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.

IPB News

Today:  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum talks about the latest casino revenues report from the Indiana Gaming Commission -- how the northwest Indiana casino boats did last month and last year -- and a look at revenue-related issues before the General Assembly and how they will fit into Governor Eric Holcomb's first State of the State address on Tuesday evening.  You can hear that address on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Edgewater Systems website

Today:   Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes, the President-CEO of Edgewater Systems, talks about how the organization earned a January Innovators Award from the Society of Innovators for Northwest Indiana for its new Edgewater Primary Care Centers in Gary and Griffith.

WalletHub.com analyst Jill Gonzalez is with us to talk about how Indiana cities fared in the latest "Most and Least Recession-Recovered Cities" list for 2017.  No city in the Hoosier State ranked very high on the list (mostly cities in the Southwest.)

A Chicago Sojourn blog

Today:  Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete talks about a recent article on how northwest Indiana is becoming an exporter of high-tech knowledge through several avenues.  including the ArcelorMittal R&D laboratory in East Chicago and Cimcor in Merrillville.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports on a donation of equipment to the School City of East Chicago that will provide fresh salads and vegetables to students.  The hope is that this will help the students' bodies deal with the lead contamination in that community.

Howey Politics Indiana

By: Chris Nolte

January 10, 2017 -- "Regionally Speaking," Lakeshore Public Radio

INDIANAPOLIS -- "Howey Politics Indiana" recently released its 2017 "Power 50 List" of Hoosier political movers and shakers. 

"HPI" creator and editor-publisher Brian Howey came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about his latest list, which includes several prominent northwest Indiana residents who have been on past "Power 50 Lists."   Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Brian Howey of "Howey Politics Indiana" joins us to review his 2017 HPI Power 50 List - a listing of the state's political  "movers and shakers" for the coming year.  They include some northwest Indiana figures who have been on many past Power 50 Lists.

IPI homepage

Today:  Jena Bellezza of the Indiana Parenting Institute joins us in the studio to talk about the IPI's designation by the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention as a "Treatment Best Practice."  IPI is the only organization in Lake County.  She also talks about successful programs, including a 10-week-long truancy reduction program.

WFYI Public Radio

Today:   Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com says we can expect higher gasoline and diesel fuel prices in 2017 -- and he gives us the reasons why.

We also talked with Lake County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center assistant director Jessica Petalas-Hernandez about the temporary quarantine in place right now due to the canine flu -- and with Rachel Delaney of the Humane Society Calumet Area about the canine and feline flu outbreak they experienced last year, and how they dealt with it.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   Tom Pappas from the city of Portage's veterans committee will offer the latest news of interest to Region veterans and talk about the latest activities of the group.

We'll hear from Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson with her conversation with Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr.  about getting ride of an eyesore in his city's Hessville neighborhood.

Today:  A conversation with Highland attorney Bill Fine, who is stepping down from his private law practice to become the next Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor.  Governor-Elect Eric Holcomb appointed Fine to the post to take over for Davis Stippler, who retired effective Jan. 1st.  Fine says he's looking forward to this new career opportunity.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   State Representatives Hal Slager (R) and Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) join us to talk about the General Assembly session getting underway this week, the issues expected to be brought up (including crafting and passing a new, two-year state budget) and if religious freedom and LGBT rights issues will be re-introduced.

Photo courtesy Indiana University Northwest

Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the "Regionally Speaking" studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

Trainweb.org

Today:  Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, joins us to talk about the key passenger rail events and issues of 2016, mainly the public-private partnership for the "Hoosier State" Amtrak passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis, and a look at a proposed passenger rail route that begins in Chicago, travels through Valparaiso and through points south and east to Ft. Wayne.  The route then extends into Ohio and ends at the state capital, Columbus.

Indiana University Northwest

Community activist and Indiana University Northwest labor studies Professor Emeritus Ruth Needleman was in the “Regionally Speaking” studio to talk about her interest in her community and its people.

Realtors.com

Today:  Bowden Quinn, the executive director of the Sierra Club of Indiana, talks about the issues that the incoming Trump and Pence administration may affect, as well as the incoming Holcomb administration at the Statehouse.  We'll also hear from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith on what legislators may have to do to the next two-year state budget if the Trump administration makes any changes.

Indiana economist Morton Marcus joins us with his view of the latest on the Hoosier State's economy and what he'd advise the next Governor, if he had Eric Holcomb's ear.

ArcelorMittal Gets 10-Year-Deal

Jun 21, 2016

Chris Nolte spoke with Northwest Indiana Times reporter Joseph Pete regarding ArcelorMittal’s new 10-year-deal that will bring business to its East Chicago steel mill.

Much of the news about the Northwest Indiana steel industry focuses these days on improving output and reduced overseas steel “dumping,” thanks to recent tariff increases and other action taken on Capitol Hill.  Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete talked about these topics, and the Region’s steel industry in general, recently on “Regionally Speaking.”  Pete started with the news of an increase in steel output.

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