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Name:  Richard F. Bales  

Pen Name: None




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Bales is an attorney, employed as Assistant Regional Counsel of the Wheaton, Illinois office of Chicago Title Insurance Company.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard Bales is Assistant Vice President and Assistant Regional Counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company. As a member of the Education Committee of the Illinois Land Title Association, he has lectured on title insurance throughout the state. He has written articles for the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association. Some of his articles were reprinted in the book ''Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals'', which was published by the American Bar Association in 2012. Bales published A Guide to Residential and Commercial Surveys in Illinois in 2004; it was updated and reissued in 2011. He authored ''The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow'', wherein he claims to have solved the mystery of who started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The book also inspired specials on a Discovery Channel Unsolved History episode and an episode of the Weather Channel’s When Weather Changed History. He is working on The Forgotten Literature of Nelson Algren and on a biography of George Wellington “Cap” Streeter, a notorious land ownership criminal for which the Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville is named.

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