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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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Confetti falls on the head of John Kasich, governor of Ohio and a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, after speaking during a campaign event in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday. Kasich secured his first victory on Mega Tuesday. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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School Board Approves Controversial Deal In Transgender Student Case

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George Filenko, commander of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force (left) and Chris Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's Department talk during a news conference at the police station on Sept. 2 in Fox Lake, Ill. Michael Schmidt/AP hide caption

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on March 15, 2012. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday tossed out some of Blagojevich's convictions. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Court Throws Out Some Convictions Of Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich

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After 25 Years, The Days In Illinois Can Have One Happy Hour Again

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Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

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Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual. John Gress/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

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Purdue University students are testing new software that may track and warn about tornadoes, such as this one which struck Rochelle, Ill., in early April. Walker Ashley/AP hide caption

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Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

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