At Least 100 Sears, Kmart Stores To Close
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Applicants fill out forms at a Miami jobs fair hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. An NPR/Kaiser survey found blacks make up about 10 percent of the full-time working population but 27 percent of the long-term unemployed. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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For Black Americans, A Longer Time Without Work
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Blagojevich's 14-Year Term Starts In February
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Occupy Chicago: A 'Dry Run' For Upcoming Summits
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Many homeowners find they can't sell their homes so instead they reluctantly become landlords. courtneyk/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Would-Be Sellers Become Reluctant Landlords
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New 'Clybourne Park' Picks Up On 1959 Race Issues
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Black, Latino Shifts In Chicago Lead To Map Flap
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Cook County Investigates Gacy Cold Cases
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This small juvenile skunk was caught by Des Plaines, Ill., homeowner Richard Kaulback. He says there have always been raccoons and opossums in the Chicago area, but this year, skunks have become prolific. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Chicago-Area Skunk Population Raises A Stink
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Circulation figures for Johnson Publishing's flagship Ebony and Jet magazines are up substantially in recent months. NPR hide caption

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'Ebony,' 'Jet' Parent Takes A Bold New Tack
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown in his office earlier this month, will mark 100 days in office on Tuesday. The former congressman and White House chief of staff says that as mayor, "you get a way to make decisions about topics that are close to home in the way people live their lives." M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Rahm Emanuel's First 100 Days As Mayor: 'I Love This'
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Michael Harvey's novels focus on cop-turned-P.I. Michael Kelly and his life and work in the Windy City. Citizen Erased! via Flikr hide caption

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P.I. Kelly: Hot On The Trail Of Crime In Chicago
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Rahm Emanuel celebrated with supporters at the Journeymen Plumbers' Union Local 130 Hall after winning the mayoral election in February. Now, Emanuel is in a test of wills with unions over closing the city's massive budget gap. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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In Chicago, A Test Of Wills Over A Budget Deficit
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