A sample of microbeads collected in Lake Erie. The beads, made of plastic, are a popular ingredient in skin care products. Carolyn Box/AP/Courtesy 5gyres.org hide caption

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The ranks of bicycle commuters are growing, though men are almost three times more likely than women to ride to work. Tobias Ackeborn/iStockphoto hide caption

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The Chicago skyline. The city's police chief says his officers can't keep up with the number of illegal weapons on the city's streets. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Workers shrink-wrap products at the Sertoma Centre outside Chicago. Sertoma provides employment opportunities to about 250 people with disabilities through subcontracting jobs. Courtesy of Sertoma Centre hide caption

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About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., last November. Some senators are pushing for a better disaster formula for communities to get financial help. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Eliot Ness is credited with assembling a team of federal agents who took down Al Capone in Chicago in the 1930s. The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Yuvania Maldonado, a counselor for President Obama's health care law, speaks with Chicago taxi driver Mohammad Chaudri at a city office where taxi drivers go to renew their license. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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