• October 7, 2016

    Indiana Dunes sees prestige in 'park' designation

    The superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore had a quick answer when asked what becoming a "park" rather than a "lakeshore" could mean.

    "It makes our name shorter, so we pay less for signs by the letter," said Paul Labovitz, jokingly.

    In late September, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, proposed designating the lakeshore as a national park. The change won't bring the destination more federal money or programs, but it will up its status to a group that includes the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. That could mean drawing a greater number of visitors who are inclined to stop for a national park.

  • October 7, 2016

    Visclosky Announces COPS Hiring Program Grant Award for the City of Hobart

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the City of Hobart has received a grant award under the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program

    The COPS Hiring Program provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. The City of Hobart will receive funding for one officer with a focus of addressing drug abuse issues.

  • October 6, 2016

    On the track to change

    MICHIGAN CITY —The South Shore Line's double-track plan to increase speed, frequency and reliability between Michigan City and Gary will involve some significant changes.

    The South Shore Line and HDR Consulting gave the third of three public presentations in Michigan City on Thursday following presentations in Gary and Porter this week.

    The route will have to be widened. Thirteen crossings will be closed between Carlon Court and Maple Street, although there are also many other crossings in between those streets that will remain open. About 60 commercial and residential parcels in Michigan City will have to be acquired, according to railroad spokesperson John Parsons and HDR's Michael Shostar.

  • October 6, 2016

    Gregg, Hale rally Democrats during Portage event

    PORTAGE — John Gregg joked there were three times as many people in the audience Wednesday night than there is in his hometown of Sandborn.

    Gregg, Democrat candidate for governor and his running mate Christina Hale, a Michigan City native, topped a lineup of some of the area’s and state’s top Democrats during a rally/fundraiser at the Duneland Falls Banquet Center. The event was sponsored by Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and St. Joseph County Sheriff Michael Grezgorek.

    In addition to Gregg and Hale, the audience of steelworkers and teachers, firefighters and police officers, heard from Attorney General candidate and former Lake County judge Lorenzo Arrendondo, former Indiana First Lady Susan Bayh and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st.

  • September 26, 2016

    Visclosky named "Steel Champion" of 2016

    It’s no secret that U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is a big advocate for the steel mills that line the lakeshore in his district.

    But The American Iron and Steel Institute made it official by giving the 16-term congressman the “2016 Congressional Steel Champion Award.” The AISI said it chose Visclosky, the vice chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus and a frequent sponsor of pro-steel legislation, for “his unwavering dedication to the American steel industry and its workers.”


    “I thank the American Iron and Steel Institute for this recognition and appreciate your constant advocacy and unwavering support for the American steel industry,” Visclosky said after receiving the award at the fall meeting of AISI’s Policy and Planning Committee in Washington D.C. “I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that American steel companies and steelworkers are able to produce the highest quality steel and compete on a level playing field.”

  • September 14, 2016

    Visclosky, Steel Caucus propose bill to safeguard steel tariffs

    Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and the Congressional Steel Caucus are proposing a bill that would keep steel tariffs on China in place.

    Their bill would keep China from being recognized as a free market economy. That recognition would potentially undo all the tariffs imposed against state-sponsored Chinese steelmakers. Visclosky, Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy and other members also discussed the global steel import crisis Thursday with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

  • September 9, 2016

    Report finds China largely to blame for steel layoffs in U.S.

    A new report found that 19,000 steelworker layoffs in the United States are largely the result of Chinese steelmaking overcapacity that caused a global import crisis.

    The Alliance for American Manufacturing, a nonprofit formed by leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union found China accounts for nearly half the world’s steelmaker overcapacity. The study – “Overcapacity in Steel: China’s Role in a Global Problem” – found Chinese steelmakers have been building more mills with the help of subsidies and government incentives.

  • August 31, 2016

    The affordable shore: Why Indiana living appeals to Chicago commuters

    When Beth Doherty found her future home in Indiana, it was by mistake.

    Visiting property her sister-in-law purchased in 2002, she discovered Beverly Shores, Ind., where she and her husband moved in 2010 after living in Bucktown for two decades.

    "You can see the skyline from the shore, and there's all these really cool houses," she said.

  • August 26, 2016

    Walk with Pete in the Lowell Labor Day Parade!

    I write to invite you to walk with me in the 97th Annual Lowell Labor Day Parade!


    The men and women of the labor movement are one of the foundational cornerstones of the Northwest Indiana economy and participating in this parade is an outstanding way to celebrate and recognize their contribution to the success of our region.

  • August 23, 2016

    West Lake rail plan ready for FTA review

    Funding commitments from government agencies – including most Lake County cities and towns -- have brought the proposed West Lake commuter rail project closer to reality.

    Private investments also will be crucial to make West Lake succeed, the head of Northwest Indiana's Regional Development Authority said.

  • August 22, 2016

    Visclosky, Mahlmann Talk Steel, Rail Expansion, Economic Growth, and Summer Living in Northwest Indiana in Ideas in Motion Media Roundtable

    One of Ideas in Motion Media’s earliest supporters returned to the Great News Studio when Congressman Pete Visclosky joined IIMM Publisher Chris Mahlmann for a wide-ranging video interview touching on his stance on protecting steel, the West Lake Corridor expansion, and summer living in Northwest Indiana.

  • 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.