Campaign

  • March 4, 2018

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Cultivating workforce, population key to NWI's evolution

    Building upon the resilience and dignity of our citizens’ strong work ethic, we can retain our talented youth and attract more people to Northwest Indiana to again grow our population and economy. I believe that by expanding job opportunities, improving our environment and investing in our transportation infrastructure, we will draw more people to our region and continue on a path toward a flourishing economy and a brighter tomorrow.

  • March 1, 2018

    UPDATE: Trump says he will impose across-the-board steel tariffs of 25 percent

    President Donald Trump told steel executives Thursday he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on foreign-made steel across the board after a Section 232 investigation found elevated levels of imports threatened America's steel industry and national security.

  • February 20, 2018

    South Shore Clean Cities members reduced greenhouse emissions by 108,000 tons

    All across the Region, companies and municipalities are switching their fleets from diesel and gasoline to cleaner-burning fuels that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. South Shore Clean Cities honored those who achieved the most drastic reductions in gasoline and greenhouse gases or otherwise promoted sustainable transportation and environmental remediation Tuesday at its Annual Meeting and Awards at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Fair Oaks Farms, the Dunes Learning Center, the city of South Bend, the School City of Hammond, the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District and Jack Gray Transport owner Danette Garza all were recognized at the ballroom ceremony in Blue Chip's Stardust Event Center.

  • February 13, 2018

    Congressional Steel Caucus urges Section 232 protections

    The Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support America's steel industry, is asking President Donald Trump to loop them in on whether he plans to take actions to protect domestic steel mills after the U.S. Commerce Department's much-anticipated Section 232 investigation into whether elevated levels of imports have been harming national security. The federal agency finished the investigation in January, setting off a statutory clock that gives the president 90 days to act.

  • February 13, 2018

    South Shore projects added to Federal Transit Administration's funding recommendations list

    The Federal Transit Administration put the South Shore Line's two major projects — the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI — in its annual list of funding recommendations, a significant step in moving those projects forward. The list was released Tuesday.

  • February 12, 2018

    South Shore projects in play with federal budget, infrastructure maneuvering

    Region officials involved in the South Shore Line's major capital projects are staying the course as the pace of federal budget and infrastructure policy making has quickened in recent days, with Congress agreeing to a two-year federal spending framework and President Donald Trump releasing a 2019 budget proposal and 10-year infrastructure plan.

  • January 31, 2018

    Visclosky and Donnelly respond to State of Union

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., responded late Tuesday to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

  • January 29, 2018

    Laborers salute union as it reaches 100 years

    Dennis Ward was raised in a union family, and thought it was important to attend Laborers' International Union of North America Local 81s 100th anniversary celebration. "It's a big accomplishment for the working class for a union to be around 100 years and still striving," he said last week at the union hall on Valparaiso's southeast side, surrounded by more than 400 fellow members and their supporters.

  • January 18, 2018

    Visclosky and Donnelly on the failure of Congress to enact funding legislation

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, R-Ind., released statements over the weekend on the failure of Congress to enact federal funding legislation and the subsequent government shutdown.

  • January 16, 2018

    Visclosky, on the subject of Trump, defends public civility

    Strange days these are, when a sitting president is the occasion for a congressman’s defense of civility and common decency. Twice during his annual town forum in Chesterton on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, addressed himself to the presidential culture.

  • January 16, 2018

    Visclosky: Lies, name-calling 'soil the public debate'

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky addressed the political discourse in Washington among other issues to a standing-room-only crowd Saturday at the Valparaiso Public Library. The public appearance was part of the series of town hall meetings Visclosky holds throughout the region each January.

  • January 15, 2018

    U.S. Congressman Visclosky holds community forum

    MICHIGAN CITY – United States Congressman Pete Visclosky was in Michigan City on Saturday evening, hosting a town forum in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall. Visclosky represents Indiana's first congressional district. During the forum, Visclosky addressed issues facing Hoosiers within the first district in Indiana, as well as issues facing the nation as a whole. Visclosky also opened the floor to questions from the audience gathered in Common Council Chambers.

  • January 15, 2018

    Martin Luther King Jr's legacy remembered in Hammond event

    Dignitaries celebrating slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at the Hammond Civic Center early Monday said his work on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was his greatest accomplishment. "He changed the way we look at the 14th Amendment. He literally changed the way we look at the Constitution," Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said.

  • January 13, 2018

    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.

  • January 10, 2018

    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.

  • January 2, 2018

    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.

  • December 26, 2017

    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.

  • December 14, 2017

    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.

  • December 12, 2017

    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."

  • November 17, 2017

    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.