Gary-Chicago International Airport

Gary-Chicago International Airport

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary/Chicago International Airport has reopened its main runway after a three-week closure to rebuild much of it.

Airport officials say crews were able to complete work for the $7.9 million runway project on Saturday. The project involved replacing the aging asphalt with concrete on about 4,000 feet of the nearly 9,000-foot-long main runway, along with installing new storm drain piping.

The Gary airport says the project increases the runway's weight limit and allows it to handle larger planes. Crews completed the runway work a day ahead of schedule.

IU Northwest

Today:   Northwest Indiana activist Ruth Needleman is back in the studio to talk about events coming up this month -- including another immigration deportation protest vigil at the Gary-Chicago International Airport, and of an upcoming lawsuit hearing in federal court in Hammond involving the city of Gary. That hearing is all about Gary's "welcoming city" status.

We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," with Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities.  He talks with Dunes Learning Center executive Geoff Benson.

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Today:  we revisit our conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King.  King was Mayor from 1996 to 2006.  He talks about his experiences as Mayor and how the city of Gary's recovering from tough financial times, including some major improvements made at Gary-Chicago International Airport..

Carl Lisek offers this week's edition of "Green Fleet Radio."  He talks with Richard DeBoer, Executive Vice President of Ozinga about the business and its efforts to "go green.".

Today: On this Reporters Roundtable, we call upon reporters from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to talk about their stories:  Investigative Editor Marc Chase, education reporter Carmen McCollum, business reporter Joseph Pete and business and transportation reporter Andrew Steele.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman joins us in the studio to tell us about a new community rally next month outside the Gary-Chicago International Airport to protest the Trump administration's immigration policy and the local impact of plans to end DACA -- subjecting the "Dreamers" to potential deportation.

NWI Times

Today:   On this Reporters Roundtable, a look at the major local news stories of the week from the reporters who covered them for their respective media.  Our public radio colleague Michael Puente is with us, along with Javonte Anderson of the Post-Tribune and, from the Times of northwest Indiana, Bob Kasarda and Ed Bierschenk.

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."

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Today:  Our monthly conversation with Tom Pappas, Jr. of the city of Portage Veterans Committee about next week's meeting and about a special Veterans Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 7th at the Adam Benjamin Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point.  The new Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Director, Marc Magill, will be at both meetings to talk to veterans about new programs planned in the Chicago area.

Sun-Times/Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  It's Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, where we bring in northwest media reporters (and, for some stories, Indiana reporters) to talk about the major stories they worked on this week.  With us today are Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore -- Greg Tejeda and Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune -- Times of Northwest Indiana business reporter Joseph Pete -- and, talking about major education stories, Indiana Public Broadcasting's Eric Weddle. Eric and his colleagues worked on a series for NPR this week about school vouchers. 

Sun-Times/Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  We talk to Dan Vicari, the executive director of the Gary-Chicago International Airport, about the one-year agreement (with two one-year potential extensions) with a Merrillville auto transport company to allow the firm to bring in and store any of the Chicago area's Volkswagens with defective emissions systems until the vehicles can be repaired for resale. 

Vicari says they've set aside several acres for the storage, in what was land that was last used to store construction equipment and supplies for the recent main runway extension project.

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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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. 

Gary-Chicago International Airport

Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large. 

IU Northwest

Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us to talk about what issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large.  Ruth also talked about efforts underway at the Statehouse to force Lake County precinct changes, even though the County Election Board promised lawmakers that they'd make the changes themselves.

Gary-Chicago International Airport

The Gary-Chicago International Airport is planning for the future -- at least, the next ten years or so -- and the first of a series of public workshops will be held tonight (Monday, Feb 13) at 6:00 p.m. at the Airport Terminal offices for a presentation of the work done so far on a Master Plan Update.

The chairman of the Airport Authority, Stephen Mays, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the need for a Master Plan Update, the company conducting the workshops and the impact that an updated plan will have on northwest Indiana.  Here's the conversation.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:   The Indiana Gaming Commission says monthly revenue at Indiana casinos decreased in January.  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum takes a look at why the northwest Indiana casinos didn't bring in as much. He also talks about a bill sponsored by State Rep. Todd Huston that -- if it passes and enacted into law -- would amend current law to eliminate the $3 floor admission tax.  That will mean a big hit in casino revenues to local governments.