Mark Kiesling has been the general columnist for The Times since 2004 and previously covered crime, courts and politics in Lake County and Cook County since 1978.
He was named Indiana's best columnist at a large newspaper in 2004 and again in 2008.
He has worked at The Times since 1985, has contributed to two books on organized crime in Chicago and been a consultant on outlaw motorcycle gangs for The History Channel's "Gangland" series.
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