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

Flooding across the Upper Midwest, including Iowa, over the last couple weeks has soaked homes and fields and left local governments scrambling. Dirk Lammers/AP hide caption

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Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources

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Trump Stands Firm On Giant Chicago Sign

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Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage

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Could Political Patronage In Chicago Be A Thing Of The Past?

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Authorities say the drug operation allowed customers to pay at one location, pick up the heroin at another and be back on the expressway within minutes. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Gun Shots Interrupt Interview, But The Conversation Just Gets Started

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NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings

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NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery

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Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up

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Oil Industry Blamed For Freight Rail Delays

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Deadly Storms Rip Through Southern States

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Northwestern Players Cast Union Vote — But Results Will Have To Wait

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