This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene as it approached the East Coast on Friday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russell Zanca, 47, of Chicago, is selling his three-bedroom house despite the uncertainty in the housing market. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Construction crews at a new air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport were told on July 19 to stop working after the U.S. House refused to reauthorize routine funding of the Federal Aviation Administration. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Some of the biggest corporate headquarters in the country are located along the Chicago River. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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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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Gov. Pat Quinn says the proposed expansion of gambling in Illinois is "too much." Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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