for 20 years

    PORTER — Just more than 20 years ago, Lee Botts and a group of environmentalists dreamed of a place where the Region's children could learn and gain respect for the unique ecosystem that is Northwest Indiana. "The future depends on the kids," said Botts, who now lives in Oak Park, Illinois. "We wanted to find a way to make them good stewards of the Indiana Dunes for the rest of their lives and to get kids outdoors more."

  • Visclosky testifies before ITC on wire rod imports

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, testified on Thursday at a hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod imports from Belarus, Italy, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

  • Steel imports decline in October but had nearly 26 percent market share

    Steel imports permit applications for a total of 3.1 million tons in October, grabbing 26 percent of the market share, according to the U.S. Commerce Department’s most recent Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis data. That was down 0.3 percent from steel imported in September.