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Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

Shackles, high-profile raids highlight visual assault on region public corruption

HAMMOND | The clanking of shackles around wrists and ankles of elected officials charged with public corruption sends a sensory message, whether intended by law enforcement or not.

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FBI's evidence truck

FBI's evidence truck

This FBI evidence truck, with a billboard-sized logo, was parked outside of the Calumet Township trustee's office earlier this month as the government searched the local government office in Gary. Merrillville-based FBI Supervisory Agent Bob Ramsey acknowledges the truck sends a public, visu…

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Developer charged with stealing Riverdale funds

CHICAGO | A Chicago real estate developer who was a key government witness in corruption cases is facing federal charges after authorities say he stole $370,000 from Riverdale.

April 19, 2014 12:00 am
Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter plead not guilty to corruption charges

Lake Station mayor, wife, stepdaughter plead not guilty to corruption charges

HAMMOND | Lake Station's mayor, his wife and his stepdaughter entered a Hammond federal courtroom in shackles Thursday, all three pleading not guilty to a total of 15 criminal charges spanning two public corruption indictments.

April 17, 2014 1:55 pm Photos

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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
St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

Eight-grade history students from Hammond's St. John Bosco School tour the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit Tuesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

April 15, 2014 11:54 am
St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

St. John Bosco School history teacher Jacob Biscan views photos and historical narratives regarding the 99th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, a 1,000-man Hoosier fighting regiment in which hundreds of men from Northwest Indiana served during the Civil War. Biscan and eighth-grade history students…

April 15, 2014 11:38 am
St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

St. John Bosco students tour region Civil War exhibit

St. John Bosco School history teacher Linda Loera, far right, speaks with some of her eighth-grade students Tuesday about the route President Abraham Lincoln's funeral trail took through Northwest Indiana following the president's April 1865 assassination in Washington, D.C. A model of the f…

April 15, 2014 11:34 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 pastures elsewhere.

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

Politicians debate impact of FBI raid

GARY | Politicians love attention -- but not the kind Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin received Thursday from federal and state investigators.

March 28, 2014 6:30 pm
Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

GARY | FBI and IRS agents raided the Calumet Township trustee's office Thursday, removing several boxes of evidence and at least one computer as part of a federal investigation of the office.

March 27, 2014 7:06 pm Video Photos

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Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

FBI agents assist in loading evidence Thursday into a law enforcement van parked outside the Calumet Township trustee's office in Gary.

March 27, 2014 3:19 pm
FBI, history make trouble for some candidates

FBI, history make trouble for some candidates

Local political observers predict a visit by FBI agent to Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office will complicate her efforts to beat Democratic opponent Kimberly Robinson. But Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Daily Insight, says Elgin might be able to portray it as something other t…

March 27, 2014 3:16 pm
Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

An unmarked law enforcement car blocks off Sixth Avenue and Connecticut Street in Gary on Thursday as the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and Indiana State Police conduct an investigation of the Calumet Township trustee's office.

March 27, 2014 11:22 am
Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

Feds raid Calumet Township trustee's office

An Internal Revenue Service agent enters the Calumet Township trustee's office at 610 Connecticut St., Gary, on Thursday morning.

March 27, 2014 11:17 am
FBI, history make trouble for some candidates

FBI, history make trouble for some candidates

Local political observers say the FBI's visit to Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin's office on March 27 could complicate her efforts to beat Democratic opponent Kimberly Robinson. But Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Daily Insight, says she can portray it as something other than a negat…

March 27, 2014 11:08 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
Enbridge hires Griffith PD to monitor terminal entrance

Enbridge hires Griffith PD to monitor terminal entrance

GRIFFITH | A major oil company has enlisted Griffith police to ensure union pickets didn't create a safety concern at the entry to the company's town terminal.

March 25, 2014 4:00 pm
I.U.O.E. Local 150 picketing at Enbridge

I.U.O.E. Local 150 picketing at Enbridge

Members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 picket near the Main Street intersection to Engridge's Griffith terminal Tuesday afternoon.

March 25, 2014 2:51 pm
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

Gary councilman faces 10 months in jail

HAMMOND | A Gary councilman said he is "deeply sorry" for willfully failing to file income tax returns in a letter to a federal judge filed Friday in federal court.

March 21, 2014 4:30 pm
Lincoln through the eyes of a friend

Lincoln through the eyes of a friend

HAMMOND | The story of Abraham Lincoln's presidency — told through the eyes of his trusted friend and bodyguard — is coming to the Indiana Welcome Center this weekend.

March 20, 2014 7:35 pm Photos

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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 perception of using taxpayer resources for personal benefit.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Calumet Township trustee's take-home vehicle

Calumet Township trustee's take-home vehicle

A Calumet Township-owned Ford Explorer SUV, parked in the township's garage last week, is assigned to Trustee Mary Elgin as a take-home vehicle.

March 17, 2014 2:18 pm
Winfield Township trustee's take-home vehicle

Winfield Township trustee's take-home vehicle

A Winfield Township-owned Chevrolet Suburban is parked Friday in front of Township Trustee Roland Brauer's private business on Broadway in Crown Point. The vehicle, meant for township government business, is used by Brauer as a take-home car.

March 17, 2014 2:15 pm
Winfield Township trustee's take-home vehicle

Winfield Township trustee's take-home vehicle

A Winfield Township-owned Chevrolet Suburban (center vehicle) sits on the driveway of Township Trustee Roland Brauer's Winfield residence Monday. The vehicle, intended for township government business, is used by Brauer as a take-home vehicle.

March 17, 2014 2:16 pm
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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Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

HAMMOND | A group portraying a region fighting unit from America's bloodiest war will continue live demonstrations Sunday during a special Civil War exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.

March 08, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

Civil War re-enactors Mike Kaptian, of Dyer, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, both in the foreground, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to John and Merri Loker, both of Valparaiso, and their 8-year-old grandson Andrew Christman. The re-enactors, who portray an ac…

March 08, 2014 7:36 pm
Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

Civil War re-enactors offer glimpse at history

Mike Kapitan, of Dyer, left, and Tre Manchester, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, tell the history of the 20th Indiana Infantry to spectators Saturday at the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln Civil War exhibit. The exhibit at Hammond's Indiana Welcome Center commemorates Northwes…

March 08, 2014 7:36 pm
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 etiquette.

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
Region Civil War trail to be featured on South Shore poster

Region Civil War trail to be featured on South Shore poster

Michael Miller, left, who portrays Crown Point's Civil War Col. John Wheeler for a Lake County-based re-enactment group, and Charlie Wheeler, the great-great-grandson of Col. Wheeler, pose behind a Civil War veteran headstone in July at Historic Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point. Photos of the…

February 27, 2014 5:45 pm
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 nation's most pivotal eras.

February 27, 2014 12:00 am
Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln icon

Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln icon

The Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit is scheduled for display through April 30 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

February 25, 2014 1:07 pm
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 enough verbiage to fill this column — and region political reform advocates — with hope.

February 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Civil War exhibit details NWI's answer to Lincoln's call

Civil War exhibit details NWI's answer to Lincoln's call

HAMMOND | The draw of Northwest Indiana volunteers to the Civil War banner of Abraham Lincoln goes on display Monday through a special exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.

February 22, 2014 4:57 pm Photos

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The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln

Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this years Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhib…

February 20, 2014 4:03 pm
The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln

Stacy Klingler, director of local history services for the Indiana Historical Society, affixes panels to The Faces of Lincoln traveling exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The state-loaned exhibit is part of this year's Civil War exhibit, exploring Northwest Indiana's…

February 20, 2014 4:00 pm
The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln

Alan Rowe, coordinator of local history partners for the Indiana Historical Society, helps set up The Faces of Lincoln exhibit Wednesday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The traveling exhibit will be included this year in the Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln exhibit …

February 20, 2014 3:57 pm
The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln, a traveling exhibit of the Indiana Historical Society, will be included in this year's Northwest Indiana Civil War exhibition at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln opens Monday and runs through April. It tells the sto…

February 20, 2014 3:53 pm
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, according to government estimates.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
What's killing the region? Dying two deaths

What's killing the region? Dying two deaths

It takes sharp, active minds and reduces them to voids in which fathers don't know daughters and wives don't know husbands.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Marsha Moore

Marsha Moore

Marsha Moore, 42, of Portage, holds a photo and U.S. Army scrapbook that belonged to her stepfather, Raymond Moore. He died of Alzheimer's disease in 2008 after a five-year struggle with the brain-degenerative disease.

February 18, 2014 3:22 pm
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