News Clips

  • RDA confirms funding for West Lake, double tracking; NICTD seeks fed rating today

    The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved a resolution formalizing the RDA's financial commitments to the South Shore commuter line’s West Lake and Double Tracking bond issues.

    The board also formally accepted reports from KPMG and Farr Associates which, along with the resolution, will be submitted to the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) today by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

  • Indiana officials call DACA decision 'cruel and heartless'

    The potential end of a federal citizenship program was called "cruel" by some Indiana officials but seen as an opportunity for immigration reform.

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving a six-month time frame for Congress to draft its own immigration proposal, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • EDITORIAL: Momentum continues for Region rail expansion

    It's always encouraging to see the stock rising for plans putting our Region on course to economic transformation and growth.

    And the recent Indiana visit of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao presented a green arrow pointed firmly upward for the future of Northwest Indiana commuter rail expansion and improvement.

    Last week, Chao attended a two-hour briefing in South Bend, hearing the merits of the proposed South Shore Line expansion from Hammond to Dyer, double tracking from Gary to Michigan City and realignment of tracks in South Bend.

  • Unions voice still heard in political circles

    Union membership may be declining nationally but their voice in political circles has not grown quiet.

    Even as the country's labor landscape continues evolving and some jobs move offshore, mostly in manufacturing and traditional union strongholds, unions have not let up on advocating for their members. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s 2016 Election Cycle Analysis of big labor political spending estimates unions spent $1.7 billion during the 2016 election cycle.

  • Labor leaders mark holiday with hopes for an improved NAFTA

    As unions celebrate Labor Day on Monday, many will be keeping an eye on efforts to revamp the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, and hoping that this time the end result will be good for workers.

    "I don't want to see a NAFTA on steroids," said Pete Trinidad, president of United Steelworkers Local 6787 in Chesterton, which represents steelworkers at ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor plant.

  • Visclosky Announces Grant Award for Michigan City Fire Department

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant for the Michigan City Fire Department under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

    The $718,468 grant award will provide the Michigan City Fire Department with the ability to hire six additional firefighters. In general, the SAFER program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness.

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao cites bipartisanship, private investment possibilities of South Shore projects

    SOUTH BEND — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao suggested Tuesday that bipartisan support and the opportunity for private development associated with the South Shore Line's major infrastructure projects will be important factors as things move through the planning stages.

    The secretary made the comments after a two-hour briefing on the South Shore's West Lake Corridor, Double Track NWI and South Bend realignment projects at South Bend International Airport.

  • U.S. Sen. Donnelly views Gary airport projects during campaign kick-off tour

    GARY — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., inspected ongoing improvements at the Gary/Chicago International Airport during a Tuesday afternoon tour, part of a six-day trip around the state kicking off the senator's 2018 re-election campaign. Donnelly visited both of the airport's fixed-base operators, Gary Jet Center and B. Coleman Aviation, which are in the midst of major construction projects. Airport officials also pointed out the building planned to house a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, and noted upcoming runway rehabilitation work and the current reconstruction of Airport Road.

  • Visclosky Announces NEA Grant Award to South Shore Arts

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant to South Shore Arts.  First District Democrat Congressman Pete Visclosky announced the grant award today (Tuesday) which will support a South Shore Arts instructor to provide art supplies and lead students in Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties in art projects inspired by the children’s book “The Skin You Live In,” by Michael Tyler and illustrated by David Lee Csisko, and the environmental conservation story “Waterville” by Nick Mantis.

  • Visclosky Announces Grant Award for Porter County Volunteer Fire Departments

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant that will benefit several volunteer fire departments in Porter County under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

    Specifically, the $680,000 grant award will assist the volunteer fire departments in Hebron, Kouts, Morgan Township, and Porter Township. This grant funding will be used to purchase duel band radios that will complement the action taken by the Porter County Board of Commissioners to upgrade the emergency radio system. In general, FEMA’s AFG program is designed to award grants directly to fire departments in order to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.