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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County seeks input on transportation plan

Earlier this year, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle launched a forward-thinking, comprehensive and long-range transportation planning effort known as “Connecting Cook County.” The plan aims to develop a broader vision and coherent strategy for transportation investments by tying them t…

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
RICH JAMES: Pence should be all in on land-based casinos

RICH JAMES: Pence should be all in on land-based casinos

When the first of five Northwest Indiana casinos opened in Gary in 1996, there were those who thought it would result in the revitalization of Northwest Indiana.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
FUEL: Gas prices fell after Midwest boosted output

FUEL: Gas prices fell after Midwest boosted output

An overabundance of supply caused West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil and Gasoline prices to fall over the last three months.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

AUTOMOTIVE: Dealerships busy with recalls, looking to retain customers

Auto sales have been pretty good as Chevrolet continues its run as the top-selling vehicle brand in Chicagoland, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
BANKING: Mortgage lending, home prices rising

BANKING: Mortgage lending, home prices rising

The economy came out of its winter hibernation during the second quarter as consumer confidence reached the highest point since 2007, Horizon Bank Executive Vice President David Rose said.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
INVESTMENTS: Stocks up, capital expenditures expected

INVESTMENTS: Stocks up, capital expenditures expected

Stock prices have been hitting all-time highs despite global uncertainties, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Industry's fortunes mirror GDP

MANUFACTURING: Industry's fortunes mirror GDP

Manufacturing continues the slow, steady improvement that has characterized the sector over the last few years, Berlin Metals President Boy Berlin said.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
STEEL: Growth on horizon for steelmakers

STEEL: Growth on horizon for steelmakers

Things are looking up for steelmakers after a rough patch during the economic downturn and a winter weather-chilled first quarter.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Durbin should save lecture, revise tax codes to retain businesses

Delivering lectures on taxes others should pay isn't nearly as effective as revising the tax code.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Stop spinning wheels and fund highway system

It is important that Congress act quickly to maintain sufficient funding levels in the Highway Trust Fund to pay for necessary highway projects.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Declining steel numbers are stark reminder of need for new economic path

The numbers show a staggering decline, especially for longtime region residents who remember when steel was king in Northwest Indiana.

July 29, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Income tax revenue isn't a catchall for new county spending

The lines just keep getting longer for sectors of local government begging for a piece of the revenue generated by the Lake County local option income tax.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am

LaPorte County Fair will sell beer to raise money for building replacement

LAPORTE | The LaPorte County Fair will begin serving beer.

June 21, 2014 12:00 am
AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

AUTOMOTIVE: Auto sales up despite recalls

Heavy snowfall and bone-chilling cold hampered auto sales in January and February, but sales are still strong, said Tim Roper, owner of Smith Motors Auto Group, which operates Chevrolet dealerships in Hammond and Lowell.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
BANKING: Interest rates remain low, but are bound to rise

BANKING: Interest rates remain low, but are bound to rise

Interest rates remain low, making it an ideal time for businesses to borrow money to expand or acquire other companies, said Horizon Bank executive vice president David Rose.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
FUEL: Gas business steady, but all eyes on Ukraine

FUEL: Gas business steady, but all eyes on Ukraine

The fuel business is holding steady after rebounding from a slow start.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
INVESTMENTS: Markets holding up well, expected to grow

INVESTMENTS: Markets holding up well, expected to grow

The stock market had an incredible year last year and started 2014 with a bang, said Mark Ennes, a wealth management adviser for the Merrill Lynch's Merrillville office.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
MANUFACTURING: Shipments rising despite weather, logistical challenges

MANUFACTURING: Shipments rising despite weather, logistical challenges

A Hammond service center, which is one of the largest distributors of tin mill and coated steel products, is starting to see 5 to 6 percent increases in sales. 

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
STEEL: Automotive sales, construction key for steel industry

STEEL: Automotive sales, construction key for steel industry

Demand for steel was relatively flat in the United States in 2013, but AcrelorMittal is expecting a 4 percent increase in demand and shipments this year.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Developer charged with stealing Riverdale funds

CHICAGO | A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in corruption cases is facing federal charges after authorities say he stole $370,000 from Riverdale.

April 19, 2014 12:00 am
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