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People in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in a recent Nielsen-Harris survey showed remarkable unanimity in wanting better jobs, education and transportation.

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MERRILLVILLE | A few of Northwest Indiana's most distinguished residents were recognized for making the region better, including supporting the arts, providing hundreds of college scholarships and taking high school students on campus tours.

Jobs. For many, that seems to be the one overarching solution to poverty both nationally and regionally. But the skills needed to get the work that pull a person and his or her family out of poverty are an essential part of the formula. If jobs are No. 1 on the road to overcoming poverty, th…

  • Ed Bierschenk edwin.bierschenk@nwi.com

EAST CHICAGO | As a group of adults spoke of the ways to address poverty in the urban community at a recent forum, a young girl stood up to ask if there was some program to make people feel safer.

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  • Ed Bierschenk edwin.bierschenk@nwi.com, (219) 933-4195

On an unseasonably cool, gray, rainy day in mid-May, a long line of people stood for up to three hours waiting for food outside the Moose Lodge along Broadway Street in Chesterton.

In 2012, Indiana was ranked 40th for its lack of providing health care to low-income residents by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. This ranking resulted from comparing the disparity in health care coverage between the bottom 20-percent of low-income residents and upper-income resi…

  • Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244

MERRILLVILLE | Building off the concept that different sectors in society are intertwined, One Region will host its inaugural health summit this month, inviting stakeholders from an array of backgrounds.

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  • Times Staff

A Times-backed effort to unify the Region has earned the media company a 2013 Community Leadership award from the Inland Press Association.

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  • Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326

MERRILLVILLE | Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley told 650 Northwest Indiana residents the future holds great promise for America if people look outward for opportunities and to themselves for innovation.

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  • Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326

One south suburban transportation project received a green light from former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday, but he said another will never fly.

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  • Lu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent

MERRILLVILLE  | Several hundred stakeholders gathered Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza for the official unveiling of the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report issued by One Region.