News Clips

  • 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.

  • 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.