David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

Sears Holding Corp., parent company to Sears and Kmart, is considering a move from its corporate headquarters after a tax incentive package failed to pass the state House of Representatives. More than 6,000 employees work at the Hoffman Estates, Ill., campus. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Sears Considers Leaving Illinois For Better Tax Deal

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When Hard Times Means Leaving A Career For A Job

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As the Chicago Cubs' Moises Alou made a leaping attempt at a pop foul during the National League Championship Series, Steve Bartman (in Cubs cap and dark sweater) was among the fans reaching for the ball. While one image suggests he acted alone, the second photo tells another story.

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Being Bartman: 'Catching Hell' Tells Cubs Fan's Story

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Across The Nation, 'Wall Street' Protests Continue

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Fight Looms Over Chicago School Day

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Afton State Park is one of the victims of Minnesota's government shutdown. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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In Minn. Government Shutdown, State Parks Suffer

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Minn. State Workers Angry There's No Budget Deal

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Ex-Ill Gov. Blagojevich Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence

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Memphis Area Will Be Soggy For Some Time

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Severe Weather Wreaks Havoc In Midwest, South

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A sign that reads "recall" hangs on a statue in front of the Wisconsin state Capitol last month in Madison. In the state Senate, as many as 16 senators — Republicans and Democrats alike — could face recall elections this year. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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In Wisconsin, Efforts To Recall Senators Gain Steam

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Albert Stinson, 38, mentors 10 boys at Marshall High School, on Chicago's West Side. Most of them are affiliated with gangs and have criminal records — and are at serious risk for becoming victims of violence. Dianna Douglas/NPR hide caption

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A Mentor's Goal: Keeping At-Risk Chicago Teens Alive

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Paralyzing Blizzard Lives Up To The Hype

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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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Residency Fight Clouds Emanuel's Chicago Mayor Bid

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