City of East Chicago

City of East Chicago

EAST CHICAGO - For anyone looking for a job, the City of East Chicago has many openings.  The city is hiring for both full and part-time jobs in a variety of positions.

Steve Segura, Director of the multi-media department for the City of East Chicago,
says there is a long list of job openings which encompass many different roles and types of work one can do for the city.

"Everything from code enforcement officer in the building department to an electrical engineer in the filtration plant, an accountant at the Controller's office, from laborers at the marina," Segura says. "They need a nurse over at the health department, planning recreation leaders."

The high number of openings is due to people retiring and leaving for other opportunities and the vacancies have been hard to fill, Segura says.

"We've tried to put these notices out before but for some reason nobody wants to work right now so we're just trying to get the word out and let people know that let people know there's full time and part time positions available in the city," Segura says.

Applications are available online at the city of East Chicago website.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on City of East Chicago firefighters testing positive for COVID-19, the president of the American Federation of Teachers brought muscle and money in support of a referendum to raise taxes in the Gary Community School Corp., Indiana mail-in ballots must be returned to the county election administrator’s office by noon on Election Day, November 3, if they’re going to count and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Carol Williams assistant director for the Hammond Public Library...  

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Today:  Legacy Foundation president Carolyn Saxton talks about the cooperative initiative between the Lake County community foundation, the Knight Foundation, Indiana Black Expo and the cities of Gary and East Chicago to set up the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund.  It's been designed to provide one-time grants to applicants that are minority-owned and operated businesses in both cities. Applications are being accepted now, with grants to be issued in October.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Ella Abbott has the first of a two-part report on what are called "Sundown Towns," and the curator of the Samara House in West Lafayette, Linda Eales, joins us to tell us more about the 64-year-old landmark home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the recent $1 million grant from Indiana Landmarks to help restore it to its original condition.

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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.


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.


Today:   Jordan Stanfill, the CEO of Valparaiso-based Housing Opportunities, talks about the agency's work in helping residents stay in their homes and avoid homelessness, as well as what the agency's outreach worker is doing to find homeless living in cars or in woods and direct them into warm places to stay.  Housing Opportunities also offers a homeless shelter and transitional housing, among other services.   Later on, Lisa Daughterty of Lake Area United Way tells us about a new partnership with the town of Griffith to provide assistance to residents who need it, by calling 211.

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Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we check in first with Indiana Public Broadcasting's Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith and his guests on Indiana Week in Review, prepared just ahead of this week's opening of the 2019 General Assembly.  It includes a look at Indiana politics in 2018 and other topics.  We bring back our conversation with CNHI community newspapers' reporter Scott Miley about his series on Indiana township governments, and Michael Puente offers his feature on East Chicago's historic Marktown neighborhood and the residents who are unhappy with offers that BP is

A state agency has convinced the City of East Chicago to fully replace lead pipes in some homes near the USS Lead Superfund site. It had only been doing partial replacements — a practice the Environmental Protection Agency says doesn't reduce lead contamination and can sometimes make it worse.

Today:   a conversation with  Purdue University Northwest associate professor psychology Christina Ragan and Liz Bernel with the university's Art Collections and Special Events, about Tuesday's "Brain Awareness Day" on the Westville campus and a week-long accompanying art exhibit in the Gallery in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.

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On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we find out more about the major news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them.  With us in the studio is Post-Tribune reporter Javonte Anderson and by phone are his Post-Tribune colleagues Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda and -- from the LaPorte Herald-Argus and Michigan City News-Dispatch -- reporter Jon Gard.  

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Two economic development officials came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to give an update on several major projects that will improve the  city and its neighborhoods.

Milton Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Marino Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  An update on big projects underway in East Chicago, from Milton Reed and Marino Solario.  Reed is an economic development consultant for Mayor Anthony Copeland and Solario is the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development. They bring us up-to-date on things like the downtown revitalization plan, Harborwalk and new businesses opening in East Chicago.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving forward with a plan to demolish East Chicago’s lead-contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Residents had many questions and received few answers at a tense public meeting about the environmental review of the plan Monday night.

The city of East Chicago finished relocating more than 1,000 housing complex residents this spring. Officials plan to demolish the complex’s buildings later this year.

HUD must first sign off.

The federal government continues to oppose intervention by a group of East Chicago, Indiana, residents, who are asking a U.S. District Court to give them a larger role in the clean up of their lead and arsenic contaminated neighborhood.

The East Chicago residents were first turned down in May by Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry.

He ruled, “This case was closed over two years ago. To allow [the residents] to intervene now…would be highly prejudicial to the parties, who have already negotiated, settled, and obtained judgement in this case.”