Regionally Speaking

Monday - Thursday, 12-1 PM
  • Hosted by Chris Nolte

Addressing the most important local issues facing the Region during a daily hour of stimulating conversation with local news-makers.

Lake County Democratic Party

Today:    Our conversation with Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser on the new candidates on the general election ballot -- some of whom are just getting involved in local politics.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson talked with "Grace Beyond Borders" founder Marcus Martin about the Aug.

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Today:   Tony Rodriguez, the director of the LaPorte County Office of Community and Economic Development, talks about the efforts to attract new businesses into his county and to get existing firms to expand and bring in more jobs.

IPBS

Today:   Natalie Johnson with "Save The Dunes" joins us to talk about two public conversations,  the first one this evening at 6:30 at the "Save The Dunes" headquarters in Michigan City and the second one scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the NIRPC headquarters in Portage, that focus on the Public Trust Doctrine and how it affects Hoosiers' public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline.  Both conversations will peovide an overview of the legal battle from trial court to the U.S.

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Today:   We talk to Father Mike Surufka, a-k-a Father Mike, the pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Cedar Lake and, now the administrator for the Cathedral of Holy Angels and the Church of Sts. Monica and Luke, both in Gary neighborhoods that are affected by the city's overall blight problems.  Fr.

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Today:   Old Lake County Courthouse managing director Carrie Napoleon joins us to talk about the upcoming east-side patio project ans the commemorative "legacy bricks" that will be used on the project.  Crown Point city employees saved the bricks from previous construction projects and put them in storage.  We also bring you a report from NPR's Audie Cornish, aired last week on "All Things Considered," on the podcast made by Steel City Academy students about the proposed solid waste processing and recycling facility to be built across the street from the school.  Cornish spoke to the stude

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Today:  As we get ready for the Fourth of July, we revisit our conversation with Emily Cutka with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, about the summer food assistance programs that help low-income families with children who won't be getting breakfasts or lunches -- because they would get them at school.    Purdue University Northwest Veterans Services Coordinator Anthony Pilota is in the studio to talk about his job and his work, on both the Hammond and Westville campuses, to assist veterans who are making the transition from active duty to academic life.  The PNW program is one of only se

Lake Area United Way

Today:   Megan Sikes with the Lake Area United Way is with us to talk about  "United In Our Community Week," the event that allows for residents to "give back to the community" with a wide variety of public volunteer projects with local non-profits.  "Unity In Our Community Week" wil be held August 5th through the 9th.  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum also talks about the multi-faceted bill that is now law, HEA 1015.  It's the measure that allows for the relocation of Gary's floating casino to dry land and the other local casino license to be shifted to Vigo County

Indivisible NWI Facebook

Today:    Kim Eldridge, the president of "Indivisable Northwest Indiana," talks about the origin of the national progressive community activist group -- how the local group got started -- and what topics it's focused on in recent months.  They're active on Facebook.  And Lake County Democratic Party chairman Jim Weiser talks about the new "crop of candidates" seeking public offices in towns and cities in the November general election.  Weiser says the party has been actively recruiting young people, residents who want to serve their communities -- and he's excited at the prospects of them

Post-Tribune

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we talk to Meredith Colias-Pete and Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" and Joseph Pete of the "Times" about the stories they put in print editions and posted online.  They include education news from Crown Point, from Gary and an education-related story from the courts as well as updates on the costs of child care, economic development in Gary's Miller neighborhood -- a business and environment story -- and the latest on the impending arrival of another pizza joint in northwest Indiana. 

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Today:   The supervisor and alternative initiative director of the Lake County Juvenile Probation Department, Kevin Elkins, is on the program to talk about the change in focus that will better prepare  young people on probation for adulthood -- programs like job training.

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Today:  Portage Mayor John Cannon is on the program to talk about the concerns that his administration has about the delays in getting the state-mandated high-frequency radio communications upgrade  made in Porter County.  He put out a letter to outline the concerns that contractors working on the project are still unable to communcate well, to be able to get four new radio towers installed.  Only two of the four  have been put up.

Supermarket News

Today:   We invite back Jeff Strack, the president and CEO if Indiana Grocery Group, doing business as Stracj & VanTil Supermarkets.  We last talked just as he was taking back the family business from Central Grocers, which declared bankruptcy jn 2017.

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we have Will Racke, the Lake County government reporter  for the "Times," and Greg Tejeda, the Gary city government reporter for the "Post-Tribune," to review stories they've written, posted online and put in the print editions of their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson interviewed author Natasha Scripture and Gerry Dick of "INside Indiana Business" has a special conversation centering around Hoosier tourism.

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Today:   We talk with Purdue University economist and Indiana taxation policy axpert Larry DeBoer about the recent Hoosier public school district referenda voting and the "hypotheses" he uses to test the issues that come up every May and November.     We also talk with Indiana University Northwest professor Kris Huysken about this year's "Summer Bridge Program" on the Gary campus that gives incoming fall-semester freshmen a "head start" on their college experience. The program begins on August 19 and runs through August 23.

U.S. Defense Dept.

Today:   Leslie Plesac with Purdue University Northwest's Sinai Forum speaker series joins us with the list of speakers this coming fall -- a list which includes retired General John Kelly, "Sully" Sullenberger, Gloria Steinem and Alan Dershowitz.  The former White House chief of staff is the first speaker on Sept. 8th at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.  All the other speakers will be on the Westville campus.   We also have comments from state Rep.

NIRPC

Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.

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Today:   We have our conversations with two members of northwest Indiana's legislative delegation and with a successful mayoral primary election candidate.   Tom Maloney spoke with state Representative Chris Chyung (D-Dyer), who is the General Assembly's first Asian-American state legislator, and we have conversations with Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince, the winner of the Democratic Party mayor primary election in Gary and with state Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso).

NWI Times

Today:   South Shore Clean Cities exeuctive director Carl Lisek talks about the beginnings of the nonprofit coalition that's focused on promoting sustainable transportation in northern Indiana.  SSCC began 20 years ago this month, and a 20th Anniversary Celebration iis planned to take place next week.

IU Northwest

Today:  Indiana Humanities staffmember Megan Telligman joins us to talk about the speakers who will be coming into northwest Indiana over the next few months, as part of the "INseparable" initiative.  The speakers will help residents better understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences and connections.  Speaking locations include the Lake County and Crown Point Community Libraries and LaPorte County Library.  Union electrician Roman Bronson with the "Indiana Plan" talks about next Wednesday's free Construction Trade Seminar in Gary, to encourage interested residents in car

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Today:    We begin with an in-studio conversation with Carolyn Saxton of the Legacy Foundation about the organization's Endowment Building Challenge, a year-long effort to help some of the nonprofits assisted by the Foundation to build financial sustainability.  Lakeshore Public Media is one of them, and a special social media campaign that ends on Friday, June 7th, at noon.  More information is on the Legacy Foundation website.   We also have Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" and Joseph Pete with the "Times" with us to talk about the stories they put out in print and online.  They incl

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Today:   Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter published by Hannah News Service, talks about the latest gaming news in the Hoosier State, which happens to involve news from the Illinois legislature that could bring a casino license to the Chicago area.  That could have a big effect on northwest Indiana's casinos.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Jeanne Lindsay has a report on the unpredictable structure of public school funding that is leading school districts to ask their patrons for tax hikes.  She begins her report in the Lake Forest School Corp.

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Today:  Marietta Rodriguez, the president and CEO of NeighborWorks America, joins us to talk about the results of a survey on the gap between renting and homeownership for minority families, primarily African American and Hispanic.

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Today:   Janet McCabe, the assistant director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, tells us about the work that I.U. students are doing this summer in Gary and Michigan City to collect information about greenhouse gas emissions.  The cities are among 13 across the state involved in I.U.'s first Resilience Cohort.  The data will help residents and public officials create action plans to reduce emissions and to improve air quality.  The cities will get the data collected later this year.

Wende Burbridge, Lakeshore Public Media's Vice President for Development and Tom Maloney. Vice President for Radio Operations, joined "Regionally Speaking's" Chris Nolte recently to talk about the "300 Campaign" and why it's so important.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana resident and insurance agent Areceli Corona and retired Army Reserve Colonel Cullen Wright talk about a recent public forum at the American Legion post in East Chicago that focused on the coordination of Veterans Affairs healthcare benefits with those benefits coming from the Medicare program.  Corona says combining VA healthcare with Medicare can be confusing -- and not registering for either benefit has financial implications.

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Today:   Beth Spurgeon, the head of corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas, is on the program with more about the 2018 integrated report entitled "Innovating for Impact."  This is the 10th yearin the series of reports on the steelmaking giant's corporate responsibility and sustainability initiatives.  Beth outlines the challenges and committments made worldwide and in northwest Indiana.   We also hear from Amari Victoria and Elisabeth Menning, the organizers, about the first Northwest Indiana Pride event, that is scheduled for July 13th in Highland.

IPB News - Brandon Smith

Today:  For this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we ask "Post-Tribune" education reporter Meredith Colias-Pete, "Times" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden and "Post-Tribune" Gary city government reporter Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they wrote and had in print and online.  They included news from School City of Hammond of impending school closings and staff cuts, a new Holcomb administration staffer who is a Region native, the signing of the gaming omnibus bill into law and the latest from the Gary Common Council.

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Today:   We talk to Sandra Albro, who was manager for "Vacant to Vibrant," a project that brought together greening experts with the city of Gary and residents of the Aetna neighborhood to re-purpose vacant lots -- some of them vacant for 20 years -- into green spaces that provide stormwater management, recreation and beauty to the community.  Sandra's book "Vacant to Vibrant" is available from Island Press. During this Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, northwest Indiana state Representative Chris Chyung was featured in a recent local television program.

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Today:   Scott Pelath with the Kankakee River Basin Commission talks about the history of the Kankakee and Yellow Rivers in northwest Indiana, including the flooding issues that climaxed in a bill that is now law that will re-make the multi-county government organization tasked with overseeing the rivers.  A new commission, smaller in the number of members, will review a proposed long-range plan and will be able to assess property owners along the rivers in eight counties, to pay for studies and to obtain federal funds for flood control projects.   

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Today:    We conitnue another conversation with a northwest Indiana state legislator, with Democratic state Senator Karen Tallian, who represents constituents in communities along Lake Michigan.  She begins with the update on an effort by some lakefront residents to discourage visitors to the beaches in their area, and she spends time focusing on the difficulty in getting bills passed and enacted into law.  Bill Durnell is the Democrat who beat a worthy opponent to win the party's nomination for the spot in the general election ballot for Valparaiso Mayor.  He talks with us about his campa

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