News Clips

  • 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.

  • 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.