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

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of lying to the FBI, making him the second consecutive Illinois governor to be convicted of a crime. John Gress/Getty Images hide caption

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Illinois Politicians: Really Corrupt Or Just Dumb?

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Linda Rivera holds up a sign in opposition to the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in New York. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Religious Freedom, Free Speech Face Off Nationwide

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Blagojevich Trial: Jury Deadlocks On All But 1 Charge

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich poses for a picture as he arrives at court Wednesday in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Chicago Sighs As Blagojevich Finally Stops Talking

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Heated Testimony In Trial Of Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

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Blagojevich May Testify At Trial

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Two boats drag a containment boom behind them, corralling a slick of oil in Mobile Bay, Ala. The oil is funneled to a heavy oil recovery device, which collects the oil in a mesh bag. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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Locals Criticize Delay In Getting Oil Skimmers To Gulf

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BP Promises To Hire More Locals For Gulf Cleanup

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High Court Ruling Fuels Chicago's Handgun Debate

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Obama's Former Senate Seat Up For Grabs

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Former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, calls out U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and defends his wife during a Chicago news conference with his legal team in April. Standing with Blagojevich is attorney Sam Adam. Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Corruption Trial To Start For Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich

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