December 26, 2017
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
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
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
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.
November 16, 2017
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.
November 13, 2017
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.
November 10, 2017
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.
November 8, 2017
The Congressional Steel Caucus is urging President Trump to defend the American steel industry and its workers during his visit to China. In a letter to Trump dated Tuesday--co-signed by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st--the caucus asks the president to “address the issues of chronic global steel overcapacity, illegal government subsidies and state-owned enterprises, and other trade distorting practices that have injured the American steel sector.”
November 5, 2017
Northwest Indiana's efforts to expand and improve Region commuter rail service are on the best possible track to success. Regardless of what happens as the project seeks millions in matching federal dollars, a bipartisan coalition of Region, state and federal officials are "raising eyebrows" in Washington with an impressive, multi-tiered strategy.
November 3, 2017
The leader of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority said a recent trip to Washington, D.C., to promote the South Shore Line's expansion projects generated positive reactions regarding state and local commitments to the projects' financing and to promotion of private development.
"We were able to go in and say we're 100 percent funded from a state and local perspective," RDA President and CEO Bill Hanna said.
November 2, 2017
A push to make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore the country's 60th national park has cleared a big step in Congress. The U.S. House approved the bill in a unanimous voice vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate for consideration. It would put the national park designation on 15,000 acres along the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
October 31, 2017
The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor landed a $9.85 million grant that will let it move more cargo, including more multimodal containers.
The U.S. Department of Transportation signed off on partial federal funding for a $19.7 million expansion that will boost the port's cargo handling capacity. The Indianapolis-based Ports of Indiana, a quasi-government agency that's run like an independent business, would fund the other half of the cost.
October 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), today applauded the Congressional Steel Caucus letter to the president urging prompt action in the Section 232 investigation into the impact of foreign steel imports on national security. Gibson issued the following statement:
October 10, 2017
HAMMOND — Officials on Tuesday cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the completion of the levee tieback project that U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D- Merrillville, said has been 41 years in the making.
“Today is a historic day in Northwest Indiana,” said Visclosky, who recalled talking with others about flood control along the Little Calumet River in 1976. “This project provides economic opportunity, job creation and quality of place.”
October 5, 2017
GARY — The city of Gary has been awarded a grant to support the development of a National Civil Rights Hall of Fame, according to a release Thursday from the office of U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.
The $59,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. It will be used to support the development of a feasibility study and business plan to establish a National Civil Rights Hall of Fame facility and headquarters for the National Civil Rights Institute and Hall of Fame, Inc., in Gary, according to the release.
October 5, 2017
MICHIGAN CITY — It took more than 100 years, but Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a 15,000-acre park stretching along the Lake Michigan Shoreline from Gary to Michigan City, is finally on its way to becoming a national park.
That is, if the legislation continues moving forward.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved Congressman Pete Visclosky’s legislation, H.R. 1488, the Indiana Dunes National Park Act, by unanimous consent. The measure is now referred to the full House and is expected to be considered in the coming months.
September 29, 2017
MERRILLVILLE — A new federally qualified health center has opened in Merrillville.
Regional Health Clinic, the fourth FQHC for Regional Mental Health Center, celebrated its grand opening Sept. 19. The event highlighted the need to integrate physical and behavioral health care services.
“Primary care has become the gateway for many individuals with both primary care and behavioral health needs,” said Regional Mental Health Center CEO Bob Krumwied.
September 20, 2017
MICHIGAN CITY — U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, was in Michigan City on Wednesday, visiting various organizations within the area.
Visclosky represents Indiana's 1st Congressional district in the House of Representatives.
Visclosky began the day visiting Head Start of La Porte County. He met with leaders of Head Start at Niemann Elementary to discuss issues facing the organization. Following the meeting, Visclosky read childrens books to a group of students.
September 20, 2017
MICHIGAN CITY — On Wednesday, Safe Harbor opened its doors to Edgewood Elementary School to welcome Community leaders from Michigan City and other parts of the State for its Lights On Afterschool Celebration.
The event featured several local leaders, including Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, Congressman Pete Visclosky, and representatives from Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly's offices. Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins was also in attendance.
The event consisted of the group walking through different areas of the school, checking out different activities offered by Safe Harbor while interacting with students enrolled in the program.
September 19, 2017
MUNSTER — Joe Martin and Ryan Cusack shared story after story and statistic after statistic with fellow firefighters Tuesday night with one shared goal: To scare colleagues into changing old habits and thinking about their occupation’s greatest threat — cancer.
They cited a 2013 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study that analyzed cancer in firefighters across three large U.S. cities — Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. The study, in part, found a higher rate of mesothelioma, with researchers concluding the findings were likely associated with asbestos exposure.