Today: Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about the key passenger rail events and issues of 2016, mainly the public-private partnership for the "Hoosier State" Amtrak passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis, and a look at a proposed passenger rail route that begins in Chicago, travels through Valparaiso and through points south and east to Ft. Wayne. The route then extends into Ohio and ends at the state capital, Columbus.
Speros Batistatos with the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has details on the Lake County Court record books containing the grand jury indictment filed almost 83 years ago against gangster (and native Hoosier) John Dillinger and his fellow gangster John Hamilton for an East Chicago bank robbery that resulted in the death of a police officer. Those court documents are now on-loan, and part of the display at the John Dillinger Museum in downtown Crown Point.
And we hear about the big education changes in 2016, in a conversation between Indiana Public Broadcasting's Claire McInerny and Peter Balanon-Rosen. They also talk about what to expect in 2017.