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.

Howey Politics Indiana

Today:   Howey Politics Indiana editor-publisher Brian Howey joins us to talk about some of the topics in his recent newsletter columns, as well as his views on the final days of the 2017 General Assembly session.

 

Cyberbullying is the topic of a recent "CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon" television conversation.  His guests were Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police, Northwest Indiana Times editor Bob Heisse and School Town of Highland Superintendent Brian Smith.

 

Today:   A conversation with Indiana economist, writer and public speaker Morton Marcus on how the Indiana Economic Development Corp. shouldn't have offered state funds to two businesses to relocate jobs inside a county, a move that won't affect the overall state economy -- and how local and state decisions can be affected by proposed Trump administration budget cuts. 

A recent "Byline" report from the Times of Northwest Indiana looks at a Gary city government commission that focuses on crime fighting and crime prevention in the Steel City. 

Ball State University

Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research Executive Director Michael Hicks came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the Indiana and national job outlooks, as well as the latest about factories of not only Indiana-based firms -- but companies with only a presence in the Hoosier State. 

Hicks also tells us about a new report from the CBER on the link between educational attainment and earnings.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research Executive Director Michael Hicks joins us to talk about the Indiana and national job outlooks, as well as the latest about factories of not only Indiana-based firms -- but companies with only a presence in the Hoosier State.  Hicks also tells us about a new report from the CBER on the link between educational attainment and earnings.

"Great Lakes Today" reporter Rebecca Thiele tells us about potential changes of the U.S. lakefronts when more nuclear power plants shut down. 

IPBS

Today: our first "Regionally Speaking" Reporters' Roundtable discussion of the big local stories of the week, including updates on the East Chicago lead-arsenic contamination cleanup and the impact of the contamination on the West Calumet Housing Project.  The EPA Secretary  and HUD Secretary will visit East Chicago to see first-hand the issues and the cleanup.  We also discuss the investigation into a leak of the chemical chromium-6 from a U.S. Steel waste outlet into Burns Waterway in Portage, just hundreds of feet from Lake Michigan.

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For Financial Literacy Month,  we asked northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer to come on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to give us some basic tips and advice to follow on planning and implementing some sound financial goals. 

A recent national study found two out of every three American adult lack financial literacy.  Here's the conversation.

Community Healthcare System

Today:  a conversation with two Community Hospital officials on the new Surgical Center at the Munster hospital that is in its final stages of completion.  Dr. Richard Berkowitz and John Olmstead talk about the goals and objectives behind the $20 million project and how it fits into northwest Indiana's overall  healthcare picture. 

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The  nearly four-year-long Surgical Services Department project at Community Hospital in Munster is nearly complete.  It is part of a $40 million total investment that began five years ago and included the new Emergency Department Pavilion and additional private rooms.

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The Indiana General Assembly is in the final weeks of the 2017 Session, and northwest Indiana lawmakers are busy working on passage of bills that they sponsored or co-sponsored as well as other measures, including funding for transportation improvements and a new two-year state budget. 

Times of Northwest Indiana's man at the Statehouse -- Dan Carden -- was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to offer an update on the important issues before legislators.  Here's the conversation.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Today:  Northwest Indiana Times Statehouse reporter Dan Carden joins us for an update on what local legislators are working on, in the final days of the 2017 General Assembly session.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Today:  excerpts from Friday's vigil and rally outside the Gary-Chicago International Airport of citizens protesting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of deported undocumented immigrants out of the Midwest.  About 50 people stood in the chilly winds along Airport Road outside the Airport, listening to speakers and chanting in protest when two unmarked buses filled with deportees passed by.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Peter Balanon-Rosen has a report on "sanctuary campuses" and where Hoosier colleges and universities stand on the controversial issue.

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Today:  East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland offered his 2016 "State of the City" this week and Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore attended the event and has a report, along with comments from the mayor.

The Lake County Council is thinking about making some changes in the amount it is setting aside as its contribution to the South Shore Line expansion project and it may be much less than earlier committed.

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Valparaiso University will host “Bring it to the Table,” a documentary film screening and discussion with Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur for its second annual Dialogue and Discernment event Thursday evening at the Helge Center.

Winokur was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the documentary, which will be shown on campus at 7:00 p.m. before her "table talk."   She launched her production company Talking Eyes Media in 2002 as a way to focus on creating visual media that catalyzes positive social change.

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Today:   Julie Winokur, the documentary filmmaker is the featured speaker for the second annual "Dialogue and Discernment" program Thursday evening at the the Helge Center, adjacent to the Chapel of the Resurrection of Valparaiso University.  Julie talks about her film "Bring It to the Table" and what she'll discuss after the 7:00 p.m. screening. 

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Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman came back into the "Regionally Speaking" studio on Tuesday to talk about a Friday mid-morning vigil planned for the parking lot of the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of undocumented immigrants out of the region. 

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Today:  Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about a Friday mid-morning vigil at the parking lot of the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement flights of undocumented immigrants out of the region.  ICE brings them into the Airport from Kankakee, under a compact with the city signed years ago by two former mayors.    Needleman also talks about plans by the Gary Common Council to support those affected by ICE's efforts to lead detainees toward deportation.

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The Lake County Sheriff's Department is partnering with the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Indiana state Department of Health to set up a special screening program inside the County Jail. 

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to explain how his Jail medical staff will find and document any inmates -- either at the Intake Center or inside the Jail itself -- who have HIV or Hepatitis C.  Many have contracted the viruses through illegal intravenous drug use.

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Today:  Post-Tribune columnist-writer-public radio host Jerry Davich is in the studio to talk about his new book  "Crooked Politics in Northwest Indiana."  In it, Jerry looks into the political culture that involved secret handshakes, tapped telephone lines, backroom deals and -- in some cases -- murder. 

Centre For Medical Humanities

Three Indiana University Northwest faculty members creating a medical humanities curriculum for the Gary campus, as well as at IU South Bend and IU Kokomo, are one of the winners of the inaugural IU Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative. 

Grand Challenges are defined in IU's Strategic Plan as "major and large-scale problems" facing humanity that can "only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researcher." 

IUPUI MEDICAL HUMANITIES

Today:   Indiana University Northwest professors Susan Zinner, Jonathyne Briggs and  Monica Solinas-Saunders, on their "Health Studies Consortium" project that is a winner of the first "IU Regional Campus Grand Challenge Initiative."  The program awards regional campus faculty members who use multidisciplinary efforts to address complex challenges to their communities.

Today:   We revisit our conversation with Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas Keon, on the Hammond and Westville campus unification effort that earned PNW an Innovator award from the Society  of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.

WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez talks about where Indiana stands on the latest Best and Worst State Taxpayer Return On Investment list.  It's about halfway in the pack, so to speak, of U.S. states' governments and how efficient they are on spending tax revenues.

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Work will begin soon on construction of a major Sportsplex here in northwest Indiana, one that could be the state's largest when it is completed next year.  It will be built on some of the land that was at one time the Woodmar Shopping Center.

Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the ideas behind the plans for a facility that can support several athletic events in one place.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us to talk about the plans for a major Sportsplex to be built on some of the former Woodmar Shopping Center site.  When it's finished next summer, it'll be a building that the Mayor says will be larger than the state's largest similar structure, in the Indianapolis suburb of Westfield.   McDermott also updates us on the consent decree the city signed with U.S. EPA and IDEM that addresses compliance with orders to resolve sewage overflows into the Little Calumet and Grand Calumet Rivers.

Methodist Hospitals and Franciscan Alliance are considering becoming northwest Indiana's largest healthcare provider, if the details can be worked out and regulators approve the proposal. A non-binding letter of intent was signed this week by the two.

Ray Grady, the President and CEO of the Gary-based system, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to talk  about the months-long process of finding a partner -- what will now happen over the next six months -- and what becoming part of the Franciscan Alliance system can bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

Ray Grady, Methodist Hospitals
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Today:  a conversation with Ray Grady, the President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals, about the letter of intent between the two-hospital system and Franciscan Alliance to explore a full integration of healthcare facilities and services in Lake County. 

Franciscan Alliance is one of the Midwest's largest providers.  He talks about the months-long process of finding a partner -- what will now happen over the next six months -- and what becoming part of the Franciscan Alliance system, if approved by regulators, will bring to the future of northwest Indiana healthcare.

A Purdue University Northwest faculty member is conducting research into the best way that preschoolers learn how to count. 

Lori Peterson came on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about her project, which she says so far shows that youngsters may more quickly learn counting skills by reading a book, rather than physically handling objects.  She talks bout how she began her research with ten 3-year-olds enrolled at Purdue Northwest's Riley Child Center on the Hammond campus. 

Today:   A conversation with Purdue University Northwest assistant psychology professor Lori Petersen on her research into how preschoolers best learn how to count and related numerical concepts.  She began her study last fall with ten 3-year-olds who were enrolled at Purdue Northwest's Riley Child Center in Hammond.  Petersen talks about some of her early findings.

City of Valparaiso website

The Valpo Parks Foundation is a key participant in city park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative. 

City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about how members of the community  are joining community leaders through the initiative -- and intend to finish the improvements this year.  Here's the conversation, beginning with Seibert talking about the city's parks and recreation system.

City of Valparaiso website

Today:  City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert talks about how the Parks Foundation is a key participant in park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative.

NWI TIMES

The Lake County Democratic Party has a new chairman, who says he is ready to review what happened in the 2016 general elections that led to Republican Party victories. and make some changes.

Northwest Indiana attorney James Weiser came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the recent reorganization caucus that put him in  leadership and what local and Indiana Democrats must do to insure victory in future elections.  Here's the conversation.

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