Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk to Dan Carden and Bill Dolan of the "Times" and Carole Carlson with the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they put out in print and online.  Dan's stories include updates from the most recent Lake County Council meeting and Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2020 legislative agenda.  Carole covered stories from Gary Common Council and Airport Authority board meetings that include Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.  Bill Dolan covered the East Chicago City Counncil meeting where firefighters' work schedules were the big topic of debate -- and of a proposed ordinance that the Mayor may veto, if it passes. Bill also has an update on former Portage Mayor James Snyder's new federal court trial.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we turn to Dan Carden of the "Times" and "Post-Tribune" reporter Michael Gonzalez to talk about the stories they posted online and had in the print editions this week.  Dan covered the announcement from U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky that he would not seek re-election in 2020, and of two people who already are interested in seeking the longtime Congressman's seat -- Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. and North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.  Dan also has the story about the Schererville town election where Councilman Michael Troxell won the Clerk-Treasurer's race.    Michael was in Portage on Election Night to watch how mayoral candidate John Cannon (who is serving out ex-Mayor James Snyder's term of office) and Sue Lynch did at the polls.  His story in the "Post-Tribune" detailed Lynch's election victory and post-election comments from Cannon.

Spectacle Entertainment

GARY - Now that the Indiana Gaming Commission unanimously voted on Wednesday (8/28) to authorize Spectacle Entertainment to move its casino to land, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the next steps will get underway to build the upcoming Gary Hard Rock Casino.

"They start building shortly," Freeman-Wilson says.  "They'll start doing site work sometime in November, maybe as early as October, but they'll do site work this year and their projected opening date is January 1, 2021."

Genesis Convention Center

GARY-A former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center is being charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds, for stealing more than $10,000 cash from the struggling business.
Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host and Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson about the hiring of Victoria Wilson of Portage and the investigation of the irregularities that were showing up.
 

Sharon Jackson, Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host/Reporter / Lakeshore Public Media

GARY- In response to the indictment of the former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Wednesday that the city has worked hard to ensure the profitability of the Genesis Center and any actions inconsistent with those efforts are unacceptable.

Portage resident, 52 year-old Victoria Wilson, has been charged in federal court with stealing more than $10,000 in cash from the Genesis Convention Center.  She was charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds.

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

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GARY - The Executive Director of the Gary Redevelopment Commission has resigned effective immediately, May 9th.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the resignation of Joe van Dyk Thursday.
He served the City of Gary since 2012 as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Commission and as Director of Planning and Zoning Director.  

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Today:     "Save the Dunes" Executive Director Natalie Johnson and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson join us to talk about a region-wide lobbying effort underway, to keep Senate Bill 581 from being passed in the General Assembly.  It's a bill that community officials say would circumvent the Indiana Supreme Court decision on the public's right to the Lake Michigan shoreline.   Mayor Freeman-Wilson also says the measure would contradict the city's historic Marquette Plan.   We also bring back our conversation with Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak, about the improvements not

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Today:   Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds joins us to talk about the series of roundtable discussions  that he and his fellow Indiana Sheriffs Association members have held across the state -- including one at his jail in Valparaiso recently -- to talk about the big issues that they are dealing with.  They include narcotics (the opioid epidemic, in particular), mental health issues and overcrowded jails.  Reynolds will become the president of the ISA in about two years from now.

Purdue University Northwest

Today:  we have two major conversations --  first,Leslie Plesac, the executive director of the Sinai Forum at Purdue University Northwest, is in the studio to talk about the first speaker for the 65th season of the town  hall-style series:  former FBI Director, and now award-winning author, James Comey.  His talk is scheduled for Sept. 9 in Michigan City.  And then, Gary Mayor Karen Freman-Wilson joins us from City Hall to talk about a multi-faceted anti-crime strategy that involves city officials, the faith community and Gary residents.

Gary Mayor: Lawmakers Need To Stay Out Of Our Schools

Apr 2, 2018
The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should let the current emergency management process function without further interference. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Jeanie Lindsay

 

Lawmakers worked on a controversial school financial management bill this year, but it died in the last minutes of the regular session. The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should avoid more community specific mandates during the special session.

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Today:   we continue our conversation on the proposed solid waste materials recovery facility in Gary with "the other side" of the issue.  Sam Henderson, an attorney for the Hoosier Environmental Council, is in the studio to talk about the concerns that the HEC and local citizens, businesses and educational organizations like the Steel City Academy about Maya Energy LLC's proposal. 

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Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson came into the "Regionally Speaking" studio on Monday to talk about the impact that "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen" in downtown Gary and all of the other projects using funding from the John S. and James L. Knight and Bloomberg Foundations have on the Steel City. 

She talks first about the collaborative effort to get "ArtHouse" started.

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Today: Anthony Swinger of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor talks about NIPSCO's request for an increase in its basic natural gas rate and of the January 3rd field hearing by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, as the commissioners review the case and take public comment.  The field hearing will be held at Merrillville High School.

City of Gary

GARY - The city of Gary's proposal to Amazon to locate its second U.S. headquarters in its city is en-route to the company.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on Wednesday unveiled the box containing the city's proposal to Amazon.  Freeman-Wilson formally thanked the Gary Common Council, the Amazon working group and a gave a special thank you to Economic Development Specialist Mike Citro  for getting it done. 

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Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable Thursday, the day we turn to our colleagues from northwest Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on for their employers online and in print.  This week, we have two "Times of Northwest Indiana" writers -- education reporter Carmen McCollum and business reporter Joseph Pete.  We also hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

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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.

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."

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  It's Reporters Roundtable on "Regionally Speaking," when we ask reporters in northwest Indiana media to talk about their stories they researched and wrote for their online and print publications.  This edition features "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Giles Bruce and Sarah Reese, Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and Jon Gard of the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and Michigan City "News-Dispatch."