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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Chicago Public Schools' Safe Passage program places adults along the routes students take to and from school to keep an eye out for trouble. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marcus Spies was shot while taking out the garbage. He lives in Roseland, a tough south side neighborhood where gang fights claim lives and wound many. Spies says that one of the gangs wanted him to join up, but he declined. He believes they shot him in retaliation. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Madison, Wis., marched around the Capitol building, protesting the proposed budget repair bill. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse last week to protest Senate Bill 5, which would have banned collective bargaining for state workers. Unions say legislation being pushed by Republican governors nationwide is an attack on their very existence. Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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A protester rallied outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on Monday. Eric Thayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (center) stands among other mayoral candidates Carol Moseley Braun (from left), Miguel del Valle and Gery Chico before their debate on Thursday in Chicago. Brian Kersey/AP hide caption

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