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.

IU Northwest

Today:   Tom Pappas of the city of Portage veterans committee joins us in the studio with the latest on what the committee will talk about on Wednesday night in Portage, along with how well Hoosier veterans' groups did in their negotiations with state legislators, and a big "scam alert" for veterans who call the wrong VA Choice toll-free phone number. (Hint: The official number is an 866, not 800 phone number).

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One of Indiana's newest members of the General Assembly came into the Lakeshore Public Radio studios on Monday to talk about his first trip to Indianapolis to serve as a lawmaker and a bill he sponsored that started out his Indiana Legislature career. 

Gary Community School Corp.

Today:  An extended conversation with Indiana State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville), on his first (and very busy) General Assembly session.  He talks at length about his Senate Enrolled Act 567, which creates the mechanism for a state-appointed emergency manager for the Gary Community School Corp., a financial management board and where the Mayor of Gary, the elected School Board and Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt fit into the efforts in helping resolve the academically- and financially-troubled school district's longtime problems.  A public forum with Melton and his north Lake County

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  It's another Reporters' Round Table discussion of the big news stories of the week here in northwest Indiana.

Times of Northwest Indiana health and healthcare business reporter Giles Bruce, Post-Tribune reporters Carole Carlson and Carrie Napoleon and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations education reporter Claire Mcinerny join us to talk about the stories and issues.

Wikipedia

Today:  a conversation by "Living On Earth" host Steve Curwood with environmental journalist Dan Egan, on his new book that looks at the death -- and life -- of the Great Lakes.

Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura talks about his marketing campaign for the new Mascot Hall of Fame, now under construction, and other projects in the city -- and he offers an update about major lakefront economic development.

Annie Ropeik, IPBS

U. S. Senator Joe Donnelly gave Lakeshore Public Radio an update on several big issues here in northwest Indiana, the Hoosier State and on Capitol Hill in a Wednesday-morning conversation that airs today on "Regionally Speaking."

Donnelly began his comments with his latest efforts to get the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to tour East Chicago's lead-tainted neighborhoods.

NWI Times

The Indiana Gaming Commission issued its March revenue report from the Hoosier State's casinos and analyst Ed Feigenbaum came on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about how the northwest Indiana riverboats did -- as well as about gaming-related legislation that came up during the 2017 General Assembly session. 

Ed also talked about other bills and issues that were debated and passed by lawmakers this past session.  Here's the conversation, aired on Tuesday.

Brandon Smith, IPBS News

Today:  A conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the Indiana Gaming Insight and Indiana Legislative Insight newsletters,  about the March 2017 revenue report from the northwest Indiana casinos, the impact of outside forces on the riverboats -- and Ed's review of some of the big bills from the just-ended 2017 General Assembly session.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez joins us with some good news for the city of Gary -- a recent survey from the website shows that Gary mortgage holders are the third least over-leveraged in the country.

Money SmartWeek.org

Every spring, thousands of banks and other financial institutions join in a nation-wide financial education effort called “Money Smart Week.” It began 15 years ago in a meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago... and Doug Tillett was in the room for that first meeting and all of the others that've followed.  Doug came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about how the project began and grew from a Midwest idea to across the country.

Sr. Joseph's College

Today:  A group of St. Joseph's College faculty are suing the Catholic-affiliated college in Rensselaer for how the college is handling the suspension of operations and their employment status.  One of the faculty members talks about the group's frustration over not knowing when their employment will officially end and if they'll get any severance-related benefits or help in finding new jobs.

City of Whiting

Whiting city officials are working on a nationwide marketing approach to its Mascot Hall of Fame, now under construction.  I went to Mayor Joe Stahura's office to get the latest on the project and others underway in his city.  Here's the conversation, which airs on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday, April 26th.

Supermarket News

Today: It is Reporters' Round Table day on "Regionally Speaking," as we call on local reporters who worked on some of the major stories of the week to review and talk about them. 

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.

Ray Steele blog

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.

edutopia.org

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.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

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.

city of east chicago

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.

Bring it to the Table.org

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. 

Steve Burns, WTIU

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. 

IU Northwest

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.

Arcadia Publishing-The History Press

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. 

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