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

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








Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Monday, May 20, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Monday, May 13, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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. We also talk to 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...


Regionally Speaking, Monday, May 6, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Monday, April 29, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Thursday, April 25, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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 --...


Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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"...


Regionally Speaking, Monday, April 22, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Thursday, April 18, 2019

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.


Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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. Mark Early Learning Academy in Gary....


Regionally Speaking, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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....


Regionally Speaking, Monday, April 15, 2019

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...


Regionally Speaking, Thursday, April 11, 2019

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,...


Regionally Speaking, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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. Brent Kent of the non-profit "Indiana Connected By 25" reviews the findings of the first-ever report on foster youth education outcomes, and some of the findings are disappointing as to how...


Regionally Speaking, April 9, 2019

Today: We learn from Chuck Hughes of the Gary Chamber of Commerce about the 4 th Annual World Civility Day events on Thursday, April 11 th . 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. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson along with Natalie Johnson with “Save the Dunes” join us to talk about a region-wide lobbying effort underway, to keep Senate Bill 581 being passed...