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.

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.

Waylan Cooley, cooleysvideo.com

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.

Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune

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.   

WXIN Fox59 Statehouse photo

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

Indiana House Democrats

Today:  We continue our conversations with members of northwest Indiana's legislative delegation with state Representative Earl Harris Junior (D-East Chicago) and GOP Representative Michael Aylesworth (Hebron) about the bills they sponsored in the 2019 session -- what were passed and sent to Governor Eric Holcomb -- and what may come up in summer study session or be introduced next session.   State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) also talks about his bills he introduced, many of which deal with economic devlopment and gaming in Gary this year.  All three leguslators speak out about the  two-y

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   Today: Lake County Assessor Jerome Prince has won the Democratic mayoral primary for city of Gary beating out a crowded field of eight other candidates.  We talk to him about his victory as well as his plans for turning around crime, addressing blight in the city as well as other concerns that stifle Gary’s economic growth. 

Indiana House Democratic Caucus

Today: We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana legislators with State Representative Chris Chyung (D) of Dyer. He is one of the lawmakers elected in the November 2018 election, filling the seat formerly held by Representative Hal Slager. He gives us his assessment of his first General Assembly session including insight into the next two-year budget. Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso tells us about the ground breaking of the state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Tactical Training Structure.

House GOP Caucus

Today:   We continue our conversations with northwest Indiana legislators with state Representative Ed Soliday (R) of Valparaiso.  He had several bills that he introduced not only get through the General Assembly this session, but were signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb.    We also have a conversation with a media giant:  C-SPAN creator and native Hoosier Brian Lamb. He talks about growing up in Lafayette, attending Purdue, getting started in broadcasting in his hometown and coming up with the concept that has grown to several cable television channels.

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Today:   We have three perspectives of the 2019 Indiana General Assembly session that adjourned for the year last week.  Ed Feigenbaum, the editor of the "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletters published by Hanna News Service talks first and at-length about the gaming omnibus bill that awaits the Governor's review.  It involves changes in gaming casino licenses that will affect the city of Gary and establishes new gambling avenues.  Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch joins us for her "take" on the 2019 session, since she is the president of the Indiana Senate

Carolyn Jackson Facebook page

Today:  We continue our conversations with members of the northwest Indiana legislative delegation with state Representative Carolyn Jackson (D)(1)  -- who represents Hammond and Whiting.  She is one of the  lawmakers elected in the November 2018 election, filling the seat held by long-time Representative Linda Lawson.  She gives us her assessment of her first General Assembly session.  Kim Ferraro of the Hoosier Environmental Council talks about the 60-day notice of lawsuit issued to the owners of a proposed dairy farm in Newton County.  And "Dunes Action" co-founder Jim Sweeney is with u

Meredith Colias-Pete, Post-Tribune

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable, we get education news updates from Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune," including the latest on the Lake Ridge New Tech Schools' financial problems and the just-completed General Assembly session.  Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" tells us about an unexplained personnel issue in town government in New Chicago and the Lake Station Democratic Party mayoral candidates' forum.  And Dr Indira Frank of the Hoosier Environmental Council talks about a short-staffed IDEM office that needs to be fully-staffed and -funded, but probably was not, in

100 Club Facebook page

Today:   Eugene Guernsey of Merrillville, one of the organizers of the "100 Club of Lake and Porter Counties," is with us to talk about the nearly one-year-old organization that helps the families of any first-responders (police, fire, EMS, male or female) who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Five years ago, two police officers died in Lake County communities in incidents about two months apart.  The trauma that their families experienced in 2014 is still on the Club members' minds -- and it gave them the incentive to help others who may face the same situation in the future. 

Indiana Landmarks

Today:   Todd Zeiger with Indiana Landmarks tells more about this year's "sold out" tour of  13 Hoosier architectural landmarks that make up the annual "Logs To Lustrons" Tour on May 4th and the illustrated talk the evening before the tour.   Todd says they sold all 600 or so tickets earlier this week.   We two more conversations from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  Steve Coxhead from the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance tells the latest on lobbying efforts to get "Hoosier State" service in the next two-year state budget and Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus revi

Indiana DCS web site

Today:   We talk to Dr Rick Hug, who started the series of Indiana University Northwest annual Forums on Child Abuse and Neglect.  The 29th annual forum is this Friday in the Bruce Bergland Auditorium, in the Savannah Center on the Gary campus.  Dr Hug talks about this year's keynote speaker and the other workshops designed to focus on issues behind child abuse and neglect and efforts to combat them that  lead to healthy youth and adults.  We also continue our conversations with members of northwest Indiana's legislative delegation with state Rep.

Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune

Today:   On "Regionally Speaking," we bring you a modern-day "Tale of Two Cities" and the mayors who run their governments.  One mayor -- Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson -- chose not to seek re-election, while the other -- Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. -- is going into another election as the sole Democratic Party candidate.  We bring you conversations with both men, aired previously before the 2019 General Assembly session began. 

Indiana DCS web site

Today:  Besides a look at Indiana Humanities' "INSeparable" 2019 initiative as described by the organization's CEO Keira Amstutz, we talk about child abuse and neglect and  early childhood education.  Tami Silverman of the Indiana Youth Institute focuses on Child Abuse Prevention Month in her April comments,  and Regional Health Systems CEO Bob Krumwied joins us in the studio to talk about his organization and the latest expansion of Geminus Head Start's St.

Indiana House Democratic Party Caucus

Today:  We continue with our series of conversations with northwest Indiana state lawmakers with state Representative Pat Boy, a Democrat who represents House District 9.  Boy defeated Republican Dan Granquist in the November general election for the chance to represent voters in her Michigan City area.  Pat talks about her experiences as a new state legislator,  the measures she sponsored or co-sponsored this General Assembly session and her thoughts on the upcoming vote on a new state budget. 

Indiana General Assembly webpage

Today:  We begin our series of conversations with northwest Indiana state legislators with Democratic state Representative Lisa Beck.  This is the Lake County lawmaker's first General Assembly session, having taken over for Republican Julie Olthoff.  She talks about her impression of the Statehouse, the bills she sponsored and how they've fared, and her look at the two-year state budget that she and her colleagues will vote on this month.  We also talk with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra conductor Kirk Muspratt about May 17th's Pops concert that is just "out of this world."

Wikipedia

Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we bring in "Post-Tribune" Gary city reporter Greg Tejeda, and from the "Times" -- for their inaugural conversations on the program -- Lake County government reporter Will Racke and education reporter Carley Lanich, as they all talk about the stories in print and posted online.  They include news from Gary Common Council, a long-time political figure working for Calumet Township, the visit of an East Chicago native who's a federal court judge, and the School City of Hammond's next superintendent.

IU Northwest

Today:   Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is in the studio to give some updates on local topics of concern, including illegal immigration -- but she also talks about the upcoming city and town primary elections and offers questions she thinks should be asked of the candidates for mayor or council.

IPB News/Lauren Chapman

Today: We learn from Chuck Hughes of the Gary Chamber of Commerce about the 4th Annual World Civility Day events on Thursday, April 11th.  A full day of civility-themed activities kicks off  in the morning at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and concludes with an awards dinner at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

Amtrak/Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance

Today:   We learn from Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, about the efforts to keep Amtrak's "Hoosier State" and "Cardinal" services running for the immediate future, since there is no state funding set aside in the next two-year budget.  Coxhead says Amtrak is aware of the funding situation and could take steps within 90 days to suspend service, if nothing is resolved.  We also talk to Dan Klein with the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission about getting campaigning local government candidates to sign a pledge of support on ethics issues, and a one-day confe

Harrell and Associates website

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we turn to "Post-Tribune" education reporter Meredith Colias-Pete to talk about the stories she filed online and in print -- including a story about an appellate court ruling that could have an impact on a local lawsuit involving two former school officials.  Giles Bruce of the "Times" has news on the local healthcare scene,  and his colleague Joseph Pete looks at business stories that include a tragic workplace death at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago.

WGBH Public Radio

Today:   A recent "New York Times" article on the re-opening of a closed paper mill in Wisconsin -- all because of Amazon's need for cardboard shipping boxes --  is the latest episode in a continuing story of the state of recycling markets in America. Neil Samahon with Metro Recycling spoke at length with us about this, and we have his comments.  Celina Weatherwax with the MAAC Foundation in Valparaiso tells us about the latest graduating class of professional community fiirefighters from its training academy, and we have a poem to share during this National Poetry Month.

Building Indiana website

Today:  We have a conversation with David Hood, the managing director of operations for the Digital Crossroads at Lake Michigan data center currently under construction in Hammond.  He brings 24 years of experience in telecommunications, including broadband, and data center management to the project.  The new facility is part of a multi-million dollar project on the former State Line Generating Plant site that will also include a digital business incubator.   We have more conversations from the Welcome Center at Valparaiso University, and chemistry professor Julie Peller talks about Saturd

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Today:  Harry Vande Velde, CEO of Humane Indiana, based in Munster and with operations in Highland and Valparaiso, is in the studio to talk about the animal shelter, its history and how it expanded from helping stray animals find good homes -- to operating a resale store in Highland that financially supports the shelter -- to a expansive animal rescue and education center in Porter County.   

Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania

Today: "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson joins us to tell about stories she's sent out in print and online -- including news of new personnel in the Gary and Merrillville school districts, some major infrstructure projects n Gary and of a local meeting that connected the Region to the hate-bias crimes bill now moving through the General Assembly.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson went to south Texas on vacation and offers the second of her two-part report on reaction to the "border wall" expansion there.  And we bring back our conversation with NPR's television critic Eric Degg

City of Hobart website

Today:   Tyrus Joseforsky of Flight Levelz Entertainment is in the studio to talk about the inaugural "Hometown Country Jam" country music festival to be held June 1st in the historic Brickie Bowl in Hobart. It will be an all-ages event featuring well-known and up-and-coming country music groups and performers, as well as a northwest Indiana steelworker and country music artist.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Hobart.  More information about the event and tickets can be found online 

IPB News file photo

Today:   We talk with Karen Lauerman, the president and CEO of Lake County Economic Alliance, about the organization's work with the city of East Chicago to find commercial and industrial project proposals that can transform the once-lead-tainted West Calumet Housing Project into safe and developable property.  The housing complex was one of the three lead-contaminated zones within the USS Lead Superfund site.  More than 1,000 residents were moved out and the housing units they lived in were demolished.  Four proposals turned in to the LCEA will soon be offered up for East Chicago city revi

Purdue University Ft Wayne

Today:   Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne joins us with updates on bills working their way through the 2019  General Assembly session, including some controversial measures which may end up not going right to the Governor's desk but to conference committee -- or even study committe later this year.  Gary Chamber of Commerce executive director Chuck Hughes tells us more about the April 11th World Civility Day events, beginning with workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and ending with an entertainment-filled awards banquet that nig

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