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Richard F. Bales studied at Illinois College and received a bachelor's degree.
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Richard received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Northern Illinois University.
The 2015 NIU Alumni Association Alumni Awards winners. Back row, from left, Richard F. Bales, Bob Kornecki, Somya Munjal. Front row, from left, Yvonne A. Johnson, Roosevelt Griffin III, Jane Lux, Carlos Fulcher, and Nancy M. Castle.
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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 swallowed up more than three square miles in two days, leaving thousands homeless and 300 dead. Throughout history, the fire has been attributed to Mrs. O’Leary, an immigrant Irish milkmaid, and her cow. On one level, the tale of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is merely the quintessential urban legend. But the story also represents a means by which the upper classes of Chicago could blame the fire’s chaos on a member of the working poor.
Richard F. Bales studied at Illinois College and received a bachelor's degree in 1973. In 1983 Richard received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Northern Illinois University.
Richard F. Bales started writing soon after he became a lawyer. Bales worked in the real estate title insurance industry from 1977 till 1989. He worked as an assistant vice president and assistant regional counsel At Chicago Title Insurance Company Wheaton, Illinois, United States in 1989 and as a dean of title insurance school at Illinois Land Title Association. In 2002 he finished his work on the book “The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow”. In 2004 he wrote “Residential and Commercial Surveys in Illinois”, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Bales published A Guide to Residential and Commercial Surveys in Illinois in 2004; it was updated and reissued in 2011. He is also an author of "From the Title Insurance Perspective," a monthly column for a real estate law e-mail newsletter.
Bales 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. He has also worked 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. Bales has also written a chapter for an IICLE book on title insurance.
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Richard F. Bales is a member of many organizations such as Society of Midland Authors, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association (honorary member), DuPage County Bar Association (chair of Real Estate Law and Practice Committee, 2002-03), Aurora Historical Society (member of board of directors, 1990-92, 2000-01). Bales as a member of an American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping liaison committee, has helped draft several versions of the ALTA/ACSM land title survey standards.
Richard F. Bales has two children, Michael and Thomas Bales.