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Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and challenger Democrat Tammy Duckworth before a televised debate at the WTTW studios on Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Iraq Vet Takes On Tea-Party Incumbent In Fiery Illinois House Race

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An Egraph signed by Philadelphia Phillies baseball player Jimmy Rollins. Egraphs offers an autographed digital picture with a handwritten note and a personalized audio message for $50. Egraphs via AP hide caption

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With Senate Control At Stake, Key Wis. Race Tightens

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'60 Minutes' Airs Obama, Romney Interviews

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Scorched pastures are spreading across central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest. Technology and techniques developed from previous droughts like the Dust Bowl are helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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This Drought's No Dry Run: Lessons Of The Dust Bowl

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Striking workers picket outside a Caterpillar plant in Joliet, Ill. The work stoppage is now entering its third month. Joseph P. Meier/Sun-Times Media Photo hide caption

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As Strikes Wane, Caterpillar Workers Hold The Line

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (center) is greeted by his Cabinet and staff Wednesday at the state Capitol in Madison, a day after defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election. Andy Manis/AP hide caption

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Walker Moves Forward As The Right's Newest 'Hero'

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