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Judy Ogalla, a Will County Board member and farmer from Monee, challenged Illinois Department of Transportation forecasts for traffic and costs related to the Illiana Expressway during a committee meeting Thursday of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The committee voted 11-8 in f…
More than a decade after the U.S. Steel Yard opened for business, 5th Avenue around the stadium remains very much a work in progress. There were high hopes an arts and entertainment district would flourish there when the stadium idea was first hatched by former Mayor Scott King, but that has…
U.S. Army Sgt. Bridget McDonnell is given a hug by her grandmother, Joann McGoldrick, at the Community Veterans Memorial in Munster on Saturday after McDonnell returned to the region from a deployment to Afghanistan. McDonnell's family and the Indiana Patriot Guard welcomed her. She is the d…
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Chicago Chapter Tuskegee Airmen member Capt. Victor Croswell comes out of the Gary/Chicago International Airport terminal on Friday to greet members of the Love and Protect Our Children anti-gun violence campaign, including James Freeman, left, and Jeremiah Chapman.
Renae Jackson, right, of Gary, talks with Rudy Velasco, of East Chicago, before Thursday's meeting of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. The two were there to urge that people with disabilities be given more of a voice in formulating a new public participation plan for NIRPC.
Three Portage police officers keep watch at a May 23 NIRPC meeting as Renae Jackson, right, of Gary, talks with Rudy Velasco, of East Chicago. The disability-rights group Everybody Counts on Monday moved to enforce a 2006 federal consent decree, in part over NIRPC's use of police officers at…
Chicago Avenue is now closed to through traffic between Cline Avenue and Airport Road. The closure is part of the Gary/Chicago International Airport expansion program. Businesses along that section of Chicago Avenue can still be accessed.
CSX tanker cars pass under the new Airport Road overpass, which is now open to traffic. Building of the overpass is part of the $166 million expansion of Gary/Chicago International Airport.
The new Airport Road overpass is now open to one lane of traffic in each direction. It was built as part of Gary/Chicago International Airport's $166 million expansion project.
A huge mound of contaminated soil sits just south of where the Gary/Chicago International Airport runway will be extended. A key airport tenant and a former airport director are alarmed that plans for leaving the pollution on site could stifle future development there.
Chicago developer Elzie Higginbottom, center, listens Monday as the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority discusses proposed lease terms that could lead to construction of a new hangar at the airport by his Eastlake Management & Development Corp.
A large section of the Cline Avenue Bridge as seen from a demolished Riley Road ramp on Monday. Demolition work on the bridge continues, despite earlier assurances from state officials it would be down by the end of 2012.
The last remaining section of the Cline Avenue Bridge stands over the west side of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal on Monday. Work on demolishing it continues, despite state officials' earlier assurances it would be down by the end of 2012.
Consulting-firm owner Adrian Muhammad said he remains interested in working to develop transportation infrastructure in Gary despite his firm's being accused of owing more than $267,000 for a feasibility study of building an intermodal business park on land United States Steel Corp. owns.
A company led by an adviser to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is the target of a civil lawsuit in connection with its effort to spearhead a "city-centered" economic development project.
The mailing address for Adrian Muhammad's Midwest International Investment Center LLC is at the Gary-Hammond-East Chicago Empowerment Zone incubator on Broadway in Gary. Muhammad also lists on email letterhead the address of an office in Chicago at 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 555.
GARY | Valparaiso's TV talk show host Michael Essany is ready for a return to the small screen and promises his latest broadcast venture will be bigger and better than his reality chat show series on cable's E! Entertainment in 2003.
LANSING | A gyroplane pilot from Gary died Monday from injuries suffered in a crash shortly after he took off from Lansing Municipal Airport in his one-seater aircraft, according to Illinois State Police.
MUNSTER | The Family Christian Center, the state's largest mega-church and one of the 20 largest in the U.S., is facing foreclosure, with Pastor Steve Munsey telling congregants Wednesday night the church owes $750,000 in back payments on its sprawling worship center.
St. John police officers and others begin an investigation after a body was found Wednesday evening on Lake Central High School property.
St. John police and others begin an investigation Wednesday evening after a body was found at the far southeast corner of Lake Central High School property. The body was later identified as Levi C. Evans II, a 17-year old Lake Central marching band drummer.
SCHERERVILLE | From his office window, Joel Chermak can get a visual confirmation of what financial statements for the company tell him on a daily basis.
Things should have been better by now.
Realtor Zeke Morris locks up after showing a home in South Holland. The owners recently decided to drastically reduce the selling price of the home, a decision that is becoming more common as sellers adjust their expectations for the new realities of the housing market.
Indiana and Illinois transportation officials may go back to the drawing board when it comes to a preferred route for the proposed Illiana Expressway.
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has issued an unequivocal statement calling for INDOT to stick to its original pledge and build new on- and off-ramps for Cline Avenue at Dickey Road.
Workers from Summit Inc. scrapyard confer in an empty lot on Chicago Avenue on Wednesday about their next move after being fired following a pay dispute. They allege their pay is often weeks late and they are often shorted hours or overtime pay. A Nov. 19 fire at Summit Inc. burned for two d…
Truck drivers Jose Godinez, left, of Whiting, and Dave Fezler, of Griffith, right, talk to other Summit Inc. workers who were fired Wednesday after they said they protested pay issues. The former employees gathered near the business in Gary.
Truck driver Jose Godinez, of Whiting, holds onto a paycheck from Summit Inc. in which he alleges he was only paid for 45.5 hours when he actually worked 99 in a two-week pay period.
Nathaniel Williams, Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority president
Click on start to hear an interview by Times staff writer Keith Benman with state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, in which the senator explains his views on the right of people to carry guns at work in Indiana. The interview segment posted here begins with Benman asking Delph if he believes peopl…
Indiana Gaming Insight Publisher Ed Feigenbaum
Wil Davis, owner/operator Gary Jet Center
Smoke rises from a stubborn fire Friday at Reserve Storage in Griffith as firefighers pour on water. It took three hours to bring under control and state fire investigators have been called in to find the cause.
Firefighters used two aerial trucks Friday night to quell a stubborn fire at Reserve Storage in Griffith. It took three hours to bring under control and state fire investigators been called in to find the cause.
Firefighters battle a blaze Friday night at Reserve Storage at 500 Ridge Road in Griffith.
Firefighters battle a blaze Friday night at Reserve Storage at 500 Ridge Road in Griffith.
A firefighter works Friday on extinguishing a garage fire in Lansing. No one was injured in the blaze, but the family was displaced. A fire earlier in Calumet City killed 32-year-old Eric G. Salazar, who was paralyzed.
A firefighter extinguishes hot spots Friday after a fire erupted in the garage of a Lansing home. No one was injured in the blaze, which displaced the family living there. A Calumet City man died in a separate fire Friday in Calumet City.
The light rectangular area of the map depicts the Illiana Corridor study area running from approximately Hebron in the east to Joliet, Ill., in the west. Indiana and Illinois have begun work on a transportation study of how best to link communities in the study area.
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo speaks during Friday's Golden Spike Seminar at Valparaiso University about the jobs and economic development that will come with high-speed rail projects.
A trucker waits in an empty lot north of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Dickey Road Friday morning as East Chicago police direct traffic. At 7:30 a..m., truckers said all traffic turning onto Dickey Road had been jammed up for more than 45 minutes by a stopped train. Traffic on Dick…
Trucks and cars line up on the other side of a stopped train just northeast of the intersection of Dickey Road and Michigan Avenue on Friday morning. The number of vehicles per day using Dickey Road has soared from 3,610 before the Cline Avenue bridge closure to 17,224 recently.
A line of cars and trucks was stacked up on Michigan Avenue Friday morning waiting to turn onto Dickey Road. Truckers said a train stopped for more than 45 minutes at a Dickey Road crossing was the holdup. The number of vehicles using Dickey Road has more than quadrupled since the closure of…
Raymond Fletcher, of ADAPT Indiana, makes a point Tuesday at a news conference in Portage. Several groups oppose consolidation of Gary’s bus agency.
Raymond Fletcher, left, of ADAPT Indiana, makes a point Tuesday at a news conference in Portage. Several groups spoke out to oppose consolidation of Gary Public Transportation Corp. into the Northwest Indiana Regional Bus Authority. Looking on is Karen Pulliam, center, of the NAACP, and Tere…
The top U.S. executive of steelmaker ArcelorMittal is urging Gov. Mitch Daniels to veto legislation that would outlaw workplace rules preventing employees from keeping firearms and ammunition in their vehicles at work.
A local high-speed rail proponent said funding for a $71.4 million project to improve passenger rail service through Northwest Indiana is expected to be green-lighted in an announcement today from top White House officials.
Robertsdale resident Amy Wilson stuck another one of her "Dear President Obama" letters in a mailbox Thursday.
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