Controversial Chicago School Closings Outrage Parents, Teachers

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SEC Charges Illinois With Fraud Over Pensions

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Blackhawks Continue Impressive Point Streak

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Midwest Starts Digging Out From Biggest Snowstorm In More Than Two Years

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Construction on Chicago's Wells Street Bridge is taking place around the clock, as crews replace the south leaf section. The north leaf section will be replaced in the spring. The double-decked steel truss drawbridge was built in 1922. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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A Chicago Bridge Gets A Complicated Overhaul

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Ex-State Rep. Likely To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

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The Travails Of Cutting State Taxes

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Checking In On Chicago Schools' 'Safe Passage' Program

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has advised residents in a new PSA that they should consider taking a firearm safety course to defend themselves in a crisis as they wait for police to arrive. Gary Porter/AP/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel hide caption

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Milwaukee County Sheriff: 'You Have A Duty To Protect Yourself'

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Chicago Looks To Community Policing To Reduce Violent Crime

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Illinois union members and supporters rally at the state Capitol on Thursday against legislation that would try to control the state's pension-fund shortfall by, in part, reducing pension benefits. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

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A school bus drives past a welcome sign near the Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Conn. Students from Sandy Hook Elementary in neighboring Newtown will attend the school in January. Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Near-Replica Of Sandy Hook Made Nearby For Students

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"We're holding up the best that we can" after Friday's shootings, says Sandy Hook volunteer firefighter Anthony "Chip" Carpenter. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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For Sandy Hook's First Responders, Trauma Lingers With Painful Reminders

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Federal Court Throws Out Ill. Concealed Weapons Ban

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Superstorm Sandy caused massive beach erosion and damage to the Jersey shore. Some people say the beach restoration work, which will largely be paid for with federal tax dollars, will mostly help to protect expensive homes for the wealthy — people who have free access to the beach — while most communities would still be charging fees for public access. Doug Mills/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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N.J. Spars Over Free Beach Access Post-Sandy

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