News Clips

  • Battle of the Bulge veteran honored with quilt, Capitol flag

    Sgt. Calvin Thornberry and his 78th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Lightning," crossed the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen during the invasion of Germany in World War II. Deploying aircraft, artillery barrages, V2 missiles and underwater demolition teams, the Germans ultimately blew the bridge up, trapping the American soldiers in the heart of Nazi Germany.

  • Visclosky and Crown Point elementary students honor veterans

    CROWN POINT — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and students of Eisenhower Elementary honored veterans Friday during the school's annual Veterans Day program. Visclosky addressed a crowd of several hundred veterans and parents of the school's students who gathered Friday afternoon in the auditorium. The congressman said he had last been at the school's Veterans Day program a couple of years ago. "And it is very good to be back. I want to thank the administrators, teachers, the parents involved and all of you veterans in the audience and all of you for honoring all of our veterans.

  • Steel Caucus urges Trump to defend domestic steel industry while in China

    The Congressional Steel Caucus is urging President Trump to defend the American steel industry and its workers during his visit to China. In a letter to Trump dated Tuesday--co-signed by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st--the caucus asks the president to “address the issues of chronic global steel overcapacity, illegal government subsidies and state-owned enterprises, and other trade distorting practices that have injured the American steel sector.”

  • EDITORIAL: Train plan raising eyebrows in D.C.

    Northwest Indiana's efforts to expand and improve Region commuter rail service are on the best possible track to success. Regardless of what happens as the project seeks millions in matching federal dollars, a bipartisan coalition of Region, state and federal officials are "raising eyebrows" in Washington with an impressive, multi-tiered strategy.

  • DC trip keeps South Shore projects in federal spotlight

    The leader of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority said a recent trip to Washington, D.C., to promote the South Shore Line's expansion projects generated positive reactions regarding state and local commitments to the projects' financing and to promotion of private development.

    "We were able to go in and say we're 100 percent funded from a state and local perspective," RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna said.

  • US House backs national park designation for Indiana Dunes

    A push to make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore the country's 60th national park has cleared a big step in Congress. The U.S. House approved the bill in a unanimous voice vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate for consideration. It would put the national park designation on 15,000 acres along the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

  • UPDATE: Port expansion expected to 'improve the region’s economic vitality'

    The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor landed a $9.85 million grant that will let it move more cargo, including more multimodal containers.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation signed off on partial federal funding for a $19.7 million expansion that will boost the port's cargo handling capacity. The Indianapolis-based Ports of Indiana, a quasi-government agency that's run like an independent business, would fund the other half of the cost.

  • AISI Supports Steel Caucus Letter on Section 232

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), today applauded the Congressional Steel Caucus letter to the president urging prompt action in the Section 232 investigation into the impact of foreign steel imports on national security. Gibson issued the following statement:

  • Officials, residents mark completion of Little Cal River Hammond Levee Tieback project

    HAMMOND — Officials on Tuesday cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of the levee tieback project that U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D- Merrillville, said has been 41 years in the making.

    “Today is a historic day in Northwest Indiana,” said Visclosky, who recalled talking with others about flood control along the Little Calumet River in 1976. “This project provides economic opportunity, job creation and quality of place.”

  • On track to be a national park

    MICHIGAN CITY — It took more than 100 years, but Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a 15,000-acre park stretching along the Lake Michigan Shoreline from Gary to Michigan City, is finally on its way to becoming a national park.

    That is, if the legislation continues moving forward.

    On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved Congressman Pete Visclosky’s legislation, H.R. 1488, the Indiana Dunes National Park Act, by unanimous consent. The measure is now referred to the full House and is expected to be considered in the coming months.