David Schaper David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (left) looks on as Senate candidate Mark Kirk campaigns in Springfield, Ill., last July. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Democrats Risk Losing Obama's Old Senate Seat

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Illinois Governor Confronts Budget Woes

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Silver carp jump out of the Illinois River. Michigan has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to close the shipping locks near Chicago to keep the invasive species from invading the Great Lakes. But Illinois and opponents are concerned about cargo and jobs. Nerissa Michaels/AP/Illinois River Biological Station via the Detroit Free Press hide caption

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Michigan Seeks High Court Help On Asian Carp

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After Turbulent Year, Blagojevich Faces Trial

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At What Cost? Moving Guantanamo Inmates To Ill.

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From 'Morning Edition': Second City Still Funny At 50

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Chicago Canal Flooded With Toxin To Kill Asian Carp

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Chicago Teens Encourage Nonviolent Actions

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Hundreds Wait In Mich. Cold To See Sarah Palin

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Ill. Voters May Get Chance To Recall Governors

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Chicago Club, Students Reach Settlements

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Chicago Club Accused Of Racism Over Dress Code

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Swine Flu Shuts High School In Suburban Chicago

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