Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters in his office at the capitol in Springfield. Quinn defended a massive increase in state income taxes passed by lawmakers. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel talks with voters as he eats breakfast at Izola's Restaurant in Chicago. Emanuel began campaigning in the city more than a month before announcing his candidacy on Nov. 13. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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The Chicago Housing Authority has been gradually moving residents out and tearing down the high rises at Cabrini-Green, seen here in 2005, and other public housing developments in the city. The move ends what many call a troubled era of public housing policy. Tim Boyle/Getty Images hide caption

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Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich (left) answers questions during a news conference. Kasich says he will reject $400 million in federal funds meant to establish high-speed passenger rail service from Cleveland to Columbus and Cincinnati. Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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