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  • Laborers salute union as it reaches 100 years

    Dennis Ward was raised in a union family, and thought it was important to attend Laborers' International Union of North America Local 81s 100th anniversary celebration. "It's a big accomplishment for the working class for a union to be around 100 years and still striving," he said last week at the union hall on Valparaiso's southeast side, surrounded by more than 400 fellow members and their supporters.

  • Visclosky and Donnelly on the failure of Congress to enact funding legislation

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, R-Ind., released statements over the weekend on the failure of Congress to enact federal funding legislation and the subsequent government shutdown.

  • Visclosky, on the subject of Trump, defends public civility

    Strange days these are, when a sitting president is the occasion for a congressman’s defense of civility and common decency. Twice during his annual town forum in Chesterton on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, addressed himself to the presidential culture.

  • Visclosky: Lies, name-calling 'soil the public debate'

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky addressed the political discourse in Washington among other issues to a standing-room-only crowd Saturday at the Valparaiso Public Library. The public appearance was part of the series of town hall meetings Visclosky holds throughout the region each January.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.