MERRILLVILLE | The town recently learned it has to contribute 20 percent of the costs of extending a walking and biking trail, officials said.
GARY | The Gary Community School Corp. will join the School City of Hammond in applying for federal Race to the Top funds for school districts.
HAMMOND | Federal dollars that exclusively fund the state program that monitors Lake Michigan beaches for contaminants could be lost to budget cuts, officials with the program said Thursday.
CHICAGO | A bipartisan group of Illinois Congress members proposed changes Tuesday to a U.S. House transportation bill that critics say would deprive the state of hundreds of millions of dollars in highway funds and jeopardize Chicago's transit system.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference Tuesday in the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago. Durbin said Republicans in the U.S. House should start over rather than push forward with a troubled bill on long-term funding for transportation.
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