• August 18, 2016

    South Shore plan gets boost from McDermott, Hammond

    It's taken more than 25 years, but the pieces may be falling into place for the West Lake plan to build a new commuter rail service in Northwest Indiana.

    West Lake — a proposed 9-mile South Shore Line extension from Hammond to the Munster-Dyer border — received a major boost Aug. 8 when the Hammond City Council voted to support the project with $27 million over 30 years.

  • August 11, 2016

    Visclosky Announces GLRI Grant Award for the City of East Chicago

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has awarded a grant for the City of East Chicago.

    The $175,000 grant will install green infrastructure at Jeorse Park to reduce stormwater runoff and filter contaminants before they reach Lake Michigan. According to the EPA, the new instillations will prevent over 290,000 gallons of unfiltered runoff from reaching Lake Michigan. The GLRI was established in 2010 as a way to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world.

  • August 5, 2016

    Visclosky calls for hot-rolled steel tariffs

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, asked the federal government to impose a new round of tariffs on hot-rolled steel from Korea and six other countries.

    Visclosky called for more protection from “foreign competitors who cheat and choose to continually disregard our trade laws.” The United States is looking at imposing anti-dumping tariffs of up to 49 percent on hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

  • August 4, 2016

    NWI governments oppose controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership

    The Lake County Council and Highland Town Council have come out against the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and the city of Chicago might too.

    Both Highland and the Lake County Council have passed resolutions calling upon Indiana congressional representatives to oppose the 12-nation TPP and any similar trade deals “if they fail to restructure the misguided and failed policies of the past.”

  • July 25, 2016

    Visclosky seeks more steel tariffs

    Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., testified on Thursday before the International Trade Commission in favor of tariffs on imports of structural tubing from Korea, Mexico and Turkey.

    Local producers of the steel product include Independence Tube, in Chicago; Atlas Tube on the far Southeast side of the city; and Bull Moose, in Elkhart. Northwest Indiana steel mills also make the flat-rolled metal that’s shaped into tube that’s used in oil exploration and energy production.

  • July 25, 2016

    Feds to impose tariffs of up to 59 percent on steel tubing

    The U.S. Department of Commerce is looking at slapping tariffs of up to 59 percent on heavy walled structural tubing steel from Korea, Mexico and Turkey.

    U.S. steelmakers had sought tariffs on the steel products that are used in oil exploration and energy production, and often shaped from flat-rolled metal from Northwest Indiana steel mills.

  • July 22, 2016

    South Shore expansion bills coming due

    Stressing that time is of the essence, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, told officials with the 15 communities that pledged to help pay for the $600 million South Shore rail expansion that they'll be approached soon about making payments.

    The project would extend the existing rail line about nine miles, from Hammond to Dyer.

    "The sooner everyone is on board, the stronger our chance will be to receive federal funding," Visclosky said at a 16-Plus meeting of local municipal and Lake County leaders on Thursday. A request for $300 million in federal funding, or half the total coat of the project, needs to be submitted by August 2017.

  • July 21, 2016

    Regional cooperation celebrated at Dunes-Kankakee trail ceremony

    While bikers and hikers may see the new part of the Dunes-Kankakee Trail as a way to get to and from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to Indiana Dunes State Park, local officials see it as a symbol of the good that can happen when communities and government work together.


    The Porter County Convention, Recreation and Visitors Commission hosted a dedication ceremony Wednesday at the Visitor Center for the link of trail connecting the state park, the visitor center, and the trails within the Town of Porter.

  • July 13, 2016

    Gregg debuts state roads plan

    The Democratic candidate for governor said his infrastructure improvement plan for Indiana would meet the state's short- and long-term needs over the next 10 years without raising taxes.

    Speaking before a crowd of local state, county and union leaders at the Gary/Chicago International Airport, John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for governor, said the $3.2 billion Gregg/Christina Hale plan would use the proceeds from the sale of the Indiana Toll Road, which he said are now sitting in a bank, to invest in the state's roads, airports, railroads and ports.

  • July 7, 2016

    Region soldier's fate learned 45 years later

    EAST CHICAGO — Claudia Carr never gave up hope she'd hear that knock at the door.

    Sure, Donald "Butch" Carr would be in his 70s, and would have to explain where he'd been for the past four decades, why he never called or wrote. But she'd be happy to see him nonetheless.

    She now knows that day will never come.

    Carr recently was notified that her brother-in-law's remains had been located in the jungles of Vietnam, nearly 45 years after his plane disappeared during the war.

  • July 6, 2016

    No GOP candidates for county commissioner, judge

    VALPARAISO — Local Republicans let a Tuesday deadline pass without appointing candidates for a Superior Court judge seat or for one county commissioner post.

    The outcome assures another term for South District County Commissioner Laura Blaney and Judge Julia Jent, both Democrats.

  • June 27, 2016

    USW endorses Democrat Baron Hill for U.S. Senate

    GARY — The United Steelworkers union, representing 23,000 members in Indiana, on Monday endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Baron Hill in his race against Republican Todd Young at a rally at Local 1066 headquarters.

    Mike Millsap, USW District 7 director, spoke at the rally, saying he believes Hill will bring change to Indiana for the benefit of the middle class and children.

    “Baron Hill understands that if we are going to have a middle class then we need good-paying manufacturing jobs,” Millsap said. “Hoosier children’s education is our priority. Baron Hill understands that, and wants to make Indiana education second to none.”

  • June 20, 2016

    Visclosky advances Buy American steel requirement

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, again advanced a requirement that the federal government buy only American products, including steel.

    Visclosky, who serves onthe House’s powerful Committee on Appropriations, frequently adds Buy America provisions to fiscal bills, ensuring that tax dollars aren’t spent on foreign-made steel.

  • June 17, 2016

    Walk with Pete in a 4th of July Parade!

    I write to invite you to walk with me in a 4th of July Parade!


    I enjoy participating in area parades and believe it is an outstanding way to celebrate our nation’s birthday with friends and families throughout Northwest Indiana.

  • June 16, 2016

    Visclosky advances Buy America amendment

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, has advanced a Buy America amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Interior Appropriations Act.


    The amendment strikes provisions that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, according to a statement released today.

  • June 14, 2016

    Cedar Lake ceremony proudly hails the flag

    Residents dressed in patriotic colors and holding small American Flags gathered Tuesday on the lakefront by Cedar Lake Town Hall to say the Pledge of Allegiance together to the backdrop of a giant American flag.

  • June 8, 2016

    Gary gets FEMA grant for fire department

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide the Gary Fire Department with a grant of just more than $750,000 to help support training programs and equipment for the city's firefighters.

  • June 4, 2016

    RICH JAMES: NWI Dems return to roots with voter drive

    An interesting bit of politics played out in Elkhart last week as President Barack Obama returned to the state he turned red eight years ago.
  • June 1, 2016

    2016 4th of July Parades

    I am pleased to announce my campaign will participate in the upcoming Fourth of July Parades.

  • May 26, 2016

    Visclosky testifies for second time this week on impact of steel import crisis

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, testified today, for the second time this week, before the U.S. International Trade commission, this time at a hearing on corrosion-resistant steel imports.Excerpts from Visclosky’s testimony: