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 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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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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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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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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Isaac Manchester Farm in Avella, Pa. National Trust for Historic Preservation hide caption

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Nora Fiffer and Chance Bone of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre in the company's current production of The Last Act of Lilka Kadison. Sean Williams hide caption

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Mark Darrow, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., keeps watch by looking for evidence of tornadoes, heavy winds and damaging hail. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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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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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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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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