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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.

April 19, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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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
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
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
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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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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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
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
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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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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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
What's killing the region? Gasping for air

What's killing the region? Gasping for air

At its worst, it's like plugging your nose and sucking air through a narrow cocktail straw.

February 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cancer kills 20,000 region people over 12 years; lung cancer leads the way

Cancer kills 20,000 region people over 12 years; lung cancer leads the way

By the time a 2001 chest X-ray detected a mass in then-47-year-old Donald Koppers' lung, it may have been too late, according to region physicians.

February 16, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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What's killing the region? 12 years, 24,000 deaths

What's killing the region? 12 years, 24,000 deaths

The biggest cause of death in the region often follows a circuitry of life choices and genetics, with the final kill switch thrown by the victims themselves.

February 15, 2014 10:30 pm
What's killing the region?

What's killing the region?

Many of Northwest Indiana's top killers lurk in our refrigerators, drive-thru lines and convenience stores.

February 15, 2014 10:30 pm Related
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 of a minuscule number of conservatives wandering the region.

February 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Munster business owner sentenced in bribery case

HAMMOND | The owner of a Munster tree-trimming business will spend a year in federal prison for paying kickbacks to a former Hammond councilman in exchange for city work, court records show.

February 07, 2014 8:18 pm
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 during hours when you're not around?

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 legally defend the waste of the same taxpayer money.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am
Enumerating the stories of region homelessness

Enumerating the stories of region homelessness

For Glen Ellis, it's a felony drug conviction and subsequent release from prison.

January 29, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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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

Bank robber hit with nearly 22-year prison sentence

HAMMOND | A federal judge sentenced a convicted bank robber with a criminal history spanning four decades to nearly 22 years in prison this week.

January 24, 2014 1:56 pm
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 government taxing and spending — should create the perfect environment for fresh faces to sweep into elected offices.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Landfill annexation idea doesn't stink

MARC CHASE: Landfill annexation idea doesn't stink

Few words inspire such a literal holding of noses as the word "landfill."

January 21, 2014 12:00 am

Repeat offender with multiple offenses over 40 years seeks leniency

HAMMOND | A Hammond bank robbery suspect led a 40-year life of crime, including a past murder conviction, his attorney conceded in Hammond federal court documents filed Friday.

January 17, 2014 6:30 pm

Feds: Business rotated women to keep customers happy in spa sex ring

HAMMOND | To keep the faces fresh and the customers interested, operators of a prostitution business imported and rotated women in and out their region-based spas on a regular basis, federal court documents unsealed this week allege.

January 17, 2014 5:45 pm
MARC CHASE: Schererville political appointment needed pause button

MARC CHASE: Schererville political appointment needed pause button

What if state excise police conducted a gambling raid at a business in your town within the past year, that gambling case remained pending, and the same business sued your town within the past two years regarding a separate contract dispute? Would you expect the business owner would be named…

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Reason emerges from polar vortex chaos

MARC CHASE: Reason emerges from polar vortex chaos

Last week's polar vortex threw a stone-cold uppercut into the region's chin, shutting down schools, roads and snarling any traffic caught in the middle of the snowy deluge.

January 14, 2014 12:00 am

Three more admit guilt in Imperial Gansters gang violence case

HAMMOND | Three more East Chicago street gang members pleaded guilty Friday for their roles in a violent wave of murder, drug sales and street violence.

January 10, 2014 7:30 pm

Illinois man sentenced in appliance theft case

HAMMOND | An Illinois man will have 18 months in federal prison to think about his financial betrayal of region business owners who had tried to help him, a judge concluded Friday.

January 10, 2014 3:52 pm
MARC CHASE: INDOT info-comedy act deserves a big 'like'

MARC CHASE: INDOT info-comedy act deserves a big 'like'

It's pretty hard to find humor in the deep-freeze winter deluge burying us Regionites recently, but a state employee deserves thanks for thawing some of the agony with a little laughter.

January 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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MARC CHASE: Mom-and-pop hobby business a beacon of economic survival

MARC CHASE: Mom-and-pop hobby business a beacon of economic survival

Anyone who's ever undertaken the operations of a small business knows the figurative land mines scattering the path to success.

December 25, 2013 10:35 pm Photos

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