A man carries sandbags to reinforce the barrier he build to keep the floodwater from reaching his house in Gurnee, Ill., Friday. Illinois officials say flood damage north of Chicago is expected to worsen this weekend as water flows down rivers. G-Jun Yam/AP hide caption

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Lawmakers had to be called back to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield to override the governor's veto and pass a budget deal with bipartisan support. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images hide caption

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Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor, Pass Budget For 1st Time In 2 Years

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in front of his office at the State Capitol in Springfield, on June 30, 2016. Illinois lawmakers had just passed a stop-gap budget. More than a year later, legislators have finally reached a budget deal, which Rauner promptly vetoed. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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A 2015 protest by advocates for victims of domestic abuse takes place outside state offices in downtown Chicago. The protests were sparked by a lack of funding for domestic violence shelters due to the state's budget crisis. Sophia Tareen/AP hide caption

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After 2 Years Without A Budget, Debt And Pain Are Mounting In Illinois

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has barred priests from performing sacraments for people in same-sex marriages. Above, Paprocki testifies against an Illinois same-sex marriage bill in 2013. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waved goodbye to supporters in 2012, bound for a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colo., for his 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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A Bid For Blagojevich To Return To Springfield

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Cairo has lost more than half of its population in recent decades. Today, there are just under 3,000 people left. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

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Green shoots of cereal rye, a popular cover crop, emerge in a field where corn was recently harvested in Iowa. The grass will go dormant in winter, then resume growing in the spring. Less than three percent of corn fields in the state have cover crops. Courtesy of Practical Farmers of Iowa hide caption

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A new Illinois state law aims to take advantage of the close relationships people often have with beauty professionals, and train stylists to recognize signs of abuse. Getty Images/Westend61 hide caption

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With New Law, Illinois Stylists Join The Fight Against Domestic Violence

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seen here in 2012, are both facing competitive elections in 2016. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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How To Lose The Senate In 82 Days

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The Quicken Loans Arena is decorated to welcome the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Angelo Merendino/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Trump RNC Delegates Surprised About Paying Their Own Way To Cleveland

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Illinois spent $170 million to build the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill. The prison is at the heart of many residents' discontent with state and federal government this election. David McGuffin/NPR hide caption

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The View From Thomson, Ill.

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