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    WINFIELD | The town is just starting a study to create a downtown master plan, which officials hope will provide a blueprint to follow in coming years to provide access from the surrounding subdivisions to the commercial area.

      Commuter trains running to the suburbs, a bi-state expressway, an expanded airport and just maybe a cohesive regional bus system are all possible in Northwest Indiana under transportation plans already turning into reality.

        The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority in the next five years plans to embark on the South Shore commuter rail extension, the largest single public works project in its history.

        The names of three people found shot outside a suburban Chicago home and the man believed to have killed them before fatally shooting himself have been released. They were identified Friday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 44-year-old Carlos Gomez, 43-year-old Lupe Gomez, 22-year-old Briana Rodriguez and 20-year-old Emilio Rodriguez. Autopsies were expected Saturday. Police have not said specifically who did the shooting but indicated it was the person found inside the house. Officers responding to reports of gunfire early Friday found three victims outside the house in Oak Forest, about 25 miles south of Chicago.

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