Sharon Jackson

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio.  She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009.  Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004.  In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND.  She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an outside concentration in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, went to Las Vegas, Nevada for college then moved back to Chicago when she got the opportunity to be a news anchor on am 890 WLS.

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CHESTERTON - Local first responders are being put on the hot seat this weekend.  The Northern Indiana  Commuter  Transportation  District  is set to conduct  an emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, October 7th from 9am until 11 a.m.

South Shore spokesperson John Parsons says it will be held near the South Shore Line’s intersection with County Road 500E, in eastern LaPorte County, immediately east of the Indiana Toll Road overpass of the South Shore.  

The South Shore is conducting this training exercise in cooperation
with the Kankakee Township Fire Department.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

CHESTERTON - One of the requirements for federal funding for the double tracking of the South Shore Line is now complete.  

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District spokesperson John Parsons says the environmental assessment (EA) for the double track project between Michigan City and Gary is done and is now available for public comment.  Parsons says the EA can be accessed online through the double track website.


GARY - The city of Gary is vying to get the new Amazon headquarters to locate there.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson told Lakeshore Public Radio on Monday the city is reaching out to try to make it happen.

"We had an open letter in the New York Times today to Jeff Bezos from Amazon, citing our interest in the new Amazon headquarters."

Freeman-Wilson said Amazon released an RFP (request for proposal) a couple of weeks ago indicating that the company is looking for new headquarters in the U.S.  She believes the city put out a good pitch for Gary and all of the Region. /

GARY - Average retail gasoline prices in Gary have fallen just over 16 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34/g Sunday, September 17th, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Gary. This compares with the national average that has fallen almost 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60/g, according to gasoline price website

Sharon Jackson, On-Air Host/Reporter / Lakeshore Public Radio

GARY - The city of Gary could gain anywhere from one to five million dollars in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayor's Challenge.  Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says this is not a typical grant.

"Mayor Bloomberg and his philanthropy have put approximately 10-million dollars on the street to help cities solve intractable problems and it's entitled the Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge."


NORTHWEST INDIANA - Starting next week, the way Northwest Indiana area residents shop for groceries will be changed forever thanks to a new online grocery delivery service launching September 20.

Instacart will be launching delivery service in the Region, through popular local stores including Strack & Van Til, Whole Foods Market, Costco, CVS, Petco, Jewel- Osco and Meijer. Instacart offers same day deliveries in as little as one hour.

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Stevie Nicks said there would be stories and there were.  It was an integral part of her show at Ravinia on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.

Nicks told everyone about when she decided in 1979 to make a solo album, telling her band Fleetwood Mac about her decision, how the band took the news and meeting the president of Atlantic Records, Jimmy Lovine who she ended up moving in with 10 days after meeting him.  He produced Bella Donna.  

Nicks also said he was the one behind the idea of putting the single, "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" on that album.

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Besides Ravinia being magical in itself, audience members seemed truly delighted by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Friday, September 8th show.  Of course many songs were shorter in length in the 60's and I think there were about 26 (or so) performed in the set list.


CROWN POINT - The City of Crown Point is raising funds and collecting goods in support of Hurricane Harvey victims.  Diana Bosse,  Special Events Administrator for the City, says one hundred percent of funds and goods collected will be donated to the communities in and around Alvin, Texas.

GARY - Average retail gasoline prices in Gary have risen just over 15 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.53/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Gary. This compares with the national average that has increased just under 24 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.64/g, according to gasoline price website

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - A legend graced the Ravinia stage Sunday, September 3rd, 2017.  And Aretha Franklin was introduced as such.  The announcement to the audience that they were about to be graced with the presence of the first female who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and winner of 19 Grammys, Franklin came on stage at 7:30 with her 20-piece orchestra, not including the conductor, but including bongos, clarinet and flute.

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - The Lifehouse/Switchfoot concert at Ravinia August 29th included a special surprise, a street performance by Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman after the show.  Foreman put on a small acoustic set under a street light right across from the Ravinia entrance gate by the Metra stop.  

Foreman says he does those "after shows" because he loves people and to raise awareness, support and to encourage everyone to sponsor a child, by supplying clean water to children who don't have access to it.

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Just as awesome and talented as ever it was a blonde Alanis Morissette who hit the Ravinia stage August 25th at 8:25 p.m., wearing a flowy top and delivering an 18 song setlist including the encore.  The opening song was "Forgiven." The finale was "Thank You," in the set that included her 90s hits, which brought everyone to their feet,  hits like "Head Over Feet," "You Outta Know," "You Learn," "Hand in My Pocket"  and "Ironic."  The 43-year-old greeted the crowd before song #3 saying she missed them terribly. /

VALPARAISO - Seven friends loved their city so much, they wanted to give something unique back to it.  So they decided to make a movie about Valparaiso, which they say is a love story to the town.  

The film, "Making Paradise."​ shows the dynamic between the creators, director, Jim Jano Janesheski, film business manager Steve Antonetti, producer Tim Daly, Valparaiso legend and idea guy Bill Wellman, Jason Monroe, local business owner and film promoter Carlos Rivero and executive producer and Director of Photography Brad Cavanaugh.  

Ravinia Festival

HIGHLAND PARK, IL -  Garbage came on like a force as the band opened for Blondie at Ravinia on Saturday, July 22nd.   The band came on stage promptly at 7:30 with lead singer Shirley Manson decked out in all red...  red fishnet stockings, a red kimono with sequin dragons on the back and a red mini dress.  Even her hair was bright red.  With the ensemble, she wore black combat boots as she rocked the bands hits like "Stupid Girl," "Special" and "Only Happy When it Rains."  

Ravinia Festival

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Listening to Sheryl Crow lay out hit after hit, and some of her new music, made for an excellent Friday night at Ravinia on July 7th.  Crow was in great form for the performance which was part of her "Be Myself Tour 2017." And even if she wasn't, the Ravinia setting delivers a concert like no other venue.

Josh Wood from Milwaukee was at Ravinia for the first time and was impressed.

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UNITED STATES - Drivers in the U.S. are expected to see the lowest average gas prices for Independence Day since 2005.  

For the first time in GasBuddy history gas prices will be lower on July 4th than New Year’s Day!  Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst at GasBuddy, says motorists will be paying  an average  of  $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10 year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy.

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Diana Krall did more than just share her musical talent at Ravinia Festival on Wednesday June 28th, she also let the audience in to her funny personality and self deprecating sense of humor, making jokes like 'you gotta hit the wrong note once in a while, but do it with feeling."  and pausing while saying 'when everything else fails, put some lipstick on."

Ravinia Festival

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Sammy Hagar and the Circle rocked the large crowd at Ravinia on Monday, June 19th.  

The band includes Michael Anthony on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and Vic Johnson on guitar.

The performers looked as it they were having a blast while they played Sammy's solo work, some Van Halen material from 5150 and OU812, some Led Zepplin covers, and Chickenfoot and Montrose covers.  

Fans were there to get the unique experience that only Ravina delivers with it's beautiful park and grounds and the overall good vibe that is ever-present at the venue. / NPR

HAMMOND - Local environmental organizations are partnering to protect the water quality and cleanliness of the lake.  Michael Spinar [spin-ARR], Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, says IDEM runs the program with a big-picture perspective in mind.

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HAMMOND - People were given the opportunity to learn about water quality in Lake Michigan on an educational boat tour Tuesday.  

The tour was aboard the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel, which is part of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, Michigan.  

Research Scientist Dr. Janet Vail said the guests would learn about water and would have an opportunity to take part in the day's study.

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GARY - State Representative Charlie Brown is working toward putting an end to food deserts in Indiana.

"I am in the process of writing a letter to Jewel/Osco that says 'why not Gary, Indiana?  I'm in the process of sending a letter to CVS saying 'fill that void being left by Walgreens.  You can make money off of the city of Gary by locating within the corporate limits of Gary.'"

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Saint Joseph's College has been closed for just under a month now.  But what was it like for the students who were there at the time the historic institution came to such an abrupt ending?  One of Lakeshore Public Radio's interns was a student at the time of the closing and she spoke with reporter Sharon Jackson.


INDIANA - Northwest Indiana is being featured as one stop in the Brand USA MegaFam tour.  Katie Holderby, Executive Vice President of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the trip is a familiarization tour of the Midwest.  

"So the tour is through Brand USA and its tour operators and travel agents from the UK and Ireland and they are starting in Pennsylvania then coming into Indiana doing several major attractions in Indianapolis and then traveling north, on route to Chicago they're stopping at Albanese Candy to tour that facility"  Holderby says.

INDIANA - Starting on May 12th Region residents, and anyone driving through Northwest Indiana had better be diligent about wearing their seat belt while driving, because anyone who doesn't could get a ticket.

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EAST CHICAGO -  Just over 100 East Chicago kids will be getting a job this year in the city's 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program. 

Malcolm Jones, Multi Media Associate for the city of East Chicago, says the program is conducted every year and the number of kids employed in it varies. "We have youth that works in various departments such as public works, the parks department, and just so many other departments where young people are able to get experience that they can definitely use in the future such as experience they can use in college" Jones said.

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LA PORTE COUNTY - A car went off the road and crashed into a house at about 6 o'clock Friday morning. Captain Michael Kellems says it happened at 4058 N US 35, about two miles north of La Porte.  There were several people in the home at the time of the crash, including children; none of them were injured.  La Porte County Sheriff's deputies responded and found a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer had left the roadway and struck the residence.

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Four years after a giant sand dune swallowed a 6-year-old Illinois boy, the beach at Mount Baldy will be reopening on a date still to be determined.  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says three and a half years ago Mount Baldy started developing holes that scientists didn't know about.

Rowe says two research projects have been conducted at Mount Baldy.  The first was by Indiana University Northwest.  The study indicated the holes are being formed by trees that rot away under the dune.   

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LOWELL - Governor Eric Holcomb is looking toward what we, collectively as a state, want Indiana to be in five to 20 years.  He spoke of the accomplishments of the 2017 Indiana Legislative session with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson and what he thinks will help get the state to where it needs to be.  

The Governor said the state needs to address the drug epidemic that's sweeping across the entire country.  

Holcomb is also looking toward protecting some important recognition that Indiana had recently received the top ranking for state government effectiveness.

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The I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project is now officially underway.  It's part of the Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project.  Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, State Representative Ed Soliday and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness were all in attendance at a groundbreaking Friday at the I-65 southbound weigh station at mile marker 241.  At the event Holcomb said the I-65 expansion is important for the entire state.