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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Nancy Matthews (left) and Lisa Frohman (right) traveled out of state to adopt their son, Eli. They say the new Illinois civil union law will make it easier for gay and lesbian couples who don't want to hide their sexuality as they try to adopt. Cheryl Corley/NPR hide caption

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Illinois, Catholic Agencies At Odds Over Gay Adoptions

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Places In Peril: 2011's Most Endangered Historic Sites

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For Lookingglass: Classics, Acrobatics And A Tony

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At The Center Of The Storm, Trackers Stay On Guard

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States Hit By Tornadoes Take Stock Of Damage

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Deadly Tornadoes Strike Oklahoma, Other States

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Oprah Winfrey speaks about her new venture, the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, in Pasadena, Calif., in January. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Oprah Brought Chicago Jobs, Development And Pride

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College Students Navigate Financial Life

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In Chicago, A Political Dynasty Nears Its End

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Fight Over Michigan Dunes Continues In Court

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Ill. Fights States' Efforts To Woo Its Businesses

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Teens Exposed To Gun Violence Face Tough Road

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A CeaseFire meeting in southwest Chicago. The program stages group interventions in risky neighborhoods and works with gang members to help decrease shootings and killings. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Chicago, Stopping Crime Before It Happens

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Students participate in a team-building activity. These 13- and 14-year-olds are vulnerable to gangs and have already been exposed to violence. Fifteen students who attend Chicago Public Schools have died by gunfire this school year. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Getting To Chicago's Boys Before Gangs Do

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