Few people attended an open house on the Illiana Expressway at IU Northwest in Gary Saturday, but a bigger turnout is expected at the one tomorrow night at Lowell Middle School, with the proposed expressway set to go through south Lake County, connecting I-65 on the east with I-55 in Illinois to the west. Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has four open houses on the proposed tollway this month, including one in Porter County, at the NIRPC office in Portage, November 13th , and one in Michigan City, at Michigan City City Hall November 19th. Regional planners are expected to vote on the highway next month.
The official INDOT/IDOT website which holds all information regarding the study process and related documents can be accessed here:
Schedule of Actions & Public Comment
NIRPC has been asked by INDOT to amend our 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan to include the Illiana Expressway project and widening of I-65 from US 30 south to US 231. The following documents outline the planning process as well as any upcoming public comment dates.
Illiana Expressway: NIRPC Action Schedule (click image for larger view) NIRPC Approval Schedule
Public Comment Open Houses: (Public Comment period commences October 14 and ends November 20)
November 2: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
John W. Anderson Library
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN
November 5: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN
November 13: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6100 Southport Rd., Portage, IN 46368
November 19: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Michigan City, City Hall
100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN
The comments received at these meetings will be compiled into a public comment summary report and responded to, along with other comments received during the 30-day comment period. The summary report will be made available to the public and distributed to NIRPC’s Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and NIRPC’s Full Commission prior to TPC action on December 3, 2013 and the NIRPC Full Commission’s action on December 12, 2013....
Officials in Chicago found a small alligator at Terminal 3 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Passengers spotted the two-foot-long animal Friday under an escalator. Police aren't sure how the alligator came to be at the airport. The alligator is receiving medical treatment and was transferred into the care of the Chicago Herpetological Society until a permanent home can be found. The alligator is believed to have been lacking a proper diet. [Photo/Chicago Herpetological Society]...
The Indiana Army National Guard on Sunday paid tribute to seven Guardsmen during a recognition ceremony at Valparaiso University with family members and friends of fallen soldiers.
Photo, top: Personalized shadow box displays of seven fallen soldiers are unveiled to family members and friends during a remembrance ceremony held at Valparaiso University, Nov. 3, 2013 to honor their dedication and sacrifices for state and country. US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Tinsley.
“Today’s ceremony is great; while I have attended individual ceremonies for most of them, we get to put all of them to rest in our armory today,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Leonard, former platoon sergeant in the 713th Engineer Company.
Individually designed shadow boxes for each soldier were unveiled at Valparaiso University. Each display contained an American flag, military service ribbons and medals, as well as a photograph of the service member. The displays were permanently mounted in the Valparaiso Army National Guard Armory following the ceremony.
Major Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, addressed the families and friends of the fallen soldiers by recounting past memorial services. “Today is all about the memory of each of our soldiers.” Umbarger then reflected upon personal experiences he had with each of the fallen. “They were all heroes in every sense of the word.”
Photo: The Indiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, hosts a ceremony to honor seven fallen soldiers of the 113th Engineer Battalion on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Tinsley.
Indiana National Guard officials say Spc. Sergio Perez Jr. of Crown Point and Spc. Nicholas Taylor of Berne, Indiana, died from a direct fire ambush, July 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Staff Sergeant Jonathan Metzger of Indianapolis, Sgt. Brian Leonhardt of Merrillville, Spc. Christopher Patterson, a Valparaiso University student who was from Aurora, Illinois, and Spc. Robert Tauteris of Hamlet died as a result of a roadside bomb, January 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Chavez of Portage died July 2008 from an illness contracted stateside at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during specialized combat engineer leader training....
The City of Gary on Monday will be hosting an Affordable Healthcare Act town hall meeting at the Genesis Convention Center. City Director of Communications Chelsea Whittington says a panel of experts will share updates about Obamacare and how to enroll.
Whittington says the city will also be hosting enrollment session this month at city hall, beginning on Friday, November 8th, from 10am to 2pm and continuing every Friday throughout the month with the exception of Black Friday.
The town hall meeting on Monday takes place at 5:30pm and for more information on the enrollment sessions or to sign up for them, please contact Gary City Hall....
Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Friday announced more than $9 million in grant funding to local schools and school corporations through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. Governor Pence says, “these grants will allow our public schools and school corporations to add resources that will help secure our schools so they can focus on educating our students.” 14 schools in Lake County received over 476-thousand dollars, while five schools in Porter County will receive over 215-thousand. For a complete list of northwest Indiana schools receiving grant funding, visit http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=141036&information_id=190064&type=&syndicate=syndicate...
A crash has reportedly shutdown 231 this morning between Leroy and I-65. Traffic tipsters reporting a car struck an electric pole in that area and emergency crews were called out to the scene. At last check, NIPSCO's outage map is showing 640 customers are without power in Leroy and 855 customers are without power in Crown Point as a result of the crash. No further information is available at this time. ...
Many Americans are being told they can't keep their current health care plans ... because the plans don't meet Obamacare's new coverage requirements. In the weekly GOP address ... Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says this means the President has essentially broken his promise
"This week the public learned that for at least the past three years, the Obama administration has known that millions of Americans will not be able to keep their health care plans, but the President has continued to promise repeatedly, If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period".
Senator Coats says perhaps the President hasn't tried logging onto the website himself because he and his political appointees are not required to join Obamacare. To hear the Senator's entire GOP address, click News Audio On Demand at http://regionnewsteam.com/...
Week Two of the Indiana High School Football Sectionals have come and gone. Here is a list of the final scores.
Gary West Side 46
North Judson 14
John Glenn 43
East Chicago Central 51
Michigan City 13
Bowman Academy 28
Boone Grove 21
Lake Central 31
The number of homicides in the City of Gary this year has now reached 47 after a man and woman were found stabbed at a home in the 25-hundred block of Delaware Street Friday afternoon. Gary Police report a relative discovered the bodies and called 911, and police arrived shortly thereafter to find the unresponsive bodies. The Lake County Coroner's Office reports the deceased have been identified as 62 year old Leviticus Dupree and 54 year old Toshiba Moore-Dupree. The city had a total of 43 homicides in 2012.
Meanwhile police continue to investigate the shooting death of a Gary man in the 32-hundred block of Georgia Street Thursday evening. The Coroner's Office says 57-year-old Terence Farmer suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 7:30 pm. The shooting reportedly occurred in the driveway of the victim's house....
The number of homicides in the City of Gary this year has now reached 47 after a man and woman were found dead at a home this afternoon in the 25-hundred block of Delaware Street. Gary Police report a relative discovered the bodies and called 911, and police arrived shortly thereafter to find the unresponsive bodies of the 62 year old man and a 54 year old woman, whose names have not yet been made available. The city had a total of 43 homicides in 2012....
(Photos Courtesy of the Indiana State Police Lowell Post)
A semi that lost part of its load of paper garbage during a rollover incident this morning temporarily shutdown the ramp from the Indiana Toll Road to the I-80/94 eastbound ramp in Lake Station. Indiana State Police Lowell Post report the semi, driven by a 28 year old Michigan man, was on the ramp, just before 7am, when a vehicle in front of him allegedly slammed on the brakes, causing him to brake, and in-turn the semi lost control and rolled over. Part of the load spilled into the median and the top of the box trailer split open. State Police report the ramp was closed off and on until just before 9:30am. The driver of the semi was not injured, but was cited for going too fast to avoid a collision....
- Public Invited to View Sheriff's Mounted Posse Training
- Secretary of Defense to Indiana: Stop Discriminating
- Indiana National Guard to Honor 7 Fallen Soldiers
- Illiana Expressway Open House in Gary
- Region HS Bands Head to State Finals
- Region Residents Reminded to Turn Back Clocks
- Gary Police Investigate Shooting Death
- Congressman Visclosky Testifies on Steel Measures
- Region Runners in Cross Country Finals Saturday
- Crown Point Boys Soccer Going for State Title
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