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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: Redemption in the wake of senseless slaughter

MARC CHASE: Redemption in the wake of senseless slaughter

No silver linings exist in the type of senseless slaughter we witnessed in the past week. At least seven women are dead, and police are invest…

October 26, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Inmates running asylum of Lake County government?

MARC CHASE: Inmates running asylum of Lake County government?

If you're running a company and discover a job applicant has a past conviction for fraudulently taking 184 prescription narcotic doses from a …

October 22, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Government offices or probationary halfway houses?

MARC CHASE: Government offices or probationary halfway houses?

Lake County's local government offices often become bastions of second chances, and they're not always the good kind.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Human decency for sale this Halloween

MARC CHASE: Human decency for sale this Halloween

The purveyors of all things spooky, macabre and disturbingly disgusting come out of the woodwork every year around this time.

October 15, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Local Realtors provide selfless example, 21 times over

MARC CHASE: Local Realtors provide selfless example, 21 times over

With 21 boxes of 21 different types of food collected over 21 days, one almost wouldn't have known Winfield's Century 21 Affiliated real estat…

October 12, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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Marc Chase is on assignment

Marc Chase is on assignment

Times columnist and Investigative Editor Marc Chase has been on assignment. His column returns Sunday.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am

Marc Chase is on assignment

Marc Chase is on assignment

Times columnist and Investigative Editor Marc Chase is on assignment. His column will return soon.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am

Marc Chase is on assignment

Marc Chase is on assignment

Times columnist and Investigative Editor Marc Chase is on assignment. His column will return next week.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Lost-and-found dog story restores faith in goodness

MARC CHASE: Lost-and-found dog story restores faith in goodness

Just when it felt like the self-interested ruled the day in Northwest Indiana, Griffith neighbors selflessly emerged on behalf of a Highland f…

September 20, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: Bulldog vandals should come clean before 'cute brunette' compels it

MARC CHASE: Bulldog vandals should come clean before 'cute brunette' compels it

I remember the searing look of anger on my Dad's face -- the absolute shame of being caught fresh in flight from the scene of a juvenile act.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: When community security gates leave the rest of us vulnerable

MARC CHASE: When community security gates leave the rest of us vulnerable

Gated communities typically are created, at least in part, to make the folks inside feel more secure. Such neighborhoods often have a security…

September 06, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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MARC CHASE: History geeks unite behind Pullman National Park plan

MARC CHASE: History geeks unite behind Pullman National Park plan

I'm truly a national park junky and frequently haul my family along for the ride, perhaps sometimes as hostages.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: A happily disclosed conflict of interest

MARC CHASE: A happily disclosed conflict of interest

Full disclosure: I now may have to admit a conflict of interest. And I've never been so excited before to admit I may have been wrong.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am

Marc Chase is on assignment

Marc Chase is on assignment

Times columnist and Investigative Editor Marc Chase is on assignment. His column will return next week.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Pence putting money where his mouth is on adoption

MARC CHASE: Pence putting money where his mouth is on adoption

Sometimes folks with the biggest hearts lack comparably sized pocketbooks.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Life lessons of a heart-shattering summer

MARC CHASE: Life lessons of a heart-shattering summer

Some of us spend the late days of summer mourning the impending passing of another warm season. The parents among us also look ahead with hope…

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

MARC CHASE: Trusted messengers observe boundaries

If a Times reporter collected a local government paycheck on the side, would that hamper your trust in the journalist's ability to fairly cove…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

Marc Chase is on assignment

Marc Chase is on assignment

Times columnist and Investigative Editor Marc Chase is on assignment. His column will return Sunday.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Education in region grit behind some school names

MARC CHASE: Education in region grit behind some school names

Back-to-school time in Northwest Indiana is a prime opportunity for reflection on that good old-fashioned grit which so thoroughly characteriz…

August 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: A granddaddy of a question on the midway

MARC CHASE: A granddaddy of a question on the midway

Amid greasy food, stomach-churning rides and wafting livestock smells came a question I've never before faced.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: When Fido has scales -- and can eat your face

MARC CHASE: When Fido has scales -- and can eat your face

Oh baby, baby, it's a wild world.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: New Gary chief will need firm grip to right spinning ship

MARC CHASE: New Gary chief will need firm grip to right spinning ship

Nine chiefs of police in eight years. It's not exactly a mark of stability.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

MARC CHASE: Giving spirit survives senseless, preventable tragedy

God might give us only what we can handle, but that doesn't mean the Lake County justice system should up the ante.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

MARC CHASE: Historic bridge a symbol of troubled infrastructure waters

Lake County's Range Line Road bridge is a throwback in every sense of the word.

July 23, 2014 12:00 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
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