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NWI home sales surge in September

NWI home sales surge in September

Northwest Indiana's existing single-family home sales increased 9.6 percent in September as compared to one year ago for their biggest gain of the year.

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NWI has challenges, promise

NWI has challenges, promise

Northwestern Indiana mayors heard about the challenges and promise facing Northwest Indiana when it comes to economic development from a nationally known site selector on Thursday.

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm
Toll Road board hears about 'worn out' road

Toll Road board hears about 'worn out' road

GRANGER, Ind. | The challenges facing the Indiana Toll Road as it moves through bankruptcy were on display at a meeting of its state oversight board on Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 7:18 pm Video
Toll Road Oversight meeting

Toll Road Oversight meeting

Northwest Indiana RDA CEO Bill Hanna, left, and Porter County Commissioner Nancy Adams speak with INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning after Wednesday's meeting of the Toll Road Oversight Board in Granger.

October 15, 2014 6:31 pm

INDOT plans Ind. 55 repaving ahead of Illiana construction

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans a $4.5 million repaving project for a section of Ind. 55 that could host a key Illiana Expressway interchange.

October 14, 2014 2:30 pm

Jet lands at Gary with smoke in cockpit

A private jet returned to Gary/Chicago International Airport shortly after takeoff Friday and made a safe landing after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

October 10, 2014 5:51 pm

CMAP vote drives Illiana forward

CHICAGO | A key committee at Chicago's Metropolitan Agency for Planning on Thursday gave the Illiana Expressway an important bump forward as controversy over the project continues to build.

October 09, 2014 3:00 pm
Hillary Clinton follows prez, lands at Gary

Hillary Clinton follows prez, lands at Gary

A week after the president of the United States touched down at Gary/Chicago International Airport, the person many think will be the next U.S. president did the same.

October 08, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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NWI casinos revenues drop in September

NWI casinos revenues drop in September

Northwest Indiana casino revenues dropped 7.7 percent in September as compared to September 2013, marking the 10th straight month the total take at the five casinos has dropped on a year-over-year basis.

October 08, 2014 4:00 pm

CMAP fails to kick out Illiana Expressway

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning failed on Wednesday to boot the Illiana Expressway out of its long-range plan, when road opponents could not attain the supermajority vote needed.

October 08, 2014 11:00 am
NIPSCO forecasts lower winter natural gas bills

NIPSCO forecasts lower winter natural gas bills

NIPSCO forecasts residential natural gas customers will pay about 4 percent less to heat their homes this winter, with the drop due mainly to the expectation of more normal winter temperatures.

October 07, 2014 3:30 pm
Police seek Highland Dairy Queen robbery suspect

Police seek Highland Dairy Queen robbery suspect

HIGHLAND | A man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt robbed the Dairy Queen at 3339 45th St. on Sunday night.

October 06, 2014 8:00 pm

Obama landing gave Gary airport big lift

President Obama's landing and takeoff last week at Gary/Chicago International Airport gave the airport a brief spot in the national limelight and a chance to show the world what it can do.

October 06, 2014 6:15 pm

Hegewisch body may be ID'd Tuesday

CHICAGO| The identification of the body of an adult man found Sunday afternoon in a garage in Hegewisch will not be undertaken until at least Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical examiner's office.

October 06, 2014 6:00 pm

Big railroad move still on schedule at Gary airport

Gary/Chicago International Airport officials are still shooting for an Oct. 27 closing date for property transactions to allow Canadian National Railway to move its tracks out of the way of the airport's runway expansion.

October 06, 2014 2:29 pm

Former Bear to give away books at E.C. school

EAST CHICAGO | Retired Bears defensive tackle Anthony "Spice" Adams will deliver nearly 700 new books to students at Harrison Elementary School on Tuesday and serve as Principal for a Day.

October 05, 2014 8:05 pm

East Chicago plant hit by roof fire

East Chicago firefighters spent four hours extinguishing a stubborn roof fire at the Grace Davison plant at 5215 Kennedy Ave. on Saturday morning.

October 04, 2014 8:22 pm

State police clearing I-94 wreck

Indiana State Police expect to soon have the far right westbound lanes cleared on Interstate 94 just west of Ind. 249 following a semi-trailer wreck there at about 2:45 p.m.

October 04, 2014 3:22 pm

Meeting will gather public input on public transit

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the disability-rights agency Everybody Counts are hosting a meeting on public transportation on Oct. 29 at the Wicker Park Social Center, 2215 Ridge Road, Highland.

October 03, 2014 11:30 am
Former Metra executive to steer South Shore

Former Metra executive to steer South Shore

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District on Thursday hired former Metra Deputy Executive Director Michael Noland as general manager of the South Shore commuter railroad.

October 02, 2014 1:45 pm
Indiana looks to catch regional cities wave

Indiana looks to catch regional cities wave

Fresh back from a tour of high-growth U.S. cities, Indiana Economic Development Corp. president Eric Doden on Wednesday told Northwest Indiana leaders something you don't hear often from Indiana officials.

October 01, 2014 3:15 pm Photos

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Illiana Expressway opponents plan parade, rally

Illiana Expressway opponents plan parade, rally

Groups long opposed to the Illiana Expressway are urging like-minded residents to bring tractors, trucks and horses to two parades ending with a rally at the Will County Fairgrounds on Oct. 11.

September 30, 2014 5:17 pm Related
Gary prepares for Air Force One

Gary prepares for Air Force One

GARY | Preparations are underway for what should be President Barack Obama's first landing at the Gary/Chicago International Airport while serving as president.

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm Related
Anti-Illiana Expressway parades, rally

Anti-Illiana Expressway parades, rally

Groups long opposed to the Illiana Expressway have scheduled parades and a rally on Oct. 11 to protest the building of the toll road from Indiana to Illinois.

September 30, 2014 2:27 pm

Public comment opens on Illiana Expressway

A 30-day public comment period has opened on the final environmental impact statement for the Illiana Expressway in advance of a final federal decision on the project.

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm

IEDC president to talk about cities

Indiana Economic Development Corp. President Eric Doden will talk about the Regional Cities Initiative at the Northwest Indiana Forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

September 29, 2014 10:59 am

Gary chamber will hear about GPTC plan

The Gary Chamber of Commerce will hear about Gary Public Transportation Corp.'s plan to expand public transit and spur economic development along Broadway at its next membership meeting Oct. 13.

September 29, 2014 10:00 am

NiSource split dampens sales rumors – for now

NiSource executives assured Wall Street on Monday of a "seamless transition" as the company splits its utility and pipeline transmission segments into separate companies, but did not rule out the eventual sale of either.

September 29, 2014 8:55 am
NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource to spin off gas pipeline business by mid-2015

NiSource Inc. announced Sunday it plans to create a separate company for its burgeoning gas transportation business, while keeping NIPSCO and utilities in six other states under the NiSource umbrella.

September 28, 2014 3:45 pm

NIPRC reschedules two 2040 plan meetings

The Northwestern Indiana Planning Commission has changed the dates of two of the public meetings on its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.

September 24, 2014 3:00 pm

Illinois officials pitch South Suburban Airport

TINLEY PARK | Illinois officials did their best Tuesday to convince investors and others of the commitment to building a South Suburban Airport at an industry forum at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

September 23, 2014 6:00 pm
Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former NWI Forum, NIPSCO chief will head energy group

Former Northwest Indiana Forum CEO Mark Maassel has been appointed president of the Indiana Energy Association, the trade group for the state's investor-owned utilities.

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm
Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

Indiana Toll Road operators declare bankruptcy

The private operators of the Indiana Toll Road declared bankruptcy Sunday on more than $6 billion in debt, leaving the fate of the 157-mile road in the hands of a federal judge and creditors.

September 22, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Visclosky announces airport grants

Porter County Regional Airport has received a key federal grant that will allow reconstruction of its main runway, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky announced Monday.

September 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Rail projects rolling at Gary airport

More railroad projects are underway at Gary/Chicago International Airport to clear the way for the main runway expansion, with the key one still on schedule for completion by November.

September 22, 2014 1:52 pm
NWI home sales decline in August

NWI home sales decline in August

Sales of existing single-family homes in Northwest Indiana declined 6.4 percent in August as compared to the year-ago month, following a strong rebound in sales in July, according to the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

September 22, 2014 11:45 am
NIRPC updating big transpo plan

NIRPC updating big transpo plan

Big transportation plans such as the South Shore extension and express buses on Broadway will get a fresh look in coming months as the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission updates its long-range plan.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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IFA Aug. 26 letter to Indiana Toll Road operator

IFA Aug. 26 letter to Indiana Toll Road operator

The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) on August 26 sent this letter to Indiana Toll Road Concession Co., telling the company it was in default under its Concession Agreement with the state. The letter gives the company 90 days to show it can meet its debt obligations to its lenders in complian…

September 19, 2014 8:56 pm
Toll Road company to declare bankruptcy Monday

Toll Road company to declare bankruptcy Monday

The operator of the Indiana Toll Road plans to declare bankruptcy on Monday and put its 75-year lease for the road up for sale to interested bidders.

September 19, 2014 6:20 pm Related
NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO cuts back bill hikes, ups spending

NIPSCO has significantly lowered its estimates of customer bill increases under its seven-year modernization programs in requests recently filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

September 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Study nixes teaching hospital, promotes trauma centers

A feasibility study ordered by the General Assembly throws cold water on proposals for a teaching hospital in Northwest Indiana, but ratifies local hospitals' efforts to establish trauma centers and expand medical education.

September 18, 2014 2:45 pm

Wood stove swaps will clean air

A wood stove swap program in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties can net participants a voucher of $1,000 toward purchase of a new EPA-certified wood stove and up to $4,000 to replace an outdoor wood boiler (hydronic heater).

September 18, 2014 10:00 am

Purdue and Community Hospital team up

Purdue University Calumet is expanding its training facility for student-athletes through a partnership with The Community Hospital of Munster.

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm

Ivy Tech students will get GPTC discount

Gary Public Transportation Corp. and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest have teamed up to offer a discount program on monthly passes for students taking classes at the community college.

September 17, 2014 9:45 am
NIRPC wants comments on public participation

NIRPC wants comments on public participation

HAMMOND | A public participation plan more than two years in the making will again get an airing when the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission holds a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Hammond Public Library, 654 State St.

September 16, 2014 5:00 am Related
Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Kenosha development rush delivers benefits

Bouncing basketballs, splashing water and the swoosh of blades on ice are the sounds of economic development in Kenosha County, Wis.

September 15, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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NIRPC draft public participation plan

NIRPC draft public participation plan

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is now taking public comment on its draft public participation plan. The plan is intended to allow the public to participate in the formation of transportation and other plans for the region.

September 15, 2014 1:52 pm
All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

All hands on deck for growth in SE Wisconsin

Economic development in booming Kenosha County, Wis., involves local government from the get-go, avoiding some of the ugly rifts that have typified the effort in Northwest Indiana.

September 14, 2014 10:00 pm
Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Wisconsin region kickstarts economy with lessons NWI could use

Economic developers in Wisconsin's Kenosha County like to boast about their region's proximity to Chicago and O'Hare airport, its major interstate expressway, and the state's business-friendly climate.

September 13, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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NIRPC to hold meetings on 2040 plan update

The public can comment on the update of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan at a series of meetings scheduled through the end of October. The first two meetings are scheduled next week in Westville and Michigan City.

September 10, 2014 12:10 pm
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