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

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Ex-House Speaker Hastert Sued By Sex Abuse Victim Over Hush Money

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Chicago Police Department Must Acknowledge Racist Past, Task Force Says

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Victoria Thomas' backyard was overrun with rats a few years ago. She tried everything from trenching and underground fencing to poison traps but nothing worked — until she got three feral cats. Courtesy of Victoria Thomas hide caption

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Facing A Growing Rat Problem, A Neighborhood Sets Off The Cat Patrol

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Change-Up In The Top Job At Chicago PD Greeted With Mixed Reactions

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Passengers wait to check in at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in June 2015. TSA screenings at U.S. airports are beyond ticket counters, baggage claim and other heavily trafficked areas. After terrorist bombings at the Brussels airport targeted those areas, U.S. officials are reconsidering how to keep them safe. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Officials Consider How U.S. Airports Could Stop A Brussels-Style Attack

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D.C. Metro Closure A Symptom Of National Transit Funding Woes

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Demonstrators in Chicago call for an end to gun violence and resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago police are under scrutiny following the release of a video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Crime Spikes As Police Avoid Becoming 'The Next Viral Video'

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Civil Rights Activist Dr. Quentin Young Dies At 92

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Fueled by low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles in 2015. But the additional driving may lead to more pollution and traffic gridlock. Zoran Milich/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Gas Means More Driving And Getting Stuck In Traffic

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U.S.-Cuba Officials To Sign Commercial Air Traffic Deal

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More Americans across all ages are opting not to drive. Endai Huedl/Getty Images/fStop hide caption

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Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away From Driving

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Claiming Emotional Trauma, Chicago Officer Countersues Victim's Estate

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces an agreement to build a sixth runway at O'Hare International Airport, flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (left) and United Airlines President and CEO Oscar Munoz. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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