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About Marc Chase

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times of Northwest Indiana, where he is the investigative editor.

Marc is the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project, working to preserve the grave sites and stories of region men and women involved in America’s bloodiest war.

May 10, 2012 10:06 am

MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

MARC CHASE: Dillinger exhibit move helps region embrace history

On its face, it's certainly not a period of history to be celebrated.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

MARC CHASE: Powell, bad government swing taxpayers over barrel

How does it feel to be swinging over a barrel, Lake County? Is the redness in our faces from the blood-rush of hanging upside down over the ba…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

MARC CHASE: Disgraced officials should 'scare straight' region leaders

Most of us know of the "scared straight" programs. You know, where troubled youths visit with locked-up convicts, witness morgue autopsies or …

July 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

MARC CHASE: Lessons of community rise from fallen Gary officer

Tragedy is immense when the strong and brave fall within our communities.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

MARC CHASE: Stuff of legends in a Crown Point sandlot

Storybook endings aren't always the things of, well, storybooks. Sometimes they're real and right in our neighborhood sandlots.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

MARC CHASE: Coach helps team, player's mom hit life's curveballs

Coaching youth baseball isn't exactly rocket science. It won't cure cancer either.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

MARC CHASE: Lessons of a bullet, a photo and human terror

They're important physical connections reaching across time and reminding us of our own potential impact on history.

June 28, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

MARC CHASE: Unearthing, honoring stories of graveyard guardians

Gratitude has no expiration date.

June 24, 2014 11:40 pm Video Photos

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MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

MARC CHASE: Region 'angel' spreads wings at Hell's Half Acre

With a bullet in his rib cage, another in his arm and men dying all around him, Valparaiso's Col. Isaac Suman was in the virtual depths of hell.

June 21, 2014 6:19 pm Video Photos

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MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

MARC CHASE: A date with history and the 'Bloody 9th'

Perhaps it will be like the summer day described in one of Hoosier author Ambrose Bierce's late 19th century short stories when I visit Stones…

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

MARC CHASE: Air show clears runway for disability access

Few things bother me more than watching region wheelchair users or other disabled folks struggling to overcome barriers created by bad plannin…

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

MARC CHASE: Bonds of heart in eyes of beholder

"She has my eyes, Dad."

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

MARC CHASE: A region epic of loneliness, war and remembrance

Highland's Adolph Hufenhauser spent some of his last days alone and starving on a straw-covered bench inside a shack on Ridge Road.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: The dead still live if we learn of, remember sacrifices

MARC CHASE: The dead still live if we learn of, remember sacrifices

"I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of …

May 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Don't yawn, library film is window to region

MARC CHASE: Don't yawn, library film is window to region

Hundreds of reels of microfilm are the storage vaults of our region's story — from casualty reports in the Civil War to local reactions to the…

May 22, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Gary library should junk planned Vegas junket

MARC CHASE: Gary library should junk planned Vegas junket

With water gushing into your basement, your income shrinking and your fiscal future in doubt, would you book a junket to Vegas for yourself an…

May 20, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Jail mandate unshackles good government opportunity

MARC CHASE: Jail mandate unshackles good government opportunity

I could hear the collective gasps from a number of Lake County Government Complex officials earlier this week, and my office is several hundre…

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Better angels soar after senseless brutality

MARC CHASE: Better angels soar after senseless brutality

Mother's Day 2014 no doubt was a nightmarish void for the children of Nina Castro.

May 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Wary voters snuff out possible corruption smoke

MARC CHASE: Wary voters snuff out possible corruption smoke

First the bad news: Lake County estimates show less than 13 percent of registered voters bothered to visit the Tuesday primary polls.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: The curious case of a son of Merrillville

MARC CHASE: The curious case of a son of Merrillville

Sometimes curiosity kills the cat. But every now and then it brings us closer to those with whom we've previously quarreled.

May 06, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: 'Little guys' face important vote in 2014 elections

MARC CHASE: 'Little guys' face important vote in 2014 elections

Are you a "little guy" feeling stomped upon by bigger local government?

May 01, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Protect adoptions from local court snafu

MARC CHASE: Protect adoptions from local court snafu

There isn't a parent among us who hasn't feared the loss of a child. It's a natural, primal fear of anyone blessed with the privilege of raisi…

April 29, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Protect victims, don't just punish monsters

MARC CHASE: Protect victims, don't just punish monsters

It's impossible to feel any measure of sympathy for convicted sex offenders, especially those who victimize children. The parent in me says hi…

April 24, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

MARC CHASE: Well-intended ethics pledge no cure for corruption

It's sad when public officials must show their willingness to do the right thing by signing toothless documents promising they won't act like …

April 22, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Help foster region's proudest of traditions

MARC CHASE: Help foster region's proudest of traditions

Military volunteerism is one of the proudest traditions permeating region and state history since Indiana's infancy.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

MARC CHASE: Fiscal restraint in Lake County, no fooling

Who knew Lake County government could exercise a measure of fiscal restraint?

April 15, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Leadership is antidote for local GOP disorder

MARC CHASE: Leadership is antidote for local GOP disorder

It's clear the Lake County GOP needs some serious counseling for an acute case of split personality disorder.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Let's grow local jobs, not just ship workers elsewhere

MARC CHASE: Let's grow local jobs, not just ship workers elsewhere

It's become an all-to-common scene in Lake County: Box-laden dollies being tugged up the metal ramps of moving trucks as folks seek greener pa…

April 08, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Past region 'rebel' provides contemporary lesson

MARC CHASE: Past region 'rebel' provides contemporary lesson

Northwest Indiana loves the grit of folks who go against the grain.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Weighing the cost of the ticket to ride

MARC CHASE: Weighing the cost of the ticket to ride

I want to board the train.

April 01, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Smoking gun backfires in GOP social media 'scandal'

MARC CHASE: Smoking gun backfires in GOP social media 'scandal'

The smoking gun implicating a Winfield GOP precinct committeewoman in crimes against her party is finally revealed.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: GOP township complaint worthy of 'dislike' button

MARC CHASE: GOP township complaint worthy of 'dislike' button

You better watch what and who you "Like" on Facebook. You never know who might use a simple tap of the mouse against you.

March 25, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Driving recklessly in OWI litigation

MARC CHASE: Driving recklessly in OWI litigation

When do we stop creating more laws and demand prosecutors and judges enforce a plethora of legal measures already on the books?

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Lease should expire on government take-home cars

MARC CHASE: Lease should expire on government take-home cars

Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin, a north Lake County Democrat, isn't the only region official opening herself to scrutiny by creating a pe…

March 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Pence hits single, should keep swinging adoption bat

MARC CHASE: Pence hits single, should keep swinging adoption bat

Sometimes you swing for the fences but take solace in a single.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: A profound gift, gone into history

MARC CHASE: A profound gift, gone into history

Are we truly appreciating the living connections with our past before they themselves pass into history?

March 10, 2014 6:40 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Mayor maintains (anti) social media presence

MARC CHASE: Mayor maintains (anti) social media presence

As the mayor of the region's biggest city eyes a run for higher office, he might want to consult a neighboring school district on social media…

March 06, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Elgin drives home need for reform in township car

MARC CHASE: Elgin drives home need for reform in township car

Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin keeps driving home the need for the very state law she seeks to relegate to the scrapyard.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Come meet your history, Regionites

MARC CHASE: Come meet your history, Regionites

Get the chip off your shoulder, Region Rats. Many of you sorely underestimate the meaningful roles your forefathers played in one of our natio…

February 27, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: An embrace worth a thousand words

MARC CHASE: An embrace worth a thousand words

If pictures truly say a thousand words, a photo from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's State of the City address last week should generate eno…

February 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

MARC CHASE: Doing right apparently pays off in E-911 consolidation

Who knew doing the right thing actually pays off? It happened in Lake County this week to the tune of about $1.3 million in taxpayer savings, …

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: True conservatives know when to keep hands off

MARC CHASE: True conservatives know when to keep hands off

Sometimes failure creates the perfect opportunity to get back to one's roots — to discard the distractions of ill-advised ventures.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

MARC CHASE: Porter County job cuts tough, responsible move

Growing up, did you ever call your parents mean or heartless for buying you off-brand shoes or jeans instead of a pair of Nikes and Levi's?

February 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Reform won't come from uncontested power

MARC CHASE: Reform won't come from uncontested power

Perhaps Lake County Republicans aren't endangered species after all. Maybe it's time to retract the characterization I've made in past columns…

February 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Preventing urban terror begins in the home

MARC CHASE: Preventing urban terror begins in the home

Have you validated your children's feelings lately? Do you listen to them, speak with them about what they're doing at school, with friends or…

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Video

MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

MARC CHASE: Porter County windfall requires compromise

For most people slogging along an economic landscape wrought with tar pits, a healthy cash windfall would be welcomed with cheers, not apprehension.

February 04, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Cries of racism are deplorable smokescreen

MARC CHASE: Cries of racism are deplorable smokescreen

Using claims of racism — a true scourge on society — as a shield against good fiscal governance is deplorable. So is wasting taxpayer money to…

January 30, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Cold freezes hearts, logic of snowplow naysayers

MARC CHASE: Cold freezes hearts, logic of snowplow naysayers

Plenty of government blunders in the region deserve bitter-cold responses.

January 28, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: National 'architect' offers local GOP blueprint

MARC CHASE: National 'architect' offers local GOP blueprint

Conventional wisdom dictates rampant political corruption radiating from certain members of a county political party — coupled with excessive …

January 23, 2014 12:00 am
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