Campaign

  • April 28, 2019

    Union local mourns 392 steelworkers who have died on the job in East Chicago

    While mournful bagpipe music warbled, family members laid down flowers to mourn lost loved ones at Workers Memorial Day in Hammond. United Steelworkers Local 1010, which represents steelworkers at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East Chicago, paid tribute Thursday to the 392 colleagues who have died on the job there since the former Inland Steel mill opened in 1902.

  • April 17, 2019

    Portage looks to economic, cultural benefits from the Dunes becoming Indiana's first national park

    The City of Portage is basking in the spotlight with the recent federal designation of the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which stretches 15 miles along Lake Michigan, as a national park. The provision made the Indiana Dunes the 61st national park in the U.S. and the first in Indiana. From the city’s point of view, the designation offers a great deal of opportunity when it comes to economic growth, culture and tourism.

  • April 12, 2019

    Visclosky Announces Two LWCF Grant Awards in Northwest Indiana

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) under the National Park Service has awarded two grants in Northwest Indiana. First, a $200,000 grant award will support renovations at Imagination Glen Park in the City of Portage. Specifically, the grant award will support efforts to remodel the concession building and restrooms, and add an open-air shelter to the building. The grant award will also replace fencing at the existing ballfields, replace lighting fixtures, develop a multi-use trail connecting park facilities, and add benches and tables.

  • April 8, 2019

    Indiana Dunes Now in 'Elite' Company

    Tourism officials say they aren’t sure what the economic impact will be from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s recent designation as the state’s first national park, but they are confident it will be significant. “It puts us in a very elite group,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer, who adds the Dunes is already the state's top tourist attraction. "We have 3.6 million visitors annually, so when you look at all the national parks, we’re right under Yellowstone, we’re 7th in the nation just in recreational visits."

  • March 28, 2019

    'The state of America’s steel industry is in a recovery'

    Steel executives and the United Steelworkers union leader testified at the Congressional Steel Caucus hearing in Washington D.C. Wednesday that the long-struggling industry has been recovering, largely as a result of tariffs. "I’m here today to say that the state of America’s steel industry is in a recovery," USW International President Leo Gerard told members of Congress. "We should be proud of the workers who over the past decades have demanded action by their government, and who produce the steel every day. They are the real heroes in this story."

  • March 27, 2019

    Visclosky objects to $1 billion in defense funds going to border wall

    A congressional committee led by Rep. Pete Visclosky is not pleased with $1 billion in defense funds being moved to pay for a southern border wall. Visclosky, D-Gary, chairman of the House’s Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, on Tuesday told the Department of Defense, it did not approve a transfer $1 billion from other programs to pay for a wall on the United States’ southern border. While the Department of Defense is moving forward with moving those funds, Visclosky said bucking of precedent will be remembered.

  • March 25, 2019

    Indiana delegation seeks transparency during Mueller report review

    Two members of Indiana’s congressional delegation aim for more transparency around a years-long special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged obstruction of justice, but one senator says it is time to “move on.” Indiana Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, and Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., both said they’d encourage more transparency from Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice as it reviews a report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said now that he investigation is complete, people should accept the report’s findings and “move on.”

  • March 19, 2019

    Sewer upgrade project begins in Gary

    Aging clay sewers, nearly as old as the city of Gary, will receive repairs and new linings in a $2.3 million project in the city’s Ambridge neighborhood. Officials, including U.S. Peter J. Visclosky and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, took part in a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the parking lot of the South Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center, 353 Tyler St.

  • March 15, 2019

    Dunes tourism brought in $476.4M to Porter County in 2018, report says

    Even as officials with Indiana Dunes Tourism were preparing their 2018 report on tourism in Porter County, they were getting a glimpse at what next year’s report might bring now that Indiana Dunes National Park has been rechristened. Social media impressions for the tourism bureau were about 2 million last year, but in the month since the park got an upgrade from being a lakeshore, that hit 708,000.

  • March 15, 2019

    South Shore extension closer to fruition and $440 million from feds

    The South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor project passed a major milestone Friday when the Federal Transit Administration announced a project rating that moves it a step closer to receiving as much as $440 million in federal funding. The FTA's medium-high rating was revealed in the Department of Transportation's annual report on the Capital Investment Grant program. The grant for West Lake would cover nearly half the construction cost of $764 million, and a similar proportion of early financing costs of $127 million.

  • March 10, 2019

    Rail projects top infrastructure investments

    The web of commuter rail that spreads from downtown Chicago into the Illinois suburbs — 490 miles of track with 241 stations — stands in marked contrast to the single lining running along Lake Michigan's shore, covering 90 miles to South Bend, with 19 stations. That contrast was at the front of state lawmakers' minds four years ago when they reauthorized the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, with the idea that the RDA would focus on a transformative project that would take advantage of the Region's proximity to Chicago.

  • February 28, 2019

    Visclosky receives Indiana's highest honor for longtime service to Region and state

    INDIANAPOLIS — The man who has represented Indiana in the U.S. House longer than any other congressman, 34 years and counting, has been awarded the state's highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in recognition of Visclosky's lifetime of service to the people of Northwest Indiana and the Hoosier state.

  • February 22, 2019

    New fed budget funding keeps South Shore projects chugging along

    The headlines were about money for border security, but the federal government spending bill recently approved by Congress also included funding for commuter railroad projects like two planned by the South Shore Line. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release that the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation included $2.6 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which he supports.

  • February 17, 2019

    EDITORIAL: New national park designation will boost Indiana Dunes visits

    Just before 219 Day was celebrating all things Region on Saturday, the Region gained something big, and overdue, to celebrate. We now have a national park that is officially designated as such. That will bring international recognition to the Region and an economic boost.

  • February 15, 2019

    Visclosky votes for omnibus budget bill

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is announcing that he voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation. In a statement released today, Visclosky made note of the following:

    “The law includes $95 million for the International Trade Commission, which negates the Administration’s budget request that was $7.4 million less than this funding level,” the statement said. “This is also $1.3 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level, and aims to enable the ITC to fully investigate unfair trading practices that are harmful to steelworkers and the American steel and manufacturing industries.”

  • February 13, 2019

    Visclosky testifies for steel tariffs of up to 302 percent

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission in support of more tariffs on Chinese steel. The federal agency is weighing tariffs with anti-dumping margins of up to 302 percent and subsidy offsets of up to 111 percent on Chinese-made cast iron soil pipe.

  • February 6, 2019

    Region's political leaders split over Trump's second State of the Union

    MUNSTER — Political leaders in the Region were predictably divided after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Republicans loved the speech, while Democrats panned it.

  • February 3, 2019

    Steel industry hails Buy American executive order

    The steel industry is hailing a Buy American, Hire American executive order as a boon for steel mills and the steel industry. It widens requirements for the federal government to purchase American-made steel for projects. The order encourages federal agencies to expand Buy American mandates beyond direct government purchases and also apply the required use of American-made steel and other goods to loans, grants, interest subsidies and other forms of federal assistance.

  • January 25, 2019

    Our Opinion: Indiana Dunes deserving of national park designation

    There are people who have long believed that the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the southern tip of Lake Michigan was worthy of a national park designation. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, one of those supporters, last tried it two years ago but left defeated after the Senate declined to vote on a bill.

  • January 22, 2019

    Keeping King's legacy alive

    HAMMOND — Dozens of people braved bitter cold weather before dawn Monday to march the half mile from Hammond City Hall to the Civic Center as part of the annual Candlelight March and Celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr.