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

Businesses Try To Get By During Hockey Lockout

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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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Divided Wis. Voters Unite In Debate Viewing

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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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Baseball Autographs Get A Digital Upgrade

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With Senate Control At Stake, Key Wis. Race Tightens

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NFL Ref Lockout Brings Union Fights Back To Wis.

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'60 Minutes' Airs Obama, Romney Interviews

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'Bernie Madoff Of The Midwest' To Plead Guilty

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Drought Extends Reach, Some Farmers Ready To Quit

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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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Caterpillar Inc. Strike Continues Amid Record Profits

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Secrecy Surrounds Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Illness

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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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Conservative Confab Rallies Behind Wisconsin Victory

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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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