• October 16, 2016

    Crossing the Line — National Parks

    Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs. Readers are asked to share ideas for this weekly feature. This week: National parks.

    Neither Indiana nor Illinois are among the 27 states and two U.S. territories that are home to at least one of the 59 national parks.

  • October 15, 2016

    Big changes planned for commuter rail in Michigan City

    MICHIGAN CITY — Plans to get South Shore Line tracks out of the streets of this city and to cut the commute to Chicago by more than half an hour were outlined Thursday night in front of about 100 people.

    The trip to Chicago’s Loop on the South Shore commuter train currently takes about an hour and 40 minutes and boosters of the plan say cutting it to as little as one hour is one key to making Michigan City more prosperous.

    The commute time would be cut by turning the mostly one-track route between Gary and Michigan City into a double track as part of the $210 million Double Track NWI project.

  • October 13, 2016

    Visclosky testifies on pipe imports from Middle East

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, today testified for the seventh time this year before the International Trade Commission (ITC), his office announced this morning.


    Today’s hearing was on circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from Oman, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.


    Excerpts from Visclosky’s testimony:

    “As you are well aware, the steel import crisis is perilously threatening the livelihoods of the dedicated workers in steel communities throughout our nation. The recent influx of illegal steel imports has prompted the initiation of nine steel trade cases, and today I am testifying here at the ITC for the seventh time this year. . . .

  • October 12, 2016

    ASCE Northwest Indiana Branch Reactivated

    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Northwest Indiana Branch (NWIB) recently inducted their Board of Directors and Committee members for the fiscal year 2016-2017 at a ceremony held on October 7, 2016 at the Centennial Park in Munster, Indiana. The program was attended by Congressman Mr. Pete Visclosky US Representative, Indiana District-1, Mr. Bill Dubois, ASCE's Regional Governor, Mr. Dan Vicari of Gary/Chicago International Airport and about 60 attendees from northwest Indiana and south Chicago areas. 

    In a short speech, Mr. Visclosky reiterated the importance of various infrastructure projects in the northwest Indiana especially the proposed West Lake Corridor of the South Shore passenger rail expansion project which is expected to have a tremendous impact in the region in the coming years. Mr. Vicari made a presentation about the recently completed Gary Airport runway expansion project.

  • October 9, 2016

    RICH JAMES: State Dems still united against the Pence factor

    Not long ago, I would have bet the farm that Hoosier voters would throw Gov. Mike Pence out of office.

    If the owner of every “Fire Pence” sign voted, it seemed clear Democrat John Gregg would be our next governor.

    I suspect that Pence, too, saw the negative signs, and that’s one reason he agreed to be Donald Trump’s running mate.

    Indiana Democrats don’t have Pence to kick around anymore. Yet, the “Fire Pence” signs are still standing — serving as a reminder why they sprouted across Indiana in the first place.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”