It shouldn't take a public health crisis to bring out the best in government leaders, but we'll take it where we can get it.

In the case of East Chicago's lead contamination crisis, a strong example of greater-good bipartisan leadership is helping fight decades of government inaction built upon a foundation of political corruption.

The most recent example of bipartisan collaboration came in the $4 million emergency grant funneled to the problem last week by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will be used to help tear down the dangerously lead-contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Hundreds of families were evacuated from that area this past year after unsafe toxin levels were found in the soil.

The response to the problem, which finds its roots in corrupt East Chicago political dealings from the 1970s, has been a textbook lesson in leadership across political aisles.

Consider the list of state and federal leaders who have been front and center in responding to this issue: U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.; Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind.; and Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican.

These bipartisan Hoosier government A-listers issued a joint statement last week when HUD announced the multimillion-dollar aid grant.

A month ahead of the grant announcement, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, a key member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, visited the East Chicago site to see the problem firsthand.

We thank Carson and the Trump administration for showing such earnest concern.

Meanwhile, East Chicago city leaders and state lawmakers have busily worked to keep the problem in the consciousness of those who can do something about it.

We hear a plethora of examples on a daily basis of government gridlock, failures and gross inaction on all levels.

The East Chicago lead situation has cultivated quite the opposite.

Much work remains to fully fund and clean up East Chicago's lead contamination.

But this bipartisan spirit gives the effort more than a fighting chance; it shows us all the collaborative fashion in which government is supposed to operate.

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