News Clips

  • South Shore projects added to Federal Transit Administration's funding recommendations list

    The Federal Transit Administration put the South Shore Line's two major projects — the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI — in its annual list of funding recommendations, a significant step in moving those projects forward. The list was released Tuesday.

  • Congressional Steel Caucus urges Section 232 protections

    The Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support America's steel industry, is asking President Donald Trump to loop them in on whether he plans to take actions to protect domestic steel mills after the U.S. Commerce Department's much-anticipated Section 232 investigation into whether elevated levels of imports have been harming national security. The federal agency finished the investigation in January, setting off a statutory clock that gives the president 90 days to act.

  • South Shore projects in play with federal budget, infrastructure maneuvering

    Region officials involved in the South Shore Line's major capital projects are staying the course as the pace of federal budget and infrastructure policy making has quickened in recent days, with Congress agreeing to a two-year federal spending framework and President Donald Trump releasing a 2019 budget proposal and 10-year infrastructure plan.

  • Visclosky and Donnelly respond to State of Union

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., responded late Tuesday to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

  • 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.

  • 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.